Animal Crossing (series)

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This article is about the series. For the game of the same name, see Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing[nb 1] is a series of social simulation video games developed by Nintendo and created by Katsuya Eguchi and Hisashi Nogami. The series revolves around a human player character living in a town inhabited by animals and performing tasks such as fishing, catching bugs, socializing with the villagers, or collecting items. Animal Crossing is open-ended and uses the system's internal clock to simulate taking place in real-time, with the gameplay changing based on the time of day and year.



As an open-ended life simulation game, the Animal Crossing series does not have a set objective. As such, after an introductory sequence at the beginning of the games, players are free to do as they like. The only 'objective' in the game, if any, is to pay off the mortgage placed upon the player's house—but, like most activities within the game, this is entirely optional and does not incur any consequences, other than having less space to store items.


Main article: Villager

In every town in the Animal Crossing series, the village itself is populated entirely by animals (excluding the player, who is the only human shown in the entire series). Villagers are anthropomorphic, and as such, are able to speak, walk in a humanoid manner, use tools, and wear clothes. They serve as interactive characters who are assigned personalities and traits, and this affects the way they communicate with you and among themselves. Villagers are capable of conversation, have unique interests and catchphrases, and live in their own domains within the town.

Villagers will often ask the player to perform tasks for them (ranging from delivering presents to sending messages to another human player). Players can incur a reward if tasks are executed in the set time. In later games, they are also capable of playing games with the player, such as hide-and-seek. Villagers move in and out of the town regularly due to certain factors (e.g. because the player has exchanged animals with another village over Wi-Fi), or simply because they are not satisfied with their current life). It is said that they enjoy receiving letters, and if sent a gift, they will usually send one in return.


Although earlier games offer few options in terms of customization, more recent games feature the ability to not only customize appearance, but also wallpapers, carpets and furniture in their home, as well as the home's exterior. It is also possible to decorate the ground outdoors with designs.


Despite being an open-ended game, Animal Crossing does provide some activities to pass the time and help "complete" certain aspects of the gameplay (such as completing exhibits within the museum). Some of these activities include bug-catching, fishing, fossil-hunting, and even item-collecting (the latter an objective to complete the player's catalog). Players can also interact in games of hide-and-seek with villagers, participate in festivals and town events, and generally do as they like within the game.


Mainline series

Boxart Title Platforms and release dates Information
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Doubutsu no Mori[nb 2] Nintendo 64
Japan April 14, 2001
The first game in the series, released on the Nintendo 64 exclusively in Japan. The game was later released in China for the iQue Player.
iQue Player
China June 1, 2006[1]
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Animal Crossing[nb 3] Nintendo GameCube
Japan December 14, 2001
United States of America September 16, 2002
Australia October 17, 2003
Europe September 24, 2004
Originally released in Japan as a Nintendo GameCube port of the original game on Nintendo 64. The port was localized internationally as Animal Crossing, the first game to be released in the west, and changed numerous aesthetic and gameplay elements from the original Japanese version, as well as adding new regional events.
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Doubutsu no Mori e+[nb 4] Nintendo GameCube
Japan June 27, 2003
A re-localization of the international Animal Crossing for Japan, Doubutsu no Mori e+ featured additional changes and updates, including new villagers, critters, and enhanced e-Reader support. Released exclusively in Japan.
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Animal Crossing: Wild World[nb 5] Nintendo DS
Japan November 23, 2005
United States of America December 5, 2005
Australia December 8, 2005
Europe March 31, 2006
South Korea December 6, 2007
The first game released on a handheld console and the first to be released worldwide, Wild World featured changes to villager interactions, a story-based missions system, and emphasis on player customization. Wild World also trimmed out villagers and events, many not returning until future games. Wild World was also the first to feature online multiplayer (via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection). Wild World outsold its predecessor with 11.75 million copies sold to become the best-selling Animal Crossing game until New Leaf.[2]
Wii U (Virtual Console)
Europe November 19, 2015
Australia November 19, 2015
Japan July 27, 2016
United States of America October 13, 2016
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Animal Crossing: City Folk[nb 6] Wii
United States of America November 16, 2008
Japan November 17, 2008
Australia December 4, 2008
Europe December 5, 2008
South Korea January 28, 2010
City Folk includes new and changed features, most notable the addition of the city. Many villagers and events cut from Wild World return, with new events including Festivale and Bunny Day, as well as additional regional holidays. Some copies of the game were also bundled with Wii Speak.
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Animal Crossing: New Leaf[nb 7] Nintendo 3DS
Japan November 8, 2012
South Korea February 8, 2013
United States of America June 9, 2013
Europe June 14, 2013
Australia June 15, 2013
New Leaf brought significant changes to the Animal Crossing series, with the gameplay placing a huge emphasis on the player's role as mayor of their town. New Leaf added two new villager personalities, smug and big sister, with several villagers having their personality realigned. New Leaf also featured a new shopping district known as Main Street, additional special characters including Isabelle, the ability to share and visit towns by dreaming and Tortimer Island, where players can chose to play out minigames and collect exotic goods. New Leaf sold 12.82 million copies, outselling Wild World to become the highest-selling Animal Crossing game until New Horizons.[3]
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Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo[nb 8] Nintendo 3DS
Japan November 23, 2016
Australia November 24, 2016
Europe November 25, 2016
South Korea December 1, 2016
United States of America December 8, 2016
An expansion update for New Leaf, Welcome amiibo brought back villagers cut since Doubutsu no Mori e+, introduced an area known as the Campground, and added amiibo functionality. The expansion also included crossover villagers with the likes of Zelda, Splatoon, Sanrio, and Monster Hunter. Welcome amiibo was released as a standalone updated version of the game.
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons[nb 9] Nintendo Switch
Worldwide March 20, 2020
The first main Animal Crossing series game to be in high-definition, New Horizons features the player living on a deserted island hosted by Nook Inc., and they are given the task to promote the island and gain the attention of K.K. Slider. New Horizons introduces the ability to craft items, allowing the player to craft furniture and tools alongside special goods such as Fish Bait to catch fish. Additional features in New Horizons include the ability to place furniture outside, a new application to modify cliffs, water, and paths, changes to villager interactions and personalities, a Ladder and Vaulting Pole for easier navigation, and the ability to host multiplayer sessions without relying on friend lists. New Horizons gained notoriety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has sold 31.18 million copies, eclipsing New Leaf to become the best-selling Animal Crossing game.[4] New Horizons continues to receive regular updates that add new features as well as modify content.
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise[nb 10] Nintendo Switch
Worldwide November 5, 2021
A paid downloadable expansion for New Horizons, and successor to the Nintendo 3DS spin-off game Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. The player can travel to an archipelago resort to design vacation homes for characters, with newly introduced items and abilities able to be taken back to the player's home island. The expansion is available for individual purchase from the Nintendo eShop, or can be played as part of a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass subscription.

Spin-off titles

Boxart Title Platforms and release dates Information
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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer[nb 11] Nintendo 3DS
Japan July 30, 2015

United States of America September 25, 2015
Europe October 2, 2015
Australia October 3, 2015

Based on New Leaf, this spin-off focuses on designing homes and gardens. First game in the series to use amiibo.
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Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival[nb 12] Wii U
United States of America November 13, 2015

Europe November 20, 2015
Japan November 21, 2015
Australia November 21, 2015

A multiplayer party game that utilizes amiibo.
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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp[nb 13] iOS

Australia October 25, 2017 (Beta)

Japan November 21, 2017
United States of America November 21, 2017
Europe November 21, 2017

First game to be released on mobile devices. Receives regular content updates.

Other media

Various media based on the Animal Crossing video games has been released, including soundtracks, manga series, and a feature-length film.


Image Title Release date Music from Tracks
DnM OST Cover.png Doubutsu no Mori: Totakeke Myūjikku Japan August 22, 2001 Doubutsu no Mori 29
DnM OST 2 Cover.jpg Doubutsu no Mori: Totakeke Myūjikku 2 Japan October 11, 2001 Doubutsu no Mori 29
Keke Choice Mix Cover Front.png Animal Crossing Sound CD: Keke Choice! Mix Japan November 21, 2005 Animal Crossing: Wild World 6
Film Soundtrack Cover.jpg Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori: Original Soundtrack Japan December 13, 2006 🎬 Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori 51
CF JP Soundtrack Cover.jpg Machi e Ikō yo Doubutsu no Mori: Mori no Ongakkai Japan April 22, 2009 Animal Crossing: City Folk 39
Animal Crossing Your Favorite Songs Cover.png Animal Crossing: Your Favourite Songs - Original Soundtrack Europe December 2009 Animal Crossing: City Folk 39
ADnM OST.jpg Atsumare Dōbutsu no Mori: Original Soundtrack Japan June 9, 2021 Animal Crossing: New Horizons 173 (BGM-shū)
95 (Totakeke Mūjikku-shū Instrumental)


Image Title Release date Directed by Length
Animalcrossingfilm poster.jpg Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori Japan December 16, 2006 Jōji Shimura 87 minutes


Image Title Original run/Release date Written by Volumes
DnM+GB Volume 1 Cover.jpg Doubutsu no Mori+ 4koma Gag Battle 2002 – 2003 ??? 3
DnM+MK Cover.jpg Doubutsu no Mori+ 4coma Manga Kingdom ??? ??? 1
PMN Cover.jpg Doubutsu no Mori+: Purin-Mura Nikki Japan April 12, 2003 Noboru Matsuyama 1
E+gagbattle1.png Doubutsu no Mori e+ 4koma Gag Battle Sep 2003 – Nov 2003 ??? 2
DnMe+MK Cover.jpg Doubutsu no Mori e+ 4koma Manga Ōkoku Japan September 27, 2003 ??? 1
HMD Volume 1 Cover.png Doubutsu no Mori: Hohinda Mura Dayori 2005 – 2015 Abe Sayori 12
ODnMST Volume 1 Cover.jpg Oideyo Doubutsu no Mori: Shiawase Tsūshin 2006 – 2008 Mako Morie 2
MnDnM Cover.png Minna no Doubutsu no Mori Japan December 25, 2008 Mayuki Koyama 1
TMY Cover.jpg Machi e Ikō yo Doubutsu no Mori: Tanpopo Murada Yori Japan August 2010 Mako Morie 1
TDnMMdSML Compliation Cover.jpg Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori: Minna de Seseragi Mura Life 2012 – ??? Yumiko Murakami ???
TDnM Volume 1 Cover.png Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori 2014 – 2015 Kōhē 2
HSI Volume 1 Cover.png Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori: Harikiri Sonchō Ippē! 2014 – 2019 Ryohei Osaki 7
NookTails Logo EN.jpg NookTails 2019 – present Cho Hanayo 8
ADnMNSD Vol 1 Cover.jpg Atsumare Doubutsu no Mori: Nonbiri Shima Dayori 2019 – present Minori Kato 17 (Ch.)
ACNH-DID Volume 1 Cover EN.jpg Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Deserted Island Diary 2020 – present Kokonasu Rumba 2
ADnMMtTSS Cover.jpg Atsumare Doubutsu no Mori: Minna to Tsukuru Shima Seikatsu Japan March 25, 2021 Yumiko Murakami 1



The following artwork is not known to have been used to promote any specific game and is instead used to promote the series as a whole.


  1. Japanese: どうぶつの森 Hepburn: Dōbutsu no MoriAnimal Forest
  2. Japanese: どうぶつの森 Hepburn: Dōbutsu no MoriAnimal Forest
  3. Japanese: どうぶつの森+ Hepburn: Dōbutsu no Mori+Animal Forest+
  4. Japanese: どうぶつの森e+ Hepburn: Dōbutsu no Mori e+Animal Forest e+
  5. Japanese: おいでよどうぶつの森 Hepburn: Oideyo Dōbutsu no MoriAnimal Forest: Come Here
  6. Japanese: 街へいこうよどうぶつの森 Hepburn: Machi e ikouyo: Dōbutsu no MoriLet's Go to the City: Animal Forest
  7. Japanese: とびだせどうぶつの森 Hepburn: Tobidase Dōbutsu no MoriJump Out Animal Forest
  8. Japanese: とびだせ どうぶつの森 amiibo+ Hepburn: Tobidase Dōbutsu no Mori amiibo+Jump Out Animal Forest amiibo+
  9. Japanese: あつまれ どうぶつの森 Hepburn: Atsumare Dōbutsu no Morilit. Get Together: Animal Forest
  10. Japanese: あつまれ どうぶつの森 ハッピーホームパラダイス Hepburn: Atsumare Dōbutsu no Mori Happī Hōmu Paradaisulit. Get Together: Animal Forest Happy Home Paradise
  11. Japanese: どうぶつの森:ハッピーホームデザイナ Hepburn: Dōbutsu no Mori: Happī Hōmu Dezainā
  12. Japanese: どうぶつの森amiiboフェスティバル Hepburn: Dōbutsu no Mori: amiibo Fesutibaru
  13. Japanese: どうぶつの森 ポケットキャンプ Hepburn: Dōbutsu no Mori: Poketo Kyanpu


  1. (archived)
  2. Nintendo. "Nintendo DS Software". Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  3. Nintendo. "Top Selling Software Sales Units: Nintendo 3DS Software". Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  4. Nintendo (September 30, 2020). "Top Selling Title Sales Units". Retrieved March 25, 2021.

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