Throughout the history of the Animal Crossing series, many games have featured cameo appearances from the series, along with the series featuring cameo appearances from other games. Below is a list of all cameos in or about the Animal Crossing series
- 1 References to the Animal Crossing series in other video games
- 1.1 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- 1.2 Jump Rope Challenge
- 1.3 Kirby Super Star Ultra
- 1.4 The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
- 1.5 Mario Kart 8
- 1.6 Style Savvy: Trendsetters
- 1.7 Style Savvy: Fashion Forward
- 1.8 Super Mario Maker
- 1.9 Super Smash Bros. Melee
- 1.10 Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- 1.11 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
- 1.12 Taiko no Tatsujin: Atsumete Tomodachi Daisakusen!
- 1.13 Tetris 99
- 1.14 WarioWare: Smooth Moves
- 1.15 Wii Music
- 1.16 Wii Fit Plus
- 2 References to other Nintendo games in the Animal Crossing series
- 3 References on social media
- 4 References
References to the Animal Crossing series in other video games
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, one of Donkey Kong's idle animations is pulling out a blue 3DS XL with sound effects being heard from one of four random 3DS games. One of these games is Animal Crossing: New Leaf. He can be heard either starting up the game, coming out of a house, or digging something up. This is removed from the Nintendo Switch rerelease.
Jump Rope Challenge
Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, there is a subgame called "The Great Cave Offensive". The objective of it is to escape with the most items possible, and some of these items are references to other games from Nintendo. One of these items is the Gold Watering Can, an obvious reference to the Golden Watering Can.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Mario Kart 8
Animal Crossing cameos made an appearance in the Wii U game Mario Kart 8 through the Animal Crossing x Mario Kart 8 downloadable content pack (DLC). Released on April 23, 2015, the DLC includes the characters Isabelle and the human player as playable racers. One of the DLC's two new cups, the Crossing Cup, is based on Animal Crossing. Of the four new vehicles, two are also Animal Crossing themed (the City Tripper and the Streetle). The Crossing Cup's signature track (named 'Animal Crossing') has players racing through an Animal Crossing village whose season changes each time the course is played.
Style Savvy: Trendsetters
For the release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf in 2013, Style Savvy: Trendsetters has released two downloadable brands for their character in-game. One called "Club LOL" based on Club LOL, and "GracieGrace" based on Gracie. In the PAL version Nintendo Presents: New Style Boutique, the Club LOL inspired brand is called "Club Design" and Gracie's brand is "Giraffissima". The Japanese version has Club 444 instead of Club LOL, as it's the name of the club in-game.
The Club LOL brand has one item, DJ KK Concert Tee. It was available for download in June 2013.
The GracieGracie brand has five items - Beret, Sunglasses, Slip Dress, Hangbag and Tall Boots. It was available for download in May 2013.
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward
To celebrate the release of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer in 2016, a special set was released for download. It includes two clothing items inspired by Lottie - Lottie's Jacket and Lotties' Blouse, and a shirt inspired by Isabelle - Town Secretary Shirt. Besides clothing items, three doll house items are included as well - Nook's Homes Company Car, Nook's Homes Photocopier and Nook's Homes amiibo Phone. These items are available for the Japanese, European, and Australian versions of the game. This game also has amiibo support - scanning the Isabelle amiibo or amiibo card gives an opportunity to be gifted the Town Secretary Shirt from a customer. This method of obtaining the Town Secretary Shirt includes four additional color variants and is only available in the Western versions of the game. In all versions, any other amiibo unlocks the Star Hairpin, including those of Isabelle in the Japanese version's case.
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker allows several Animal Crossing costumes to be unlocked, which replace Mario in the Super Mario Bros. game style. These additional characters can be unlocked through scanning their respective amiibo figures, or by completing the 100 Mario Challenge. There are a total of 17 Animal Crossing costumes, including:
- Isabelle (summer outfit)
- Isabelle (winter outfit)
- K.K. Slider
- Mr. Resetti
- Timmy and Tommy
- Tom Nook
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a wider variety of Animal Crossing trophies are obtainable, along with music, stickers, and even a stage known as Smashville. On the stage, red balloons float around with food attached to the bottom, which is a reference to floating presents. A new item, the Pitfall Seed, is also introduced, in which it can be thrown either directly at enemies or on the ground. If the enemy is either directly hit by or falls into the Pitfall Seed, they instantly become momentarily immobile. Mr. Resetti also appears as an assist trophy, where he starts yelling at players, much like when the player resets in an Animal Crossing game. This blocks around half the screen, obstructing the player's view of their character. Resetti will also make humorous impressions of brawling characters.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U introduces a fighter to represent the Animal Crossing series, known as Villager and the default resembles the 'AAB' male character from Animal Crossing: City Folk, though other villagers are playable, too. He uses various items and tools in his moves, including the Net for grabbing opponents and the Slingshot for aerial attacks.
The stage for the Wii U version, 'Town & City' is based on Animal Crossing: City Folk, and is very similar to Smashville from Brawl, as the fighters fight on a platform in the sky overlooking the town as spectators watch the match. This time, the platform will travel between the town and the city. There are two spectator platforms, one in the town, and another in the city, and each will contain characters that would be found in their respective areas. The spectators' platforms will not move with the fighters' platform, they will stay in their respective areas as the fighters' platform lowers in front of the spectators.
The stage for the 3DS version is Tortimer Island from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Being as everyone's island is unique and different, the stage's appearance will be different each and every time it is played on. Kapp'n's family and Tortimer will stand in the background and watch the match, while Kapp'n and his speedboat will wait at the docks at the side of the island and appears to act as a stage hazard. Sharks will also jump out of the water when a fighter gets near. Strangely, a pool of water is always featured on the Smash Bros. stage, where there is never a pool of water on the actual island.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Atsumete Tomodachi Daisakusen!
Taiko no Tatsujin: Atsumete Tomodachi Daisakusen! (太鼓の達人 あつめて★ともだち大作戦！?) is a Japanese Wii U video game released in 2015. Animal Crossing amiibo may be used with the game to unlock Animal Crossing: New Leaf tracks, costumes, and more.
In Tetris 99, a special event was held from May 15th to May 18th, 2020 in which an Animal Crossing theme can be unlocking by collecting at least 100 event points. In the theme, the background, user interface, and tetrominos are Animal Crossing-themed, and music and sound effects from Animal Crossing: New Horizons play in the background.
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
During the 9-Volt level in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, one microgame, named Animal Crossing: Wild World, involves the player controlling a fishing Animal Crossing: Wild World character (either a male or female, depending upon the player's gender). The player must pull up the Wii Remote in order to catch a fish from the river. There are three difficulty stages to this game:
- Easy: There is one fish in the river.
- Intermediate: There is one fish in the river that takes a long time to tug on the bait.
- Hard: There are two fish in the river.
All fish from Wild World are potential catches in this microgame. Failure to pull up the Fishing Rod will result in the player losing a life.
Despite being an obvious reference to Animal Crossing, there are a number of inconsistencies with the game:
- Fish that cannot be found in rivers may be caught, one example being the Football Fish.
- Lilies can be seen in the river; this is an Animal Crossing-only feature, and is not present in Wild World.
- The male character's hat has green horns that match the pattern of the hat- no matter the pattern in Wild World, the horns will always be grey.
- Every time the game is played, the fish pulls down the bobber immediately. Although this can happen in-game, it is very unusual, and certainly does not happen all the time.
- The music playing in the background is from Animal Crossing.
- When the fish is caught, a generic 'success' noise is played, rather than the Animal Crossing 'success' noise.
In Wii Music, the Animal Crossing theme and K.K. Blues (known as Animal Crossing -- K.K. Blues) both appear as songs. The descriptions are for the Main Theme and K.K. Blues respectively; "The cats, dogs, and others in the world of Animal Crossing know this melody. It's one of Nintendo's cutest tunes, so play it with a song in your heart!" and "If you've got the blues, this tune by the musical pooch from Nintendo's Animal Crossing series is just what you need. Play it with soul!"
Wii Fit Plus
References to other Nintendo games in the Animal Crossing series
Being a Nintendo game, there are various references to other Nintendo games in the Animal Crossing series.
- When talking to Gulliver, he can say he might have "lost his Goldfish in Toad Town or Hyrule" which are references to Toad Town from Paper Mario and the Mario series and Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda series.
- Kapp'n can sing a song about how he thinks Mario acts. Kapp'n also references The Legend of Zelda in between some sea shanty verses, saying, "Ever spend a night in a Hyrulian Prison?"
- The catch quote for the Loach is "I caught a loach! You don't suppose it's Hylian, do you?". This is a reference to the Hylian Loach, a fish in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
- There is a collection of 10 Super Mario Bros.-themed furniture items, as well as the Mushroom Mural and Block Flooring, which also are themed after Super Mario Bros.
- The Autumn Medal and Spring Medal items contain a medal with Mario's face on it.
- The Mario Trophy and Luigi Trophy items are statues of Mario and Luigi respectively.
- The Anju's Shirt and Kaffe's Shirt items are references to the outfits worn by Anju and Kafei, characters in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
- Tortimer tells a story that he defeated the "great sea snakes" at Pinnacle Rock, a reference to The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
- In some villagers' houses, if the player looks inside their storage units, they may get the message "You found 10 Rupees! Talk about lucky! Too bad you can't use them in this town...", a reference to The Legend of Zelda series.
- The Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda series appears as an item.
- An Arwing from Star Fox series appears as an item.
- The N Logo and G Logo items reference the logos of the Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube respectively.
- Various e-Reader designs feature references to other Nintendo franchises, including Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Pokémon, Kirby, Pikmin, F-Zero, and Star Fox.
Animal Crossing: Wild World
- After talking to Gulliver after repairing his U.F.O., he asks the player if they have ever seen "A space fox or a bounty hunter who can roll into a ball". These are clear references to Fox of the Star Fox series and Samus Aran of the Metroid series.
Animal Crossing: City Folk
- Through the Nook's Point-Tracking Machine, Nintendo-related items are available for purchase as a reward for spending large amounts of Bells at Tom Nook's.
- A Red Pikmin Hat and a Dolphin Model, which originate from the Pikmin series, are distributed items.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- After agreeing to help Gulliver, he'll mention that he's "never met a skipper so kind since Bobbery of Rogueport". This is a reference to Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
- One of the locations Gulliver mentions having washed up on is Isle Delfino. This is a reference to Super Mario Sunshine.
- Gulliver may also mention The Overthere; a place in Super Paper Mario.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- If the player refuses to find the communicator parts for Gulliver, he says, "Oof. I haven't received a cold shoulder this icy since my brush with the Snomad fleet...". This references the Snowmads from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
- One of the possible catch quotes for the Squid is "I caught a squid! Do they...not actually "bloop"?". This is a reference to Bloopers from the Mario (franchise).
- The Tulip Surprise Box opens when interacted with, revealing a doll referencing Princess Peach, Princess Daisy doll, or Rosalina depending on its variant.
- One of the quotes Isabelle restates during the island evaluation is "It's a place I've been quietly watching. It's a secret to everybody. I don't want it to be famous." The "It's a secret to everybody" part is a reference to an identical quote commonly used in the The Legend of Zelda series.
References throughout the series
From March 16, 2020 to June 16, 2020, to promote the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons a partnership with social media Twitter for a custom emoji features Tom Nook that appeared for a limited time for the following hashtags:
On July 3, 2020, a custom emoji features Isabelle is also here to promote the release of the 1.3.0 summer update and Isabelle's return as "account taker". However, #Isabelle will not trigger the emoji, but #TomNook does. This was removed later.