Dōbutsu no Mori e+
Animal Forest e+
Dōbutsu no Mori e+, often called Animal Forest e+ by English fans, is a major update, or potential sequel, of Animal Crossing. When Nintendo decided to port Dōbutsu no Mori to the Nintendo GameCube system, the American version, Animal Crossing, had much more than the Japanese version Dōbutsu no Mori +. Not only did thousands of lines of text have to be translated, but the translators had to create new holidays and items. Nintendo of Japan was so impressed with the results of the translation done by Nintendo of America's Treehouse division that they translated Nintendo of America's version back into Japanese and released it as Dōbutsu no Mori e+. Dōbutsu no Mori e+ was released in Japan on June 27, 2003, and sold 91,658 copies during its first week of sale.
Due to the limited success of the e-Reader outside of Japan, as well as the e-Reader never being released in Europe, the game was not localized for western regions, and instead Animal Crossing: Wild World, which was released almost a year after e+, was localized in its place. Despite this, many features introduced in e+ have reappeared in localized games, such as Medicine, and nearly all of the villagers introduced in this game reappear in english games as well. A fan translation of the game, created by online persona Cuyler36, is also available.
Animal Forest e+ introduced many new features and characters, such as Antonio. One of these new features was the Town Decoration. Town Decoration Items are items that can be placed on signposts, but as the name implies, they are just decorations. These items can be bought in Tom Nook's Store or by inputting codes that are found on the official site.
The game has many characters exclusive to it, both regular villagers and special card-only villagers such as Meow. The island is also present, without the need of a GBA hookup and contains eighteen new islanders. There are also eight newly added insects and fish.
Differences from Animal Crossing
In addition to being an upgraded re-release to Animal Crossing, there are also many differences between Dōbutsu no Mori e+ and Animal Crossing.
- In addition to being completely re-translated from English back to Japanese, Dōbutsu no Mori e+ is region locked to be only playable in a Japanese Nintendo GameCube, although certain cheat devices like Action Replay are capable of forcing any other nationalized Gamecube to recognize and run Dōbutsu no Mori e+. In addition, not only does Dōbutsu no Mori e+ have to be saved with a memory card that does not already contain saved data from a different localized game, but it requires much more space to save. Animal Crossing requires 57 blocks for the main game plus 1 for saved data when playing any NES game found in-game and potentially 4 more blocks for travel data if the player's character migrates via the memory card into another player's town on their memory card. Dōbutsu no Mori e+ requires 57 blocks for Town Data, 5 blocks to save data for stored letters in the Post Office, 5 more blocks to save any designs made in the Able Sisters Tailor Shop, 1 block for saved data when playing any NES games, and an additional 4 blocks for Travel Data.
- Dōbutsu no Mori e+ retains the dial system when typing characters in letter or dialogue featured in the original Dōbutsu no Mori + instead of the keyboard system featured on Animal Crossing.
- Although the player cannot transfer any characters made in the original Doubutsu no Mori+ to Animal Crossing, it is possible to move their character from Dōbutsu no Mori + into Dōbutsu no Mori e+. They can either migrate both the town and their character(s) from Animal Forest + into Dōbutsu no Mori e+ or (if they already have a town in Dōbutsu no Mori e+) migrate a character from Dōbutsu no Mori + to Dōbutsu no Mori e+ as long as there is at least one house empty among the four possible player-owned houses. The imported player can only take a few things with them, such as their name, birthdate, fishing and insect catching records, their personal patterns, and their item catalog. The character migrated to Dōbutsu no Mori e+ is still available for play in their original spot in Dōbutsu no Mori +.
- The player can adjust how fluent they are with kanji in the main menu.
- When doing favors for Tom Nook in the player's first playthrough as their new character, Tom Nook will tell the player to do favors for the neighbors while they wait for him to come up with the next task he wants them to do. Dōbutsu no Mori e+ skips this and goes straight to the next package that Tom Nook wants the player to deliver. This was changed because they overhauled the villager quest system and asking for chores is no longer present.
- The player can wake up Tom Nook after hours by banging on the doors three times with the shovel. Once this is done, the light in the store will switch on and the player may enter. Tom Nook will be in his pajamas and allow the player to shop, but he will move much more slowly, prices will be inflated more than they were during the store's normal hours, and the player is only allowed to either sell what they have or buy what is on display in the store. If the player has upgraded to Nookington's, this effect is also applied to Timmy and Tommy. This was not available in Animal Crossing.
- Tom Nook will sell party poppers at his store in the latter half of December to celebrate New Year's Eve. This does not happen in Animal Crossing, which involves Jingle visiting town before New Year's Eve. He also offers much more of a variety of items during his sales, including holiday knickknacks such as party poppers, fans, balloons, and pinwheels. In addition, the player can also open the option of hiring Tom Nook to build objects found around town for display if they pay a fee. These include objects such as a water mill, sewer lines, street lamps, and so on. They can also choose to demolish these special town decorations.
- Animal Crossing's Post Office can hold up to 160 letters in storage. Dōbutsu no Mori e+ can save 160 letters in storage as well, but can create up to five storages on the same or different memory cards for the potential of up to 800 letters.
- The E-Reader is set up in the "ETM" machine in the Post Office in Animal Crossing. In Dōbutsu no Mori e+ it is set up in the wishing well. Also, there are new options added into option selections among NPC characters, including creating and destroying objects from Tom Nook's Store, selecting where a letter should be saved among designated memory cards, and the player can play mini games and access E-Reader options in the Wishing Well.
- The Town Tune board uses letters to represent note pitches in Animal Crossing. These letters were replaced with katakana letters in Dōbutsu no Mori e+.
- The debt the player owes Tom Nook for each house upgrade differ between Animal Crossing and Dōbutsu no Mori e+. Also, the player's last upgrade is ownership over their own private island that follows after the second floor addition. They can also refuse to have the statue of their character erected once they pay off all their debt.
- Totakeke and many other characters celebrate the player's birthday by attending a live performance Totateke sets up for them as well as give them personal greetings in Dōbutsu no Mori e+. In Animal Crossing only one neighbor will personally congratulate the player and give them their gift, and only if they leave their house between 6 A.M. and 6 P.M.. Everyone else will send their gifts through mail, as well as Mom who gives the player the Birthday Cake.
- The neighbors can fall ill in Dōbutsu no Mori e+ and medicine is buyable and used to treat them. The medicine can also be used to treat the player's bee stings. This is not available in Animal Crossing and was not seen overseas until the same system appeared again in Animal Crossing: Wild World.
- All the holidays in Animal Crossing were transferred over to Dōbutsu no Mori e+ as well, but additional events were vaguely mentioned, including how certain neighbors will wear hats during Christmas Eve and the Harvest Festival, and how Mom will send the player letters about Tanabata (Festival of the Stars) and Mamemaki (Bean Throwing Festival).
- There are 66 brand new neighbors featured in the E-Reader cards in Dōbutsu no Mori e+, and it is possible to choose which neighbors the player wants to move in to their town by collecting their E-Reader card and then swiping them. They can also make their neighbors perform a few more actions than usual if they become good friends with them, such as waving to them when they see them. This is not available in Animal Crossing because the E-Reader cards only cause the character on the card to send the player a letter with a gift, and further give them another gift through a written password on the back of the card. The added friendship actions the player's neighbors will perform are not seen until Animal Crossing: Wild World.
- There are also 18 new islanders in Dōbutsu no Mori e+, all of which are only obtainable from E-Reader+ cards.
- The villager E-Reader+ cards introduced in Dōbutsu no Mori e+ contain the villager's data on the card. This allowed Nintendo to create as many new villagers as they wanted, even after the game was mastered and in the hands of players. This feature would be implemented again (but unused) later in Animal Crossing: City Folk.
- The player can eavesdrop on conversations held between two neighbors in Dōbutsu no Mori e+. The neighbors in Animal Crossing talk only for a split second, preventing the player from doing the same. This feature appears again in Wild World.
- Clothing styles make their first appearance in Dōbutsu no Mori e+. Each villager has a favorite style and a hated style.
- New dialog was added that branches based on things such as if the player has a basement, if they have an island, if Nook's has been upgraded, and much more.
- Lost Item quests were introduced in Dōbutsu no Mori e+. A villager may ask you to find a generic item (they'll refer to it as gyroid, furniture, carpet, etc) for them. It will be on the ground somewhere in town.
- Announcements can be made using your house's gyroid. They can be played after a certain amount of time has passed, or at a specific time specified.
- In Animal Crossing, asking for errands will cause them to either ask for an item from another neighbor or give the player an item to deliver to a select neighbor. These items, however, are always either open or non-usable even if they were the same kind of object the player could normally use (like clothing or tools). In Dōbutsu no Mori e+, they will do the same, but sometimes give the player wrapped items instead. If the player chooses to unwrap the present and/or use it, the one who gave the player the errand will be angered with them and avoid talking to them for a while. They also sometimes offer errands involving the player personally giving another neighbor a letter, which they can choose to read. This is another featured added into Wild World.
- The aforementioned Private Island available as the last house upgrade in Dōbutsu no Mori e+ is also the same island accessed in Animal Crossing via the Game Boy Advance and Link Cable. However, Dōbutsu no Mori e+'s island does not require the Game Boy Advance or Link Cable to access, and the player can have up to four tropical islands, one for each player. The players can also visit each other's islands, but only after all of these characters have paid off their debts. In addition, the islands do not come with a pre-selected islander, but instead, are available through E-Reader Cards. Once the player scans the card for their desired islander, that islander will be found washed up on the island's shores in a similar manner to Gulliver in the mainland. They will then stay on the island and request for furniture in the same manner as the islander in Animal Crossing. As a reward they will give the player a piece of the Islander Furniture Set or rare games.
- Eight new fish and insects are available in Dōbutsu no Mori e+. The following fish made their first appearance: Dab, Olive Flounder, Horse Mackerel, Seahorse, Squid, Octopus (fish), Puffer Fish, and Blue Marlin. As for bugs, the following were added: Diving Beetle, Flea, Dung Beetle, Crab, Hermit Crab, Coconut Crab, Birdwing Butterfly, and Hercules Beetle. The Puffer Fish, Blue Marlin, Birdwing Butterfly, and Hercules Beetle can only be found on the island.
- The Reset Monitoring Center can be accessed after encountering Mr. Resetti twice. There is one day a week where a rock around town will become the entrance to the center. This means that checking each rock every day for up to a week after your latest reset will eventually lead to finding the Reset Monitoring Center. Mr. Resetti can be found in here as well as Don. This was not available in Animal Crossing.
- There are new collections of furniture, clothing and other objects, some of which include objects that went unused in Animal Crossing.
- There are mini-games available for play via the Game Boy Advance in addition to the NES games available in Animal Crossing.
- There are additional tracks available from Totakeke's live performances. The twelve new tracks can be requested to K.K. Slider, but you will only receive the airchecks if you scan their respective E-Reader card.
- Although E-Reader is compatible with Animal Crossing, both the E-Reader and the cards themselves are sold separately. Dōbutsu no Mori e+ comes with its own E-Reader+ and five bonus cards.
- Photos can be taken in Dōbutsu no Mori e+ when an SD Card adapter with SD Card is detected. These photos could then be transferred to a computer.
- You can also "lend out" your town using an SD Card adapter. You could then send the file of your town to a friend who could "visit it" with their character. They would then save the modified town and send the data back for you to reload. This allowed for visiting towns without needing to have each other's memory card.
- The color of the Nintendo logo changes. In Dōbutsu no Mori e+ it was blue, in Animal Crossing it was red, and in Doubutsu no Mori + it was white and Dōbutsu no Mori has the N64 logo.
- The promotional memory card that comes with Animal Crossing allows the player's first character to be made in that town to receive a special letter from Nintendo as well as a grab bag with two NES games and a song from Totakeke. For Dōbutsu no Mori e+ the grab bag holding these items arrive as a gift in a letter from Mom.
- Sometimes when completing a delivery of a wrapped gift, the neighbor who asked the player to deliver it will later ask for the receiving neighbor's feedback. This does not occur in Animal Crossing but is used in Wild World and City Folk.
- In Animal Crossing, Chip will explain the rules and take any fish the player has as entries during the Fishing Tourney. In Dōbutsu no Mori e+, he will also give the player a Fishing Rod for free if he notices they do not have one in their inventory.
- The Coelacanth was changed to only appear once per play session. Even if the player fails to catch it, it will not reappear until the game is reloaded in some way. Saving and continuing does not reset it. It also had its shadow size increased.
- Fleas can now appear on animal neighbors.
- In Animal Crossing, flowers are only able to be planted. In Dōbutsu no Mori e+ planted flowers can now be picked and held in the player's hand. Jacob's Ladders were also added. It will grow near the cliffs when the town is given a "perfect" rating. The Jacob's Ladder reappears in Wild World, but does not appear near cliffs as there are none in that game.
- In Animal Crossing, gyroids inside a house will begin to move the minute the player enters the room they are in. In Dōbutsu no Mori e+, gyroids in a neighbor's house will pause for a moment before they all begin at the same time, while gyroids in the player's home can be set to be sync to each other or a song playing in the room and stay synced even when the player goes out and comes back.
- Diaries dropped on the floor in Animal Crossing appear as objects stuffed inside a brown paper bag with Tom Nook's symbol printed on it. This symbol is also used for saplings. In Dōbutsu no Mori e+, diaries now appear as envelopes.
- The ink meter that appears in Animal Crossing when writing a letter or a Bulletin Board post was removed in Dōbutsu no Mori e+.
- For this subject's image gallery, see Doubutsu no Mori e+/Gallery.
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