Data Moving Service

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The Data Moving Service (データお引越しサービス, Dēta o hikkoshi sābisu) was a service provided by Nintendo in Japan that allowed players to transfer their player data from Doubutsu no Mori to Doubutsu no Mori+ by sending in a Nintendo 64 Controller Pak containing travel data from Doubutsu no Mori and a Nintendo GameCube Memory Card 59 containing town data from Doubutsu no Mori+. The service cost ¥630 (approximately $5 USD at the time) and began on January 10, 2002, one month after the release of Doubutsu no Mori+.[1]

The service worked as if the player was moving into town, and as such required existing town data for Doubutsu no Mori+ on the memory card in which there was at least one unoccupied house and no existing player with the same name as the one moving. The following data would be transferred to the GameCube title during the Data Moving Service:

  • Player name, gender, face, and clothing
  • Catalog information (the dreadful painting, novel painting, I love 64 shirt, and N cube shirt are not transferred as they no longer exist in the catalog)
  • Items in the player's pockets, with the exception of villager favor items and letters, which are removed, and the two removed shirts, which turn into patched shirts. This was the only way to obtain the dreadful painting and novel painting in Doubutsu no Mori+.
  • Bug and fish encyclopedia
  • Letters saved at the post office, but only if the GameCube Memory Card did not have any letter data already

In addition to the data transferred over, the save file would be set to a state after completing Tom Nook's part-time job and joining the Happy Room Academy, and the Ice Climber furniture item will be placed in the player's house, which was the only way to obtain it in Doubutsu no Mori+.

The exact date the Data Moving Service was discontinued is unknown; however, its webpage was accessible until at least 2005.[nb 1][2][3]

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  1. A capture of webpage as of March 12, 2005 on shows the page still active, with no mention of the service's discontinuation. The next documented capture on February 22, 2006 shows a "page not found" error, suggesting the service was discontinued between March 2005 and February 2006.


  1. Nintendo. "Animal Forest Data Moving Service!". Archived from the original on February 6, 2003. Retrieved August 30, 2020. (Japanese)
  2. Nintendo. "Animal Forest Data Moving Service!". Archived from the original on March 12, 2005. Retrieved August 30, 2020. (Japanese)
  3. Nintendo. "Page Not Found". Archived from the original on February 22, 2006. Retrieved August 30, 2020. (Japanese)