| Dōbutsu no Mori+|
|| Nintendo EAD
|| Nintendo GameCube
|| Doubutsu no Mori
| Release date(s)
|| JPDecember 14, 2001
|| Life simulation
|| Single player
|| 1 GameCube Optical Disc
| Input methods
|| GameCube controller|
Game Boy Advance
Dōbutsu no Mori+ (どうぶつの森+, lit. Animal Forest+), often referred to as Animal Forest+ in English, is an updated version of Dōbutsu no Mori for the Nintendo GameCube released only in Japan on December 14, 2001, just nine months after the original title. This version contains extra features that had to be left out of the Nintendo 64 version, and also utilizes the GameCube's built-in clock to keep track of the date and time while dropping the Nintendo 64's original system that utilized an internal clock built into the game cartridge. With the use of the GameCube's clock, time passes in the game even when the game is not being played. This led to the game's slogan, "It's playing, even when you're not". Dōbutsu no Mori+ cost 7,140 yen and sold 92,568 copies during its first week of sale in Japan.
During Dōbutsu no Mori+'s localization process overseas as Animal Crossing, there were many changes that not only involved immense translation from Japanese to English, but also replacements of many cultural references as well as brand new content, including new holidays, new items and new or altered events. After the success of Animal Crossing, Nintendo of Japan was so impressed with the results of the translation done by Nintendo of America's Treehouse division that they translated NOA's version back into Japanese and released it as Dōbutsu no Mori e+. Dōbutsu no Mori e+ was released in Japan on June 27th, 2003, and sold 91,658 copies during its first week of sale.
Changes from Doubutsu no Mori
- The villagers' appearances have changed.
Similarities with Animal Crossing
Differences from Animal Crossing
In addition to being an upgraded re-release to the original Dōbutsu no Mori, there are also many differences between Dōbutsu no Mori+ and Animal Crossing.
- Doubutsu no Mori+ almost has the same game code as Animal Crossing. Doubutsu no Mori+ is GAFJ, Animal Crossing is GAFE in the US version, GAFP in the PAL version.
- Doubutsu no Mori+ features the Famicom games Gomoku Narabe and Majong, while Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+ feature the NES games Soccer and Exitebike. In addition Doubutsu no Mori+ features the Famicom Disk System version of Legend of Zelda. Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+ feature the English NES version. And you can obtain the Forbidden Four NES games normally in the game. In Animal Crossing you need a cheating device.
- In Doubutsu no Mori+ Tortimer wears glasses with white blue lenses and a red hat, and in Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+ Tortimer wears glasses with clear lenses and a black hat.
- In Doubutsu no Mori+ there is the Bell shrine. On New Year's Day you shake in the pole in the middle and the bell rind. This was also featured in Doubutsu no Mori but was scrapped in Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+.
- Mr. Resetti and Don Resetti wear different clothes in Doubutsu no Mori+, the clothes were white. These clothes were also in the original Doubutsu no Mori but in Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+, he has a white T-shirt and a blue overall.
- Jane the gorilla has a different appearance in Doubutsu no Mori+, as her appearance has white fur. This appearance was also in the original Doubutsu no Mori, and in Animal Crossing, she has purple fur.
- The Nintendo logo color changes. In Dōbutsu no Mori e+ it was blue, In Animal Crossing it was red, in Doubutsu no Mori+ it was white, and Doubutsu no Mori has the Nintendo 64 logo.
Dobutsu No Mori e+ - A very detailed guide with more specific notes on the differences between Dōbutsu no Mori, Animal Crossing and Dōbutsu no Mori+.
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