A collection of Animal Crossing e-Reader cards, packaged under the name Animal Crossing-e in North America, was released in 2002 and 2003. There are a total of 326 Animal Crossing-themed cards (plus two promo cards) produced by Nintendo for use with the Nintendo e-Reader within the game. The cards were distributed in four series, with an initial North American release in October 2002. Each pack contained a random assortment of five cards sold at $2.99 MSRP. In order to the use the cards, the player must scan the cards at the appropriate in-game location, which varies according to card type; the Doubutsu no Mori+ cards can only be scanned on the Game Boy Advance by itself, as the original Japanese e-Reader cannot connect to the Nintendo GameCube.
Of the two promotional cards released, the first (titled Animal Crossing) was bundled with the e-Reader accessory in North America while the promotional NES Link card was included in the December 2002 issue of Nintendo Power magazine.
Another three series containing a total of 108 cards were released exclusively in Japan for the release of Doubutsu no Mori e+. These series include cards for the new villagers and songs as well as 12 new design cards.
Series 1 - K.K. Slider (front)
Series 1 - K.K. Slider (back)
Series 2 - Peaches (front)
Series 3 - Katrina (front)
Series 4 - Freckles (front)
There are 275 total character e-cards, each of which has a picture of a villager or special visitor on its front and additional information about them on the card back, such as their gender, catchphrase and their astrological sign, as well as a short paragraph describing their personality and lastly, a password that can be redeemed for a special item. The cards can be used in the following ways:
- Without a Nintendo e-Reader:
- Sending the code found on the back of the card via letter to random villager in town will result in a return letter from that villager two days later with an item attached. The item sent is specific to each e-card and ranges from common items to fossils to unorderable special event items.
- Sending the code (via letter) to the specific villager pictured on the front of a Character Card will result in a return letter from that villager two days later. The letter contains a common NES game 60% of the time,[nb 1] but otherwise contains the item associated with that e-card.
- Using only an e-Reader and Game Boy Advance:
- Scanning a character card into the e-Reader results in an animated three-page letter from that character being displayed on the screen along with background music that is unique to each card.
With an e-Reader connected to the GameCube using the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable:
- Scanning a character card at the e-Reader Transfer Machine in the Post Office will result in a letter from the villager on the card being sent to the player's mailbox. The present attached to this letter is specific to that e-card and is different from the one received when using that e-card's password.
If the player sends an e-card password to a villager in their town whose identity matches the character card from which it came, they will likely receive a letter containing an NES game as opposed to that e-card's standard item. The images below show the letter sent by each of the six personality types.
Sibling Cards have two special characters on them, having two dot codes and two passwords. Scanning the cards or mailing the codes has the same effect as standard Character Cards, with the player receiving an item from the character on the card.
Series 3 - Timmy & Tommy
Town Tune Cards
Series 1 - Mr. K.K.
Game Cards are used solely on the e-Reader and allow the player to play minigames on the Game Boy Advance involving various villagers. Character Cards can be scanned during these games to add the characters to them.
Classic Game Cards
There are two Classic Game Cards: Ice Climber and Mario Bros. Scanning them gives the player a letter from Tom Nook containing the Ice Climber and Mario Bros items, respectively. Both cards were released in Series 4.
Click on the appropriate image or text below to view a list of e-cards in that series.