Prerelease and unused content in Animal Crossing
- For prerelease and unused content in Doubutsu no Mori, see Prerelease and unused content in Doubutsu no Mori.
In the prerelease build of the international version of Animal Crossing shown at E3 2002, a Fireworks Festival is shown taking place on a Saturday in August like in the Japanese version, rather than on July 4 like in the final international release.
Super Mario Bros and Legend of Zelda
Super Mario Bros and Legend of Zelda are fully functional NES games that are unobtainable. These were removed in Doubutsu no Mori e+. The fact that they cannot be obtained via a secret code, an attribute only shared by e-Reader card items Ice Climber and Mario Bros, suggests they may have been planned to be obtained via e-Reader cards that were never released. Both items are lucky, have an HRA score of 1983, and sell for 10,000 Bells. Like all NES game items, Super Mario Bros and Legend of Zelda have different designs in Doubutsu no Mori+ and Animal Crossing; Legend of Zelda also contains the Disk System version of the game in Doubutsu no Mori+.
Another item also named "Legend of Zelda" (filename: hayakawa_famicom)[nb 1] appears identical to the NES item and crashes the game when interacted with in international versions. In Doubutsu no Mori+, it is fully functional and contains the cartridge version of the game; however, it is still modeled after a Famicom Disk System.
Eight clothing items—Plum Kimono, Somber Robe, Red Sweatsuit, Blue Sweatsuit, Red Puffy Vest, Blue Puffy Vest, Summer Robe, and Bamboo Robe—are worn by villagers during various events and can be obtained and worn by the player only through the use of memory editing. The Plum Kimono appears in the houses of Monique and Chrissy, despite being normally unobtainable as item.
The bases for the fossils when placed as furniture appear as unobtainable furniture items. The items include Tricera D, T-Rex D, Bronto D, Ptera D, HUTABAD,[nb 2] Mammoth D, Stego D, and Stego D2, with "D" standing for display.
DUMMY is an furniture item that, due to an oversight, can be obtained from igloo campers. It is a white triangle with the Japanese text "ダミー" ("dummy") on it. The model for this item is also used by several other unobtainable items, including the Zabuton, Chest, Rack, Unused Dresser, Unused Monkey, Modern Den Chair, Golf Trophy, Tennis Trophy, and Kart Trophy.[nb 3] In addition to these items, many DUMMY items share names with items only present in Doubutsu no Mori+ and are likely leftovers from that version.[nb 4]
The Sickle is an tool that can be equipped but has no model or functionality. It appears as a Net in the player's pockets and uses an otherwise unused sprite of a toolbox when dropped on the ground.[nb 5]
The mbg is an unnamed item that can be placed outside. Initially, it is invisible, but once the player enters a building and returns, the item becomes a dark yellow cube that moves left and right while rotating counter-clockwise. The block has collision and will push the player if they are in its way, meaning it was likely a debug item used to test collision. Occasionally, the cube's color fades to a bright yellow, before returning to dark yellow.
The airplane is an unnamed item with the same inventory icon as the mbg that also be placed outside. Like the mbg, it is initially invisible. When the player enters a building and returns, the item becomes a paper airplane. If the player presses A while standing on the paper airplane, it will disappear, indicating that the player has picked it up. After doing so, if Z is held and the Control Stick is flicked, the airplane will fly from the player as if being thrown; the trajectory and distance it is thrown depends on how the Control Stick was flicked. Once the paper airplane lands, the player is unable to move, softlocking the game.
Each time the player enters a building and returns, the number of paper airplanes doubles. This repeats indefinitely, until the game crashes due to the number of objects rendered.
Like the mbg, the airplane has a corrupted icon in Animal Crossing and uses the Mosquito's icon in Doubutsu no Mori e+.
Corrupted or unusable items
There are several unobtainable items that have corrupted or missing names, or that have no function.
- "Unknown" is an item with a unique icon in the player's pockets that cannot be interacted with within their pockets.
- The following items reuse existing icons and have corrupted English names:
- §ÿ³„Ñ à – uses the icon of an unopened letter; Japanese name is クエストてがみ (quest letter)
- §ÿ³„ÕØ – uses the icon of an item of clothing; Japanese name is クエストぬの (quest clothes)
- §ÿ³„ÁÂÖ – uses the icon of 1,000 Bells; Japanese name is クエストおかね (quest money)
- money1000Bell – uses the icon of 1,000 Bells; Japanese name is おかね1000ベル (1,000 Bells of money)
- ÁàÅ – uses the icon of a Pitfall; Japanese name is おみくじ (written oracle)
- 🗙♀☂Þ🐷 – uses the icon of a Present; Japanese name is ムラノまっぷ (Murano map)
- An unnamed item, colloquially known as the "bluefish", can be dropped outside, where it has a unique sprite of a fish. Once dropped, it cannot be picked up.
Shaki (シャキッ) is a unused squirrel character. Through memory editing, her model can appear in the game in place of another character, though she has no unique dialogue or functionality. She can either have the name "Kù«–•B¡¡" or "Jambette" depending on which memory address she is spawned in, and she will use Kapp'n's dialogue.
Two messages that mention E3 exist within the game's data but remain unused:
- "I'm terribly sorry, but since E3 is being held today, We're not accepting any letters. I apologize for the inconvenience."
- "Listen, E3 is being held today. We don't save letters during E3. (We're just too busy!)"
- This filename differs from that of all other NES games, famicom_common. Hayakawa may refer to Kenzo Hayakawa, a programmer for Animal Crossing.
- This item name was mis-romanized and left untranslated. Romanized from its original Japanese name, its name would be Futaba D, which translates to "Plesio D."
- The Zabuton, Chest, Rack, Nice Speaker, Unused Dresser, Unused Monkey, and Modern Den Chair have models in Doubutsu no Mori. The Golf Trophy, Tennis Trophy, and Kart Trophy were added in Doubutsu no Mori+, and their original designs are unknown.
- Leftover items include the Dresser, Tansu, Sewing Box, Paper Lantern, Tea Table, Shogi Board, Screen, Bus Stop, Hibachi, Tea Tansu, Pink Kotatsu, Blue Kotatsu, School Desk, Graffiti Desk, Towel Desk, Kadomatsu, Kagamimochi, Heavy Chair, School Chair, Towel Chair, Stepstool, Giant Dharma, Dharma, Mini-Dharma, Striped Cone, Cola Machine, Barricade, Fence, Plastic Fence, Fence and Sign, Brown Drum, Red Drum, Juice Machine, Trash Can, Garbage Pail, Robotic Flagman, Zen Basin, Wash Basin, Warning Sign, Route Sign, Men Working Sign, Caution Sign, Temple Basin, Bucket, Faucet, Spa Chair, Massage Chair, Bath Mat, Spa Tub, Clerk's Booth, Spa Screen, Bath Locker, Milk Fridge, Lucky Cat, Lucky Black Cat, Racoon Obje,[sic] Lucky Frog, Alcove, Hearth, Post Box, Moon Dumpling, Bean Set, Osechi, Spring Medal, Fall Medal, Long-Life Noodle, Bass Boat, Mortar Ball, Big Catch Flag, Hibachi Grill, Scary Painting, and Novel Painting.
- The toolbox sprite is used for all tools dropped on the ground in Doubutsu no Mori, but in Animal Crossing tools instead have unique sprites.
- neopokekun (July 6, 2007). "Animal Crossing E3 2002". Retrieved November 29, 2020.