List of references in the Animal Crossing series

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The following is a list of references to other media or popular culture in the Animal Crossing series.

Animal Crossing[edit]

  • One verse says "Yar, I know Nintendo gives ye yer joys. But I ask this of ye: Can games sing like me? Mario can't croon, bro!", referencing both Nintendo and Mario.
  • One interlude references The Legend of Zelda, with Kapp'n asking the player, "Ye ever spend the night in a Hyrulian prison?" The line additionally acts as a nod to the quote "Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?" from the 1980 comedy film Airplane!, itself a reference to the 1978 prison drama Midnight Express.
  • One interlude says "Ahoy there, Moby Dick! Ye wanna stop rockin' the boat?", referencing the fictional whale from the novel of the same name.

Animal Crossing: Wild World[edit]

  • After talking to Gulliver after repairing his U.F.O., he asks the player if they have ever seen "A space fox or a bounty hunter who can roll into a ball". These are clear references to Fox of the Star Fox series and Samus Aran of the Metroid series.
  • Goldie's favorite saying on her picture references Nintendogs, saying "I'm really into that Lab on the cover of Nintendogs. He's pretty dreamy."
  • On the player's third reset, Mr. Resetti states his favorite movie is "A Few Good Moles," a reference to A Few Good Men, a 1992 American legal drama film.
  • The ant's catch quote, "I caught an ant! Ant misbehavin'!", plays on the title of the 1929 jazz standard "Ain't Misbehavin'".

Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]


Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

Gulliver mentioning Admiral Bobbery of Rogueport

Animal Crossing: New Horizons[edit]

The player making a reference to Bloopers in New Horizons.
Gullivarrr referencing Captain Syrup in New Horizons.
  • If the player refuses to find the communicator parts for Gulliver, he says, "Oof. I haven't received a cold shoulder this icy since my brush with the Snomad fleet...". This references the Snowmads from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
  • The three possible catch quotes for the Squid reference other Nintendo franchises. "I caught a squid! Do they...not actually "bloop"?", which is a reference to Bloopers from the Mario franchise. The other two are references to the Splatoon series, with "I caught a squid! I had an inkling I might!" making a pun on Inklings and "I caught a squid! It's off the hook!" referencing the pop idol duo Off the Hook.
  • Blathers's description of the Eusthenopteron references the Splatoon series: "Imagine if we'd not left the oceans... How might fashion and music be different in an aquatic world? How would we resolve differences? Perhaps some sort of ink-squirting contest of champions?"
  • The Tulip Surprise Box opens when interacted with, revealing a doll referencing Princess Peach, Princess Daisy doll, or Rosalina depending on its variant.
  • One of the quotes Isabelle restates during the island evaluation is "It's a place I've been quietly watching. It's a secret to everybody. I don't want it to be famous." The "It's a secret to everybody" part is a reference to an identical quote commonly used in the The Legend of Zelda series.
  • When the player talks to a peppy villager, they may mention a game they have been waiting for to come out called Super Gyroid Brothers, a reference to Super Mario Bros..
  • Flick's description of the player's island when giving a 5-star evaluation is a truncated parody of the "this royal throne of kings" monologue from the 1595 William Shakespeare play Richard II.
  • Carrying over from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Rocco's favorite saying, "the only thing to fear is fear itself... and wasps," is a modified quote from United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, spoken during his first inauguration in 1933.
  • During Bunny Day, peppy villagers may comment on finding colorful bottles that wash ashore; while doing so, they'll remark that it inspired song lyrics for them, which they sing as "Message in a bottle, ooooohhhh; Makes me hungry for a waffle, ooooohhhh." This parodies the chorus of the 1979 song "Message in a Bottle" by the Police.
  • Forged copies of the Academic Painting include a key taped to the backside, a reference to a plot device in the 2003 Dan Brown novel The Da Vinci Code.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer[edit]

  • Louie's client vision is "A 30th-anniversary party!", a reference to the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp[edit]

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The Super Mushroom (left) and Poké Ball (right) as they appear in Pocket Camp


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