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.

Multiple Games[edit]

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.
  • When managing Animal Island Game Boy Advance data, Kapp'n may say "Why, what in the name o' Jabu-Jabu's belly?" This is a reference to the dungeon of the same name in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • The catch quote for the Loach is "I caught a loach! You don't suppose it's Hylian, do you?". This is a reference to the Hylian Loach, a fish in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • There is a collection of 10 Super Mario Bros.-themed furniture items, as well as the Mushroom Mural and Block Flooring, which also are themed after Super Mario Bros.
  • The Big Bro's Shirt, Li'l Bro's Shirt, Toad Print reference Mario, Luigi, and Toad, respectively
  • The Autumn Medal and Spring Medal items contain a medal with Mario's face on it.
  • The Mario Trophy and Luigi Trophy items are statues of Mario and Luigi respectively.
  • The Anju's Shirt and Kaffe's Shirt items are references to the outfits worn by Anju and Kafei, characters in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
  • Tortimer tells a story that he defeated the "great sea snakes" at Pinnacle Rock, a reference to The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
  • If the player interacts with a storage unit in a villager's house, a random message will appear. One of them is "You found 100 Rupees! But you can't use them here," a reference to The Legend of Zelda series.
  • The Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda series appears as an item.
  • An Arwing from Star Fox series appears as an item.
  • The N Logo and G Logo items reference the logos of the Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube, respectively.
  • The letter received from Bob after his e-Reader card is scanned says that he had a dream where the player was "running around on a tropical island with a water pump on [their] back," referencing Super Mario Sunshine.
  • Various e-Reader designs feature references to other Nintendo franchises, including Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Pokémon, Kirby, Pikmin, F-Zero, and Star Fox.
  • While working for Tom Nook, if the player is tasked with delivering furniture to a cranky villager, the latter's dialogue upon receiving the item will include the line "So ask yourself: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well? Do ya, <catchphrase>?" This is a modified quote from the 1971 action-thriller film Dirty Harry, in which the title character, while confronting a robber, states that "you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do you, punk?"
  • When waking a normal villager from a nap, they can occasionally respond with a startled "this is not my beautiful house, <catchphrase>! How did I get here?" This quotes two lines from the 1980 Talking Heads song "Once in a Lifetime".
  • When meeting Wisp, he may mention "Large Marge" as one of the violent beings who will punish him. This is likely a reference to the character of the same name, the ghost of a deceased trucker, from the 1985 film Pee-wee's Big Adventure.

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.
  • 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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