e-Reader card

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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 and Doubutsu no Mori e+-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, and are exclusively compatible with Animal Crossing for the Nintendo GameCube. Each pack contains a random assortment of five cards sold at $2.99 MSRP[1]. 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.

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[2].

Another series of 108 cards was released exclusively in Japan for the release of Doubutsu no Mori e+ that includes cards for the new villagers and songs as well as 12 new design cards.

Character cards[edit]

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:

Animated letter from K.K. Slider (001) received when scanning e-card without GCN connection
  1. 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 often contains a common NES game but may contain instead the default common item associated with that e-card.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Villager letters[edit]

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.

Other cards[edit]

Other cards have functions such as uploading a pattern.


Click on the appropriate image or text below to view a list of e-cards in that series.

Animal Crossing-e Series 1 Package.jpg
Series 1
Animal Crossing-e Series 2 Package.jpg
Series 2
Animal Crossing-e Series 3 Package.jpg
Series 3
Animal Crossing-e Series 4 Package.jpg
Series 4