Animal Crossing-e is a collection of 326 Animal Crossing-themed cards (plus two promo cards) produced by Nintendo for use with the Nintendo e-Reader. 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. 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.
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
) received when scanning e-card without GCN connection
- 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.
- Using only an e-Reader and Game Boy Advance:
With an e-Reader connected to the GameCube using the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable:
- 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.
- 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.
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.