NES game

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All of the NES games in a room, along with Super Tortimer.

NES games are furniture items that appear in Doubutsu no Mori, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+, that contain emulated Nintendo Entertainment System or Family Computer Disk System (Famicom) games. There are 19 games in total, though the specific games and their availability differ between Animal Crossing series games. In the Nintendo GameCube games, the emulations can be temporarily transferred to a Game Boy Advance for portable play until the system is powered off. Progress can be transferred back to the Nintendo GameCube and saved, though some games disallow saving at all.

NES games are notably absent from later Animal Crossing series games. Certain NES games were re-released in the Classic NES Series for the Game Boy Advance. All NES games except for Clu Clu Land D and Golf were also available for purchase on the Wii Virtual Console for 500 points.

In Doubutsu no Mori and Doubutsu no Mori+[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori and Doubutsu no Mori+, the Japanese version of Animal Crossing, the items themselves are styled after the Famicom console. Doubutsu no Mori only features seven games; Balloon Fight, Clu Clu Land, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Golf, Pinball and Tennis. All items are simply named "Famicom" and can only be distinguished by the colors of the cartridges inserted into the system:

  • Orange: Clu Clu Land
  • White: Balloon Fight
  • Red: Donkey Kong
  • Blue: Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Yellow: Pinball
  • Purple: Tennis
  • Cyan: Golf

Most of these colors correspond to the actual cartridge colors from their respective games' original releases; the sole exception is Donkey Kong Jr., which was released in a white cartridge rather than the blue one presented in-game (Donkey Kong Jr. Math was released with a blue cartridge, though the game would not be playable until Doubutsu no Mori +). The deviation is likely to differentiate it from Balloon Fight, which also features a white cartridge both in-game and in its physical release. Additionally, all seven games feature the pulse line labels included on the first fourteen first-party Famicom titles (the Japanese equivalent of early "black box" NES titles), even though Clu Clu Land and Balloon Fight were released after the design had been retired.[1]

A non-functional Famicom Disk System, replaced by an NES in Animal Crossing, item is also available. Interacting with the device simply produces the message "I want to play my Disk System, but I don't have any software."

Doubutsu no Mori+ introduces many more Famicom games. As some of these games share cartridge colors with the original seven, they are further differentiated by featuring a considerably different label design, mimicking the picture labels of later Famicom releases rather than the early pulse line pattern; as Clu Clu Land was not part of the early "pulse" line of cartridges, its label is also changed to the "picture" design, with its original texture instead being used by Mario Bros. (which was part of the "pulse" line). While Pinball retains its pulse label, the coloration of it is altered from a white line on a yellow background to a yellow line on a silver background, despite the fact that this design was actually used by Popeye no Eigo Asobi, not Pinball. Additionally, Donkey Kong Jr. has its model changed so that the cartridge accurately reflects the original physical release of the game, with a white cartridge and a white-on-blue "pulse" label; the blue "pulse" cartridge model from the N64 game is instead used for Donkey Kong Jr. Math, which was indeed released with that cartridge design.[2] Both Clu Clu Land D and The Legend of Zelda use share models with the nonfunctional Famicom Disk System, and such must be interacted with in order to determine which game, if any, is on the unit.

The Famicom games from the first game can only be obtained in Doubutsu no Mori+ through different means. Jingle will send the player Balloon Fight on Toy Day, and Donkey Kong can be received on the player's birthday. Both games can also be received from the Islander, along with Donkey Kong Jr. Math and Tennis. The remaining games could only be obtained through transferring save data from the Nintendo 64 game to the Nintendo GameCube release, or through the use of secret codes.

In Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]

Animal Crossing features all of the same games, except for Gomoku Narabe and Mahjong, which are replaced with Soccer and Excitebike respectively. The methods for obtaining some of the games have changed drastically. Eight of the NES games are uncommon items and can be obtained through various means such as Tom Nook's monthly lottery, Crazy Redd, or found during villager treasure hunts. Wario's Woods and Baseball can only be obtained from Animal Island. A further five NES games could only be received by using secret codes generated on the game's official website, which has since been taken offline. Universal secret codes also exist for all of these games.

Mario Bros. and Ice Climber are only obtained from their corresponding Animal Crossing-e e-Reader cards. As the e-Reader was not released in Europe, PAL-EU versions of Animal Crossing cannot obtain these games. Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda are not legitimately obtainable by any means. These four games are specifically excluded from the secret code subsystem, and thus cannot be obtained even through this method.

On April Fools Day, Tortimer will give the player a unique NES game called Super Tortimer. Interacting with the item reveals that it is actually a prank, and no playable game exists.

Similarly to the nonfunctional Famicom Disk System, a plain NES item appears that simply produces the blurb "I want to play my NES, but I don't have any software" when interacting with it. While the item seems nonfunctional at face value, datamining the game's code reveals that it actually scans the memory card for NES ROM data, allowing the player to access additional NES games outside of the base nineteen. The feature is additionally capable of generating save files for this external data, even if the loaded ROMs and metadata are not accessible in Animal Crossing through the normal course of play.[3] The presence of this feature implies that Nintendo initially planned to distribute additional NES titles through memory cards with pre-loaded ROM data, only for this idea to be scrapped.

Doubutsu no Mori e+ features the same NES games as Animal Crossing, complete with the western design of the consoles. However Mario Bros., Ice Climber, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda do not even exist as items, and therefore cannot be obtained by any means whatsoever.

Advance Play[edit]

Advance Play is a feature that allows a player to temporarily download NES game data to Game Boy Advance using a Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable. The display will be stretched by 17% on the Game Boy Advance screen, and multiplayer modes are not available. Advance Play is not available for games that were originally produced for the Famicom Disk System (Clu Clu Land D and The Legend of Zelda) or games larger than 192 KiB (Punch-Out!! and Wario's Woods) as they are too large to be stored in the Game Boy Advance's RAM. Data can be transferred back to the Nintendo GameCube in order to save progress.

List of NES games[edit]

Balloon Fight Clu Clu Land Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Jr. Math Excitebike Golf Pinball Tennis Wario's Woods Baseball
Balloon Fight NES Box Art.jpg Clu Clu Land NES Box Art.jpg Donkey Kong NES Box Art.jpg Donkey Kong Jr. Math NES Box Art.jpg Excitebike NES Box Art.jpg Golf NES Box Art.jpg Pinball NES Box Art.jpg Tennis NES Box Art.png Wario's Woods NES Box Art.jpg Baseball NES Box Art.jpg
These NES games can be obtained through Tom Nook's Lottery, purchased from Redd, or be buried by villagers in a treasure hunt. Mailing a letter to a villager containing the secret code from their own Animal Crossing-e card will make them respond with a NES game attached as a present. Memory Cards containing "The Special Gift" bonus data will send the first player in the game a grab bag containing "K.K. Love Song" and two random NES games. Both of these NES games can only be obtained from Animal Island.

Soccer Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong 3 Clu Clu Land D Punch-Out!! Mario Bros. Ice Climber Super Mario Bros. The Legend of Zelda Super Tortimer
Soccer NES Box Art.jpg Donkey Kong Jr. NES Box Art.png Donkey Kong 3 NES Box Art.jpg Clu Clu Land NES Box Art.jpg Punch-Out NES Box Art.png Mario Bros. NES Box Art.png Ice Climber NES Box Art.jpg Super Mario Bros. NES Box Art.png The Legend of Zelda NES Box Art.jpg Super Tortimer PG Sprite.png
These five NES games can only be obtained through the use of secret codes generated for the player's specific character name and town. As the official website is no longer active, the codes can now only be generated through third-party code generators. Mario Bros. and Ice Climber can be obtained exclusively through Animal Crossing-e Series 4 cards Super Mario Bros. was distributed for Doubutsu no Mori+ by Famitsu during a giveaway.[citation needed]It is not obtainable in Animal Crossing or Doubutsu no Mori e+. The Legend of Zelda is not legitimately obtainable in any game. Super Tortimer is a gag item given out by Tortimer on April Fool's Day.

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