The train was the first form of transport introduced in the Animal Crossing series. The train appeared in Animal Crossing, but was replaced by the taxi in Animal Crossing: Wild World and the bus in Animal Crossing: City Folk, until it returned again in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
In Animal Crossing
In Animal Crossing, the train is where the player starts the game. Rover appears and talks to the player for the first time, and asks for the name of the player, the name of the town, gender, and appearance. It is driven by a monkey that looks similar to Porter. When the player is finished speaking to Rover, the train will make a stop at the Train Station in the player's town, where the player will get off the train.
After the introduction, the train is used to transport the player to another town, by inserting a Gamecube memory card with another town saved on it. This is the only form of traveling between towns available in the GameCube version of Animal Crossing. In Wild World and City Folk, the Town Gate was introduced as well as Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (for the DS) and WiiConnect24 (for the Wii), which allows nearby devices to connect to one another, or to connect to the internet and Nintendo. This made using memory cards obsolete.
The train ride takes a few minutes. During the ride, special characters may come up to talk to the player. For example, Blanca will sit opposite and talk to the player, usually sparking a discussion about her lack of face and the player's reaction to it (as well as her reaction). This is when she will ask the player to draw her a new face. Joan will also make an appearance, sitting on the seat by the door drifting off to sleep and waking up suddenly.
The train returns in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Like the original Animal Crossing, Rover yet again meets and introduces the player to the game as he takes the name, gender, and name of the town. A train appears in town every time the clock hits X:03, X:21, X: 35 and X: 49. The player must be outside for it to appear. This train is used to bring realism to the game, although it does cause the railroad crossing next to the Train Station to lowering crossing barriers, temporarily blocking access to Main Street. Sometimes, instead of having a black stripe, the train will have an orange/red one.
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