ExpansionIn Japan an expansion pack called Doubutsu no Mori e+ was released. It includes the new type of E-Reader that has all the features of a U.S. E-reader. Features include: going to the island without a GBA (you buy it from nook after paying off your house), new items, and more.
K.K. Slider's nameAmong the ensemble of animals that populate Animal Crossing there is a cute Dalmatian that welcomes the player on their first play session and gives guitar concerts every Saturday night by the Train Station. The Dalmatian is called Totakeke (or K.K. Slider), an obvious pun to Kasumi Totaka, the game's sound director.
Loading timeWith its small size due to being a slight enhancement on the N64 original, Animal Crossing completely loads into memory soon after you start the system. Thus the only load time in the game is when using the memory card or linking with the Game Boy Advance. Once loaded, the game can even be fully played if you remove the disc from the system.
Promotional copyIn early August 2002 Nintendo ran a contest where teams of two told in 50 words or less why they should get free copies of the game. 125 teams of these so-called Animal Crossing Pioneers got copies a month earlier than the general release. This helped to create a big buzz about the game on the Internet, and is also where the "Promotional Copy" disc scan on this site came from.
System release switchAnimal Crossing was originally going to be released on the Nintendo 64 as Animal Forest Plus, but as the GameCube's launch came closer and closer, Nintendo waited.
Tom NookThe name of your first employer on Animal Crossing, a raccoon named Tom Nook, is a pun on the Japanese word for racoon, "tanuuki". Fans of Super Mario Bros. 3 might remember the Tanooki suit that resembled a raccoon. Tom Nook clearly owns all the supply lines in town. He owns the only general goods store, controls all real estate, and is the only one who gives out loans. This has led many gamers to dub him as somewhat of a slum lord and a loan shark.
- 2002 – Should Have Been Online Award (GameCube)
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