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Animal Crossing is an enhanced rerelease of Dōbutsu no Mori +, designed specifically for Western audiences. As such, it replaces all Japanese cultural references and celebrations with ones that would be more familiar to the American, European, and Australian audiences it was released for. This includes such holidays as a Harvest Festival in November, April Fool's Day, and Mother's Day and Father's Day. New items and events were also added.


Animal Crossing GameCube Tom Nook, the shopowner who sells everything from real estate to stationery.
Animal Crossing GameCube Title screen.
Animal Crossing GameCube Village post office.
Animal Crossing GameCube Fishing is one of the most interesting and profitable pastimes.

Promo Images

Animal Crossing Screenshot
Animal Crossing Concept Art
Animal Crossing Concept Art
Animal Crossing Concept Art

Alternate Titles

  • "Animal Crossing: Population - Growing!" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

A unique game that can captivate the female audience (without being "girly") *Legion* (144) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
*YAWN* James Kirk (168) unrated
The most adult game on gamecube? Tracer__ (13) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Great sim game even your wife or girlfriend will love! gametrader (233) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
A great game, but you should probably rent it... Paul Brown (18) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
Strangely Addictive Vessol (68) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
The only game where chores, shopping, and debt are made fun! Jon Collins (28) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gamer's Pulse Nov 18, 2002 48 out of 50 96
Digital Entertainment News (den) Jul 31, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Super Play (Sweden) Apr, 2004 9 out of 10 90 Jul 12, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Jan 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
NintendoWorldReport Oct 12, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Nintendo Difference Oct 27, 2002 17 out of 20 85
Gameswelt Oct 13, 2004 83 out of 100 83 (UK) Sep 30, 2004 8 out of 10 80
NintendoWorldReport Mar 21, 2002 6.5 out of 10 65


Topic # Posts Last Post
I always thought this game was a bit sinister 4 vedder (43895)
Jan 09, 2009
Animal Crossing Pioneer 1 Joshua J. Slone (4672)
Jun 26, 2007


1001 Video Games

The GameCube version of Animal Crossing appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

K.K. Slider's name

Among the ensemble of animals that populate Animal Crossing there is a dog who 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 time

With 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 copy

In 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.

Tom Nook

The 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.


  • GameSpy
    • 2002 – Should Have Been Online Award (GameCube)

Info also contributed by JPaterson, ~~, Joshua J. Slone, Jiguryo and Matt Neuteboom.
JPaterson (9550) added Animal Crossing (GameCube) on Sep 21, 2002