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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 A typical NPC home that far outclasses player homes with their consistent style.
Animal Crossing GameCube e-Reader: Importing a song from a card (Comrade K.K.)
Animal Crossing GameCube All sorts of insects and fish can be caught. Just be wary of the puns.
Animal Crossing GameCube e-Reader: Letter from a villager (Gaston) part 1

Promo Images

Animal Crossing Concept Art
Animal Crossing Screenshot
Animal Crossing Concept Art
Animal Crossing Magazine Advertisement Part 2

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 (67) 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

Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
DarkZero 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
Digital Entertainment News (den) Jul 31, 2003 9 out of 10 90
N-Europe Dec 19, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Game Critics Oct 09, 2002 9 out of 10 90
NGC Magazine Oct, 2004 90 out of 100 90
Gamezine Oct 06, 2004 17 out of 20 85
Just RPG 2002 85 out of 100 85
4Players.de Oct 21, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Edge Nov 04, 2002 8 out of 10 80


Topic # Posts Last Post
I always thought this game was a bit sinister 4 vedder (60492)
Jan 09, 2009
Animal Crossing Pioneer 1 Joshua J. Slone (4664)
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.

Don Resetti

If the player resets a certain number of times, Mr Resetti's older brother Don Resetti will appear to lecture the player instead of Mr Resetti. This only happens once.

Fake Reset

If the player resets a certain number of times, Mr Resetti will pretend to delete their town in an attempt to scare them.

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, Matt Neuteboom and Thomas Dowding.
JPaterson (9541) added Animal Crossing (GameCube) on Sep 21, 2002
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