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Animal Crossing: Wild World is a sandbox game in which players assume the role of a new resident in a town populated and run by animals. Players can interact with townsfolk, write letters, send presents, dig for fossils, fish, and perform other activities. The game also runs in realtime and utilizes the Nintendo DS' internal clock and calender to keep track of special events that occur on certain dates.

New additions in Wild World include touch screen support and online play. The touch screen gives players finer control when performing certain activities like designing clothes and creating constellations. The other major addition, online play, lets up to four players interact with each other through local wireless or via Internet through Nintendo WiFi. Players can open up their town gates and invite players on their Friends List to visit their town. Visiting players can chat with each other, play games like Hide-and-Go-Seek, or interact with local residents and shops. Other additions to Wild World include new characters, items, and events.


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Alternate Titles

  • "おいでよ どうぶつの森" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Oideyo Doubutsu no Mori" -- Japanese title
  • "Nolleooseyo Dongmurui Sup" -- Korean title
  • "Animal Crossing DS" -- Working title
  • "놀러오세요 동물의 숲" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

All the fun on the go Nintendo DS Stephen Lambert (5)
Uhh....What's this game supposed to be about? Nintendo DS ZenicReverie (2137)

Critic Reviews

Thunderbolt Games Nintendo DS Dec 14, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Vandal Online Nintendo DS Mar 31, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nintendo DS Apr 04, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Console Obsession Nintendo DS 2005 9 out of 10 90
HardGamers Nintendo DS Dec 21, 2005 87 out of 100 87 / Nintendo DS Mar 25, 2006 87 out of 100 87
GameDaily Nintendo DS Dec 14, 2006 8 out of 10 80
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Nintendo DS Mar 28, 2006 8 out of 10 80 Nintendo DS Apr 07, 2006 16 out of 20 80
Modojo Nintendo DS Dec 06, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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1001 Video Games

Animal Crossing: Wild World appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

K.K. Slider

There is a troubadour called K.K. Slider in the game. He plays a song and then says: "Those industry fat cats try to put a price on my music, but it wants to be free." Some webloggers derived from this that Nintendo promotes music piracy or wanted to speak out against the RIAA. The story even got picked up by The New York Times, Slashdot and local TV stations.

In a statement, Nintendo vice-president Perrin Kaplan said no real social commentary was intended.

"People can read a lot into a little," Ms. Kaplan said, "but musician K.K. Slider - a guitar-playing cartoon dog - is saying only that he's a free spirit who cannot be bought and sold for any amount of money."

Ms. Kaplan also said that K.K. wanted his music to be free in the sense of being "freed from his guitar, free from any constraints." She added, "as a dog, it's understandable that he would not want to deal with any 'fat cats.'"

PEGI Rating

The original European release was rated 3+ by PEGI. This was later changed to a rating of 7, with a content descriptor of violence. It is unknown why this change happened, as the game features almost no violence and is on-par with other Animal Crossing games, of which the entire franchise has been rated 3+ by PEGI. It should also be noted that the PEGI 7 release appears to be extremely uncommon, with the vast majority of copies listed on Ebay UK being the original release.

Mr Resetti

This is the first game in the series where Mr Resetti's older brother Don Resetti is absent. This is also the only game in the series in which Mr Resetti's cousin, Vicious Vole Vinnie, is mentioned (although he does not make an appearance).

Regional differences

The game's tag mode is known as contact mode in European releases.


According to publisher Nintendo, Animal Crossing: Wild World sold 11.74 million copies worldwide (as of September 30, 2015).

Sewing machine

While at the Able Sisters' store, look at the pattern that Sable is making on the sewing machine. It's likely to be one of tomorrow's shirts!


  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #3 Nintendo DS Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Nelson340 and Thomas Dowding.

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