DescriptionAnimal 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: Population - Growing!" -- Tag-lined title
Part of the Following Groups
- Animal Crossing series
- Animals: Raccoons
- Gameplay feature: Day / Night cycle
- Gameplay feature: Fishing
- Gameplay feature: House ownership
- Gameplay feature: Interior decorating
- Games made into movies
- Games with hidden / unlockable full games
- Genre: Simulation - Human life
- Nintendo Player's Choice releases
|VGPub||2004||9 out of 10||90|
|GamePro (US)||Sep 16, 2002||4.5 out of 5||90|
|Digital Entertainment News (den)||Jul 31, 2003||9 out of 10||90|
|Game Over Online||Apr 17, 2003||87 out of 100||87|
|Gamesmania.de||Oct 12, 2004||86 out of 100||86|
|Just RPG||2002||85 out of 100||85|
|Games TM||Dec, 2002||8 out of 10||80|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||Sep 30, 2004||8 out of 10||80|
|FOK!games||Oct 05, 2004||77 out of 100||77|
|The Video Game Critic||Jul 01, 2009||D-||16|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|I always thought this game was a bit sinister||4||vedder (46467)
Jan 09, 2009
|Animal Crossing Pioneer||1||Joshua J. Slone (4671)
Jun 26, 2007
1001 Video GamesThe 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 nameAmong 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 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.
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)
Info also contributed by JPaterson, ~~, Joshua J. Slone, Jiguryo and Matt Neuteboom.