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Animal Crossing series

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Animal Crossing
Dōbutsu no Mori
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Creator: Takashi Tezuka
First game: Dōbutsu no Mori (2001)
Best-selling game: Animal Crossing: New Horizons (40.17 million[1] copies)
Latest game: Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)
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The Animal Crossing (Japanese: どうぶつの森 Dōbutsu no Mori, literally Animal Forest) is a series of games developed by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube in 2001. Released initially as Dōbutsu no Mori for the Nintendo 64, Animal Crossing has since expanded to include an animated film, manga, a trading card series, and several applications for the Nintendo DSi.

The series focuses on the player living their own virtual life in a village populated with anthropomorphic animals. The series also take place in real time, such as the current time and year.


Animal Crossing began as Animal Forest, a video game initially planned for the Nintendo 64DD, later on moving to the Nintendo 64 due to the delays of the Nintendo 64DD. Takashi Tezuka, the Director for Animal Forest, thought Animal Forest to be a a communication-type game. Katsuya Eguchi, the Producer for Animal Forest, wanted to create an easy game that people of all ages can play. He has also stated that he wanted to have a game that he and his family can play together whether or not he is there to be with the family.

Afterwards, the first game, Animal Forest was released on April 14, 2001 in Japan. Since the Nintendo 64 was near its end and with the game's success, the game was later ported as Animal Forest + onto the Nintendo GameCube and released on December 14, 2001 in Japan. On the first week, Animal Forest + had over 90,000 copies sold. Animal Forest + had new material included onto the game such as the use of GameCube's internal clock, for the game take place in real time. Eventually, an American version of Animal Forest +, named Animal Crossing, was developed; it was released on September 15, 2002 in North America. Animal Crossing had much more material translated and added than Animal Forest +, it had taken over six months to complete it. Impressed by this translation, Nintendo of Japan decides to release this game. Dōbutsu no Mori e+, was released on June 27, 2003 in Japan, this game sold over 90,000 copies. In addition to the content in the American version, Dōbutsu no Mori e+ also featured over 80 new villagers.

With the success of the series, a sequel was made onto the Nintendo DS. Animal Crossing: Wild World was released on November 23, 2005 in Japan. The game had sold over 325,460 copies in its first week. Wild World was later released in North America on December 5, 2005. The sixth installment of Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing: City Folk, was released in Japan on November 20, 2008 and November 26, 2008 in North America for the Wii. The seventh installment of the series, Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on November 8, 2012, and in North America on June 9, 2013.


Game JP release NA release EU release AUS release KOR release Platform
Main series
Doubutsu no Mori 2001 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo 64
Doubutsu no Mori+ 2001 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo GameCube
Animal Crossing N/A 2002 2004 2003 N/A Nintendo GameCube
Doubutsu no Mori e+ 2003 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo GameCube
Animal Crossing: Wild World 2005 2005 2006 2005 N/A Nintendo DS
Animal Crossing: City Folk 2008 2008 2008 2008 2010 Wii
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 2012 2013 2013 2013 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 Nintendo Switch
Spin-off / other games
Animal Crossing Plaza 2013 2013 2013 2013 N/A Wii U
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer 2015 2015 2015 2015 N/A Nintendo 3DS
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival 2015 2015 2015 2015 N/A Wii U
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp 2017 2017 2017 2017 N/A Mobile
Nintendo DSi applications
Animal Crossing Clock 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 DSiWare
Animal Crossing Calculator 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 DSiWare

External links


  1. Top Selling Title Sales Units. Nintendo. Retrieved August 7, 2020.

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Main games

Doubutsu no Mori • Doubutsu no Mori+ • Animal Crossing • Doubutsu no Mori e+ • Wild World • City Folk • New Leaf • New Horizons

Side games / applications

Clock • Calculator • Happy Home Designer • amiibo Festival • Pocket Camp

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