We have a brand new Animal Crossing game coming out for the Nintendo 3DS this month (in the USA anyway)! So lets take a second and reflect back on the original classic that started on the N64/Gamecube and has been on the DS, and then the Wii. Because working off debt to own your own home has never been so fun until you had to pay off a sneaky Tanooki (Tanuki) who ran the local store in a town full of animals.
Animal Crossing or Dobutso No Mori (actually called Animal Forest if literally translated) was original released in Japan on the Nintendo 64, the game was essentially the same from its Gamecube counterpart but there were some differences, mostly things left out. That game came out really late for the N64, April 2001, and was ported to the Gamecube as Dobusto No Mori+ by December which was closer to the US version. The US version went through a major translation cycle and got holidays that fit the region better and tons of extra text; that was released in September of 2002. It was so well received that Nintendo actually translated that back and Japan got Dobusto No Mori e+. Confused? Good
If you’re new to the Animal Crossing franchise you’re probably wondering where the game falls in terms of genre and gameplay; it is actually pretty hard to describe in a way that doesn’t make it sound tedious. It is essentially a slice of life simulator, kind of like Harvest Moon but without all of the farming. You’ll do social things like talk to your neighbors, help them run errands (which are essentially just tasks to fetch or deliver goods), participate in town events and join them for holiday celebrations.
The most impressive thing at the time and …