Animal Crossing, called Dobutsu no Mori (Animal Forest) in Japan, is a series of community simulation video games by Nintendo.
The released games are:
- Dobutsu no Mori (April 14, 2001), Nintendo 64. Only released in Japan.
- Dobutsu no Mori+ (December 14, 2001), GameCube. Updated version of Dobutsu no Mori, only released in Japan.
- Animal Crossing (September 15, 2002), GameCube. Version of Dobutsu no Mori+ adapted specifically for the western market. It was later released in Japan as Dobutsu no Mori e+ with some minor changes (though some consider it a seaparate, third update).
- Dobutsu no Mori+ (December 14, 2001), GameCube. Updated version of Dobutsu no Mori, only released in Japan.
- Animal Crossing: Wild World (November 23, 2005), Nintendo DS. Known in Japan as Oideyo Dobutsu no Mori (Come to Animal Forest). Also released in 2015 for Wii U.
- Animal Crossing: City Folk (November 16, 2008), Wii. Called Machi e iko yo: Dobutsu no mori (Animal Forest: Let's Go to the City) in Japan, and Animal Forest: Let's Go to the City in Europe.
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf (November 8, 2012), Nintendo 3DS. Called obidase Dobutsu no Mori (Animal Forest: Jump Out) in Japan.
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo (November 2, 2016), Nintendo 3DS. Updated version of the game featuring amiibo support.
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (July 30, 2015), Nintendo 3DS. A minor game in the series, centered around home design.
- Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival (November 13, 2015), Wii U. A minor entry in the series, it's a party game.
- Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (October 25, 2017), iOS, Android.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons (March 20, 2020), Nintendo Switch.
Also two applications were released for DSiWare: Animal Crossing Calculator, released on February 25, 2009, and Animal Crossing Clock, released on April 1, 2009.
Various cards and figure series were released providing interaction with the games:
- Animal Crossing-e (October 2002 - May 2003): series of 275 e-reader cards released in four waves. Scanning them unlock content in Animal Crossing.
- Animal Crossing amiibo cards (July 30, 2015 - March 24, 2016): A series of 405 amiibo cards, consisting in four series of 100 cards each, plus 5 promotional cards (2 given with magazines only in Japan, 3 found in the Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival boundle).
- Animal Crossing amiibo (November 13, 2015 - March 18, 2016): A series of 16 amiibo figures released in different waves: Cyrus, Digby, Isabelle, K.K., Mabel, Reese, Tom Nook, Lottie, Blathers, Celeste, Kicks, Resetti, Kapp'n, Rover, Timmy & Tommy, Isabelle - Summer Outfit.
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo cards (November 3, 2016): A series of 50 regular amiibo cards, plus a promotional pack of 6 Sanrio-themed cards.
Various manga series were released based on the games:
- Doubutsu no Mori+: Purin-Mura Nikki (April 12, 2003): manga written by Noboru Matsuyama, based on Doubutsu no Mori+.
- Doubutsu no Mori: Hohinda Mura Dayori (November 28, 2005 - December 28, 2015): 12-volume manga written by Abe Sayori.
- Oideyo Doubutsu no Mori: Shiawase Tsūshin (December 1, 2006 - December 26, 2008): 2-volume manga written by Mako Morie, based on Animal Crossing: Wild World.
- Minna no Doubutsu no Mori (December 25, 2008): manga written by Mayuki Koyama, based on Animal Crossing: Wild World.
- Machi e Ikō yo Doubutsu no Mori: Tanpopo Murada Yori (August 2010): manga written by Mako Morie, based on Animal Crossing: City Folk.
- Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori (March 25, 2014 - August 28, 2015): 2-volume manga written by Kōhē, based on Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
- Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori: Harikiri Sonchō Ippē! (March 25, 2014 - October 28, 2019): 7-volume manga written by Ryohei Osaki, based on Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
- Tanuki Michi (October 15, 2019 - ongoing): series of 4-koma strips written by Cho Hanayo, based on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and starring Tom Nook and his assistants Timmy and Tommy, published on the official site for the game; eight strips were published, the latest being released on March 21, 2021. Five of these were also translated in English and released on official social media, titled NookTails.
- Atsumare Doubutsu no Mori ~Nonbiri Shima Dayori~ (2019 - 2020): manga written Minori Kato, based on Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Only two chapters were released on Shogakukan magazine Ciao, it wasn't released in volume format.
- Atsumare Doubutsu no Mori: Mujintō Diary (July 28, 2020 - ongoing): manga written by Coconas Roomba, based on Animal Crossing: New Horizons; two volumes were published so far, the second one being released on December 25, 2020. The series is planned to be localized in North America as Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Deserted Island Diary.
A movie based on the games titled Gekijoban Dōbutsu no Mori was released in theaters only in Japan on December 16, 2006.
Links to other series
|Balloon Fight||April 14, 2001||Balloon Fight is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Forest and its revisions.
|Clu Clu Land||April 14, 2001||Clu Clu Land is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Forest, with Clu Clu Land D added in its revisions.
|Golf (Nintendo)||April 14, 2001||Golf is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Forest and its revisions.
|Pinball (Nintendo)||April 14, 2001||Pinball is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Forest and its revisions.
|Tennis (Nintendo)||April 14, 2001||Tennis is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Forest and its revisions.
|Zelda||April 14, 2001||Rupees from the Zelda series appear in Animal Forest and later games in the series, while Wolf Link, Medli, Ganon and Epona appear in Animal Crossing: New Leaf when scanning Zelda amiibo. Hyrule is also mentioned in various Animal Crossing games while Linebeck is mentioned in New Horizons and there are other minor references as well.
|Star Fox||April 14, 2001||An Arwing from the Star Fox series appears as an item in all Animal Crossing games.
|Mario||April 14, 2001||Animal Forest and its sequels mention locations from the Mario series; the downloadable content pack Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 for Mario Kart 8 includes elements from the Animal Crossing series; there also are Mario-themed clothes and furnitures in the series as well as other minor references.
|Golden Sun||April 14, 2001||Animal Forest and its revisions mention a location from Golden Sun.||1|
|Pokémon||April 14, 2001||The Pokémon Pikachu console makes an appearance in Animal Forest and its sequels; one of the designs in the Animal Crossing e-Reader cards is based on the Pokéball; various Pokémon-themed items appeared in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp during a special event.
|Baseball (Nintendo)||December 14, 2001||Baseball is featured as an unlockable playable game in Dobutsu no Mori+ and its revisions.
|Ice Climber||December 14, 2001||Ice Climber is featured in Dobutsu no Mori+ through special means and in Animal Crossing by scanning the respective e-reader card.
|Excite||September 15, 2002||ExciteBike is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Crossing.
|Soccer (Nintendo)||September 15, 2002||Soccer is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Crossing.
|Metroid||January 2003||Elements from the Metroid series appear in many Animal Crossing games as clothes and furnitures.
|Super Smash Bros.||January 31, 2008||Super Smash Bros. Brawl features a stage, an item and an Assist Trophy from the Animal Crossing series; Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and for Wii U also feature the Villager as a selectable character, returning in Ultimate alongside Isabelle.
|Captain Rainbow||August 28, 2008||Captain Rainbow features a reference to K. K. Slider from Animal Crossing||3|
|Kirby||September 22, 2008||The Gold Watering Can from Animal Crossing is an obtainable item in Kirby Super Star Ultra; one of the designs in the Animal Crossing e-Reader cards is based on Kirby.
|Wii games||October 16, 2008||The title theme from Animal Crossing: Wild World and The K.K. Slider song K.K. Blues are playable in Wii Music.||2|
|Nintendogs||November 16, 2008||Puppet versions of Nintendogs are featured in Animal Crossing: City Folk.||2|
|F-Zero||November 16, 2008||The Blue Falcon from F-Zero appears as a forniture item in Animal Crossing: City Folk and New Leaf.||2|
|Pikmin||February 06, 2009||Captain Olimar sends a letter to the player during a special event in the PAL version of Animal Crossing: City Folk. Additionally Animal Crossing games feature items based on the Pikmin series, while scanning Animal Crossing amiibo in Hey! Pikmin, makes the figures appear in the game.
|Punch-Out!!||May 22, 2009||In a DLC for the European version of Animal Crossing: City Folk, Little Mac sends a letter and a gift to the player's character; Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream is also featured as an unlockable playable game in Dobutsu no Mori+ and its revisions.
|Mother||November 08, 2012||Animal Crossing: New Leaf features a reference to the Mother series.||2|
|Luigi||November 08, 2012||Animal Crossing: New Leaf features a music track originally from Luigi's Mansion.||3|
|My Neighbor Totoro||November 08, 2012||Animal Crossing: New Leaf features a shrine based on Totoro.||2|
|Nintendo Land||November 18, 2012||Nintendo Land features a minigame based on the Animal Crossing series.||2|
|Style Savvy||February 14, 2013||Style Savvy: Trendsetters features downloadable clothes based on Animal Crossing: New Leaf, while Girls Mode 3 and 4 feature costumes based on Animal Crossing, unlocked by Animal Crossing amiibo.||2|
|Tomodachi Collection||June 6, 2014||There is a reference to Animal Crossing in Tomodachi Life; a few sounds in Tomodachi Life are recycled from Animal Crossing: New Leaf.||3|
|Nintendo Badge Arcade||December 17, 2014||Nintendo Badge Arcade features badges based on the Animal Crossing series.||2|
|Steven Universe||March 19, 2015||At the end of the episode "Open Book", there's an Animal Crossing GameCube video game case in Steven's room.||2|
|Monster Hunter||July 30, 2015||A Felyne appears in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer by scanning a Monster Hunter Stories amiibo; additionally Monster Hunter 4G/Ultimate features downloadable outfits based on Isabelle and Mister Resetti from the Animal Crossing series.||1|
|Taiko no Tatsujin||November 26, 2015||Taiko no Tatsujin: Atsumete - Tomodachi Daisakusen! features compatibility with the Animal Crossing amiibos, unlocking a song and two costumes from the series.||2|
|Panel de Pon||November 02, 2016||Animal Crossing: New Leaf includes the minigame Animal Forest Panepon/Animal Crossing Puzzle League as well as Lip's clothes and wand, added with the Welcome amiibo update.||2|
|Hello Kitty||November 03, 2016||Scanning a Hello Kitty amiibo card in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and New Horizons unlocks Hello Kitty themed furniture.||2|
|My Melody||November 3, 2016||Scanning a My Melody amiibo card in Animal Crossing: New Leaf unlocks My Melody themed furniture.||2|
|Kero Kero Keroppi||November 3, 2016||Scanning a Kero Kero Keroppi amiibo card in Animal Crossing: New Leaf unlocks Kero Kero Keroppi themed furniture.||2|
|Cinnamoroll||November 3, 2016||Scanning a Cinnamoroll amiibo card in Animal Crossing: New Leaf unlocks Cinnamoroll themed furniture.||2|
|Pom Pom Purin||November 3, 2016||Scanning a Pom Pom Purin amiibo card in Animal Crossing: New Leaf unlocks Pom Pom Purin themed furniture.||2|
|Little Twin Stars||November 3, 2016||Scanning a Little Twin Stars amiibo card in Animal Crossing: New Leaf unlocks Little Twin Stars themed furniture.||2|
|Miitopia||December 8, 2016||Miitopia features costumes based on Animal Crossing characters, obtainable by scanning the respective amiibo.||2|
|Yoshi||January 19, 2017||Poochi & Yoshi's Woolly World features Yoshi designs based on Animal Crossing characters, unlocked by using the respective amiibo.||2|
|Conga Master Party!||September 28, 2017||Conga Master Party! features compatibility with the Animal Crossing series amiibo.||3|
|Robot Chicken||January 14, 2018||Animal Crossing is parodied in the Robot Chicken episode "Things Look Bad For The Streepster".||2|
|Splatoon||September 13, 2018||Splatoon squids can be collected in an event in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp; Animal Crossing: New Leaf also features Splatoon-themed items and furniture.||1|
|Donkey Kong||March 20, 2020||Crocodile Isle from Donkey Kong Country 2 is mentioned in Animal Crossing: New Horizons; there also are other minor references between the two series.
|Tetris||May 15, 2020||Tetris 99 featured an Animal Crossing: New Horizons theme during a limited event.||2|
|Jump Rope Challenge||July 02, 2020||An Isabelle costume was added to Jump Rope Challenge with Update 1.1.0.||2|
|Wario||July 03, 2020||Captain Syrup from the Wario Land series is mentioned by Gullivarrr in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (added with update 1.3.0); there also are other minor references between the two series.