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Animal Crossing, called Dobutsu no Mori (Animal Forest) in Japan, is a series of community simulation video games by Nintendo.

Video games

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).
  • 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.

Interactive products

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.

Publications

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.

Animation

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

Note: the Famicom games Gomoku Narabe Renju and Mahjong, available in Dobutsu no Mori+, are not included since being abstract games, they are not fictional works.

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4Arrow L.png Balloon Fight 20010414 April 14, 2001 Balloon Fight is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Forest and its revisions.
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4Arrow L.png Clu Clu Land 20010414 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.
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4Arrow L.png Golf (Nintendo) 20010414 April 14, 2001 Golf is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Forest and its revisions.
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4Arrow L.png Pinball (Nintendo) 20010414 April 14, 2001 Pinball is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Forest and its revisions.
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4Arrow L.png Tennis (Nintendo) 20010414 April 14, 2001 Tennis is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Forest and its revisions.
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4Arrow L.png Zelda 20010414 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.
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4Arrow L.png Star Fox 20010414 April 14, 2001 An Arwing from the Star Fox series appears as an item in all Animal Crossing games.
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Mario 20010414 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.
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4Arrow L.png Golden Sun 20010414 April 14, 2001 Animal Forest and its revisions mention a location from Golden Sun. 1
4Arrow L.png Pokémon 20010414 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.
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4Arrow L.png Baseball (Nintendo) 20011214 December 14, 2001 Baseball is featured as an unlockable playable game in Dobutsu no Mori+ and its revisions.
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4Arrow L.png Ice Climber 20011214 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.
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4Arrow L.png Excite 20020915 September 15, 2002 ExciteBike is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Crossing.
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4Arrow L.png Soccer (Nintendo) 20020915 September 15, 2002 Soccer is featured as an unlockable playable game in Animal Crossing.
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4Arrow L.png Metroid 200301 January 2003 Elements from the Metroid series appear in many Animal Crossing games as clothes and furnitures.
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5Arrow R.png Super Smash Bros. 20080131 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.
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5Arrow R.png Captain Rainbow 20080828 August 28, 2008 Captain Rainbow features a reference to K. K. Slider from Animal Crossing 3
5Arrow R.png Kirby 20080922 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.
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5Arrow R.png Wii games 20081016 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
4Arrow L.png Nintendogs 20081116 November 16, 2008 Puppet versions of Nintendogs are featured in Animal Crossing: City Folk. 2
4Arrow L.png F-Zero 20081116 November 16, 2008 The Blue Falcon from F-Zero appears as a forniture item in Animal Crossing: City Folk and New Leaf. 2
4Arrow L.png Pikmin 20090206 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.
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4Arrow L.png Punch-Out!! 20090522 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.
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4Arrow L.png Mother 20121108 November 08, 2012 Animal Crossing: New Leaf features a reference to the Mother series. 2
4Arrow L.png Luigi 20121108 November 08, 2012 Animal Crossing: New Leaf features a music track originally from Luigi's Mansion. 3
4Arrow L.png My Neighbor Totoro 20121108 November 08, 2012 Animal Crossing: New Leaf features a shrine based on Totoro. 2
5Arrow R.png Nintendo Land 20121118 November 18, 2012 Nintendo Land features a minigame based on the Animal Crossing series. 2
5Arrow R.png Style Savvy 20130214 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
5Arrow R.png Tomodachi Collection 201466 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
5Arrow R.png Nintendo Badge Arcade 20141217 December 17, 2014 Nintendo Badge Arcade features badges based on the Animal Crossing series. 2
5Arrow R.png Steven Universe 20150319 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
4Arrow L.png Monster Hunter 20150730 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
5Arrow R.png Taiko no Tatsujin 20151126 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
4Arrow L.png Panel de Pon 20161102 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
4Arrow L.png Hello Kitty 20161103 November 03, 2016 Scanning a Hello Kitty amiibo card in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and New Horizons unlocks Hello Kitty themed furniture. 2
4Arrow L.png My Melody 2016113 November 3, 2016 Scanning a My Melody amiibo card in Animal Crossing: New Leaf unlocks My Melody themed furniture. 2
4Arrow L.png Kero Kero Keroppi 2016113 November 3, 2016 Scanning a Kero Kero Keroppi amiibo card in Animal Crossing: New Leaf unlocks Kero Kero Keroppi themed furniture. 2
4Arrow L.png Cinnamoroll 2016113 November 3, 2016 Scanning a Cinnamoroll amiibo card in Animal Crossing: New Leaf unlocks Cinnamoroll themed furniture. 2
4Arrow L.png Pom Pom Purin 2016113 November 3, 2016 Scanning a Pom Pom Purin amiibo card in Animal Crossing: New Leaf unlocks Pom Pom Purin themed furniture. 2
4Arrow L.png Little Twin Stars 2016113 November 3, 2016 Scanning a Little Twin Stars amiibo card in Animal Crossing: New Leaf unlocks Little Twin Stars themed furniture. 2
5Arrow R.png Miitopia 2016128 December 8, 2016 Miitopia features costumes based on Animal Crossing characters, obtainable by scanning the respective amiibo. 2
5Arrow R.png Yoshi 2017119 January 19, 2017 Poochi & Yoshi's Woolly World features Yoshi designs based on Animal Crossing characters, unlocked by using the respective amiibo. 2
5Arrow R.png Conga Master Party! 2017928 September 28, 2017 Conga Master Party! features compatibility with the Animal Crossing series amiibo. 3
5Arrow R.png Robot Chicken 2018114 January 14, 2018 Animal Crossing is parodied in the Robot Chicken episode "Things Look Bad For The Streepster". 2
4Arrow L.png Splatoon 2018913 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
4Arrow L.png Donkey Kong 20200320 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.
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5Arrow R.png Tetris 20200515 May 15, 2020 Tetris 99 featured an Animal Crossing: New Horizons theme during a limited event. 2
5Arrow R.png Jump Rope Challenge 20200702 July 02, 2020 An Isabelle costume was added to Jump Rope Challenge with Update 1.1.0. 2
4Arrow L.png Wario 20200703 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.
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