On April 14, 2001, Nintendo launched a unique game for the Nintendo 64. It would take two years for charming community sim Dōbutsu no Mori – “Animal Forest” – to make it out of Japan, but by then, the game had everybody hooked. Now, Nintendo would like to thank you for 15 years of Animal Crossing!
For 15 years, players have been shaking trees, picking weeds, chasing bugs, catching fish and collecting furniture across four different games. From the original (enhanced) Animal Crossing on the GameCube, to the internet-enabled Animal Crossing: Wild World for DS in 2005, the groundbreaking Wii release Animal Crossing: City Folk (which used the Wii Speak accessory), to the 2012 release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf which let you play as the mayor. The franchise has prompted a movie and a handful of spinoff games and apps, as well as levels in Super Smash Bros Brawl, Nintendo Land, Wii Music and Mario Kart 8.
It’s sold more than 26 million units worldwide – here’s to another 15 years!