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Dōbutsu no Mori+ (どうぶつの森+[1]), Animal Forest+ in English, is the updated Nintendo GameCube version of Animal Forest, and was released on December 14, 2001, only eight months after the original game. This version contains extra features that had to be left out of the Nintendo 64 version, and also utilizes the GameCube's built-in clock to keep track of the date and time while dropping the Nintendo 64's original system that utilized an internal clock built into the game cartridge. With the use of the GameCube's clock, time passes in the game even when the game is not being played. This led to the game's slogan, "It's playing, even when you're not." Dōbutsu no Mori Plus cost ¥7,140 (around $68 USD) and sold 93,568 copies during its first week of sale in Japan. The new characters from this game are two villagers and the rest islanders.

During the localization process of translating Dōbutsu no Mori overseas as the GameCube game Animal Crossing, there were many changes incorporated that not only involved immense translation from Japanese to English, but also replacements of many cultural references as well as brand new content, including new holidays, new items and new or altered events. After the success of Animal Crossing, Nintendo of Japan was so impressed with the results of the translation done by Nintendo of America's Treehouse division that they translated NOA's version back into Japanese and released it in Japan as Dōbutsu no Mori e-Plus on June 27, 2003, where it sold 92,568 copies during its first week of sale.

New Features

  • Kapp'n and Mayor Tortimer appear.
  • The Museum and the Able Sisters appear.
  • More Famicom (NES) games added.
  • More house expansions added (second floor and basement).
  • The player can dance in the Morning Aerobics.
  • More fish and bugs added. There are now 40, up from 32 in the N64 Animal Forest.
  • Islanders (and the island) were introduced. The player can travel here via Kapp'n's boat.
  • E- Reader cards and the system are introduced.

Similarities with Animal Crossing

Differences from Animal Crossing

In addition to being an upgraded re-release to the original Animal Forest, there are also many differences between Animal Forest+ and Animal Crossing.

  • Animal Forest+ features the Famicom games Gomoku Narabe and Majong. Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+ feature the NES games Soccer and Exitebike. In addition, Doubutsu no Mori + features the Famicom Disk System version of The Legend of Zelda. Animal Crossing features the English NES version, despite being officially unavailable in all versions..
  • In Dōbutsu no Mori+ Tortimer wears a glass with white blue crystal and a red hat. In Animal Crossing and Animal Forest e+ Tortimer wears a glass with invisible crystal and a black hat.
  • In Animal Forest and Animal Forest+, there is the Bell Shrine. On New Year's Day the player shakes the rope in the middle and the bell ring. It was scrapped in Animal Crossing and Animal Forest e+.
  • Mr. Resetti and Don Resetti's clothes are different in Animal Forest+. The clothes were white. These clothes were also in original Dōubutsu no Mori but in Animal Crossing and Animal Forest e+ they have a white T-shirt and a blue overall.
  • Jane/Fiba the gorilla had a different appearance in Animal Forest, Animal Forest+, and Animal Forest e+. She has brown fur. In Animal Crossing, Jane has purple fur.
  • The Nintendo logo color changes. In Animal Forest e+ it was blue, Animal Crossing it was red, in Animal Forest+ it was white, and Doubutsu no Mori had the Nintendo 64 logo.
  • Dōbutsu No Mori E-Plus - A very detailed guide with more specific notes on the differences between Animal Forest, Animal Forest+, and Animal Crossing.


  1. Retrieved 04:29, February 15, 2018 (UTC)

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