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Dōbutsu no Mori (どうぶつの森 Animal Forest in English?), is the name of the first installment in the Animal Crossing series. It was released only in Japan for the Nintendo 64. The reason it was originally released as a Japan-exclusive game was because Nintendo was uncertain whether a worldwide release for the game was viable, due to it being text-heavy and containing Japanese references and holidays that were untranslatable at the time.[1] It was later remade for the GameCube in 2002, and released worldwide as Animal Crossing. This game is compatible with the Expansion Pak and is displayed in a higher resolution when it is used (640x480 as opposed to 320x240). Since 2010, a fully playable fan translation patch is in existence which ports dialog directly from the Nintendo GameCube release, but there are glitches with long blocks of text such as mail and the Bulletin Board being cut off suddenly.

Differences from Animal Crossing

The Bell Shrine in Animal Forest.

A player catches a Herabuna, an Animal Forest-only fish.

The dial input system in Animal Forest (taken from a fan-translated copy)

  • Punchy and Cheri were absent in Animal Forest.
  • The real-time clock must be set manually in-game, as the Nintendo 64 lacks an internal clock.
  • The Able Sisters and their shop are not in Animal Forest; thus, designs are not available for use and the player must rely on pre-made clothing and umbrella designs from Tom Nook.
  • When fish are released in the N64 game, they bounce along the ground and into the water instead of diving straight in.
  • Insects are not restricted by acres and can freely wander into other acres. Banded Dragonflies and similar airborne insects cannot fly too far out to sea in Animal Forest, but in Animal Crossing there is no limit.
  • Some of the wallpapers and carpets from Animal Forest were redesigned or removed in Animal Crossing.
  • Some of the clothing from Animal Forest, for example, the N Logo shirt (G Logo in Animal Crossing), are redesigned or removed in Animal Crossing.
  • Two sets of stationery from Animal Forest, the New Year's Card and the Fortune Paper, are redesigned.
  • The holidays from Animal Forest are either changed or removed in Animal Crossing.
  • Tom Nook wears slightly different uniforms.
  • The Wishing Well from Animal Crossing is a Bell Shrine in Animal Forest. On New Year's Day, instead of tossing a coin in the fountain, the player shakes the thick rope in the middle and the bells ring.
  • The input keyboard from Animal Crossing is a dial that contains the letters, numbers, and symbols that appear on the screen in Animal Forest.
  • In Animal Crossing, Gulliver would give the player a rare furniture piece for saving him. In Animal Forest, he gives the player a random furniture piece.
  • In Animal Crossing, three items could be stored in container furniture such as dressers, wardrobes, etc. In Animal Forest, only one item can be stored in these kinds of furniture.
  • In Animal Crossing, a player's initial home had a wooden box that had a college rule journal on top. In Animal Forest, this is not included, so this means this feature was either not included or both items have to be bought from Nook.
  • In Animal Crossing, the catalog has a section called "Handhelds" where umbrellas, pinwheels, fans, balloons and tools could be ordered. In Animal Forest, this section is called "Umbrellas" and only umbrellas can be ordered from that section. This means pinwheels, fans, balloons, and tools cannot be ordered from the catalog.
  • In Animal Crossing, the player could store multiple airchecks in stereos, radios, etc. In Animal Forest, only one aircheck could be stored in them.
  • Buildings such as Tom Nook's shop, the Post Office, and the Dump have slightly redesigned logos in Animal Crossing.
  • There is no Museum, thus there is no Blathers. The Faraway Museum still exists, and fossils can be sent there for identification, and from there can be either displayed in the player's house, sold, or given away.
  • Taking a trip in Animal Forest requires the player have one Controller Pak to save travel data on, and two Controller Paks are needed to travel directly. In Animal Crossing, an extra Memory Card is used to save travel data, and the player can travel directly to the other town if two Memory Cards with town data are in use at the same time.
  • e-Reader support was added in later Japanese and North American releases of Animal Crossing, thus, there is no E-reader functionality in Animal Forest.
  • Mayor Tortimer was not yet introduced into the series until the Gamecube games, and therefore no gifts could be obtained from him on special events.
  • During the Cherry Blossom Festival, all the villagers sit on mats.
  • Instead of buying stationery as a pack of four, only one piece of paper can be bought at a time.
  • In Animal Crossing, a Money Rock appears for every player in a village each day. In Animal Forest there is only one money rock per town per day, no matter how many people are playing.
  • Kapp'n and the Island do not exist in Animal Forest, being exclusive to the Gamecube games.
  • Villagers do not react to being struck by a net.
  • Blanca is not present.
  • The live version of several K.K.Songs have been changed. "K.K. Ballad" has a different melody in the main verses, while "DJ K.K." uses a different set of guitar riffs, which were most likely changed due to their similarities with the song "Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited.
  • Items look different when on the ground. Stationery is a paper bag with a leaf on it, clothing are treasure chests, and tools are toolboxes. These aesthetics were later re-used for Wild World.
  • Mystery items are for sale at Nook's Cranny. (early January)
  • Bluebear's and Stella's original designs were also slightly different than now, and their appearances were tweaked to the current design in Animal Forest+ and Animal Crossing. Some of the other villagers have under gone these tweaks as well.
  • There were no coconuts in Animal Forest.
  • When getting bad fortunes identified by Katrina, slightly different effects happen. This can include tripping and falling half as frequently or less malfunctioning of the friendship of other villagers.
  • Only seven Famicom games can be obtained: Balloon Fight, Clu Clu Land, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. Math, Golf, Pinball, and Tennis
  • Chip has a slightly different design. His eyes were originally slanted and more Japanese looking, but they were changed to round in the English version, likely to avoid racial connotations.


Several villagers feature different designs from that in Animal Crossing:

  • Amelia's pupils are much smaller and centered, and her eyes are half closed instead of scowling.
  • Bangle has slightly smaller eyes that are half closed. She also possesses blue eyelids.
  • Bluebear's pupils are much larger, and her muzzle is more circular.
  • Boris has more compressed eyes with yellow eyelids, while his pupils are more displaced.
  • Carmen has black, sparkly eyes, and her pink fur is a darker shade.
  • Cleo has orange blush under her eyes, which are more narrowly spaced. Her nostrils are also much larger.
  • Chevre's eyes are more square shaped instead of rounded, and her freckles are orange instead of pink. Her hair is also different.
  • Cupcake's hair and eyeshadow colors are inverted. Her hair is a blueish purple, and her eye shadow is dark pink. Her nose is also much larger.
  • Fang's fur is slightly lighter, while his eyes are much larger and positioned further upward. He also has brown eyelids as opposed to purple.
  • Friga has a darker pink tone in her skin, smaller eyes, orange makeup, and purple hair.
  • Gwen's eye shadow is purple instead of pink, while her eyes are larger and wider.
  • Huggy's fur is orange instead of tan, while her nose is a much darker brown. Her cheeks are also colored pink instead of red.
  • Jane has white fur, brown skin, tired eyes, and large pink lips. This is changed to purple fur, pink skin and different lip and eye designs in later games to avoid racial connotations.
  • Kody's eyes are further spaced and much smaller, and his mouth is larger.
  • Lucy has a larger mouth that is colored pink, and has pink lines under her eyes in place of blush.
  • Maple's muzzle is a darker color, while her eyes are more displaced from each other. She also has curved eyebrows, a larger nose, and more solid blush.
  • Murphy's eyes and eyebrows are more curved, and his mouth is more compressed, giving him a more menacing look.
  • Nibbles has green fur instead of teal, and has blush instead of freckles.
  • Portia's eyes are shorter and positioned lower on her face.
  • Puck's pink skin is a darker shade, and his eyes are slightly wider.
  • Scoot's green skin is a lighter shade, and his eyes are slightly larger.
  • Spike has slightly lighter skin, smaller eyes and pupils, and his scar does not have stitches.
  • Static's eyes are larger, and his pupils are much larger. His frown is also much more curved.
  • Stella has hot pink wool instead of purple, a pink face with orange blush, and a black nose. Her mouth is also frowning instead of smiling.
  • Tiara's skin is much darker, while her pupils point upwards.
  • Ursala has red hair with curved eyebrows, half-circled eyes, and a large smile. Her muzzle is large and colored pink, and her eyes are almond-shaped.
  • Valise has lighter, purplish fur, and her expressions are different.
  • Vladimir has smaller pupils and lacks a muzzle. His nose and mouth are also much bigger.

The Animal Crossing Series
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Main series
Dōbutsu no Mori (Dòngwù Sēnlín) • Dōbutsu no Mori +Animal CrossingDōbutsu no Mori e+Wild WorldCity FolkNew Leaf (Welcome amiibo)New Horizons
ClockCalculatorSweet DayPlazaPhotos TogetherHappy Home Designeramiibo FestivalPocket Camp
Other media
Dōbutsu no Mori (film)Dōbutsu no Mori: Hohinda Mura DayoriDōbutsu no Mori e+ 4koma Gag BattleMinna no Dōbutsu no MoriOideyo Dōbutsu no MoriTobidase Dōbutsu no Mori Minna de Seseragi Mura Life
Other Series
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlMario Kart 8Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UAnimal Crossing cameoes in other franchises
  1. The Ultimate Guide to Animal Crossing New Horizons