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All of the NES games in a room.

NES Games are in-game games that appear in Animal Forest, Animal Forest+, Animal Crossing, and Animal Forest e+. They are games that appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System and can be played just as if they were the original. Some can be won at Tom Nook's lottery, while others are obtained as promotional items from a special memory card found in certain Animal Crossing games. Nintendo e-Reader cards also have a few NES games available for Animal Crossing.

Obtainable from Nook's Lottery, Redd, or are buried by villagers

  1. Balloon Fight
  2. Clu Clu Land
  3. Donkey Kong
  4. Donkey Kong Jr. Math
  5. Excitebike
  6. Golf
  7. Pinball
  8. Tennis

Obtained from the island

  1. Wario's Woods
  2. Baseball

Obtained from Nintendo giveaways

  1. Soccer
  2. Donkey Kong Jr.
  3. Donkey Kong 3
  4. Clu Clu Land D
  5. Punch Out!!

Unobtainable without external assistance

  1. Mario Bros. (Animal Crossing, America-Only e-Reader card, Series 4)
  2. Ice Climber (Animal Crossing, America-Only e-Reader card, Series 4)
  3. Super Mario Bros. (Animal Forest+, Japan-Only 2001-2002 Famitsu Giveaway OR Cheating Device)
  4. The Legend of Zelda (Cheating Device)

According to the e-Reader cards for Mario Bros. and Ice Climber, Tom Nook gave these away for free as a "loyalty gift" for customers of his various stores.

NES Console

There is a NES console that has no games included with it. When attempting to play it, a message is displayed saying you do not have any software to play.

It was recently discovered that the console actually attempts to load NES ROM save files from the Memory Card. These games could then be selected from a list to play. It is speculated that Nintendo planned on distributing these games through some media as additional content.


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Profile Some people will do anything to get you into their tents, or stores. Well I can tell you I will not stoop so low. I did however find this classic NES game on a storeroom shelf. Would you like it? Let's just call it a "loyalty gift" shall we?
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Profile Ho ho... I just made a deal on a one-of-a-kind classic NES game. Although I don't think that giving stuff away for free is a good business practice, I do hope it will buy your loyalty.
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  • Only seven Famicom games can be obtained in Animal Forest for Nintendo 64. These games are given a color code as well:
    • Orange: Clu-Clu Land
    • Grey: Balloon Fight
    • Red: Donkey Kong
    • Blue: Donkey Kong Jr.
    • Yellow: Pinball
    • Purple: Tennis
    • Cyan: Golf
  • The original Japanese release of Animal Forest+ for GameCube lacks Soccer and Excitebike, and instead features the early Famicom versions of Gomoku Narabe and Mahjong.
  • Depending on the version of the game, some NES games are obtained through different means.
  • Clu Clu Land D, Soccer, Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong Jr. and Punch-Out!! were initially unavailable in-game, however Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe later released codes that could be used in the game to unlock them, though Punch-Out!! was deciphered by fans.
  • Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda cannot be played through normal means, although Super Mario Bros. was given away between 2001 and 2002 by Famitsu for Animal Forest+.
  • Some NES games were re-released in Classic NES Series for GBA.
  • There is a fake NES game in Animal Forest e+ and Animal Crossing, obtainable from Tortimer on April Fool's Day called Super Tortimer.
  • When playing Animal Crossing using a setup that supports the game's progressive scan display mode, the mode must be activated in order for NES games to be playable.
  • In New Leaf, the New Nintendo 3DS and Wii U furniture items received from fortune cookies may be a nod to these NES games, as they are playable Nintendo consoles.

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