The First Game Was on the Nintendo 64
If you thought the first Animal Crossing game was on the GameCube, you’d be mistaken. The very first release was actually on the Nintendo 64. It was called Dobutsu no Mori (Animal Forest) and was exclusive to Japan at the very beginning of 2001. In fact, it was one of the very last games released for the N64 at the end of its life cycle.
This was an experimental title that ended up being re-released later on the GameCube due to its wild success. Since the N64 had no internal clock, the real-time clock had to be set manually, and it used an internal device within the cartridge to keep time ticking.
Though many changes were made when it was re-released on the GameCube, it set the stage for what the series would grow into. This first version of the game was never officially localized in English for western regions; instead, the updated version of the game for GameCube introduced the west to Animal Crossing.
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