Animal Crossing is a life simulation video game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo. Animal Crossing is a localized version of Dōbutsu no Mori, a Nintendo 64 title that was released in Japan on April 14, 2001, and then enhanced and re-released on the GameCube in Japan later the same year as Dōbutsu no Mori+, which was then localized to other countries as Animal Crossing, with a number of improvements. Another version, Dōbutsu no Mori e+, was released in Japan in 2003, adding the improvements made to Animal Crossing plus some additional features.
Animal Crossing is an open-ended game in which the player character moves into a village populated with anthropomorphic animals. Throughout the game, the player can interact with the animals as well as other players through the GameCube's memory card. The game is synced with the GameCube's internal clock and calendar, allowing the game to be played in real-time, which also follows seasons and holidays.