|Release Date||[JP] April 14, 2001|
Animal Forest (どうぶつの森, Dōbutsu no Mori) is the first installation to the Animal Crossing series, released on April 14, 2001 for the Nintendo 64. Animal Forest was only released in Japan, and was later remade twice, Animal Forest+ and Animal Forest e+, as well as being the foundation for Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing: Wild World, and Animal Crossing: City Folk.
 General Info
Genre: Fantasy, Sim, RPG, Life Simulator
Theme(s): Fantasy, Lifestyle, Open World
Perspective(s): Third Person
Input Methods: N64 Controller
Animal Forest, being the first game, contains many things that are found and recognized in the following sequels.
- Animal Forest uses questions to determine the characters looks.
- Characters Tom Nook, K.K. Slider, Copper, and Booker are present.
- Player starts off owing Tom Nook a debt.
- Resetti punishes for resetting the game.
- Tom Nook's store goes through various upgrades.
Animal Forest has a variety of differences not spotted in the following games.
- Able Sisters was not present, so there were no patterns.
- The Museum was not present so there was no Blathers. The Faraway Museum, however, did still exist to identify fossils.
- Mayor Tortimer is not present in Animal Forest, so you could not receive gifts from him.
- Wisp was not present, so you cannot get any of his charms.
- Instead of the WIshing Well, Animal Forest had a Bell Shrine. On New Years, the player would shake the center pole ringing the bell instead of throwing in a coin.
- In Animal Forest, only one item may be stored in containing furniture (i.e dressers, wardrobes, et cetera), while in Animal Crossing, three items may be stored.
- Several shirts, carpets, and wallpapers were removed or redesigned in Animal Crossing.
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