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's for Nintendo 64 and it was only released in Japan, but in limited supply in the USA. This game was translated and ported to the Nintendo Gamecube because the Nintendo 64 was at the end of its life, and because of that sales would have been affected if it were released on the Nintendo 64. This game is compatible with the Expansion Pak and has a sharper image when it is used. This is due to the number of pixels in its resolution being multiplied by 4, from 320x240 (quarter of a normal television's resolution) to 640x480 (the exact resolution of a television). People have made fan translations, which translate most of the game. The game was released at the end of the Nintendo 64's lifespan.
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Animal Forest has been re released on the Nintendo GameCube with a translation of Animal Forest e+.
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 those kinds of furniture.
In Animal Crossing, any house you start out with 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.
Taking a trip on Animal Forest requires the player have 1 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 2 Memory Cards with town data are in use at the same time.
The American Animal Crossing has e-Reader support, as well as the Japanese GameCube e+ version of Animal Forest along with e-Reader+ support. The European version of Animal Crossing and Animal Forest don't have e-Reader support because it was never released in Europe and it was not yet released in Japan at the time the Nintendo 64 was at its end, respectively... so instead of there being an e-reader machine in the Post Office, there is just a bench.
Mayor Tortimer was not a character yet, so you could not obtain any gifts from him.