The Island, also known as Animal Island, and Tortimer Island in New Leaf, is a feature in some Animal Crossing games. The island is an area that first appears in Animal Forest+, and is an off-shore location where summer can be found at any time of the year. It later reappears in the English Animal Crossing and again in Animal Forest e+ with new islanders. It is separate from the main town and must be traveled to by the aid of Kapp'n.
The island in the Gamecube games is a location separate from the town consisting of two acres accessed by talking to Kapp'n at the dock. Each save file will have an island-exclusive villager, who can be one of several island-type villagers complete with an island bungalow.
The bungalow contains four shirts on creation, two Blue Aloha shirts and two Red Aloha shirts. This bungalow can be customized in the same manner as the player's house, but there is no gyroid outside the bungalow, so it is not possible to save on the island.
The island is the only way to obtain coconuts in the GCN games. In Dōbutsu no Mori e+ the Birdwing Butterfly, Hercules Beetle, Puffer Fish and Swordfish are only available on this island. Flowers, fruit and saplings from the village can be planted here, though the latter are sometimes harder to grow.
The island can be saved to a Gameboy Advance. If the player chooses to do so, they must set up the connection to the Game Boy Advance once more. Kapp'n will save the island to the Game Boy Advance. Once this is finished, the player can continue to interact with their villager on the island, helping them catch fish, eat fruits or coconuts left on the ground, or catch flying presents. This takes place during the return voyage to the village.
The changes made to the island in the Game Boy Advance can then be uploaded back to the GameCube the next time the player goes to visit the island. This can be a useful tactic for making Bells, as the island villagers can drop slowly increasing amounts of Bells for the player's interactions. The player can also get a tan when out in the sun long enough, since it is always summer. If the player is out in the sun too long, they can be sunburned. However, this can be avoided by the use of an umbrella.
This section is a description of the island in New Leaf.
The Island returns in New Leaf, with the new name of Tortimer Island. It is not accessible at the beginning of the game. To unlock it, the player must pay their first house upgrade before the option is made available. Once the player has paid off their upgraded house, Isabelle will introduce Tortimer the next day the player starts up the game again. He will ask the player to meet him by the dock. Once at the dock, Tortimer will tell the player about the island. He will also ask the player if they would want to go to his island. If the player agrees, Tortimer will tell the player that Kapp'n will be by the docks tomorrow. The next day Kapp'n will appear with his new motorized boat by the dock, which will be ready to take the player to the island for a fee of 1,000 Bells per round-trip.
If a player wishes to travel to the island while there are other players visiting, all players need to take the trip at the same time in order to depart.
On the way there, Kapp'n will sing a song, which are also very short stories and lessons from his life. However, if the player taps one of the buttons (X, Y, A, B) or the touchscreen rapidly while he's singing, the shanty can be skipped and the player can head to the island immediately.
No islanders inhabit the island other than Kapp'n's family and Tortimer, who decided to live there upon retiring.
Inside the shack, the player will meet Kapp'n's family: his wife Leilani, his daughter Leila, and his mother Grams. Leilani works at the front desk, where the player can choose to take part in Tours. Medals from tours can be spent on souvenirs from Grams, which include special furniture and clothes. Leila can buy certain items from the player, but only for a small amount of Bells at 5% of the original value. She sits on the floor surrounded by toys and pretends to be a supermarket shopper, encouraging the player to sell her flowers, fruits, and fish for meager amounts of Bells.
Items can be sent home via a box near the front counter, which can contain up to 40 items. Any items not placed in the box upon leaving the island or joining a tour will be exchanged into Bells also at 5% original value. This exchange deposits the bells to the ABD account. Any clothing or accessories taken off will also be converted, so caution is advised.
While on a tour, the player can talk to Lloid to use the rental items, where they can then catch bugs, collect fruit, fish, or dive. However, on tours such as the Ore Tours, the player cannot take back ores, and bugs on bug tours, and each tour respectively. However, if the player collect items on a tour, returns to the island, and then go straight onto another tour, the items they collected will be sold and the bells put into their ABD account, so it is recommended that they deposit their collected items into the box near the entrance of the shack. Alternatively, they can also use collected fruits to restore trees on their island that they have cut down.
Club Tortimer is an online function at Tortimer Island. To join, the player must buy a form for 50 medals. This form will appear instead of one of the items when traveling alone. Club Tortimer membership allows the player to go to a random island. Meanwhile, other Club Tortimer members can arrive or leave on the same island as the player. The player has a choice of going to an island that is visited by people from all over the world, or to an island that is only visited by people from their continent. (Note: More people will go to the island that contains their continent.) The items sold at the shop in Club Tortimer refresh every time the player leaves. There will be new items when the player joins again if they join to a different "room." The player can go on tours with fellow players and earn medals.
In the Welcome Amiibo update, a set of rules, broadcast during the journey to the Club Tortimer island, were introduced. Alongside these, a new button on the touch screen was added to transport the player home immediately without 'erroring.' ('Erroring' can be done by flicking the wireless switch off at the side of the device. A cartoon picture of Resetti will pop up on the top screen with details of the 'error' on the bottom.)
On the 7th of March, 2014, a stage based on this area, called Tortimer's Island, was confirmed for the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. 4. The stage's layout is different every time. Leila, Kapp'n and Tortimer appear in the background of the stage.
|Barred Knifejaw||Fishing||5,000||All day|
|Blue Marlin||Fishing||10,000||All day|
|Butterfly Fish||Fishing||1,000||All day|
|Giant Trevally||Fishing (exclusive)||4,500||All day|
|Hammerhead Shark||Fishing||8,000||All day|
|Horse Mackerel||Fishing||150||All day|
|Moray Eel||Fishing||2,000||All day|
|Ocean Sunfish||Fishing||4,000||All day|
|Olive Flounder||Fishing||800||All day|
|Red Snapper||Fishing||2,000||All day|
|Ribbon Eel||Fishing (exclusive)||600||All day|
|Saw Shark||Fishing||12,000||All day|
|Sea Bass||Fishing||200||All day|
|Whale Shark||Fishing (exclusive)||13,000||All day|
|Zebra Turkeyfish||Fishing||400||All day|
|Agrias Butterfly||Near flowers||3,000||8am - 5pm|
|Atlas Beetle||On palm trees||8,000||5pm - 8am|
|Birdwing Butterfly||Near flowers||4,000||8am - 4pm|
|Cyclommatus Stag||On palm trees||8,000||5pm - 8am|
|Elephant Beetle||On palm trees||8,000||5pm - 8am|
|Emperor Butterfly||Near flowers||2,500||7pm - 8am|
|Fruit Beetle||On fruit trees||100||All day|
|Giant Beetle||On fruit trees||10,000||11pm - 8am|
|Golden Stag||On palm trees||12,000||5pm - 8am|
|Goliath Beetle||On palm trees||6,000||5pm - 8am|
|Grasshopper||On the ground||160||7am - 8pm|
|Hercules Beetle||On palm trees||12,000||5pm - 8am|
|Hermit Crab||On the beach||1,000||7pm - 8am|
|Horned Dynastid||On fruit trees||1,350||5pm - 8am|
|Horned Elephant||On palm trees||8,000||5pm - 8am|
|Jewel Beetle||On fruit trees||2,400||8am - 5pm|
|Lantern Fly||On fruit trees||1,800||4pm - 7pm, 11pm - 8am|
|Longhorn Beetle||On tree stumps||260||10am - 6pm|
|Long Locust||On the ground||200||8am - 7pm|
|Mantis||On flowers||430||8am - 5pm|
|Migratory Locust||On the ground||600||8am - 7pm|
|Miyama Stag||On fruit trees||1,000||All day|
|Monarch Butterfly||Near flowers||160||6am - 5pm|
|Orchid Mantis||On white flowers||2,400||8am - 7pm|
|Oak Silk Moth||On Trees||1,200||7pm - 4am|
|Rainbow Stag||On fruit trees||10,000||5pm - 8am|
|Saw Stag Beetle||On fruit trees||2,000||All day|
|Scarab Beetle||On fruit trees||6,000||11pm - 8am|
|Tiger Beetle||On the ground||1,500||8am - 5pm|
|Tiger Butterfly||Near red flowers||160||6am - 5pm|
|Walking Stick||On fruit trees||600||4am - 7pm|
|Wharf Roach||On the beach||200||All day|
|Abalone||Diving||400||4pm - 9am|
|Acorn Barnacle||Diving||200||All Day|
|Chambered Nautilus||Diving||900||All day|
|Ear Shell||Diving||300||4pm - 9am|
|Flatworm||Diving||200||4pm - 9am|
|Giant Isopod||Diving (exclusive)||9,000||All day|
|Mantis Shrimp||Diving||1,250||4pm - 9am|
|Sea Anemone||Diving||100||All day|
|Sea Grapes||Diving||600||All day|
|Sea Slug||Diving||200||All day|
|Sea Urchin||Diving||800||All day|
|Spotted Garden Eel||Diving (exclusive)||600||All day|
|Tiger Prawn||Diving||1,600||4pm - 9am|
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
- It appears that there are leftover villager huts in New Leaf. These are probably from a plan for villagers to live on the island in, which probably was changed during the development process in favor for a different function for the island.