Doubutsu no Mori
|Release Date||14 April 2001|
|ROM Information||ROM Information|
|ROM Map||ROM Map|
|RAM Map||RAM Map|
|Table File||Table File|
|Hacking Notes||Hacking Notes|
Animal Forest is the literal translation of the Japanese name for Animal Crossing. While most western regions got Animal Crossing for the first time ever for Gamecube, Japan had Animal Crossing debut in the N64. It might not be such a bad thing that we had to wait, though, since there are very little differences between the two versions.
There’s an internal clock (since the N64 didn’t have a clock of its own). It’s missing two villagers from the Gamecube version. It doesn’t have the island minigame (because there’s no e-Reader). It’s missing certain NPCs like Kapp’n and Tortimer. There are only 32 fish/bugs.
It makes sense that this version lacks certain features that the newer versions have. Even the Gamecube version was made near obsolete by the DS and Wii Animal Crossing games.
I only recommend this game for people who want to see where Animal Crossing started from, or for those who like to play N64 games that really hate emulation.