The first in a popular series of laid-back life sim games from Nintendo was released in the US on this day in history.
Animal Crossing, developed and published by Nintendo, was first released in the United States on September 15th, 2002. The first game, called Animal Forest, was only released in Japan on the Nintendo 64.
In the game, the player controls a character moving into a village. The player and other characters are anthropomorphic animals. The game doesn’t feature specific levels or a plot, but is instead more open-ended. Players can fish, expand their house, communicate with other residents, and even play classic games from the Nintendo Entertainment System. Another notable feature of the game is the use of real-time for various gameplay elements, such as day vs. night and the observation of holidays.
The game kickstarted a popular series which continues to this day, with Animal Crossing games released for the Wii, 3DS, WiiU and other systems. Some of these feature the life simulation gameplay style of the original, while others feature different features and styles of gameplay.