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Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing

Video game series developed and published by Nintendo

The Animal Crossing is a video game series of communication simulation games, exclusively for Nintendo consoles. All games are non-linear, in the sense that they have a somewhat set beginning, but no middle or end. The player takes the role of a human in a village of animals . The series is non-violent, and rated 'E' for Everyone by the ESRB (3+ by PEGI).

The first generation (2001-2005) games were mainly Japanese-exclusives. The second generation games (2005-2012) introduced the 'rolling log' perspective, a series staple ever since, as well as online play. The third generation games (2012-2020) introduced exterior design in the form of public works projects, as well as the character Isabelle.

Spin-offs:

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (2015)

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival (2015)

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (2017)

Timeline

March 20, 2020
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Worldwide)
November 22, 2017
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (Worldwide)
October 25, 2017
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (Australia)
November 21, 2015
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival (Japan, Australia)
November 20, 2015
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival (Europe)
November 13, 2015
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival (USA)
October 3, 2015
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Australia)
October 2, 2015
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Europe)
September 25, 2015
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (USA)
July 2, 2015
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Japan)

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Nintendo Life
August 5, 2021
Nintendo Life
How many of these do you own? - Nintendo has provided updated sales figures for its best-selling games on Switch, giving u...
Shawn Knight
May 7, 2021
TechSpot
The Museum back in March narrowed the field down to just a dozen finalists. Classics like Pole Position, Guitar Hero, Portal and Call of Duty all came...
Lucy Campbell
May 7, 2021
the Guardian
Video game popularity soared during the pandemic, as people sought distraction and ways to connect with loved ones
Daniel Van Boom
April 28, 2021
CNET
Commentary: Photographing Pokemon is as calming as tending to an island paradise.
Swapna Krishna
April 21, 2021
Wired
Games like 'Animal Crossing' and 'Cozy Grove' are meant to be played every day, but who's got that kind of time?
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