Animal Crossing (どうぶつの森 Dōbutsu no Mori?, lit. "Animal Forest"), is a community simulation video game series developed and published by Nintendo, in which the player lives in a village inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, carrying out various activities. The series is notable for its open-ended gameplay and extensive use of the game systems' internal clock and calendar to simulate real passage of time.
Animal Crossing (Animal Forest in Japan), originally released only in Japan for the Nintendo 64 in 2001, was eventually ported to the Nintendo GameCube and released in all other regions by 2004.
Animal Crossing: Wild World, released for the Nintendo DS in 2005, the first game in the series to utilize the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
Animal Crossing: City Folk (in North America) / Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City (in Europe & Australia), released for the Wii in 2008, was the first Wii game to utilize the Wii Speak accessory for online play.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf, first released for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan in 2012 and in other regions in 2013, the first game where the player can take on the role of town mayor.