Last Updated on January 21, 2022
Animal crossing is a social simulation game created by Katsuya Eguchi and Hisashi Nogami. Nintendo is behind its development and distribution. You play as a human living in a village of anthropomorphic animals while watching plants grow, catching fish or bugs, digging up fossils and, getting along with your neighbors.
The game was first known to the world as the Nintendo 64 title Animal Forest on April 14, 2001. It was ported to the GameCube a few months later. Several releases and spin-offs were launched across some Nintendo platforms through the years, keeping much of the core gameplay elements of the original.
On March 20, 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released for Nintendo Switch. This entry became the first console game to reach 5 million digital sales within a month.
It kept much of the mechanics from its GameCube predecessor, but was enhanced with many quality-of-life improvements, and a more personalized character creation system. This has also been one of the few series entries with post-launch content and possible future updates.