Animal Crossing was relapsed on April 14, 2001 by Nintendo. The game was developed by Nintendo EAD. Animal Crossing is a life simulator.

Animal Crossing is a social simulation game, dubbed a “communication game” by Nintendo.

Animal Crossing is open-ended, and the player’s character can live a separate life with very little set plot or mandatory tasks. Players assume the role of a new resident to the town. The gender and looks of the character depend on answers given to a cat named Rover, whom the player meets on the train the character takes to the town.

One of the main goals of Animal Crossing , given to the player during the game’s opening cut scenes, is to increase the size of the player’s character’s house. This house is the repository for furniture and other items acquired during the course of the game. The house can be customized in several ways, such as roof colour, furniture, music, wallpaper and flooring. These customisations are judged by the Happy Room Academy.

Up to four players can take turns creating their own houses in a single village. They can each affect the village in their own ways, communicate with each other via the town board and mail, and share in the experiences of the village. Multiple players can take turns shipping items to each other via Tom Nook, using a system of codes.