"Yeah, living on your own, being free. It feels great. But living by yourself can be a real drag, too. Still, if you've got some really tight friends somewhere nearby, then you know it'll all work out."
— K.K. Slider, Animal Crossing
Originally released in Spring of 2001 for the Nintendo 64 as Doubutsu no Mori ("Animal Forest") in Japan, most English-speaking players are probably familiar with the GameCube version, Doubutsu no Mori+, which was released in the US in 2002 as Animal Crossing.Animal Crossing is a simple but entertaining "life sim" game that takes place in a small town in the country. Amusingly enough, you're the only human character (not counting any other players who share your town or visit you in later versions) in a town populated by eccentric Talking Animals. There are pelicans working at the post office, a pair of porcupine sisters who run the tailor's shop, a verbose, bug-phobic owl who runs the museum, and a fox who acts as a shady traveling merchant. Your other, less permanent neighbors are likewise an eclectic assortment of other species, from dogs to cats to cows to elephants to about a dozen other species.In order to pay off the debt on your house to the local shopkeeper (a tanuki named Tom Nook), you'll have to scrounge up things to sell for the local currency, Bells. You can hunt insects, catch fish, gather fruit, dumpster-dive for old furniture, or sell the stuff you earn running errands for your neighbors. You can also put some of your hard-earned money towards buying new clothes, or furniture for your home.The game received several sequels, including Animal Crossing: Wild World for the Nintendo DS. It added a few new features such as the ability to get haircuts, hats and accessories to wear, new items to collect, the ability to communicate with friends over Wi-Fi, and a limited increase in interaction with your neighbors.An anime movie based on Wild World was released in Japan in 2006, but there are currently no plans to show it elsewhere.The series is one of many represented in the Super Smash Bros. series with a stage based on a generic town, called Smashville, and a playable villager in the fourth installment. The series also has a minigame based on it in Nintendo Land, Animal Crossing: Sweet Day.Franchise history:
Doubutsu no Mori (lit. "Animal Forest") (Nintendo 64; Japan 2001)
Doubutsu no Mori+ (GameCube; Japan 2001) Added compatibility with the GameCube's real-time clock, more characters and activities, more furniture items (such as playable NES Games) and basic e-Reader support.
Animal Crossing (sometimes seen as Animal Crossing | Population: Growing!) (GameCube; North America 2002, Australia 2003, Europe 2004) New holidays based on those of the United States, better e-Reader support, and several other enhancements.
Doubutsu no Mori e+ (GameCube; Japan 2003) Everything added to the North America, Australia, and Europe versions and more.
Oideyo Doubutsu no Mori (Nintendo DS; Japan 2005) Removed several features and playable NES games in favor of online play with friend codes; changed all holidays. Acres, the wishing well, Highlands and Lowlands, and The Island are gone, inter-town transport changed from Trains to Taxi, and train station was removed and replaced by the town gate. Also introduced the "rolling log" effect that the game is now known for. Notoriously, the game also introduced the use of Nintendo Zone DLCs, which are the only way to get monkey villagers, making monkey villagers a case of No Export for You for those who live in places where Nintendo did not roll out the service.
Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo DS; North America 2005, Australia 2005, Europe 2006) Nearly identical to ODnM, but not interoperable with the Japanese game due to character encoding differences and different sizes of various data structures.
Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori (Movie; Japan 2006)
Nolleooseyo Dongmul-ui Sup (Nintendo DS; Korea 2007)
Machi e Ikouyo: Doubutsu no Mori (Japan)/Animal Crossing: City Folk (North America)/Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City (PAL territories)/Taun-eulo: Nolleogayo Dongmul-ui Sup (Korea) (Wii; 2008) As well as the town, the player can now visit a city full of different shops including ones from previous games as well as some new ones. Town transport changed from taxi to bus, and the bus-stop structure was added to the game. Online play is once again included and the game is the first Wii game to support voice chat and the first online game in the series that supports interoperability between Japanese and Western versions of the game. Holidays return, with versions of the game from different countries having their own sets. Region-specific holidays can still be experienced by people outside the holiday's region using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to visit the town of a friend from another country. Highlands and lowlands in the town return from 1.x.
Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori/Animal Crossing: New Leaf/Twieonawayo Dongmul-ui Sup (Nintendo 3DS; Japan 2012, Europe 2013, North America 2013, Korea 2013) This incarnation of the series is making the most changes since Wild World. Besides a complete redesign of graphics, the game boasts several new features and heavy changes in the game mechanics. More clothing and customization, wall furniture, and even swimming! You are even the mayor of your town! See the trailer here. The game also brings brings back the island and boat rides (albeit In Name Only), reverts the inter-town transport to trains (and replacing the Town Gate and Bus Stop with the Train Station, undoing the change done in 2.x), and the City aspect from City Folk has been refined into the Main Street in this version. However, highlands and lowlands are once again gone. Though if you want to get technical... This version actually forces a four-level land height on you- the beach is always on the lowest grounds, the village is on slightly higher grounds, the Main Street is on even higher grounds with a cliff overlooking the sea, and the HHA Showcase is on the highest grounds.
Animal Crossing Plaza (Wii U; worldwide 2013) A free app which allows players to post to Miiverse, including a tag for each animal villager. An SD card can be used to post screenshots from New Leaf to Miiverse. You can also share your Dream Suite numbers through the app.
Achievement System: In New Leaf, Badges are handed out by Phineas the sea lion, who will visit your town whenever you qualify for a badge. They're awarded for things like completing a certain percentage of your bug/fish/diving encyclopedia, saving a lot of bells in your bank account, doing a lot of villager side-quests, or just playing the game for long enough, and each category has Badges availabl in bronze, silver, and gold versions.
All Just a Dream: In New Leaf, as is natural with every dream, anything you do and/or any item you pick up in a town you visit through the Dream Suite will not be carried over on either side.
Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Blue, purple, whatever—there's a townsperson for every color of the rainbow! (Of course, there are ordinarily colored animals as well — for example, Goose is white like roosters often are in real life; he's just named after a completely different kind of fowl for some reason.)
With plumage like he's got (and the fact that he refers to himself as male), there's no denying that Pave's a peacock... But with his sparkly white muscle tee, flamboyant dance moves, and femalevoice, well...
Gracie. She's a Man in Japan. The fact that they changed his gender for the international release must mean something, most likely that people are just way too hung up over gender roles... Saharah also gets a gender change from being male in Japan (where he is known as Roland), but the character itself is pretty androgynous, the change may simply be a result of Saharah's long camel eyelashes.
The Smug villagers in New Leaf; they enjoy dance a lot of the time, and several of them even wear heavy makeup and have long eyelashes. (Julian is probably the best example of this) They will also flirt with the player regardless of gender.
Ed. While his behavior may not tip you off, his hair and the fact that he's wearing eye shadow probably will.
In early games, if you wanted to switch tools, you had to open up your inventory, select the tool you wanted to equip, and close the inventory. If you switched tools a lot, this quickly became tedious. Later games would allow you to cycle through tools you have using the D-pad, saving some hassle.
Watering flowers in early games was annoying if you had a lot of them and had difficulty keeping track. When the game made already-watered flowers sparkle in later games, it came as a relief.
Fruit wasn't stackable in the beginning. If you had a lot of fruit trees, this meant a lot of trips back and forth to the store. Thankfully, the ability to stack fruit was made possible in later games, cutting the number of trips down considerably.
In New Leaf, if you play for a long stretch of time, the animals will start recommending you take a break.
Also in New Leaf, grass decay happens plenty faster if you play more. While it's still not as bad as it was in City Folk, don't expect to see your grass a lot if you're an avid player, even if your town is covered in flowers.
Arbitrary Headcount Limit: No more than four humans and 15 (GCN), 8 (DS), or 10 (Wii) animal neighbors per town, not counting the permanent residents such as Tom Nook et al. New Leaf allows 9 residents initially, then, with the addition of the campsite or by visiting friends towns, a 10th can be obtained.
Artificial Atmospheric Actions: Neighbors will sometimes talk to each other, and randomly end up happy, sad, or angry; in Wild World and City Folk you get to listen in on their conversations. Taken further in New Leaf, where villagers are now able to actively visit shops, use tools, shake trees, et cetera.
Art Evolution: So far, there have been two major changes to the series' art style: Wild World added the now-famous "rolling log effect", and New Leaf features redone, slightly less Super-Deformed character models and a more "painterly" look to villagers and the outdoors.
The island villagers in the Gamecube version required a Game Boy Advance connection to even get to before. In later games, many of them became standard villagers; so, extras promoted to a higher tier of extras, basically.
Timmy and Tommy, the tanuki twins, only originally appeared once you upgraded the store to its maximum level and were largely redundant as the furniture salesmen on the upper floor. In New Leaf, they're the sole proprietors from the start.
Kicks started out as a shoe shiner. In New Leaf, he gets his own store.
Not an internal meme, but a meme from another popular Nintendo series. If you talk to Grumpy male villagers during the Festivale, they may tell you to DO A BARREL ROLL!
The way to obtain Nintendo items was changed in New Leaf. The Player must spend Play Coins to buy fortune cookies, and then the fortune can be exchanged for an item. If the player receives "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this.", they'll get the Master Sword.
You can visit the home of Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo America in NOA's Dream Town. The blanket on his bed is a picture of his face from the "My body is ready" meme, and the same meme is used for his profile quote.
Asleep for Days: In New Leaf, Reese says that Cyrus has been "working all night" on a project and needs to sleep. However, he clearly sleeps more than he needs to.
Author Avatar: Composer avatar, in this case - Totakeke/K. K. Slider◊. They even have the same theme song, which must be requested as a secret. The theme song also appears in other games by this composer.
Balloonacy: There are presents attached to balloons that float in sky. One appears every ten minutes.
Behind the Black: The "Hide and Seek" mini-game from City Folk makes no sense without taking this into consideration.
Beware the Nice Ones: According to Resetti, Don, his older brother, despite being known for being the more patient of the two, is very persistent with giving endless lectures that can last up to two hours.
Big Fancy House: While the original game isn't big, they only get bigger from Wild World onward. They're at their biggest yet in New Leaf, where you can have a two-story mansion with three rooms appended on the first floor and a basement, with 8 x 8 as the max size each. That's a lot of floor! But there is one problem: The total cost to getting every single expansion is a whopping 7,595,800 bells.
Big Fancy Castle: If a normal house isn't enough, you can easily remodel your house into a full-blown castle!
Bird Run: The animals do this when they're running.
Birds of a Feather: Cranky and Snooty villagers get along well together, due to their more mature age and view on life than the rest and the fact that they both share a sense of snarkiness. They're frequently seen together, which some villagers interpret that they're dating although they both try to assure everyone that they're Just Friends. The movie plays with this by showcasing a Cranky and Snooty villager's relationship that had recently gone through a nasty break-up.
The colours that you can choose from when customizing a lava lamp. For some reason, none of the colour options actually give what they say. Green gives red, yellow gives green, etc.. Though every item other than this works just fine, for some reason.
Some furniture will not be colored even after painting. For example, the potty will still appear white even after Cyrus paints it.
Bragging Rights Reward: Various holiday items. But since there's no real goal to the game, nor an achievement counter, arguably every reward is for bragging rights, or at least for leading you to other rewards.
In all versions, The Resettis. They pop up and berate you if you had not properly save and quit the game, and it just gets longer and longer each time you do that. They'd even make you type out an apology letter, and at one point they'd even joke about deleting your game save. Inevitably, annoying rumors online complete with badly edited videos popped up after this prank by the Resetti's were discovered.
In New Leaf, The NPCs will regularly break the fourth wall and give the player character tips without trying to adopt it to the game environment, for example blatantly telling the player outright that the D-Pad on the 3DS can be used to quickly change equipment or look up to the sky. Kapp'n will admonish you for pressing B repetitively while he's singing during the boat ride. Several NPCs will also blatantly tell you that they're connecting your 3DS to the Internet for their desired purposes. There's probably other examples too. Put simply, there is No Fourth Wall in New Leaf.
Brick Joke: Fishing up a squid in Wild World results in the player character saying "Oh no you squidn't!" Three years later, in City Folk, when you catch a squid, you say "Oh yes I squid!"
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In New Leaf, you can be this, as the mayor. Give all your residents silly catchphrases, and dress as outlandishly as you like—heck, you can wear actual bunny ears if you want—you can still be good at running the town.
Whenever you pay off your current house, Tom Nook will insist on upgrading your house, and charging you for it, whether you want him to or not. This continues until you fully upgrade your house. No longer the case as of New Leaf, in which you are allowed to pay off a loan without upgrading your house afterwards if you want to.
If you talk to Lyle in Wild World, you HAVE to buy the insurance he's selling. The only way he'll let you go is if you don't have enough Bells. Probably a Take That against real life insurance salesmen.
Call Back: At the beginning of New Leaf, you're on a train for the first time since the original game. Tom/Rover will bring this up, saying he hasn't been on a train "since 2002".
The game attempts to avert this in Wild World and City Folk by making sure the "random foods" the townspeople talk about are all either vegetarian or only contain fish. But some of the fish you can catch (which are edible) are frogs and octopi, and some of your neighbors are... frogs and octopi. Erm...
There's also Franklin, a turkey who visits on Thanksgiving. Most of your townsfolk just want to meet him. The mayor, Tortimer, pretty clearly wants to eat him. Franklin is not pleased.
Blathers will lampshade this in City Folk when describing the Dynastid Beetle.
"Many species hunt this beetle. Examples include moles, crows, and owls... WOT WOT?!"
It's also lampshaded in Wild World with a female octopus named Marina. Though the thought depresses her.
"Do you think it's weird that I like seafood? Since, if you think about it, technically I'M seafood?"
In an example of Ascended To Carnivorism, Chip the beaver enjoys eating fish (especially ones caught by the player during Fishing Tourney).
Character Development: Several of the special NPCs have backstory speeches that can only be triggered on certain days of the year. Sable has several that occur as your relationship with her grows. Sadly, all of these speeches were completely axed in New Leaf.
Chaste Toons: Tommy and Timmy resemble Tom Nook in miniature, and he says they are his nephews. Various Animal Crossing websites list them as his sons, however. Some Lazy and Jock type villagers will say that Nook found them in the street.
A few of Tom Nook's tasks (but not all of them) have to be completed in the first game to be able to save using the Gyroid, but later games, which moved the save function to a menu that can be accessed anywhere, do not have this restriction, though they do have one for traveling between towns.
The Island in New Leaf. Which is understandable for the Club Tortimer online version, not so much for going there alone.
Chest Monster: The Walking Leaf insect in City and New Leaf looks like a piece of furniture just lying on the ground at first. But if you go to pick it up, it turns into its true form. Later, in New Leaf, a hermit crab looks like a regular shell until it's approached.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Reese shows this a little bit when Cyrus wakes up and your player, if they're a girl, meets him for the first time. By extension, Cyrus is quite the clingy jealous guy to Reese if you are a male. "I better not catch you makin' goo-goo eyes at my wife, or I'll make ya see things in 4D!"
A GameCube-styled dresser and a DSi bench were once offered as DLC in City Folk. The Gaming Shelf also contains a Game Cube.
The Virtual Boy is a piece of furniture in New Leaf, as well as a Wii Balance Board. And the gaming shelf with the Game Cube from City Folk returns in this game.
The original has the Nintendo 64 logo as an item. Spinning it even references the console's Loading Screen.
Continuity Nod: In New Leaf, Pete will mention that he doesn't fly to deliver the mail any more because someone used to shoot him out of the sky. Something that was a gameplay element in Wild World.
Constellations: In Wild World and City Folk, players were allowed to create and name their own constellations via Celeste's part of the museum. At a certain date (at nighttime) they're visible in the sky. Sadly, this mechanic is removed in New Leaf. Instead, Celeste runs a museum shop/'D.I.Y. exhibits' after upgrading to the museum's 2nd floor.
Cosmetic Award: New Leaf introduces badges, which are rewarded for completing certain tasks (like catching a lot of bugs/fish, filling up most of your fish/bug encyclopedia, or just playing the game for a long time).
Counting Sheep: Luna does this before the player dozes off to a Dream Town in New Leaf.
Even though Fourth of July isn't celebrated, the Bald Eagle Apollo's birthday is on July 4th. Bald Eagles are the USA's national bird.
In the Gamecube version a holiday that could very well be a 4th of July celebration is held on the actual 4th of July the only things keeping it from being a 4th of July celebration in a completely blatant way is the fact that it's a celebration of when the train station opened, other than that there's fireworks, Redd gives out balloons,pinwheels, and hand fans, and to to top it all off Tortimer gives you a model bottle rocket as a piece of furniture for the holiday.
Creepy Twins: Tommy and Timmy, Tom Nook's assistants. Their unblinking stares and single-mindedness are contributing factors. Not to mention the fact that they follow you around everywhere you go.
The Dandy: The Smug/Gentleman villagers in New Leaf.
Demoted to Extra: Several of the constant characters in New Leaf. Sable and Blathers have both been largely decharacterized, and Mr. Resetti is entirely optional. It was because Nintendo acknowledges that Resetti scares and upsets many younger players. Tortimer used to be the mayor in previous games, but since New Leaf gives that role to the player, he's retired to the Island and hosts tours there.
One of Resetti's rants includes him making you type out a written apology exactly as he dictates it. If you get it wrong, he simply makes you try again. Type in something offensive, however, and he'll get furious.
Travelling to a town or loading your own in summer while wearing a long-sleeved outfit will make your character fan himself/herself from the heat. Similarly, swimming in cold weather months causes your character to sometimes shiver or sneeze upon exiting the water.
You're able to jump into the ocean from a cliff side if you're wearing your wetsuit. You don't necessarily have to go to the beach to get into the water.
Species of animals with unique feet make equally unique footprints in sand/dirt, such as birds leaving talon tracks and octopi leaving three suction cup marks. Likewise, a player being barefoot will leave human footprints behind.
On a similar note, if you happen to trip on the beach sand due to having bad luck that day or wearing King Tut's Mask, it will leave a large imprint from you falling.
Dropping the empty can trash item in New Leaf makes a metallic dropping sound instead of a generic one.
All of Nintendo's official Dream Town codes start with "0000". Why? Because they're probably among the first created.
If you meet one of your neighbors in another town's dream, they will recognize you.
Your character will progressively get tanned and darker during the summer, as well as prolonged exposure on Tortimer Island. Tanning not your thing? You can wear a hat with a brim, or carry a parasol to shade yourself!
City Folk introduced a new feature where a yellow bird would be perched on top of the bulletin board whenever there's a new notice. In New Leaf, an owl takes it's place at nighttime.
Most players often dismiss taking a picture for their TPC before showing it to Porter (who is well aware of this error). If the player manages to avoid this mistake and show him a properly completed picture, he'll acknowledge it.
Chip, the host of the Fishing Tourney, normally eats the fish he finishes evaluating right on the spot. If you give him a shark however, he'll just pocket it for later because it's far too big to finish in one sitting.
Saying someone's name with the Megaphone while you're right behind them will freak them out.
Digital Piracy Is Okay: Done in-universe. The songs given to you by K.K. Slider are outright stated by him to be illegal copies, since he doesn't like "industry fat cats" putting a price on his music. (Though in New Leaf you can buy his songs in later expansions of the Nookling's store, so apparently either he sold out, or those are bootleg as well.)
Dirty Old Man: In the original Animal Crossing Kapp'n will tease your character and sing more "love-oriented" sea ballads if she's female. In City Folk, he outright hits on female characters. Relentlessly. And possibly the male characters if you read between the lines.
Dream Land: A new feature in New Leaf is a building that allows players to travel to dream versions of other player's towns. Since it's a dream, anything done to the town is not permanent... but you can't take anything you find back to the real world. But Wendell can give you patterns used in the town.
Dummied Out: Several items in all versions of Animal Crossing. The NES Game The Legend of Zelda is only available in Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori+ via Action Replay. Mario Bros.. and Ice Climber were available through North American e-Reader cards. Japan received Ice Climber as a data transfer "housewarming present", and Super Mario Bros. as a Famitsu prize. These four games were erased in Doubutsu no Mori e+, though the latter three can still be played with Advance Play as an Action Replay code.
Early-Installment Weirdness: The original Animal Crossing games are dramatically different from future versions. Many features used in future games weren't implemented until the Japan-only Doubutsu no Mori e+, the first games had acres, Blathers couldn't identify fossils (instead, you had to mail fossils to the museum's main branch and have them sent back identified), several special characters didn't exist, you couldn't get photographs...
Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Inverted in Wild World and beyond, where you can fish for sharks in the ocean, and selling them gets you 15,000 bells a pop. Since sharks are much more common than other expensive fish in the summer, they're easily the most profitable fish in the game.
Eye Scream: The result of being attacked by bees is rather gruesome. Fortunately, some medicine can fix that right up.
Face Doodling: Blanca has no face, and will let you draw her one.
Facepalm: The "Mistaken" emotion in New Leaf, where a star falls on top of the characters' head, stands in this gestures' place.
In New Leaf, if you work at The Roost long enough, the customers will stop telling you what they want to order. You have to remember what they usually order yourself. To make matters worse, even villagers who have never ordered from you before (and, thus, have never given you any hints) will ask for "the usual" at this point. (The game is fair enough to have visiting villagers give you a fairly complete order at least)
In New Leaf, the fact that Katrina and Crazy Redd will show up on random days each week, and that they sometimes won't show up for the week at all. It adds this trope to achieving 100% Completion in the museum art exhibits and getting Main Street fully populated.
Feather Fingers: Averted. In New Leaf, Pete will occasionally talk about the villagers sloppy handwriting, pointing out how most of them don't have opposable thumbs.
The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In New Leaf, if the player is male, Cyrus warns the player not to have him catch the player "makin' goo-goo eyes at [his] wife, or [he'll] make ya see things in 4D!"
Frogs and Toads: Several villagers and, oddly enough, a species that can be caught with the fishing rod (see below).
One of the fish you can catch is a frog, and you can have frogs as townsfolk. If one of your froggy townspeople asks to have a fishing competition with you, and asks for a frog—for sushi—it gets kind of creepy...
In 2.x onwards, one can also catch an octopus — and yet a rare few potential neighbors are also octopi. There is also the birdcage item...which comes with a little songbird inside. To add to that is how one duck neighbor, at least in 2.x, actually has one of these birdcages in his house to start out with.
Gyroids are actually living creature seen hanging out in front of your house or running the auction house depending on which game you play. Yet, you can still dig them up out of the ground as an item.
Some cow villagers may even have cow skulls in their home. Yikes.
4.x gives us hamster villagers, and there has been an item of the same name ever since 1.x.
4.x also introduced Tucker, a villager who is obviously based off of the woolly mammoth. Yet, mammoth fossils can be collected since the first game.
4.x introduced two new "fish" that can be caught: Tadpoles and soft-shelled turtles. Being juvenile frogs, tadpoles add an extra layer of creepiness to the same scenarios that frogs are already subject to. As for turtles, Tortimer is an old tortoise NPC that has been in all games except Animal Forest, and depending on your localization Kapp'n and his family might all be classified as turtles. In some island tours, which are hosted by Tortimer and are on the island Kapp'n apparently lives on, you can even catch turtles for fun and profit.
Invoked in a picture quote by Goldie, a dog villager, who considers the Lab on the cover of Nintendogs, which is an actual dog, to be dreamy.
Furry Reminder: A literal example in New Leaf. Sometimes Grumpy villagers may ask you "If I were an animal, what would I be?". If you choose the first option, their actual species, they'll say that they get that a lot, then remember that that's what they actually are.
Global Currency Exception: The island in New Leaf only accepts the medals you earn on tours. Also, fortune cookies can only be bought with Play Coins earned on your 3DS itself.
Gonk: Many. If a villager averts Generic Cuteness, then chances are they're this. Bonus points go to Resetti, who is so Gonk-y (especially when he's enraged) that his appearance apparently ended up distressing several young children in real life.
Gosh Hornet: Every tree you shake has a chance of dropping a beehive on your helpless character. Though the bees can be caught with a net, its always a risky endeavor.
There are a handful of K.K. airchecks you can only get by request. Most of them don't follow the "K.K. ____" format, so you would have to have seen a walkthrough to even know they existed.
Working at The Roost in New Leaf. You have to get all three aspects of an animal's coffee order correct, but they'll only tell you one aspect before you make it, or might not even say anything. They do tell you what was wrong with it afterwards if it's not correct, though, so it potentially becomes Trial-and-Error Gameplay. This can be countered somewhat by talking to your neighbors while they're in the cafe, and they may describe how they like their coffee.
Getting a perfect town rating in Wild World and City Folk was this. To do that, you have to do, among other things, plant a certain amount of trees and flowers within acres in your town. How many spaces constitutes an acre in game, you ask? Yeah, good luck figuring that out without a guide since the game doesn't even bother to tell you that other than very vague comments to clue you in from Pelly and Phyllis.
New Leaf did away with the acre system, but there is still some experimentation involved. Specifically, you need at least 10 Public works constructed in town (Main street projects don't count). All the game gives you in that regard is a hint that the villagers would like a more developed town.
The art system in New Leaf has been slightly Nerfed so that it is possible to detect forgeries by carefully looking at Redd's wares (unlike in previous versions where you won't know if you're getting the real deal until you try to donate it to Blathers). You also need to know how the real pieces of art looks like in order to succeed. If you're not into fine art, this will likely have you looking up GameFAQs at least once a week.
In Wild World, you can change your bed by pressing "A" infront of the foot of the bed, and then selecting a bed item from your inventory. Does anyone ever tell you this? No.
Blue roses were quite difficult to cultivate, ever since flower hybrids were implemented. Hybrids existed, but what about a hybrid of a hybrid? In Wild World and City Folk, you would have to create at least two purple roses and let those cross to somehow make a blue one, and that in itself requires some luck. It got even more convoluted in New Leaf requiring you to have an orange and purple rose, let those two cross to make a red rose, which is already a basic color. The kicker? Those red roses are what makes the blue rose. While it's justified that true, cultivated blue roses are but a legend in real life, who would think to cross the orange/purple-crossed red roses to make a blue rose?
Guilt-Based Gaming: If you go a while without playing, the next time you get on, the villagers will be worried because you were absent, or have moved away because you haven't spoken to them for so long.
The containers that you buy (drawers, dressers, refrigerators) can hold many more items than your actual house, and is even lampshaded when you try to rummage through a neighbor's drawers.note Well, except in the Gamecube version, where they hold 3 items each. And they only take up one space.
Your personal inventory. Furniture is kind of Hand Waved since it turns into leaves when picked up, but what about that shark bigger than yourself you just caught?
Subverted—because the guy who gives you the axe is a Cloud Cuckoolander, you have to ask for the golden axe to get it.
Zig-Zagged in City Folk. Serena, the goddess of the fountain, seems to be a traditional example, before you take into account that she's very fickle about giving you an upgrade to your axe, whether you're honest with her, you sweet talk her, or even flat out say you hate her. More often than not, your axe will simply be returned to you, if that.
Honest John's Dealership: Crazy Redd and, to a lesser extent, Tom Nook. The villagers can also sometimes fall into this, trying to sell you items at higher prices than the stores.
Hot-Blooded: Any of the characters with the "jock" personality, particularly in City Folk.
Ice-Cream Koan: The fortunes in the fortune cookies in New Leaf comes across as this. Also to a lesser extent, the favorite saying that's on the back of every villager photos that you can receive from the villagers.
Furniture and other items can be placed, moved, rotated, etc. in your house. You can also change the wallpaper and flooring using any number of preset (or even custom) designs in every room except your basement, which has a permanent wood wall and stone floor. New Leaf adds wall-hung decorations to the mix.
In New Leaf, Timmy and Tommy run the general store from the start and Tom Nook is a real estate agent with a separate store that sells various exterior items including different styles of fencing, roofs, doors, exterior walls, and ground paving (for the area inside your house's fence), as well as complete shape changes for your house's exterior, and as Mayor you can place decorations around town, so An Exterior Designer Is You too.
Resetti telling you to "SCRAM" after his lectures before leaving, even though he's in front of your own home.
Resetti, again, since his job is to discourage you from quitting without saving, but in New Leaf, you have to do that at least once in order to unlock the Reset Surveillance Center. You can't get 100% Completion without breaking the one rule the game shoves down your throat.
The male animals with the "grumpy" personality type. Deep down, they're real softies. If you become good friends with them, they'll even say things like, "I may not be your dad, Insert Name Here, but I do want the very best for you!"
Resetti; He yells at you until he's blue in the face if you don't save your game, but, as his brother Don tells you he only does it "because he cares". His full depth is exposed in New Leaf; the first time you quit without saving, you find out that the Reset Surveillance Center's been closed and he's been put out of a job. He's obviously very distraught, and you can't see him again until you manually install a Reset Surveillance Center using your mayoral power.
Phyllis; She comes off as an aloof, grumpy Jerkass at first and, if you talk to her at the right moment, you discover she's just like that due to being overworked and that deep down she's a very caring person, especially towards her sister Pelly.
Just for Pun: All of the phrases for catching bugs and fish. Some are just bad...
Justified Tutorial: Your tenure at Nook's store at the beginning of the game (except for New Leaf).
Kappa: Kapp'n; the pun in his name makes it obvious. The translated versions try to call him a turtle, but City Folk also has kappa-branded outfits. He is also referred to as a parrot in the Player's Guide.
Love Triangle: Pelly at the post office is in love with Pete the postman, who is in love with Pelly's dour, sarcastic sister Phyllis.
Luck-Based Mission: Most of the game is randomized, so pretty much everything can be considered this to one extent or another, but some examples stand out more than most:
The Fishing Tournaments, as long as they only ask for one kind of fish. In Wild World, you could at least try to catch fish that were somewhat bigger to try and get the biggest fish... But in City Folk, you've got to just keep fishing and hope the fish of type X you angle is the "biggest."
Trying to get a silver or golden axe in City Folk. It seems to make absolutely no difference what you say; you lose your axe, get your original axe, get a silver axe or a golden axe pretty much at random. So you just have to stock up on axes and keep trying every day.
The paintings, specifically the usually-forged ones you get from Redd. (Averted in New Leaf, where forged paintings now have visible differences. To balance things out however, you can only buy one item from Redd every week.)
Gracie's car washing minigame in 1.x. It acts like you just have to mash the A button enough times, but it's possible to fail using a turbo controller.
Market-Based Title: The Wii installment has the subtitle City Folk in North America and Let's Go to the City in PAL countries. The entire series is also called Animal Crossing in both of those regions with its title in its original country being Doubutsu no Mori (or Animal Forest).
Mascot Mook: OK, so there are no mooks to speak of in Animal Crossing, but the Gyroids are almost as iconic of the series as the villagers.
Messy Hair: Starting with City Folk, the player can get a bed head if they haven't played the game in over a week.
Misfortune Cookie: In New Leaf, when you eat a fortune cookie from the Nooklings' shop, you'll usually receive a fortune that can be redeemed for a piece of Nintendo memorabilia, but there's a 1 in 10 chance of you receiving a fortune with a pessimistic or nihilistic message, which will give you a low-quality piece of furniture. Likewise, during the Sunday fireworks festivals in August, Redd sells you fortune cookies that can be turned in for one of six exclusive prizes or a firework, but the ratio of winners to duds is inverted.
The animal neighbors might be justified as immigrants, but the fish and bugs you can catch? There are piranhas in your river. And coelacanths in the ocean. As for the bugs? You can catch birdwing butterflies, the largest in the world. And the plants are wacky, too—if your town is particularly unkempt, a rafflesia will grow there. These towns are weird.
Lampshaded slightly when you actually catch a piranha in Wild World- your character asks "What river is this, anyway?"
In a palaeontological case, the player digs up an Archaeopteryx, a European genus, in Wild World along with North American fauna like Tyrannosaurus and Stegosaurus. And then City Folk introduces the Asian Velociraptor, and New Leaf the African Spinosaurus.
Mission Pack Sequel: The changes between the various versions of the games are minimal - usually adding one or two shops, moving the important NPC shops around (for example, City Folk's city is largely made up of shops that belonged to periodical traveling merchants in the previous games, now made permanent) , and adding new items. The game still hasn't progressed beyond the standard six basic personality types from the first game, for instance. 4.x is shaking things up, however.
New Leaf adds the first two new personality types since the franchise's inception in 2001: "Smug" for men and "Big Sis" for girls.
Mistaken for Special Guest: In New Leaf, the townsfolk mistake you for the new mayor who was due to arrive that day. Later, you receive a message from the real mayor, who lets you keep the position and wishes you luck.
Moon Rabbit: Ruby, known as Luna in the Japanese version, has a moon-themed house with a mochi pestle.
A few "new" K.K. Slider songs in each game after the first were sort of in the previous installment — K.K. Slider would sing "Forest Life," "To the Edge," or "My Place" in the original game if a non-existent song was requested, while in Wild World they became "official" songs that this time would only play if they were either requested or K.K. Slider is asked to pick the song and could be taken home this time, while different songs replaced those three for when a fake song is requested. The songs in question in Wild World are "Stale Cupcakes," "Spring Blossoms," and "Wandering," which became "official" songs in City Folk/Let's Go to the City and only play when requested much like how "Two Days Ago," "I Love You," and "K.K. Song" had to be obtained in the original. Oddly enough, that game ended up having only two truly new K.K. Slider songs — "K.K. House" and "K.K. Sonata."
New Leaf has quite a few of these:
Rover mentions he hasn't ridden the trains much since 2002.
When discussing your first down payment, Tom Nook mentions how much easier it is to make money on your own than to get low-paying part-time employment, lampshading the errands he would force you to do as part of the tutorial in the older games.
Timmy and Tommy sometimes say that their store does not have a points system, referencing the one present in City Folk.
Gulliver will occasionally mention that he has a hard time convincing others that he's been to space. In Wild World and City Folk he flew in a spaceship, instead of being washed ashore like in this game and the first one.
Pete says he doesn't fly to deliver letters because someone at his old job would shoot him with a slingshot.
Some characters will also talk about the game in terms of trains, like how the train is the fourth generation version and unlike the last two generations, is completely different, and that it had inherited some of the "DNA" of the first generation. If you think about it, trains and the island hasn't been in the game since the original Gamecube release, and that New Leaf is widely purported to be a complete revamp compared to the previous installments of the franchise...
Nature Lover: Leif. He detests weeds and offers weed-pulling services once he is partnered with the Nooklings (TIY). On Grass Day he hands out flower-themed furniture for pulling weeds.
Nintendo Hard: Not the series itself, but trying to catch bees, a tarantula, or a scorpion is a pretty difficult task. They are ridiculously fast and can easily catch up to you and bite or sting you, even when you are running at full speed. Nine times out of ten, you'll be left with a swollen face or unconscious before you can react quickly enough to catch them.
No Antagonist: Unless you view Nook as a greedy bastard, no one is really against what you try to do. Though Crazy Redd is closer to being a villain, he's outright admitted to being a sleazy crook, and Lyle in Wild World is implied to be his scamming partner with a "Forgery/Insurance" ring.
The movie doesn't look like it's going to be released outside of Japan anytime soon...if ever.
Dōbutsu no Mori for Nintendo 64, though even the first AC for GameCube is significantly improved such that no one is likely to care except perhaps N64 enthusiasts.
A more straight example is the third release in Japan, Doubutsu no Mori e+ for the Gamecube. It only saw a release in Japan, and many of the new features that it introduced that were not in the N64 and U.S. and European release haven't been used in future titles in the series (such as hitting Nook's store door with a shovel when he's closed and being able to shop after hours with Nook half asleep and the prices for stuff being inflated when you do this). A select few of its features have made it into future titles in international releases (such as being able to eavesdrop on animal villager conversations and them asking you stuff during them) making them first introduced to Western audiences in the Wild World and City Folk releases.
Want to cuddle with a plush of your favorite Animal Crossing character and you live outside Japan? Be prepared to part with a lot of cash to have them imported. The US did get some during the Wild World era, but production/importation of the toys for the US market seem to have ceased since.
Villagers that only appeared in the original Doubutsu no Mori and its GameCube updates.
Nintendo Zone exclusive DLCs. If you live in countries where there are no Nintendo Zones, you're shafted.
The game discourages Save Scumming by having Mr. Resetti chew you out any time you quit the game without saving. His speeches berating you for doing such an act get longer each time you do it, and eventually he'll force you to write an apology as well! He's mandatory until New Leaf, where he accosts you the first time, and can only continue if you build a Reset Surveillance Center- which actually is something of an inversion, as you don't get the option of building the Reset Surveillance Center until you've reset at least once!
Time traveling, the act of manually setting your system clock ahead or back to take advantage of certain features, is heavily discouraged. Along with turnips automatically rotting, setting the clock too far ahead or back at once can result in wilting of trees and flowers, cockroaches in your house, and villagers moving away. In New Leaf, your villagers will also tell anyone who visits your town that you're quite a time traveler.
The gaming community got up in arms about a glitch which allows item duplication. While it benefits those who trade for their items (because they don't have to pay overinflated prices) as rarer items are more common thanks to duplication, it's also seen to remove some of the challenge of obtaining the items. There's also the technical aspects to consider, since it also might lead to save file corruption owing to how the glitch is performed.
If the player character is attacked by a scorpion or tarantula, they pass out and wake up in front of their house.
In every game, when you find Gulliver, he's knocked out and you have to wake him up.
If the player goes for a swim in New Leaf, coming in contact with a jellyfish only stuns you momentarily.
NPC Scheduling: Mostly played straight- many characters will appear at specific places throughout the day. Taken to literal levels in that you can actually schedule a time to visit a NPC in his/her house, or schedule a time where a NPC can visit your house. Subverted with Redd and Gulliver in New Leaf though, where both characters seem to appear on random days in the week, and sometimes never at all. Others like Katarina and Gracie also show up randomly at first but can be convinced to settle in the Shopping Area eventually.
All outdoor NPCs, including bugs and fish (but not the static ones such as Tortimer, Gracie, et al), possess this ability. Rarely occurs in Wild World but happens often and particularly jarring in City Folk since townsfolk rarely run around like they did, and often stand in one place at a time... Before warping ahead of you from the other side of town.
In New Leaf, this can happen for you when you save and continue.
Old Save Bonus: When you copy your Wild World character into City Folk, you also copy the character's catalog and can mail-order some relatively rare items.
Only Shop in Town: Nook's shop is this in the original game. From Wild World onward, the Able Sisters sell pre-made hats and shirts, making it no longer the case. In New Leaf you have Re-Tail, which is a pawnshop where you can also sell your stuff, in addition to the general store, run here by Timmy and Tommy Nook (though Re-tail buys back old stuff for more than the Nooklings' store).
Overly-Long Gag: Mr. Resetti's speeches just seem to drag on and on and on and on...
Permanent Elected Official: Tortimer in the first three games. You also qualify in New Leaf: you can let your town become infested with weeds and treat all your neighbors like crap, and you'll still remain the mayor at the end of the day.
In New Leaf, the pajamas you wear when visiting dream towns are this, as are the Town Pass Cards.
Reese and Cyrus are pink girl and blue boy, respectively.
Piranha Problem: The player can catch piranha in the games (and lampshade this trope when they catch one). And when it is donated to the museum, it proceeds to bash against the walls of the tank to attack the player. The descriptions, however, claim they are actually quite timid.
Podcast: In-universe. In New Leaf, when the player gets an octopus, he says to find more about it on his podcast.
Pop Quiz: In New Leaf, Gulliver will ask you to help identify his original destination by giving you a few factoids about it. Get it right, and he'll send you a souvenir.
Punny Name: Villagers often have names related to their species (like Kidd the goat and Wolfgang the wolf). In addition, Mr. Resetti and his brother Don have a last name that references the action that players do to make them appear (which happens to be huge pet peeve of the former, though the latter is more mellow about it). Some also have one relating to their appearance, such as Camofrog.
Put on a Bus: Frillard from City Folk is completely gone in New Leaf. As well as the Goddess Serena, not to mention many villagers were removed from earlier installments such as Weber. Though some have returned, some still haven't seen since the first game.
Quirky Town: Self-explanatory, and may account for some of the game's appeal.
Randomly Drops: Store inventories change daily. Gifts and trade offers from villagers are also very randomized, not to mention fossils, ore in New Leaf...
Retcon: City Folk rather clumsily retcons a third Able Sister into the hedgehogs' backgrounds, managing to add quite a soap opera element to the story. One wonders why they didn't just make her an Able Cousin or something. In New Leaf, the three apparently made up because Labelle is now part of the Able Sisters' store and works in the room next door, though it's still the same building.
Recurring Riff: In the first three games, most of the themes are arranged versions of the title theme.
Revenue Enhancing Devices: A series of collectible e-Reader cards was released to coincide with the game, and could be used to obtain items in the game.
Ribcage Ridge: The Movie features an enormous, intact Seismosaurus skeleton embedded in the wall of a sea cave.
Rock-Paper-Scissors: One of the possible mini games with a camper in your town in New Leaf. Also played on Halloween for Candy rewards.
Rule of Cute: The Nooklings say that the wrapping paper in New Leaf is to "cutely wrap presents".
Running Gag: The Sea Bass. It's a very common ocean fish, not worth a lot, and the player says "Not again!" whenever one is caught from Wild World onward. In New Leaf, the gag begins after the first catch, with the player saying "What, you again!?" whenever it happens.
Save Game Limits: Technically, you're never supposed to have more than one save file, to facilitate the Socialization Bonus inherent in the game's concept. In actuality this has become more stringent owing to the technical aspects of saving on each system - in the original game you could have as many towns as you had memory cards that could fit them; in Wild World, there are no memory cards so you have to get another copy of the game in order to have multiple towns (and need two DS systems to have the towns interact); City Folk saves directly to the system and doesn't allow you to copy the file to the memory card, so you'd have to get a separate Wii to have more towns in the same house.
Save Scumming: Lampshaded and averted. You're warned the first time you load a saved game by a NPC to not even consider using the reset button or dropping back to the Wii menu without saving (for version 3.x) or turning the console off without saving (all versions). If you do reset the game (by means mentioned above) without saving, expect said NPC to come by and give you an earful, and at one point in all versions, even feigns deleting your save game!
Science Marches On: Seismosaurus is one of the dinosaurs the player can dig up in the second and third game, even though that turned out to be a dubious genus and instead a species of Diplodocus. The fourth game, however, managed to acknowledge this and renamed it Diplodocus.
Sentai: The "zap suits". There are also currently four villagers that can potentially move in to your town that are dressed up in Sentai suits.
Set Bonus: There are several distinct themes of furniture (plus flooring and wallpaper) present in the game, like "Fruit", "Space", and "Snowman". Collecting and decorating your house with all pieces of a given furniture set results in a nice bonus to your HRA score.
Sexy Backless Outfit: While none are actually shown, "Snooty" villagers may recommend that the player wears one so they can be more daring.
Shown Their Work: Everything in the museum gets some factoids spouted about them by Blathers when they're donated. In New Leaf he no longer does so, but the exhibits themselves now have a bit of text describing them, including details like how the coelacanth tastes different compared to normal fish and contains a fat indigestible by humans.
Single-Minded Twins: Tommy and Timmy, the kids who work in Tom Nook's store once it becomes fully upgraded.
Snowlems: You can create them but unless the proportions are perfect they will not be happy about it.
Socialization Bonus: Interacting with people in real life has many benefits, like being able to get non-native fruit which sells for more, and getting the furniture you want more quickly, by being able to visit shops in other towns, or ordering furniture from StreetPassed houses in New Leaf.
Somewhere, a Palaeontologist Is Crying: The series tries to avert this with Blathers' lectures, and yet the museum display places Stegosaurus in the Late Cretaceous. Blathers himself makes a blunder in City Folk by bringing up the old aquatic sauropods theory, and in New Leaf a museum plaque implies that Pteranodon was a bird ancestor.
Soundtrack Dissonance: In the GCN version, the music that plays from 2:00 AM to 2:59 AM is dissonant and upbeat compared to the quieter, more subdued songs that play during the rest of the early morning. If that wasn't enough, the game does this again between 4:00 AM and 4:59 AM, which is also between much calmer songs.
Space Compression: Most buildings' interiors are drawn roughly four times the size of their exteriors in each direction.
Speak In Unison: Timmy and Tommy do this, however one always lags behind the other.
Speaking Animalese: In the English versions of the original game, City Folk, and New Leaf (except singing parts), the characters read the text in speech bubbles one letter at a time, which is sped up and slightly garbled. This is because unlike Japanese, where each kana glyph neatly maps to a sound, the Germanic-based English language requires letter sequences be analyzed and matched to a matching sound, taking extra computational power in the process.
Stay in the Kitchen: Played with in Wild World. Sometimes the player can eavesdrop on conversations between two animals, and a conversation between a lazy villager and a normal villager gives us this:
Lazy: Yesterday, I had the most amazing dream. I was this HUGE movie star! And I got invited to all these parties! There were all these famous actresses, and we all ate sponge cake together! By the way, you were in my dream, too.
Normal: Goodness! Really? Was I a famous actress, too?
Lazy: Actually, you were in the kitchen cooking the sponge cake. Yeah, you were really sweating up a storm! Yep. As usual, you were the star of the party!
Normal: I guess I could take that as a compliment... Yeah, if I were a total idiot! You're a stupid, sexist jerk! And I thought we were friends!
Zipper T. Bunny? A cynical, bitter grouch in a bunny suit who really hates his job and how "perky" he has to act.
In that bunny suit there's Phyllis. Talk to her at the Roost after the Bunny Day and she says about how much she hates that Tortimer always makes her wear that bunny costume every year.
Lyle in City Folk.
Stock Dinosaurs: The fossils you can dig up are, for the most part, all stock dinosaurs. Each of the big "dinosaur groups" is represented, with a few ice age prehistoric animals thrown in. Perhaps the most unusual or offbeat animal is the dimetrodon—a sail-backed creature that, while lizardlike in appearance, is actually more closely related to mammals than dinosaurs (although it still counts for being the best-known of the synapsids). New Leaf, however, averts this with Megacerops.
Stop Poking Me: If you talk to your neighbors several times in succession, they'll get upset and tell you to go away. Also, walking directly up to villagers and pushing them will eventually make them upset.
Take That, Audience!: Villagers will occasionally talk about and complain about the latest Animal X-ing taking a while to be released.
Tech Tree: New Leaf introduces a similar concept in that certain public works or buildings can only be obtained if an existing building has been upgraded to the required level, which usually requires certain criteria to be met. For example, to get The Roost, you need to have your museum upgraded to have a second floor. And for that to happen, you must have met the game's criteria of submitting a certain number of specimens (at least one for each category).
Time Skip: It's implied that New Leaf takes place a few years after City Folk- Tortimer and Shrunk have retired (the former from his post as mayor to host tours on the island, and the latter from his job as a comedian to open a night club), Katie is now old enough to travel on her own, and even Kicks appears to have aged, occasionally addressing the player as if the player is younger in the coffee barista minigame. Tommy and Timmy seemed to have matured to the point that not only do they not need their uncle to supervise them, but are fully capable of handling the store with only one of them at a time. They seem like assertive teenagers compared to the shy little kids in previous games.
The "perky" females and possibly the "snooty" females, particularly in the earlier games.
"Grumpy" males act this way a lot, too.
Uncanny Valley: An in-universe example. On Bunny Day, some of your villagers will note that they're seriously creeped out by how "not right" Zipper T. Bunny looks. It doesn't help that he looks noticeably different from the rabbit neighbors.
Updated Re-release: The first game (originally for the Nintendo 64) got a couple on the Nintendo GameCube, with the first of the two being released internationally and the Japan-only seconding Japanese players access to things added to the international release with some extras. Incidentally, at least the first of the two ended up not using much of the GCN's larger storage — the entire game is loaded into RAM around the time the Nintendo logo fades out the first time, and can be played without the disc after that.
Your neighbors: They're old enough to be living on their own, but the various birthday messages they get say things like "One step closer to being an adult!" Although this could just be sarcastic humour. About the only characters with even an implied age are the "grumpy" animals, who are at least suggested to be a bit older than anyone else.
Joan. She claims to have been selling her turnips 'round these parts for over sixty years. Assuming she was maybe fifteen when she started her business, she must be pushing the high end of the 70s when you start the game. She's probably an octogenarian in most established games.
The protagonist themselves. They look prepubescent (though that could be Artistic Age), have moved out, and are implied to be at least adults.
Variable Mix: A different mix of the game's theme song plays, depending on the time of day, though how many tracks are like this depends on the game (Wild World and City Folk/Let's Go to the City do this more often). In the GameCube game, K.K. Slider would sometimes play a version of that game's theme song if a non-existent song was requested. (This song was made into an "official" K.K. Slider song in Wild World, in which it is called "Forest Life," and the other songs he would play under those circumstances got the same treatment as "To the Edge" and "My Place.")
Vendor Trash: Everything, mostly, but the most truly Vendor Trash-y items are the mushrooms which grow in the fall in the original, as they literally serve no other purpose. Mushrooms in City Folk/Let's Go to the City serve a similar purpose, though there's actually a reason to pick them in that they sometimes turn out to be special Mushroom-themed furniture that can only be found this way. The fruit in every game is like this as well, but in the original, it did serve one other, arcane purpose—for use in the Animal Island mini-game.
Verbal Tic: The various "neighbor" animals; you can even give them new phrases, bucko. Permanent NPCs occasionally have this trait as well (with the exception that their Verbal Tics can't be changed), with the owl siblings, Blathers and Celeste saying "hoo" and "hootie-toot," respectively, and Brewster, the pigeon coffee shop clerk in the basement of the museum the owls work in, tending to say "coo" often. Tom Nook also tends to say "yes, yes" and "hm?" often, but unlike the previous examples, this is unrelated to his species.
You can push your neighbors into holes or hit them with a butterfly net or an axe, deny them medicine when they're sick, let garbage stack up all over town without pulling weeds, and send rage-inducing mail inLeet Lingo/foreign language.
You can release fish into any body of water, no matter where they would normally be found. This means you can put a fresh water fish into salt water, and vice versa. Where the cells of the fish will shrivel up/burst and most likely be fatal, causing a slow and painful death for the fish. For an E-Rated game... that's pretty damn cruel.
New Leaf introduced the Hammer, which can be bought at the Island Shop. It serves no other purpose outside of the minigame you use it in other than to smack your villagers senseless with it.
If you jerk the medicine away from sick villagers, it's positively heartbreaking at times, with the cranky villagers especially being a Tear Jerker.
In New Leaf villagers may ask you to bring them fruit. Usually when you are giving something to a villager for an errand, irrelevant items in your inventory are grayed-out and unselectable, however for fruit errands you also have the option of giving bugs. If you do try that, the villager will either comment on how unappetizing the bug is or that it's not a fruit and give it back to you, with no reward. A much nastier scenario can occur if you decide to give them rotten fruit. They eat it none the wiser (because it looks exactly like perfect fruit on the outside) until it's too late. They get angry at you for trying to feed them garbage and give you a good yelling before walking off in a huff with no reward.
If you push around the villagers too much, they'll eventually tell you off for it and be depressed or angry for a while afterwards.
Blanca. Said guest shows up in your town either faceless and asks you to give it a face, or walks around with a face that the game downloaded from Nintendo's servers (but allows you to change it) if internet connectivity is available. Now, the game doesn't perform checks to see if you really did draw a face onto Blanca instead of random scribbles (or worse, offensive images). Also, what you draw on Blanca inadvertently gets uploaded onto Nintendo's servers if the console has internet connectivity. And apparently, Nintendo doesn't do random sampling checks on the faces uploaded into their servers, and there is no way to report offensive images. Hilarity ensues. Protip- turn off Blanca visits in the game if you're giving it to a kid. Thankfully, Nintendo finally caught on and removed the aspect of the game in New Leaf.
Making a design at the tailor with offensive content in mind, and hope that a NPC buys clothing with said design on it. It's even possible to "nude" an NPC by making a shirt using the NPC's skin color as the base and adding the usual things you would see on a bare chest, be it male or female. Hilarity ensues also.
Some of the museum's fish placements in New Leaf. While sharks share the same water as their prey in the ocean, it's fine because it's not on display and gigantic. Placing them together in the same tank is not.
The only way to catch bees in all of the games is to anger a beehive and swing your net at the flying bees coming to sting your sorry ass. You somehow only catch one of them but this causes the rest of the bees to flee. Try this in real life and see how well it goes for you.
You can throw food on the ground (including the dirt outside your house), and then pick them up and eat them. Try this in real life and see if you don't end up with food poisoning a few hours later.
There are cases of multiple copies of the same genuine paintings existing. Yes, you read right, it's possible for multiple copies of genuine, otherwise (usually, but not always in real life) one-of-a-kind art in the real world to exist in the game. Want a good example? Try visiting a friend's town museum and chances are s/he will have the same painting as that you have in your town's museum. It's even possible to have two or more one-of-a-kind-in-real-life genuine paintings in the same town.
The game has the biological requirements of the Banana tree backwards, where planting the fruit on brown soil would cause the sapling to die but planting the fruit in sand would allow the sapling to thrive. In real life, banana trees require brown soil, and will wither and die if you attempt to plant it in beach sand (Real banana trees look different, too).
Virtual Paper Doll: In the original, you can buy both pre-made clothes and design your own clothing patterns. In Wild World, hats, masks, and other accessories were added into the mix. City Folk made it so you could change your shoes as well. In New Leaf, the clothing was separated into tops, bottoms, dresses, socks and shoes were added as well.
In New Leaf, you can sell your items to either Reese at Re-Tail or the Nook Bros. The Nook Bros. don't take everything, though, and give you 20% less than Re-Tail does. You can also sell items to Kapp'n's daughter, but she only buys them at 5% of their normal value. Additionally, there are certain items you can't sell to Reese, who will instead make you pay a fee to dispose of them (or you can dispose of them in a garbage can in your house for free).
The villagers will call you out if you give them the wrong fruit, a bug, or rotten fruit when they ask for something to eat. They'll also call you out for pushing them around too much.
In New Leaf, if you press the B Button enough while Kapp'n is singing his song through your boat ride, he'll stop singing for you and you'll immediately cut to your destination. Although he will express his annoyance about you not letting him finish his song. Tapping the touch screen has the same effect. Kapp'n even pretty much says "Taptaptap!! Cut it out"
Wholesome Crossdresser: This becomes more possible in each game, and is equally available for both sexes. From the beginning, some clothing items (such as the Sailor Uniform) that seem to be made for one gender have been equally purchasable by both, though for most of the series the clothes would be altered based on the character's gender (boys would always wear clothes as shirts, girls would always wear them as dresses) Wild World allows you to unlock the ability to have opposite-gender haircuts, City Folk adds the ability to wear opposite-gender shoes, and the 3DS game simply makes skirts, dresses, pants, and shirts different kinds of items rather than altering clothing based on gender. So it's possible to start a game as one gender and eventually work your way to the point where the only way to tell the character's true gender is to look at their face (which may not help, since some faces are gender neutral, and are able to be covered up), or the color of their ID card (Pink Girl, Blue Boy, naturally). They even facilitate it by altering the character's running style based on their clothes- if a boy is wearing a dress, they'll still do a Girly Run.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Blathers is NOT pleased by the fact that the museum has a bug wing. Sometimes he makes attempts to overcome his fear of bugs, such as opening the insect encyclopedia and forcing himself to touch every picture of a bug in it. Thankfully, his sister Celeste put a stop to his self-torture, telling him to just accept himself for who he is.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Justified; having your hair done at Shampoodle includes being able to dye it another color, natural or not.
You Have Researched Emotions: Laughing? Frowning? Waving your hand? You'd have to learn them through Dr. Shrunk. In Wild World and City Folk you could only have four of them at a time and would have to forget one if you want another. Fortunately, you get to keep all of them in New Leaf.
You Mean Xmas: Toy Day, in the GameCube version-, and New Leaf, in City Folk, the day is officially referred to as "the night Jingle comes to town", and referred to with a variety of Unusual Euphemisms by various characters.