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  • Breakthrough Hit: While the original game was relatively popular, it was more of a cult hit than a mainstream success due to the GameCube's low market share and the game's relative lack of advertising. Wild World, meanwhile, was released on the extremely popular DS and had a more aggressive marketing campaign (especially in Japan, with a theatrical run of a tie-in feature film). The game would outsell its predecessor fivefold and introduce a large number of neophytes to the nascent series, proving the mainstream potential that would be further developed over the following 15 years.
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  • Killer App: While not nearly as much of a Killer App as New Leaf, Animal Crossing: Wild World sold quite well and helped stir interest in playing DS games online alongside Mario Kart DS, with both games being released around the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection's debut in late 2005.
  • Moved to the Next Console: An Animal Crossing 2 was planned for the GameCube but was scrapped early in development (available information about it seems to point to it being planned as a localization of Doubustu no Mori e+ rather than being an entirely new title); elements of it would ultimately end up in Wild World.
  • Newbie Boom: Wild World introduced a great deal of newcomers to Animal Crossing thanks to coming out on a far more popular system than the first game and receiving much more extensive advertising.
  • Name's the Same: "Wild World" is the name of the fourth world in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
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  • What Could Have Been: The concept trailer for a DS version of Animal Crossing more resembles the original titles than the final product. It even had the mandatory hats on characters.
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