Animal Crossing (universe)
The Animal Crossing universe (どうぶつの森, Animal Forest) refers to the Smash Bros. series' collection of characters, stages, and properties that hail from the popular Animal Crossing series of colorful life-simulation games for recent Nintendo systems. The series received limited representation in the Smash Bros. games up until the inclusion of the main human villager as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4, after which the series' representation grew exponentially. Isabelle, the de-facto mascot of the series since her debut and an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. 4, appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
April 2001 saw the Japan-exclusive release of a game called Animal Forest (どうぶつの森, Dōbutsu no Mori), a life-simulation title for the Nintendo 64 that received an enhanced remake for the Nintendo Gamecube eight months later. Nintendo of America decided to localize this version of the game for release in the United States, and during the immense translation process many more new features were added, resulting in the final product, Animal Crossing, released on September 2002. The game, which had more-or-less already been "promoted to" western audiences via cameo appearances from some of its characters in 2001's Super Smash Bros. Melee, was a breakout hit and received high marks for its quirky and charming approach to the social simulation genre, and Nintendo of Japan was impressed enough with NOA's version that it was translated back and released for essentially the third time in that country.
Animal Crossing was established as one of Nintendo's regular franchises following the GameCube release, and every sequel in the Animal Crossing series had since been released worldwide. From a Western perspective, the second game was Animal Crossing: Wild World, released for the Nintendo DS in late 2005, which introduced an online play component to the series. The third game, Animal Crossing: City Folk (or Let's Go To The City in PAL regions) for the Wii in late 2008, added a city outside of the main town as a new area that could be visited. And the fourth and most recent game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS on June 2013, allows the player character to become the mayor of the town and obtain new customization options for it. In 2017, Animal Crossing became the fourth Nintendo IP to receive a spinoff for smartphones, with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, a campsite management game. The franchise had also spawned an anime film that was released only in Japan, and Animal Crossing properties steadily grew in representation in the Super Smash Bros. games until a character representing a typical Animal Crossing player-character was included as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. 4 as "Villager".
In a given Animal Crossing game, the player's avatar, a human boy or girl, moves into a randomly-generated village in a forest that is populated by anthropomorphic, talking animals that are all roughly his or her size (despite the large range of animal species the villagers encompass). Once the avatar is settled into their living quarters, they may interact with and perform errands for the amiable residents on a day-to-day basis, amassing wealth (in the form of a type of currency called "bells") and a variety of decorative paraphernalia for their own house. The game is open-ended in that there are no objectives to complete and no way to "beat" the game per se, though one may pursue goals such as collecting all available types of bugs and fish in the game world. The only "long term" goal for players to meet in order to access an unrestricted play experience is that they must amass enough wealth to regularly pay off their house's mortgage whenever the town shopkeeper and real-estate agent, Tom Nook the tanuki, upgrades the floor space of their house. Each game released in the U.S. tracks the real-world passage of time through the platform's internal calendar and affects the status of the player's village appropriately even when that village is not being played, and a player's avatar is able to visit the village of another player's copy of the game.
Games in the Animal Crossing franchise
In Super Smash Bros. Melee
The Animal Crossing franchise was anonymously introduced to Western gamers through Super Smash Bros. Melee, a full year before Animal Crossing’s international release, but not as an established universe. The only appearances of the franchise in the fighting game are as three collectible trophies, each depicting one of Animal Crossing’s staple characters.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Animal Crossing is recognized as its own universe by Super Smash Bros. Brawl. There are no playable characters to hail from it.
Main article: List of SSBB trophies (Animal Crossing series)
Main article: List of stickers (Animal Crossing series)
In Super Smash Bros. 4
The amount of content pertaining to Animal Crossing was expanded in Super Smash Bros. 4. In addition to the returning content from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Animal Crossing received two new stages, a new item, six new music arrangements, and a playable representative. The majority of the new content derives from Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which were released between Brawl and Smash 4.
Main article: Items
Bold italics denotes an item or Assist Trophy new to the Smash Bros. series.
Smash Tour items
for Nintendo 3DS
for Wii U
Main article: List of SSB4 Music (Animal Crossing series)
Arrangements and remixes unique to SSB4.
Arrangements and remixes from previous Smash titles.
Compositions and arrangements directly sourced from Animal Crossing games with no alterations. All sourced tracks are "sung" by K.K. Slider. He appears in the background of Smashville and Town and City between 8:00 pm and midnight on Saturdays. All pieces are from the original Animal Crossing.
"Title" from the original Animal Crossing was used in the "1st Trailer" for Smash 4, which also served as the reveal trailer for Villager.
Main article: List of SSB4 trophies (Animal Crossing series)
Collectible Animal Crossing trophies that appear in both the 3DS version and the Wii U version.
for Nintendo 3DS
for Wii U
Main article: Trophy Box
The Animal Crossing universe was further expanded in Ultimate, with the addition of a new character, a new assist trophy, and three new remixes.
All Animal Crossing stages from previous titles return.
Main article: List of SSBU Music (Animal Crossing series)
Arrangements and remixes unique to Ultimate. All new tracks are remixes of different title themes across the Animal Crossing games.
Tracks sourced directly from the Animal Crossing games.
K.K. Slider Performances
All K.K. Slider songs are original themes taken from the Animal Crossing games.
Main article: List of spirits (Animal Crossing series)
The kanji aruji "主" denotes a Master Spirit.
Games with elements in or from the Super Smash Bros. series
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Though no content from this game is currently in Ultimate, it is referenced by Isabelle in her reveal trailer.
"Although I wish the mayor wasn't so busy with the campsite and Smash."