Animal Crossing: Animal Forest (おいでよ どうぶつの森 Oideyo Dōbutsu no Mori?, lit. Animal Forest Come On In) is a life simulation video game developed and published by Nintendo and was released exclusively in Japan for the Nintendo 64 on April 14, 2001. Animal Crossing is an open-ended game in which the player character moves into a village inhabited by animals and attempts to carry out various activities (in some games, over time). Animal Crossing received critical acclaim, attracting warm reception for its portrayal of an ideal community and freedom. Animal Crossing has sold over four million units worldwide, becoming one of Nintendo’s best selling titles. The game was followed by Animal Crossing: Wild World for the Nintendo DS, Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii and Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS.
Aircheck is a radio broadcast of recorded music from a certain performer or period in time. In Animal Crossing’s case, it specifically refers to K.K. Slider’s live concerts. Animal Crossing: Wild World also features a DJ KK, who broadcasts live from the basement of Club LOL. Animal Crossing games have been released to be compatible with certain real world item such as controllers and themed consoles such as Nintendo GameCube Animal Crossing Edition and Animal Crossing Wii, which includes Animal Crossing-themed items such as a matching pair of boots and foldable furniture that can be used in the Animal Crossing house. Animal Crossings also contain Animal Crossing music, such as K.K. Slider’s songs (which include covers of songs by The Beatles), but these are composed by Kazumi Totaka and Toru Minegishi under the alias Animal X. Animal Crossing: Animal Parade for the Wii contains Animal Crossing themed Wii Remote faceplates. Animal Crossing games have also been released as promotional tools, such as Animal Forest e+ for the GameCube and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS.