It has been 15 years since Animal Crossing, or Doubutsu no Mori, first saw release in Japan on Nintendo 64.
In that time, Nintendo’s heartwarming approach to town simulation has allowed it to become one of the company’s most cherished properties.
With releases across GameCube, Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and, most recently, Wii U, it has become a series that Nintendo has increasingly looked to diversify.
As to what the future holds is unclear at this point, but, after a mixed reaction to the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, we’re sure to return to our mayoral duties soon enough.
2016 is a year riddled with anniversaries for Nintendo, whether that be Donkey Kong, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Kid Icarus, Pokémon, or Pikmin.