Nintendo's famed social simulation game has come a long way since it was first released on the GameCube back in 2001. In the series, gamers take control of human characters who have free rein to create, build, and maintain an adorable world full of talking animals. There's no violence, no stressful subplots, and no annoying puzzles to overcome: instead, players are given an almost unheard of amount of freedom to explore and create a world they want their avatar to live in. With five console releases and three mobile spin-offs, the best Animal Crossing games feature enough excitement and replay value for every type of gamer.
What's your favorite version of Animal Crossing? New Leaf, which was released on the 3DS, lets gamers assume the role of mayor in their hand-held village, while Animal Crossing: New Horizons was easily one of the most anticipated games on the Nintendo Switch.
Vote up all the best Animal Crossing games so new villagers can see which titles to pick up and play next.
- 1100 VOTES
Unique features: Players get to play as the mayor, which means you're tasked with making sure all the citizens of your tiny town are happy.
- 272 VOTES
Unique features: As the first game in the series, it was originally released on the N64 but in Japan only. It was later updated and released on the GameCube.
- 3132 VOTES
Unique features: An increased attention to detail gives gamers more customizable options than ever before. New features include wearable backpacks, window styles, and more.
- 472 VOTES
Unique features: The first 'Animal Crossing' game to feature online multiplayer, The online option was officially shut down in 2014.
- 569 VOTES
Unique features: Marketing the Wii's WiiConnect24 feature, City Folk was keyboard-compatible via USB connection. The WiiConnect24 feature is no longer active.
- 668 VOTES
Unique features: A watered-down version of its console counterparts, this mobile-only game features many of the same gameplay mechanics, albeit in a more linear fashion.