Animal Crossing has quickly become one of Nintendo's most successful franchises since its creation in 2001. Despite having only four installments, the series has sold approximately twenty million copies worldwide, and at this week's GDC, series creator Katsuya Eguchi and Animal Crossing: New Leaf director Aya Kyogoku took the stage to give a presentation on the series' past and future.
Animal Crossing: Wild World, the second game in the series, released on Nintendo DS in 2005 and sold ten times more than its predecessor. As of last year, it has sold over 11 million copies worldwide. Wild World was so successful that when developing the third Animal Crossing game, the team was scared of making too many changes to its formula. When Animal Crossing: City Folk released, however, fans felt like the game's world was too "isolated." So for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the development team decided to rethink the conventions of the series, and they approached the project with one goal in mind: community.
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