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Animal Crossing: Wild World

Also known as: Oideyo Doubutsu no Mori (JP), Nolleooseyo Dongmul-ui Sup (KR)
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo DS
Released in JP: November 23, 2005
Released in US: December 5, 2005
Released in EU: March 31, 2006
Released in AU: December 7, 2005
Released in KR: December 6, 2007

DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

See, this is why server preservation is important.
This game's online features are no longer supported.
While this game's online features were once accessible, they are (as of May 20, 2014) no longer officially supported and online-exclusive features may be documented as now-unseen content.
To do:
Document more stuff that isn't shown here.
  • Region Differences
    • The Letter Header glitch is present in the Japanese version
    • Several conversations are longer than the US version
  • Possibility of unused animations, which some can only be used via a cheat device via emotions.

Animal Crossing: Wild World is Nintendo's DS sequel to the surprise hit Animal Crossing. This is the game that would become the basis for every following game in the series, replacing the top-down, grid-scrolling view with a front-facing, log-scrolling one, and adding a slew of new features that would become commonplace in later games (among other things, you finally have hair). As a result, it and later main-series entries provide a vastly different experience compared to the N64 and GameCube entries.


Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info

Unused Items

To do:
Some of these need some elaboration.


While they are popularly referred to as "seeds", the internal names for these items are usually garbled characters. They are not unused per se, as the game uses them internally when creating the town layout. However, they are normally not obtainable outside of Action Replay cheats, and for good reason.

When dropped from the inventory, they usually spawn a landscape feature: a tree, a house, a structure...and even townspeople, depending on the nature of the seed. You need to enter then exit a house to see the changes, which can't be reversed once saved.

While used by many people just to customize their own town layout, some used them during Wi-Fi visits in other players' towns to create game-breaking layouts that may trap players irreversibly...or worse, cause the game to crash by overloading the system and rendering the game useless if it crashes on the title screen (as the Erase File option can't be accessed).

Paint Cans

Acww paintcans.png

Nook does sell these, but the paint goes straight to your roof without ever touching your inventory. Strangely, they're found in the player's guide.


Acww beehive.png

The beehive instantly disappears when it is dropped from the tree, rendering the item unused. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, this can be obtained normally.

Sold Out Sign

Acww soldout.png

A sold out sign similar to the ones from the first two games.

Four-Leaf Clover

Acww clover.png Though it's used when the player picks it up at random from clovers, the singular item itself will be replanted as clovers. It is under special items but cannot be worn by the player. It was later used in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Cardboard Boxes

Comes in sets of 2, 4, and 5. While the items themselves are unused, their graphics are used for neighbors moving in or out. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, they became available as items.

Big Rug1

Tom Nook's unused catalog version of the Exotic Wall.

Big Rug2

Tom Nook's unused catalog version of the Exotic Rug.

Honey Comb

Incorrectly uses the leaf graphics when you are inside your house, but uses its normal graphics outside.

Invisible Chair

Two of these are programmed into the game, in fact.

Unused Floor/Wallpaper Sets

There are four unused flooring and wallpaper sets for Nook's Cranny, Nook 'n' Go, Nookway, and Nookington's upstairs.

Unused Text

Some testing text can be found under /script/ENG/message/Other/test_.bmg. Most of the entries test various text commands.

Animal Crossing DS
test message

Unused Graphics

Early Clouds

ACWW Nov04Image 2.jpg

ACWW Cloud.png ACWW Cloud2.png

Various unused cloud graphics can be found in the sky directory, labeled as "weather test". They are likely leftovers from an earlier build, and can be seen in the screenshot on the left.

Dummy town gate texture

This image appears as a secondary texture in the lighting graphics for the town gate checkpoint. It features a female villager in an apparent caricature of Peko-chan, the popular mascot of the Japanese candy company Fujiya. The text reads だみー (dummy).

The filename is "lt_myD", with "lt" being used for lighting textures and "myD" standing for "my Design", used elsewhere in the files for custom designs. As such, it may be a placeholder for the flag used by the town gate, although the default custom design is used in game until changed by the player.

Unused UI graphics

ACWW msg4.png

Located with used textbox graphics are boxes containing "MES 1", "MES 2", "MESSEAGE", and "01234567890123456789".

Three tilesets presumably used for testing messages sent while playing with others. They only differ in the graphics shown at the top—Japanese text and a Bell bag in the first, camera controls in the second, and time, fish, and bug symbols in the third.

Text box mock ups for speaking to a villager, displaying general dialogue, and choosing from multiple options.

ACWW unusedbbs.png

A tileset for the bulletin board with Japanese text at the bottom. Like the textbox graphics above, the word "message" is used as a placeholder.

Dummy wall and floor patterns, and a test graphic.

ACWW unuseditembg.png

The normal main inventory menu, with text written where the town and player names would usually appear. The text translates to "Ninten Village" and "Matsushima", the latter of which very likely refers to Yoshihiro Matsushima (who is credited as the game's UI Designer). This appears to be in its final form in comparison to the earlier images.

Temporary icons for the main inventory slots, and for the fish and bug menus.

ACWW unusedmapobj.png

With the town map files is a placeholder banner for one's town name.

ACWW unusedbankbg.png

A tileset with options intended for the Bell bank interface. From top to bottom: もってる おかね ("take money"), ふりこむ おかね ("transfer money"—perhaps to pay off your mortgage), のこリ ("remaining"), and a more garbled one, べル ("Bell").

ACWW unusedtowntuneobj.png

The first box in these Town Tune graphics reads ぜんぶけす ("mute everything"), and the smaller boxes contain the musical scale ソ ラ シ ド レ ("so, la, ti, do, re").

ACWW unusededitobj.png

Three options found with the pattern designer graphics.

ACWW unusedfriendobj.png

A single handwritten word has been left in this Friend Code registration tileset: とうろく, or "register".

ACWW unusedchatobj.png

This tileset from the ingame message-typing menu has two unused phrases on the right, コピ- ("copy") and はりつけ ("paste"), are unused. The terms themselves are used, but in the final game, they use a font that is uniform to the rest of the game's text.

ACWW unusedclockbg1.pngACWW unusedclockbg2.png

Two tilesets related to the Timer item.

ACWW unusedobj.png

A graphic with leftover handwritten notes on the right.

Lost key item sprite

Acww lost.png

In the file "fg/icon/icon.nsbmd", which contains the sprites of all items when placed indoors/outdoors, there is an unused graphic representing a key, named "lost". Interestingly, in Animal Crossing: City Folk, there actually is a key item that can be found in the river and be given back to the villager who lost it. That means the developers already considered implementing the lost key for Wild World, but had to scrap it for some reason, though they managed to bring it back for City Folk.

Note that no item is associated to this sprite, even unused ones. While there is an unused inventory item named "lost item", which might refer to the lost key, it uses the default leaf icon instead.

Unused Animations

To do:
There's more.

Test Animation

ACWW ta test.gif

With the animal villagers' models is an animation titled "ta_test" that quickly cycles through all of their emotion textures.

Windows Shortcut

/bg/a0/0001.arc/a/bcl/ contains a Windows shortcut (.lnk) file called "bcl へのショートカット.lnk". With a tool like LECmd, you can get some interesting information from this file. However it does not seem to support Shift-JIS, so the below printout has been corrected to correct mojibake. "bcl へのショートカット" translates to "Shortcut to bcl" and "ネットワーク全体" translates to "entire network". You can download the .arc file here.

LECmd version

Author: Eric Zimmerman (saericzimmerman@gmail.com)

Command line: -f bcl へのショートカット.lnk

Warning: Administrator privileges not found!

Processing 'bcl へのショートカット.lnk'

Source file: C:\bcl へのショートカット.lnk
  Source created:  2020-06-30 14:52:39
  Source modified: 2020-06-30 14:52:39
  Source accessed: 2020-06-30 14:52:39

--- Header ---
  Target created:  2005-03-22 00:02:37
  Target modified: 2005-03-22 00:02:37
  Target accessed: 2005-05-06 10:07:48

  File size: 0
  Flags: HasTargetIdList, HasLinkInfo, HasRelativePath, IsUnicode
  File attributes: FileAttributeDirectory
  Icon index: 0
  Show window: SwNormal (Activates and displays the window. The window is restored to its original size and position if the window is minimized or maximized.)

Relative Path: .

--- Link information ---
Flags: CommonNetworkRelativeLinkAndPathSuffix

>>Volume information
  Drive type: Removable storage media (Floppy, USB)
  Serial number: 00000014
  Label: *

  Network share information
    Share name: \\SRD-SERVER2\FOREST2
    Provider type: WnncNetLanman
    Share flags: ValidNetType

  Common path: NITRO\model\bg\outdoor\grd_d1_2\bcl

--- Target ID information (Format: Type ==> Value) ---

  Absolute path: My Network Places\ネットワーク全体\Microsoft Windows Network\Ead\\\Srd-server2\\\Srd-server2\forest2\NITRO\model\bg\outdoor\grd_d1_2\bcl

  -Root folder: GUID ==> My Network Places

  -Entire Network ==> ネットワーク全体

  -Microsoft Windows Network ==> Microsoft Windows Network

  -Domain/Workgroup name ==> Ead

  -Server UNC path ==> \\Srd-server2

  -Network location ==> \\Srd-server2\forest2

  -Directory ==> NITRO
    Short name: NITRO
    Modified: 2004-05-28 08:06:54

  -Directory ==> model
    Short name: model
    Modified: 2005-04-25 05:26:06

  -Directory ==> bg
    Short name: bg
    Modified: 2004-12-28 10:29:10

  -Directory ==> outdoor
    Short name: outdoor
    Modified: 2005-04-27 06:22:44

  -Directory ==> grd_d1_2
    Short name: grd_d1_2
    Modified: 2005-03-28 03:14:42

  -Directory ==> bcl
    Short name: bcl
    Modified: 2005-03-22 00:02:38

--- End Target ID information ---

---------- Processed 'C:\bcl へのショートカット.lnk' in 0.03392010 seconds ----------
(Source: Original TCRF research)

Crash Debugger

Animal Crossing- Wild World Crash Debugger.png

This game has a crash debugger triggered similarly to the one in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

To access the crash dump screen, first crash the game. Then, hold L + R + A + Left, let go, hold Down + B, let go, and finally hold Start + Select. This screen also exists in Super Mario 64 DS and New Super Mario Bros.

Build Date

Present in the file data/BUILDTIME.

Japan v1.0 USA v1.0 Europe USA/Japan v1.1 Korea
ROM2005-10-24 14:56:40 forest ROM2005-10-24 17:42:42 forest ROM2006-02-02 12:40:37 forest ROM2006-02-10 17:52:59 forest ROM2007-10-22 22:19:51 forest

Revisional Differences

To do:
Document other changes and glitch fixes made in Version 1.1 of the game (e.g., Talk On Chairs being fixed).

A revision of the game was released in Japan and US as Version 1.1, and it fixed a few glitches present in Version 1.0 of the Japanese and US versions.

Gulliver's UFO Glitch

When the player has hit Gulliver's UFO out of the sky with the slingshot, the UFO will always be bound to crash land somewhere in the topmost signposts of the town. When those sign posts are already occupied by some villager's house, the crash landing noise will be heard, but the screen will never fade out and the game will softlock.

Chat Filter Update

In US v1.1, the profanity filter used for the chat was updated to include the word "bastard", which was allowed in v1.0. If a 1.0 and 1.1 cartridge are visiting one another, the word will still be uncensored on both games if the 1.0 player sends a message containing it. Similarly, it will be censored on both games if the 1.1 player sends it.

Regional Differences

To do:
Document other changes made between different regional releases of the game.

Mini Mustache

International vs Europe
ACWW MiniMustacheDifferences.png

The Mini Mustache accessory item is altered in the European release of the game from a toothbrush mustache to a pencil mustache. This is most likely due to the former style's association with German dictator Adolf Hitler.

Shoji Screen and Tatami Floor

To do:
Is this present in the US and Japan versions?
ACWW ShojiScreenAndTatamiFloor.png

Also in the European release, the Shoji Screen wallpaper item and the Tatami Floor flooring item are changed to the Basement Wall and Basement Floor, respectively, from the original Animal Crossing. Despite this, they're still referred to as the Shoji Screen and Tatami Floor.

Tom Nook Chores

Nook's Reaction If You Changed Out Of Your Uniform

To do:
There's loads more of those reaction changes present not just there, but in other games too.

If you change out of your uniform while working and then try to interact with Tom Nook, in the Japanese version Tom Nook will be shocked. However in the US version he remains neutral. This was later fixed in City Folk, in which Tom Nook actually gets shocked when the player does this action in either version.

Japanese USA
ACWW-Nook-WithoutUniformWhileWorking-JAPAN.png ACWW-Nook-WithoutUniformWhileWorking-USA.png

Axe Inventory Icon

There are 8 variants (item IDs) of the non-golden axe, for each "health" of the axe. Each variant is normally associated to one of three different axe inventory icons, showing the state of the axe (non-broken, half-broken, almost broken). This is the case in all versions of the game, except the European one, where all variants use the same non-broken icon in the inventory, making the half-broken and almost broken icons completely unused in the European version, independently of the language being selected.

Since the name and icon association are stored next to each other, it's likely that the reason is simply an accidental mistake during the localization (when copy-pasting the name for each variant, with the icon association by mistake).

Fortunately, when taking the axe, the 3D model still shows the correct state, and the price still vary across the different variants.

Virtual Console Changes

To compensate for the lack of multiplayer, either local or online, in the Virtual Console version of the game, the final store upgrade, Nookington's, can be unlocked by simply spending 240,000 bells. This is in line with later games in the series, which would remove the requirement for another player to buy something in their town's store once it upgraded to Nookway. However, no adjustments were made for Katie and Kaitlyn, and because of the inability to visit other towns, neither character will ever appear in-game.

In addition, because of the lack of compatibility with DS Download Station software and no ability to connect to the online services, the Mario series, Blue Falcon, and Pikmin items are impossible to obtain without save editing.