• Animal Crossing has a storied history, originally beginning as a Japanese-only Nintendo 64 game called Doubutsu no Mori, or, as it's more commonly known in English, Animal Forest. It wouldn't get a shot at a western release until the next console generation on the Nintendo GameCube, as the game we all know and love today: Animal Crossing. This version of the game added a variety of improvements, including, but not limited to e+ reader support, new villagers, GBA link cable content, and more. Eventually, this game made its way back to Japan, with even more extra content added in. These new changes were numerous, with the most interesting of them being the ability to decorate your town with furniture and structures, similarly to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, making the island a loan reward instead of a bonus for those who owned a GBA and link cable, new fish and bugs to catch, medicine for treating sick villagers and bee stings like in Wild World and further entries, a new birthday event for the player character, and many, many more things.

    Regrettably, that version, called Animal Forest e+, never got a chance at a localization. Despite its release almost two decades ago, the game went untranslated, and those in the west only had the option of learning Japanese to experience the new content that the game had to offer. As of today, that's no longer the case. Animal Crossing modder Cuyler has released their first public fan-translation patch for Animal Forest e+. This patch is the culmination of years of work, beginning with a teaser video in 2017, which featured the tutorial section of the game translated to English.

    With the release of this patch to the public, Cuyler has translated around 70% of the game's texts and dialogue content. In order to play the game in English, you'll need a legally obtained dump of Doubutsu no Mori e+ in Japanese, to apply the patch to. The fan-translation is expected to be fully completed prior to the release of the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons, for the Nintendo Switch.