Before Animal Crossing Nintendo Made The Forest Of Beginning

By Spencer . August 9, 2013 . 2:30pm


Animal Crossing is known as Animal Forest in Japan and way before Tom Nook peddled his wares to players Nintendo made a game called The Forest of Beginning.


The Forest of Beginning feels kind of like a precursor to the entire Animal Crossing series even if it doesn’t have animals in it. You play as a boy who travels to a rural village where his grandpa lives to spend summer vacation. You meet a mysterious girl there. but nobody in the village knows who she is. Bewildered, you set off to find her. The Forest of Beginning has players interact with villagers just like Animal Crossing. Also like Animal Crossing there are mini-games like fishing and menko (a Japanese card game). The Forest of Beginning wasn’t widely distributed since it was only a Nintendo Power (not the magazine, the rewriteable Super Famicom cartridge) release.


The Forest of Beginning will be re-released as a Wii U Virtual Console download along with the Famicom version of The Tower of Druaga on August 21.


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  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    The Forest Of Beginning gameplay

  • Longsun_Zhao

    Obscure Nintendo games are so fascinating to me.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Odama Rama

  • Guest

    So cool, maybe in Smash Bros. we’ll see a reference next time?

  • Hours

    AH, I love these “slice of life” type games. (I’m playing Attack of the Friday Monsters! now and it’s awesome.)

    I hope we get a chance to play this in English one day. All NoA would have to do is hype up the Animal Crossing connection, and people would buy it in droves.

  • ronin4life

    WiiU VC?
    Oh… no 3Ds… ;_ ;

  • DCBlackbird

    Forest of Beginning…. awfully cryptic name

  • Göran Isacson

    … I wonder why I’m getting vague horror-vibes from this. Or maybe it’s just a “mystery” vibe, but I’ve played too many spooky games set in a wood to think this is all innocent. Still, looks pretty neat. A shame this is the first time I hear of it.

    • James Enk

      first thing that poped in my mind was Fatal Frame

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      There’s no horror at all, it’s really an innocent and sweet game aiming to invoke childhood nostalgia, particularly of 1960s rural Japan.

      • Göran Isacson

        Mm, that’s probably what it is. I guess that I’m just too ruined by horror games to see a game set in rural environments that’s NOT Harvest Moon and not see the potential for horror.

  • Strain42

    I…I kinda wanna play it. Quick, everyone go bug Reggie and see if we can get this brought over.

  • GH56734

    Now you mention it, there is Time Twist for the Famicom, which is essentially a text-based Geist, the Famicom Detective trilogy, Radia Senki which is a Famicom RPG ahead of its time in every aspect possible (excluding, maybe, the sound, since Lagrange Point, a Famicom RPG from Konami, used the VRC7 to produce much impressive sound effects than everything else on the system)…
    And Eiji Aounuma’s “Marvelous” for the Super Famicom is a masterpiece. It has a fan-translation, so try it out :) You’ll see where the ideas in Tingle Ballon Trip of Love came from

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      Damn, Tecmo’s Radia Senki, what a wonderful game that was.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    Got a ROM of this back in the day, it’s a really cute and interesting little game.

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