Nintendo Gamecube Animal Crossing - console using a TV screen - 1 town where 4 people can play at different times within the same town. Or 1 person can play as 4 different people. I would play while there were at school. We bought the console, game and a guide book.
Nintendo DS Animal Crossing Wild World - hand held device - 1 town for every person playing. You can save several different games on this machine. My sons and I all had to buy a DS machine (3), game (3) so we could all play at the same time and visit each other’s towns and a guide book to share. This was the first hand held devise to play online with Wi-Fi. My sons played with their cousins and friends, and I would play with my sisters.
Nintendo Wii Animal Crossing City Folk - console using a TV screen or a hand held device - 1 town where 4 people can play at different times within the same town. Or 1 person can play as 4 different people. This was the first console you could play with other people through Wi-Fi. We bought the console, game and guide book.
Nintendo Wii U Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival - my youngest son Jordyn and his girlfriend Sarah bought me the game for Christmas a few years ago. It is a board game that you play on your TV with the Nintendo Wii U game pad (white controller on the left) and you use Amiibo characters which are 3D with a memory chip in them for saving data on the Wii U. Photo below shows my collection of Animal Crossing Amiibos. These are the main characters found in your town (5 shop owners, 2 museum curators, 1 musician, 1 construction worker, and 3 tour guides) and can be used with the games played on the Wii U, 3DS and the Switch.
Nintendo 3DS Animal Crossing New Leaf - hand held device - 1 town for every person playing. You can save several different games on this machine. My sons and I all had to buy a 3DS machine (3), game (3) so we could all play at the same time and visit each other’s towns and a guide book. This was the first hand held devise to play online with Wi-Fi. My sons got bored of this game quicker because it is basically the same game, but with a few new surprises. It is my favourite game because I can not die or get hurt It find it relaxing catching fish, and bugs.
mobile (phone or tablets) Animal Crossing Pocket Camp - this is an online version of the game. I played it for a month or so, but didn’t like that I always had to have Wi-Fi to use it. You cannot play it without being online.
Coming soon to the Nintendo Switch - console (using a TV screen) and/or a hand held device as shown below. I’m very excited to hear that a new Animal Crossing game is coming out sometime this year. Both of my sons have bought a Nintendo Switch because they play other games. I will see when the game comes out if I want to buy my own switch (if they come out with an Animal Crossing version) or use Jaspar’s (he still lives at home).
The photo below shows Animal Crossing New Leaf which is played on the Nintendo 3DS along with a guide book that shows all the furniture to furnish your house and lists for all the bugs, fish and other things you collect. You don't have to buy a book because everything is always found somewhere online, but I prefer to have a book!