Nintendo GameCube owners will be familiar with Animal Crossing, the game where players get to live in a real-time world populated with cute and interesting characters. Eventually it achieved Players' Choice status (which basically means an awful lot of copies were sold), and is still available today. Now Animal Crossing made the transition to the DS handheld, and we couldn't be happier!

Available now, Animal Crossing: Wild World features many of the original characters from the GameCube version, including K.K. Slider, Tom Nook, Blathers, and Mr. Resetti. Of course, there are plenty of new characters to meet as well, and many different personality types to keep your encounters interesting.

Gameplay is open-ended; rather than follow a set storyline, players can make up their own as they go. Buying a house, hanging out with friends, earning a living, collecting items, digging up treasure - even the most menial of tasks, such as posting letters or taking out the trash are just some of the activities on offer.

You are not limited to one location either; you can visit friends in other towns and invite them to yours - even move to another town if it takes your fancy. Time and seasons pass just as they do in the real world, so the scenery will undergo gradual changes as you play; day turns to night, summer becomes autumn etc.

Animal Crossing: Wild World utilises the DS' touch screen technology, with the lower screen used to type letters, draw designs, drag items and lead characters around. The DS Wi-Fi Connection is another feature implemented by the game's designers, which allows players to connect with up to three other units.

We'll be reviewing Animal Crossing: Wild World in the near future, but in the meantime, why not read up on some of the game's items, locations and unique features on the official site?

Game Features:

•In this sequel to the wildly popular Nintendo GameCube game, players and up to three friends can hang out in the same village and interact in real time – either through wireless LAN or over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Now players can visit a friend’s village from thousands of miles away.

•The touch screen makes item management and world navigation a breeze. Typing letters and designing patterns are now just stylus strokes away.

•Days and seasons pass in real time, so whether players want to decorate their homes, catch bugs or fish, collect brand-new items like hats and sunglasses or just chat with the wild and wacky characters in their villages, there’s always something to do.