The game is a sequel to the original Animal Crossing that Nintendo released on the Gamecube in 2002 (although a Nintendo 64 version preceded it in Japan). Like the original, "communication" game, Animal Crossing: City Folk will center on the player interacting with the various anthropomorphic animals that inhabit their individual towns.
Players will encounter many of the same characters from previous games such as that eternal haggler Tom Nook and the musically inclined canine, KK Slider. These animal friends usually have names that relate to their species. For example, the duck you encounter introduces himself as Bill (get it?).