About Animal Crossing
The American version released on 15 September, 2002 was based on a Japanese game released for the Nintendo 64 console roughly a year before - Doubutsu no Mori ("Forest of Animals" or "Animal Forest," released 14 April, 2001); however, Animal Crossing came with many more features, such as e-Reader support.
So, what do you do in Animal Crossing? Lots of things - while you always start out the game in the same way (K.K. Slider/Totakeke helps to get you set up in your town), how you go about caring for your town is completely up to you. If you want to expand your house until it's a gargantuan mansion, then Tom Nook will be your best friend. Excited for bugs, fish, fossils, and paintings? Blathers will be your buddy if you plan on completing the museum; Crazy Redd, of course, will rip you off along the way. If you feel like you're lonely in the game, wait for all fifteen villagers to move in - or better yet, just bug your friends into joining the fun. Strapped for cash? Enjoy the thrill of the "stalk" market.
If you want to read more about Animal Crossing, or if you already have the game and want tips on it, please head on over to Animal Crossing Ahead, one of the most comprehensive sites on the game. =3
What is a fanlisting, you may ask? Well, to quote from The Fanlistings Network:
"A fanlisting is simply an online list of fans of a subject, such as a TV show, actor, or musician, that is created by an individual and open for fans from around the world to join. There are no costs, and the only requirements to join a fanlisting are your name and country. Fanlistings do not have to be large sites (although some are); they are just a place where you can sign up with other fans. TheFanlistings.org is the original (but not official) web directory for fanlistings, dedicated to uniting the fans."
About the Layout
I've gotta say--finding graphics for this game is amazingly tough (maybe I wasn't looking hard enough; who knows?). I was almost tempted to pull graphics from the Animal Crossing: Wild World site, but I found a gold mine on the Doubutsu no Mori+ one. I couldn't really work around the site's graphics - you could tell they were from 2001. XD
The banner itself took several hours to put together on Fireworks. The inspiration for the version title was from the spring-like look the finished product had; I mean, who doesn't want a stringfish? I know there is no such thing as a sky in the GameCube game, but I felt it'd be odd to leave one out. The characters featured on the banner are some of my favorites from the game. I would've also included K.K. Slider, but he's not one that enjoys the daytime as much as the other animals do. =P