ACNES Compatibility List

So it's common knowledge that Animal Crossing for the GameCube features playable NES games. The game features nineteen (in the West) built-in NES games, all Nintendo-made, that you can interact through special furniture items that you get through randomly digging up your town, villager e-Reader codes, or various other means. This includes the so-called "Forbidden Four", games that can't be obtained through Nook codes, and in some cases, any method outside save hacking and newly-crafted e-Reader dot codes: Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., and Super Mario Bros..

Less common knowledge is that the NES emulator built into Animal Crossing actually supports nearly any NES and Famicom Disk System game you can throw at it. There's an obtainable blank NES item which was previously thought merely decorative (compared to the NES items for each built-in game, which feature their respective game box on top), which was found in 2018 to scan the player's memory card for specially-wrapped NES and FDS ROMs, allowing play of any NES and FDS game in Animal Crossing through this specific furniture item!

(Brief aside on name: This emulator is referred to in the game code as both qfc (probably the wrapper name) and ksNes (the core emulator itself), ksNes likely after the two developers that worked on it, Tomohiro Kawase and Hideaki Shimizu. This emulator is also present in Metroid Prime, The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition, and a few others. It's technically inaccurate to call it ACNES as a result, but I'm going to call it that because Nintendo never officially named it in their marketing, and most folks will probably experience custom ROMs in this emulator through Animal Crossing anyway.)

While it's been said that ACNES is more accurate than later official NES emulators, compatibility with the NES library has yet to be documented (because let's be honest, there's far more convenient ways to play NES games these days). I've elected to methodically inject and test all US-released NES games to see how the emulator reacts.

Here's some caveats of my testing:

  1. These were tested on the American Animal Crossing—I've since learned compatibility is markedly different between ACNES as featured in DnM+, AC, and e+. This list is only (probably) accurate for Animal Crossing.
  2. I have only tested American-released NES games. European and Japanese games are untested. Aftermarket games (herein referred to as "homebrew", "unlicensed", or "prototype", for fanmade, finished-but-unsanctioned, or unfinished during the NES' commercial lifespan games respectively) have been occasionally tested, but this list cannot be considered complete on them.
  3. I tested these using Nintendont on a 2008-ish Wii (so full GameCube ports, post-Boot2 writing, pre-DVD functionality removed). There's always the potential for Nintendont to cause some compatibility errors. If anyone would like to verify any of this with a proper disc version of Animal Crossing, be my guest.
  4. I injected these with Cuyler36's ACNESCreator, which crafts GCI files that can be injected into a memory card using GCMM or equivalent. There is a chance that ACNESCreator is what causes some of these games to not boot. Perhaps ACNES has settings we don't know about, or perhaps the games can be made to work through tinkering with the format. If the injection tool is bugfixed in the future, that's reason to test any of the currently not-working games with ACNES again.
  5. Following on from the last point, ACNESCreator only recently got updated to properly make ROM injects that save correctly. I have not retested any saving games. Please ignore anything below that says saves do not work; I will retest these first and foremost when I get back to this project.

Games are rated on a scale of FUBAR to Official:

Unknown I haven't tested this game yet.
FUBAR Broken enough to cause issues with the host game of Animal Crossing.
Broken Won't boot, but also doesn't lock up or cause further issues.
Partial Boots, but something prevents proper play. This could be substantial visual glitching, or it could be game functionality not working. Broken saving also falls into this category, even if the game otherwise plays fine.
Visual Playable, but with visual glitching or abnormalities that wouldn't occur on a proper NES console or a more accurate emulator.
Perfect Runs with zero issues, least as far as I've tested.
Official Reserved for the games built into Animal Crossing. These all run flawlessly, as you could expect from being built into the base game.

If you get different results with any of the following games, please use the contact link in the footer (mariteaux@somnolescent.net) to get in touch. I'll update this list to the best of my abilities and the weirdos injecting games into their Animal Crossing saves like me will be all the better off for it. If a Japanese or European version of a game happens to work where the American one does not, I'll make note of it.

(This list was last updated 2024/01/27; it is currently incomplete! I am currently in Wales away from my Wii and testing setup, so this project will continue in early March on my return.)


# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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Name Release Type Compatibility Notes
10-Yard Fight Licensed Perfect
1942 Licensed Perfect
1943 - The Battle of Midway Licensed Perfect
The 3D Battles of World Runner Licensed Perfect
720 Degrees Licensed Perfect
8 Eyes Licensed Perfect

A

Name Release Type Compatibility Notes
Abadox Licensed Perfect
Action 52 Unlicensed Broken AC reports memory card could not be read and kicks you out of ACNES.
The Addams Family Licensed Perfect
The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt Licensed Visual Title screen appears all black and there's graphical distortion under the play area.
AD&D: DragonStrike Licensed Perfect
AD&D: Heroes of the Lance Licensed Perfect
AD&D: Hillsfar Licensed Broken Black screen.
AD&D: Pool of Radiance Licensed Partial Game works fine, but saving does not.
Adventure Island Licensed Perfect
Adventure Island 2 Licensed Perfect
Adventure Island 3 Licensed Perfect
Adventures in the Magic Kingdom Licensed Perfect
The Adventures of Bayou Billy Licensed Perfect The shooting stages optionally use the Zapper, which doesn't work with ACNES.
Adventures of Dino Riki Licensed Perfect
The Adventures of Giligan's Island Licensed Perfect
Adventures of Lolo Licensed Perfect
Adventures of Lolo 2 Licensed Perfect
Adventures of Lolo 3 Licensed Perfect
The Adventures of Rad Gravity Licensed Perfect
Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends Licensed Perfect
Adventures of Tom Sawyer Licensed Perfect
Air Fortress Licensed Perfect
Airwolf Licensed Visual Graphics display in black and white.
Al Unser Jr. Turbo Racing Licensed Perfect
Alex DeMeo's Race America Licensed Partial Severe graphical distortion when the view switches to behind the car.
Alfred Chicken Licensed Perfect
Alien 3 Licensed Perfect
All-Pro Basketball Licensed Perfect
Alpha Mission Licensed Perfect
Amagon Licensed Perfect
American Gladiators Licensed Partial The Wall and Assault events don't seem to work correctly.
Anticipation Licensed Perfect
Arch Rivals - A Basketbrawl! Licensed Perfect
Archon Licensed Partial Sound works, but no graphics appear.
Arkanoid Licensed Perfect
Arkista's Ring Licensed Perfect
Astyanax Licensed Perfect
Athena Licensed Perfect
Athletic World Licensed Partial Boots, but requires the Power Pad and is unplayable.
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Licensed Perfect

B

Name Release Type Compatibility Notes
Back to the Future Licensed Perfect
Back to the Future Parts II & III Licensed Perfect
Bad Dudes Licensed Partial Black screen after the "rescue the president" text.
Bad News Baseball Licensed Perfect
Bad Street Brawler Licensed Perfect
Balloon Fight Licensed Official
Bandai Golf: Challenge Pebble Beach Licensed Perfect
Bandit Kings of Ancient China Licensed Partial Graphical distortion when text boxes disappear and saving doesn't work.
Barbie Licensed Partial Severe graphical distortion along the score and item display bar.
The Bard's Tale Licensed Partial Game works fine, but saving does not.
Barker Bill's Trick Shooting Licensed Partial Boots, but requires the Zapper and cannot be played.
Base Wars: Cyber Stadium Series Licensed Perfect
Baseball Licensed Official
Baseball Simulation 1000 Licensed Partial Saving doesn't work, and the HUD on the batter screen shakes after a strike.
Baseball Stars Licensed Partial Game works fine, but saving does not.
Baseball Stars 2 Licensed Partial Game works fine, but saving does not.
Bases Loaded Licensed Perfect
Bases Loaded 2: Second Season Licensed Partial Top half of the screen glitches when swinging, making timing swings difficult.
Bases Loaded 3 Licensed Perfect
Bases Loaded 4 Licensed Perfect
Batman Returns Licensed Perfect
Batman: Return of the Joker Licensed Broken Black screen.
Batman: The Video Game Licensed Perfect
Battle Chess Licensed Perfect
The Battle of Olympus Licensed Perfect
Battletoads Licensed Perfect
Battletoads Double Dragon Licensed Perfect
Beetlejuice Licensed Broken Black screen.
Best of the Best: Championship Karate Licensed Perfect
Bigfoot Licensed Perfect
Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure Licensed Broken Black screen.
Bill Elliot's NASCAR Challenge Licensed Partial Game goes to black screen after race start.
Bionic Commando Licensed Perfect
The Black Bass Licensed Perfect
Blades of Steel Licensed Broken Black screen.
Blaster Master Licensed Perfect
Blue Marlin Licensed Perfect
The Blues Brothers Licensed Perfect
Bo Jackson Baseball Licensed Perfect
Bomberman Licensed Perfect
Bomberman II Licensed Perfect
Bonk's Adventure Licensed Perfect
Boulder Dash Licensed Broken White screen.
Bram Stoker's Dracula Licensed Visual Title screen has title half-distorted. Sprites appear all black. Eventually loses all color.
Break Time: The National Pool Tour Licensed Perfect
Breakthru Licensed Perfect
Bubble Bobble Licensed Visual There's a constant beeping under the music during gameplay.
Bubble Bobble Part 2 Licensed Visual The title screen background is drawn in the wrong color.
Bucky O'Hare Licensed Perfect
The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout Licensed Perfect
The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle Licensed Perfect
Bump 'n' Jump Licensed Perfect
Burai Fighter Licensed Visual The very bottom of the HUD is cut off.
Burgertime Licensed Perfect

C

Name Release Type Compatibility Notes
Cabal Licensed Broken Only a solid blue screen appears after a few seconds.
Caesar's Palace Licensed Broken Black screen.
California Games Licensed Visual Screen shakes in Skating, some wonky text in BMX. Plays fine otherwise.
Captain America and the Avengers Licensed Perfect
Captain Planet and the Planeteers Licensed Perfect
Captain Skyhawk Licensed Perfect
Casino Kid Licensed Perfect
Casino Kid II Licensed Broken Black screen.
Castelian Licensed Perfect
Castle of Dragon Licensed Broken Black screen.
Castlequest Licensed Perfect
Castlevania Licensed Perfect
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Licensed Perfect
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Licensed Perfect
Caveman Games Licensed Perfect
Championship Bowling Licensed Perfect
Championship Pool Licensed Visual Graphics display in black and white.
Cheetahmen II Unlicensed Broken AC reports memory card could not be read and kicks you out of ACNES.
The Chessmaster Licensed Perfect
Chiller Unlicensed Broken AC reports memory card could not be read and kicks you out of ACNES.
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Licensed Perfect
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 Licensed Visual Rescue Rangers tokens don't have their sound when you collect them.
Chris Evert & Ivan Lendl in: Top Players' Tennis Licensed Perfect
Chubby Cherub Licensed Perfect
Circus Caper Licensed Perfect
City Connection Licensed Perfect
Clash at Demonhead Licensed Perfect
Classic Concentration Licensed Visual Graphics display in black and white.
Cliffhanger Licensed Visual Graphics display in black and white.
Clu Clu Land Licensed Official
Cobra Command Licensed Perfect
Cobra Triangle Licensed Partial Visual distortion over the top third of the screen makes it difficult to steer.
Code Name: Viper Licensed Visual The very bottom of the HUD is cut off.
Color a Dinosaur Licensed Perfect
Commando Licensed Perfect
Conan Licensed Perfect
Conflict Licensed Perfect
Conquest of the Crystal Palace Licensed Perfect
Contra Licensed Perfect I've beaten this one on ACNES! Truly perfect.
Contra Force Licensed Perfect
Cool World Licensed Perfect
Cowboy Kid Licensed Perfect
Crash 'n' the Boys: Street Challenge Licensed Perfect
Crystalis Licensed Partial Game works fine, but saving does not.
Cyberball Licensed Perfect
Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine Licensed Partial Playable, but severe graphical distortion makes the game unrecognizable.

D

Name Release Type Compatibility Notes
Donkey Kong Licensed Official
Donkey Kong 3 Licensed Official
Donkey Kong Jr. Licensed Official
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Licensed Official

E

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Excitebike Licensed Official

F

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G

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Golf Licensed Official

H

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I

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Ice Climber Licensed Official

J

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K

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L

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The Legend of Zelda Licensed Official

M

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Mario Bros. Licensed Official

N

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O

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P

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Pinball Licensed Official
Punch-Out!! Licensed Official

Q

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R

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S

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Soccer Licensed Official
Super Mario Bros. Licensed Official

T

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Tennis Licensed Official

U

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V

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W

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Wario's Woods Licensed Official

X

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Y

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