Animal Crossing was released in 2001 for the Nintendo 64 in Japan.
While released towards the end of the life cycle of the Nintendo 64, it developed a following that led to it being ported to the Nintendo Gamecube and released throughout the world.
The censored version contains far more endings and new added scenes due to the absence of sexual scenes.
which have generally also informed the gameplay of this genre.
This can lead to confusion, as visual novels are considered a subgenre of adventure games and are not technically included in the dating sim genre.
While the two genres often share a common visual presentation, dating sims are sometimes considered to be more statistically based than the "choose your own adventure" style of visual novels.
Some Japanese dating sims may allow the player to have romantic or sexual relationships with characters in their teens.Eroge only gets released to PC because large Japanese game companies do not want to release games with sexual content on their game consoles.Because of this, Eroge companies make a censored all-ages (15 ) version of the PC version for various consoles.Games where the player character is female and potential objects of affection are male are known as Gx B or otome games.Homosexual relationships are also possible, as there are games with no specific gender lines ("all pairings").
One game series that often includes dating, with the goal of marriage, is the farming sim series Harvest Moon.