Animal Crossing (どうぶつの森?), known in Japan as Dōbutsu no Mori (どうぶつの森, lit. "Animal Forest"), is a video game series developed by Nintendo, in which the player lives his/her own virtual life in a village with many residents, all of which are animals. The game takes place in real time, moving through day and night, and the four seasons. The individual games have been widely praised for their uniqueness and innovative nature, which has led to the series becoming one of Nintendo's leading franchises. As of August 2012, over 19,300,000 units of games from the Animal Crossing series have been sold.