As for what you're seeing in the photos below: it's my recently acquired copy of the game that started it all, Dōbutsu no Mori (which basically translates to Animal Forest).
As I'm sure most of you are already aware, Dōbutsu no Mori was released for the Japanese Nintendo 64 all the way back in early 2001. Sadly, that was right before the GameCube hit the market, so Nintendo never released it elsewhere.
I've wanted to own a copy of it for ages, but various things kept me from snagging one until a few weeks ago, which when I spotted the rather beautiful specimen seen in the snapshots below.
The photo above shows off the front cover of Dōbutsu no Mori's box, of course. I love how it looks like a shipped package, or maybe a postcard. Also, it features K.K. Slider, which always is a good thing.
This photo (above) showcases the back of Dōbutsu no Mori's box--which, admittedly, is quite a bit less thrilling than the front. Still, I thought some of you might like to see it.
Could Dōbutsu no Mori's cartridge label be any cuter? No, it could not.
The same goes for the labels that can be stuck onto the memory cart that was shipped with each copy of Dōbutsu no Mori. The one seen above is the "girls label," of course, while a second, blue-tinged one likely was meant for boys.
Here's another shot of the same label. Sorry neither of them are straight-on. Maybe I'll take another one in the coming days and throw that shot onto my Flickr photostream so interested parties can take a better, closer look at the adorable label art.
Finally, the focus of the photo above is the stamp that can be found in the upper-left corner of Dōbutsu no Mori's cover art. What I wouldn't give for a larger, cleaner version of that same image.
Although I haven't been able to put this copy of Dōbutsu no Mori through its pace yet--mainly because I don't own a converter that will enable my North American Nintendo 64 to play Japanese games--I'm planning to rectify that soon.
Once I do, I'll be sure to do a write-up (or two, or three) about my experience with this import-only curiosity.