The game is small enough to fit in the Gamecube's RAM, without requiring access to the game disc. At any point during the game (after the Nintendo logo), you can remove the game disc from the system, and continue to play the game. There does not seem to be anything that makes the game crash, give an "insert disc" screen, or malfunction in any way. The game will stay in the Gamecube's memory until the system is powered off or reset. This is very useful if a friend would like to play Animal Crossing
, but does not own the game. As long as the player never shuts down the Gamecube, hits reset, or unplugs the system, the game will continue. However, because you cannot shut the system off, this prevents you from playing any other Gamecube game. However, you can just "install" the game again later and continue playing normally. Note: You will still need a memory card with an Animal Crossing saved game file or enough space for one if you would like to save your game in between a "swap" (putting Animal Crossing
onto the Gamecube's memory once again).