|Appearance|| Animal Forest|
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Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
|Occurs||Villager's and/or Player's Date of Birth|
Birthdays are celebrated in the Animal Crossing series by both the player and animal villagers. The player can choose their birthday when asked by a villager early on in game. Any date can be chosen for the player's birthday - if they select a date that is the same as the villager's in Wild World or City Folk, the animal will realize this and appear shocked. Birthdays with special characters cannot be celebrated.
In Animal Crossing
When the player leaves his or her house, he or she is greeted by a random villager. The villager will wish the player a happy birthday, and give the player a present. The player will also find letters and presents in their mailbox from other villagers also wishing that player a happy birthday, including a birthday cake from Mom. However, the item can't be eaten; it can only be displayed in the player's house.
In Wild World
Wild World is the first game that introduces villagers birthdays. The player can visit them in their house on that day, where they will be walking around their home with another villager. On a villager's birthday, the villager will wake up an hour later than normal. The player can give any item to the villager that is celebrating their birthday as a gift. They will then give you something in return. A player can tell if it is a villager's birthday by a letter that is distributed by the animal, and a notice that appears on the bulletin board on the day.
The player themselves will receive a birthday cake on their birthday, which can only be displayed once again. The player will also receive letters presents from their mother and all other villagers.
In City Folk
Unlike in Wild World, villagers do not celebrate their birthdays, despite a notice on the bulletin board that congratulates them. Instead, a player can send the villager a letter on that day. The villager then thanks the player for wishing them a happy birthday in their reply.
As with Wild World, the player is presented with a cake on their birthday by a villager. In this game, the player has the option to eat the cake. If they do, they will blush and flowers briefly blossom from them. The player's mailbox is also full of letters wishing you a happy birthday. Each letter is from a villager, you get a letter from each villager in your town except the villager that delivered your birthday cake. Mom sends you a letter that contains 5,000 bells.
In New Leaf
"Today is your birthday isn't it? Happy birthday!"Birthdays are celebrated more in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. When starting the game, the player will be greeted by Isabelle, who wishes them a happy birthday before starting.
— Isabelle at spotlight, upon first load on the player's birthday.
Similar to City Folk, a random villager will be waiting outside the player's house. However, in New Leaf, they will proceed to invite the player to their house for a surprise, revealing two other villagers and a large birthday cake in the center of the room. They will shout "Happy Birthday!" upon entering. When pressing "A" in front of the cake, the villagers will tell you to make a wish. The candles can then be blown out by blowing on the Nintendo 3DS. Once blown out, the villagers will let off party poppers and begin clapping. The host villager will then give the player a present.
For a villager's birthday, the villager will send a letter a week from their birthday to announce the event. On the actual day, they stay in their house with one other villager. When you come in, they will greet you, and if you talk to them, you can give them a present. They will continue celebrating for the rest of the day. Their house will have cake, furniture, and a CD Player with K.K. Birthday.
If a villager lives in the player's town with the same birthday as the player and they visit the party, they will make note of that.