The Meteor Shower is an unscripted event that happens on random nights in Animal Crossing , Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It starts at 7 PM and lasts throughout the night. The player does receive a telescope in the GameCube version from Tortimer during this event. Although meteor showers do not occur in Animal Crossing: Wild World, they are replaced with shooting stars. If the player came across a shooting star, they could repeatedly press A while it fell from the sky, making a wish on the star. A few days later they would receive a letter from Wishy the Star with a piece of spotlight furniture attached. Spotlight items are normally available at Tom Nook's shop for a high price.
Meteor Showers return in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, where they will be announced the same day on the Bulletin Board. The player can wish on shooting stars, which are announced by twinkling sounds, during the meteor shower by pressing up on the D-pad to view the sky, then pressing A when one streaks across the screen. The player must not have anything in their hands to wish on stars. The star will flash to acknowledge the player's wish. The next morning, the player will receive one letter from Wishy the Star with a piece of furniture attached. The number of stars a player wishes on affects only the text of the letter.