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Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Presents appear in various different ways. Items sent in the mail appear as presents and are automatically wrapped when the letter is sent. Balloons also appear attached to presents and must either by shot with a slingshot or shaken out of a tree, assuming it ever makes contact.
Green presents are deliveries and are given by villagers with the intention of delivery to other villagers. In the GCN games, delivery items were unique and did not come out of presents. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a green delivery task present reads "For (Villagers Name)", but if the deadline is missed then it will instead read "What was that?" and cannot be delivered.
Balloons seem to float randomly over the town, but they in fact originate on the edges of the map at specific times, which are different for each town. The times they will appear will all end with the same minute value; for example, if a present floats in from the edge at 5:45, then each time it floats in will be a time ending in the minute value "5". Presents can then appear at times such as 7:55, 2:35, etc. They will not appear at times such as 6:22 or 2:17.
If shot down over water, the present will be destroyed and the player will become shocked by it. The present can also be destroyed if it lands in the center of a 3x3 pattern layout.
In GCN games, balloons with presents attached can only be obtained if they land in a tree, at which point they can be shaken out. Balloons can travel horizontally or diagonally.
In Wild World, presents go across the town at only the north end. The Player does not need to stand directly under the present in order for it to be knocked out of the sky. However, the present can only be knocked out of the sky by using a slingshot. There are a variety of different items in presents, and it is not limited to only common or rare items. In City Folk, the presents are the sole source for the Super Mario themed items, but common items can be shot down as well. The Mario items are all from the classic NES game of Super Mario Bros., and they are all 8-bit.
In City Folk, Phineas the sea lion states that balloons actually come from the sky. This statement, however, cannot be proven. Usually, presents appear just above the player, but in Wild World, they appear on the top screen.
In New Leaf, floating balloons can also be popped by a Shovel or Net, but only when hit from the top of the beach cliff, as at this point they rise or descend past the Player. Only the Balloon Series furniture is obtained from them, exlcuding the Mario Series from it .
After shooting down 15 packages, a golden Slingshot will float across the town on either a single golden balloon (Wild World) or a group of three golden balloons (City Folk and New Leaf). These balloons have to be shot down in order to obtain the golden slingshot tool. It takes three hits (one per balloon), but all three can be burst at once by using the net at the edge of a cliff in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Wrapping Paper (known as Wrap) is a new type of present item in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The wrapping paper allows the player to wrap an item into a present.