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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. Presents can also appear attached to balloons and must either be shaken out of a tree (in the GCN games only), or shot with a slingshot.
Green presents are deliveries and are given to the player 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, it will instead read "What was this?" and cannot be delivered.
Balloons seem to float randomly over the town, but they actually originate on the edges of the map at specific times. Every time the player is outside and the time ends in "4", a balloon has a chance to appear; for example, a balloon could appear at 3:14, 5:54, 12:34 or 1:04, but they will not appear at times like 4:33, 7:28.
If shot down over water or flowers, 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 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 Super Mario Bros. game for the NES, and they are all 8-bit.
In City Folk, Phineas states that balloons 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, Axe, 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, rather than the Mario Series that could be obtained in former games.
In Wild World and City Folk, after shooting down 15 packages a golden Slingshot will float across the town. The golden slingshot is carried by either a single golden balloon (Wild World) or a group of three golden balloons (City Folk and New Leaf). In New Leaf, a silver slingshot appears after 15 packages have been shot down, carried by two silver balloons. 15 more packages have to be shot down with the silver slingshot in order for the golden slingshot to appear. The balloons all have to be burst for the tool to drop, taking one hit each. All three can be burst at once by using the net at the edge of the cliff in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Wrapping Paper (also known as Wrap) is a new type of present item in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Wrapping paper can be sold for 160 Bells and can be found at a Nookling Store. Before wrapped, wrapping paper appears to have an orange outside and a yellow-green inside. Once wrapped in another item, the wrapping paper has a gold coating to it with a red ribbon tied around it. It is mainly used for giving a present to a villager on his or her birthday.