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The Town Tune is the small melody that plays whenever the player talks to a villager or special character, when the player walks into building, and when it plays whenever it becomes an hour. A town tune can range anywhere from 1 to 15 notes, as well as the ability to choose a note that will play a random note. In Animal Crossing, the town tune could be changed by facing the billboard next to the Post Office. In Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk, the player must go to the civic center in the Town Hall, talking to Pelly or Phyllis. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the town tune can be changed by the player talking to Isabelle at the front desk.
Town tunes can also be played on instruments that can be bought in Tom Nook's stores (every game before Animal Crossing: New Leaf) or the Nookling Stores (Animal Crossing: New Leaf only). If music is playing at the same time, the instrument plays at the same speed.
The player can change the notes by selecting a frog and moving the frog up or down. If a frog is pulled up to the top, the frog will play a random note, but if a frog was pulled to the bottom, the frog will not play a note and will be silent.
Every game before New Leaf had their own town tune while the N64 and GameCube versions have the same (except Animal Forest e+, which have the different tune). However in New Leaf, there are 4 different default town tunes that are selected randomly when the game is first started.
Sometimes, when town tunes are played while talking to a special character or villager, it can relate to the villager's personality. Cranky villagers may make the tune sound somewhat strange, peppy villagers will make the tune sound bubbly and normal villagers will take the tune and make it perky.