Distributed items, also known as DLC, are items sent to the player from Nintendo in various Animal Crossing titles via the internet. Most items are to celebrate an event in real life such as Valentine's Day that might not happen in-game, or to reward the player for downloading an update. Distributed items differ between regions, with some being only obtainable in certain regions.
Animal Crossing: City Folk
- Item list: Distributed items/City Folk
Distributed items were scheduled to be released during a 7-day period, where the item is received within the allotted time. Pete, the mail carrier, gives the player an item attached as a present on a letter. He would mention that the letters are from Nintendo, but some may be signed by special characters or characters from other Nintendo sometimes. Additionally, Wendell would occasionally give the player one of his designs to commemorate a special occasion.
Distribution of City Folk items ended on June 28, 2013 along with the end of WiiConnect24.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- Item list: Distributed items/New Leaf
In New Leaf, items could be received from Nintendo Zone locations or over Wi-Fi. The items are obtainable in-game in the Post Office, or very rarely, in the mail. At the Post Office, the player can talk to Pelly or Phyllis to ask if a gift is available, and they will then be asked whether to check via Wi-Fi or Nintendo Zones. Some DLC items can be re-ordered from the catalog, while other items cannot.
DLC over Wi-Fi was discontinued after June 20th, 2015, and Nintendo Zone downloadable content was discontinued as well after the discontinuation of the Nintendo Zone service.
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
- Item list: Distributed items/Happy Home Designer
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Item list: Distributed items/New Horizons
In New Horizons, items are primarily distributed through letters or the Nintendo eShop. Items that are downloaded through the Nintendo eShop have to be purchased through the Nook Stop for either Nook Miles or Bells.