I truly was afraid to return to my town in the original Animal Crossing, for the GameCube, after I had neglected it for a few months. I didn’t want to hear the townsfolk shun me. True story.
I came back to my copy of Wild World after about 6 months. The town was infested with weeds and had a rafflesia growing in it. All of the villagers pretended not to recognize me before saying I must’ve had something really big happen to be gone for so long. I also came back to City Folk after about a year. That town was doing much better, and all the locals were convinced I’d been sick or something since I’d been gone for so long.
Really, the animals in Animal Crossing games are pretty chill about it if you vanish for a long time. They just kind of shrug it off after a day or so.
I traded in both the original AC and AC:CF. Been thinking I should have kept one or should re-purchase because I think my little girl would like them. Putting together some cash to get a 3DS, thinking I should just wait for New Leaf since you can actually have some say in what the town looks like as the Mayor.