One of the best features of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the ability for players to make their own pixel art which translates into custom clothing options for characters or decorations you can use in your house or island.
The way the system works is that you design an image, save it, and then it gets translated into a QR code that you can scan and use.
Here’s how to use QR codes in the game, via the Animal Crossing subreddit’s instructions:
- Download the Nintendo Switch Online App. This is available for both iOS and Android smartphones on their respective stores.
- Look for Nooklink. You can find it under the Game-Specific Services section for New Horizons.
- Now turn on your Nintendo Switch, and run Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Before you load your save file, hit the – button on your switch. This will bring up the settings, and Tom Nook should appear for you.
- Select Nooklink settings after Tom Nook’s dialogue. Click yes, please! to connect your game with your smartphone and get access to QR code scanning, plus much more! The game will save and reopen as normal.
- Nooklink should now appear whenever you open the Animal Crossing: New Horizons features on the Nintendo Switch Online App.
So, once you’ve figured that out, what’s next? Time to start collecting those codes.
I’ve seen a lot of these being posted online, but I think it’s best if you have easy to access to one giant gallery to start with, where you can take your pick from them. That’s how I found this video by YouTuber Nerd Attack, which has 500 QR codes that you can take your pick from by pausing the video (they flash by pretty quickly):
In this collection we have stuff from Ace Attorney, Zelda, DC Comics, Disney, Fallout, Final Fantasy and more. The pixel system lets creative players make pretty much anything, so it’s fair game, so long as it’s not obscene by Nintendo standards (there are bikini QR codes in here, hah).
It’s a very cool system carried over from New Leaf that encourages creativity and community sharing. Animal Crossing is always a charming series, but this specific aspect of it is certainly a lot of fun.
I will be on the lookout for more code collections, but that is the largest, easiest to access that I’ve found so far. Stay tuned.
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