People Are Adding Their Favourite Albums & Memes To Their ‘Animal Crossing’ Homes (+ Here’s How To Do It)

Animal Crossing memes have been one of this year’s truest blessings. Everyday I wake up and leave my little home and see my cute little villagers do their cute little dance and stretches. GirlBoss Isabelle attending to her files. Mr. Tom ‘Businessman’ Nook exploiting another resident. Blathers, in the midst of a cheeky snooze, being surprised by a fly on the wall. Or even, the realisation that my Mum thinks Orville is a cop.

Anyway, if someone asked you what you did over the last seven months since the COVID-19 pandemic really hit, you’ll most likely twiddle your thumbs, think about the horrible news out in the world and admit the truth: you spent it staying indoors, hanging with your virtual pals and gobbling up those Animal Crossing memes. Well, what if I told you there was a way you could embed those weird and wacky images online into the game? *Hacker voice*, we’re in.

If you’re like me, you’re probably at the point where you’ve built your first house and are waiting for Blathers to set up the museum (hurry upppp, feathers), cluttering your island with more and more caged bugs and fish. Or you might’ve been the impatient few who changed the date on their Switch consoles so that things move faster in-game—Aka what some of us call time travel in Animal Crossing. Smh, this is a family friendly game, no cheating!

More importantly, today’s news is another reminder that stan culture exists in every world, including v cute animated ones. People have found a way to add a nod to their biases and faves inside the game and into their virtual homes. Sword Art Online who? May we present to you the internet’s response to the discovery you can make Animal Crossing framed images of our favourite memes and album covers for your newly adorable home walls. From Harry Styles’ Fine Line to Froggy Chair and more. 

Here’s everything you need to know about QR codes in Animal Crossing and how to join in on the fun.

How do I add memes and albums to my Animal Crossing island?

Okay, so first of all, you’re going to need a few things: a Nintendo Switch Online membership, the Nintendo Switch Online app on your phone, another screen to present the QR code, and, ofc, a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

So, how it works is essentially, you sync up your Nintendo Switch account in the app and in your Switch console. Then, when you launch Animal Crossing: New Horizons, go to settings (- button) at the start screen and accept online features. From there, you open the mobile app and access the Designs feature, where you can upload one QR code of an image at a time and then download in-game via the Custom Designs app on your NookPhone.

Pro-tip: To apply them to more clothes and furniture, purchase the Pro Design app for your NookPhone in-game.

But, where do I get and make QR codes for my favourite memes and albums in Animal Crossing?

Fortunately for us, it’s actually pretty easy thanks to the website AC Patterns

Essentially, you upload an image through the website’s editor tool and convert it into a QR code. There’s also a browser search engine to find memes, artists’ album covers and film screenshots. And, even in its very early stages of the game, there’s a lot to choose from. Unfortunately, that also includes some inappropriate content using alt right iconography so it seems the website isn’t monitored right now. 

Thankfully though, you’re more likely to find various iterations of Dio’s face from the TV anime series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, pics of Ariana Grande and other Stan Twitter icons, shiba inu reactions and everyone’s favourite, Big Yoshi, than that. We can only imagine what cursed imagery the future of this site holds. 

Show me the goods, Tommy

You can literally convert *any* image into a QR code on this website. Meaning, bcuz the internet is the internet, anything is possible, including some cursed and blessed memes. 

For real some of these are incredible.

When Animal Crossing’s pattern resolution is only 32×32 but you want a more detailed picture of Jeff Goldblum in your town from r/AnimalCrossing
Loving the custom design canvas from r/AnimalCrossing
My Super Mario Bros. 3 Pattern mural! from r/AnimalCrossing

Animal Crossing: New Horizons released on Friday, 21st March. Given how intense 2020 has been, it really couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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