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Fly Your Geek Flag (Literally) in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf © Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Leaf recently made its U.S. debut on the Nintendo 3DS—and I agree wholeheartedly with Corrina’s son—”[This] game beats any other in the series by a landslide.” In addition to exciting new features like making changes to the town, mayor, and visiting Tortimer Island; I’m a huge fan of the way Animal Crossing: New Leaf employs QR codes for adding custom designs to clothing, flags, and even the ground. Now you can bring your fandom into your town and make it a place you’re proud to be mayor of.

Naturally, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, there are thousands of Animal Crossing designs out there—many of them with geek flair. Here are some of my favorite QR codes for your town that let you fly a Mockingjay flag, emulate everyone’s favorite bro Clint Barton, go steampunk, and more.

Unlocking and Using QR Codes

First things first, though. If you haven’t already unlocked the machine in the Able Sisters’ shop to read and create QR codes, you will need a little patience first. Simply speak to Sable while she works at her sewing machine every day until you become friends (This can take 7-10 days.) She’ll then place the machine in the shop and guide you through the steps of using it.

Once you find a design online that you like, just hold the 3DS camera up to the screen to read the code. I’ve had varying degrees of luck reading the codes — the ones on the official Animal Crossing web site just won’t work — but the designs look just like they’re advertised once you scan it in.

For your first design, might I suggest a one-of-a-kind GeekMom shirt?

GeekMom Shirt in Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Logo by Brigid Ashwood) © Nintendo

Other Great Geeky Designs

There are a multitude of Tumblrs out there with QR code after QR code of fantastic designs. Here are some of my favorites for those times when I want to cosplay or geek out around town.

10th Doctor’s Coat
Buzz Lightyear and Woody
Direwolf Sigil (Game of Thrones)
N7 (Mass Effect) Jacket
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Flags
Sailor Moon
Steampunk Dress and Hat
United Federation of Planets Flag

Costumes and clothing are just the beginning. You can compose your town tune as the theme from Doctor Who or just turn your entire town into the world map from Dragon Quest. With practically unending, customizable game play for you and your kids, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is one of the best titles out for the Nintendo 3DS.

Kelly Knox

Kelly Knox is a mom and freelance writer in the Seattle area, where she contributes to local parenting publications. This summer she's also a guest blogger at PBS Parents' Adventures in Learning. You can find Kelly rambling about comic books, video games, and more on Twitter at @kelly_knox.

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