Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of the most relaxing games to release in 2020 and gives you a wide variety of ways to design your island. One of those ways that is most coveted is by way of your island flag. The flag can be seen waving above your Resident Services building and can be switched out at any time by talking to Isabelle.
Customizing your town flag in Animal Crossing is a tried and true tradition. Animal Crossing: New Horizons makes it easier than ever to pay tribute to your favorite characters, countries, bands, movies, or people thanks to a website called ACPatterns.com. The site allows you to turn any image into a flag. Just upload your file and set a few customization options. Remember the image will be made into a small square and pixelated, so choose an image with not too many details. If you find one you like, generate a QR code to use in your game or share it with your friends.
It is much easier to design a flag on a PC than on a Switch, so ACPatterns also has a web-based designer you can use to make your own pixel art if you cannot find an already created piece that you like.
Creating your own town flag
The best town flags use just a few colors and have either a pattern or something large to focus on. Since your flag will be much smaller in-game than it is elsewhere, you want to make sure it’s not blurry or hard to see. A simple pattern will work much better than complex paisley, for instance. If you choose an image that’s already pretty recognizable, like a country’s flag, the fact that it’s substantially smaller won’t get in the way of anyone identifying it. You won’t have room for all 50 stars on the American flag, but nobody’s going to be counting them, anyway.
If you are not a tested pixel art veteran though you are free to download designs shared by other creators. Here are some of our favorite town flags we have found for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Note: the below designs can be used for other purposes as well. Just put in the custom design code and save it to your Nook Phone and you can put it anywhere you like. These are just designs we enjoyed seeing on a flag for our island.