Tom Nook Bells

Earning Bells is the name of the game for some Animal Crossing: New Horizons players, but this entrepreneurial genius has really taken things up a notch.

According to industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, a Chinese player has designed and set up their very own in-game store that accepts real money from others who visit their island. As you can see in the image below, the player has added their WeChat Pay and AliPay QR codes (which can be used by other people to quickly transfer money just like Apple Pay) so that they can accept actual, real-world cash.

Animal Crossing New Horizons
Image: via @ZhugeEX

Ahmad says that the setup is being used to flog custom-designed items in-game (presumably fancy pieces of clothing or nicely designed artwork). We're not sure just how successful this new business venture has been for the player, but it's quite the idea. Somehow, it feels both incredibly clever and awfully wrong at the same time.

Of course, you can always simply recreate any design you see online by drawing it up yourself, so we're not sure why anyone would want to pay for such a thing with real money. Still, if the demand's there...