In the weeks leading up to the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons many industry analysts predicted the game would be a massive hit. However, with the early data now beginning to show up. It is starting to appear many people may have underestimated how well this game would do. Daniel Ahmad a Senior Analyst at Niko Partners who covers the financials and data for most of China and Asia’s video game market. He took to Twitter today to reveal that Animal Crossing: New Horizons had sold a massive 2.5 million copies between physical and digital in Japan alone. This marks the biggest opening for a Nintendo Switch game in Japan ever. It is even more impressive due to the fact that these figures are based only on the first 3 days of launch. Not only did Animal Crossing sell an amazing amount of software, but it also drove hardware as well. Japan reported a huge 390k Switch units moved this week. This is a massive number and actually outpaces the Switch’s 2017 launch in Japan.
First shipment + digital sell through for Animal Crossing: New Horizons in Japan looks to have exceeded 2.5 million units in its first three days.
Makes it the biggest opening for a Switch game in Japan and the biggest opening for the Animal Crossing series by far. pic.twitter.com/fYPBnypPOJ
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) March 25, 2020
With much of the world gripped in fear due to Covid-19. It appears that it has not impacted game sales quite yet, and may even be pushing them higher. This is partly due to people looking for activities to amuse themselves while on quarantine. It will be interesting to see how far that trend will continue. With more people being mandated to quarantine it will be interesting to see how sales on software will be affected.
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