There has been discussion that whether or not Animal Crossing: New Horizons could have launched at a better time. With COVID-19 ramping up and many people having to stay home and self-quarantine. The need for an escape from the world quickly became apparent. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is no doubt one of the best forms of escapism out there. The game roared out the gates selling 2.5 million units in Japan in the first 3 days of the game’s launch. While some games sell quickly at launch they usually drop off in the weeks after launch. This doesn’t appear to be the case with Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Animal Crossing Blowout
In a report from the Japanese news site Famitsu, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has reached a new massive milestone. After just a little over 3 months on the market. The game has sold over 5 million physical copies. This is a massive milestone, as noted by the sales analyst Benji-Sales on Twitter. This marks the first game in Japan to cross 5 million copies in the country since 2012. Animal Crossing: New Leaf the last installment in the franchise sold 5 million copies in 8 years. New Horizons did this in only 3 months. This also pushed Nintendo Switch hardware sales to 14 million in Japan. The success of the Nintendo Switch in Japan cannot be understated. The lifetime sales of this game are going to be absolutely insane if they continue on this trajectory.
Animal Crossing New Horizons has surpassed 5 million physical copies sold in Japan via Famitsu
– First game since 2012 to reach 5 million
– New Horizons sold 5+ million in Japan in 3 months. AC New Leaf sold 5+ million in 8 years
Mind blowing numbers honestly pic.twitter.com/wfqE163c1I
— Benji-Sales (@BenjiSales) July 1, 2020
As sales numbers continue to trend upwards for Nintendo software as a whole. It will be very interesting to see how the game has been performing in the West. We will be watching next month’s NPD very closely for more information.
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