On Thursday, Nintendo released their latest financial data. The report continues to prove that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a runaway success. The virtual island getaway sold 22.4 million units since its March release.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sells BIG
The report can be seen here, but a brief glimpse informs us just how well the Nintendo Switch is doing this year. 61.44 million Switch hardware has been sold, an increase of nearly six million in the last three months. Now take into account how many units Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold. With that in mind, a little more than a third of Switch owners bought the new Animal Crossing game.
Mario Kart 8 continues to be the juggernaut with 26.74 million units sold. Most notably, Pokemon Sword/Shield is sitting at 18.22 million units sold. That game released in November of 2019.
Great news for JRPG fans – Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition reached 1.32 million units. The remaster released at the end of May. With such success, the future of the series looks bright on Nintendo’s platform.
Download-only software and Nintendo Switch Online both continue to grow profits, reaching “101.0 billion yen (229.9% increase on a year-on-year basis).” Nintendo adds their mobile releases are also showing positive outcomes. “IP related income reached 13.2 billion yen (32.7% increase on a year-on-year basis). Total sales reached 358.1 billion yen, with overseas sales of 273.0 billion yen accounting for 76.3% of the total.”
All of this to say Nintendo is doing very well in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic and a brief Switch shortage. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been having an astounding amount of success as well. The timing of the game’s release couldn’t have been better. While it was unsafe to go outside due to coronavirus, many new and veteran gamers indulged in their getaway island. Without a doubt, the game has had a major impact on lives this year, and for the better.