Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Japan's Second Best Selling Game Ever

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become Japan's second best selling video game of all time according to the new sales data.

By Allisa James

August 9, 2020

In barely four months, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become Japan’s second best selling game ever. In a recent report from Game Data Library, New Horizons was ranked third under Pokemon Red/Blue/Green version and Pokemon Gold/Silver. However, that ranking is inaccurate as of recently when the new sales data released:

Adding the additional sales, Animal Crossing: New Horizons breached the 20,000 copies gap and surpassed Gold/Silver to become the second best selling game in Japan of all time.

During the first of two Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer update videos we were treated to a couple of new activities, including swimming and diving, plus a range of new DIY recipes before being teased with a second update. The official Animal Crossing Twitter account also shared what was in store as part of that second update, which dropped on July 30th.

According to new Twitter data during the first half of 2020 New Horizons was the most talked about game on Twitter globally, with Fate/Grand Order coming in second after being the most talked-about game in 2019. The previous free update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons was back in April and it brought a host of changes such as new villagers to the island, added some fun seasonal events, and opened up a new wing in the museum. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was recently featured in the Financial Times, an actual real life publication, after some severe in-game interest rate cuts from Tom Nook.

Nintendo recently released its financial results for Q1 of the fiscal year ending March 2021. And through those results it has been revealed that Animal Crossing: New Horizons now sold over 22 million copies and is second place in the all-time best selling Nintendo Switch software chart.

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In Japan alone Animal Crossing on Switch previously sold more than 1.88 million copies as of March 23th. The title released worldwide on March 20th, which means it managed to sell 1.88 million physical copies in Japan in only three days. And overall the game’s Nintendo Switch debut sold 11.77 million units between its March 20th launch and the March 31st, placing it seventh among the console’s highest-selling titles.

Check out our glowing review of the game here for a more in-depth breakdown.

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Allisa James

Senior Weekend Staff Writer for DualShockers. Loves JRPGs, artbooks, and anime.

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