DOOM stood no chance against the Nintendo franchise in the UK as well
Last Friday saw the launch of the long-awaiting next game in the Animal Crossing franchise, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The island-living video game saw the best first-weekend sales numbers for an Animal Crossing game ever, and the best launch for a Nintendo Switch game in Japan – chopping down the tree that was Pokémon Sword and Shield.
After skipping a generation of Nintendo home consoles, and a short delay, fans of the franchise were pulling weeds in excitement for the upcoming game, and in the current world climate, people came out in droves to buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons in Japan, with over 1.88 million copies sold on the Nintendo Switch in the first 3 days of release. The numbers, from Famitsu, don't include digital downloads but does include the download cards found in convenience stores around Japan.
This makes Animal Crossing: New Horizons the best launch weekend for a game in Japan for the Nintendo Switch ever, beating out the record set by Pokémon Sword and Shield last November, which sold over 1.3 million copies in the same time frame. Not only that, but the insect collecting simulator helped the Nintendo Switch sell over 390,000 units, the highest-selling week for the Nintendo Switch ever in Japan, including its launch week. Famitsu notes that the limited edition Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch, which has had supply shortages in the region due to factories being closed in China due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in early February, will come into stock again soon and drive up numbers even more.
Over in the UK – which saw lockdowns starting this week – the fossil excavation simulator towered over DOOM Eternal, gamesindustry.biz reported. Animal Crossing: New Horizons' launch in the country was 3.5 times higher than New Leaf's, and more than the entire series combined. It was also the highest-selling single game in the region for the Nintendo Switch, though combining both versions of Pokémon Sword and Shield would see it have higher numbers. Gamesindustry.biz noted that these are also physical numbers for the games as both Nintendo and Bethesda, who publishes DOOM, both don't release digital numbers for their games.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on March 20.
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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.