Animal Crossing: New Horizons Is The Best-Selling Nintendo Switch Game in Japan

Over 50% of people bought the animal comfort game digitally says Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons


Nintendo already reported in their fiscal report ending March 2020 that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was a smash hit, selling 13.41 million copies in just the first 6 weeks since release, outselling every Animal Crossing game in the franchise. But not only did it break records for the franchise, in Japan alone, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best selling game on the Nintendo Switch, says Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa.

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In Japan alone, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold around 3.9 million copies, overtaking the lifetime sales of the next highest selling game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which has so far sold 3.7 million copies in the region. 

Furukawa also mentioned that New Horizons had a "high percentage of digital sales" throughout the world, with 50% of all copies sold being through the Nintendo eShop. He mentioned that "the Animal Crossing series is suited to being played as a digital version, and we believe that the timing of its release, coinciding as it did with the rise in calls to remain at home, resulted in some consumers choosing the digital version" over a physical version, but notes that Nintendo "see[s] the very high percentage of digital sales as being due to these unique factors, and have not premised our financial forecast on this trend continuing."

Animal Crossing: New Horizons


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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

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