Animal Crossing: New Horizons Selling Millions in Japan

Niko Partners senior analyst Daniel Ahmad recently claimed on Twitter that Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ total shipments (including digital sales numbers) in Japan apparently exceeded 2.5 million units in the game’s first three days. While Animal Crossing also tops the UK sales charts, it’s expected to sell well across multiple regions and these sales numbers in Japan have pushed the Nintendo Switch to being the best selling Nintendo console in Japan. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is exclusively available for the Nintendo Switch now, with a day one update releasing days before the game did.

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“First shipment and digital sell through for Animal Crossing: New Horizons in Japan looks to have exceeded 2.5 million units in its first three days,” claimed Daniel Ahmad on Twitter. “Makes it the biggest opening for a Switch game in Japan and the biggest opening for the Animal Crossing series by far.” With Pokemon and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate breaking sales records for their respective releases, it’s refreshing to see the Nintendo Switch continuing to succeed with big releases such as the latest installment in the Animal Crossing franchise.

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Considering the 2.5 million number and the UK’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons launch being 3.5 times more successful than the previous installment (New Leaf), it’s safe to assume that this Nintendo Switch exclusive is on track to be the most successful title in the series. The devs are hoping that the game helps people through the COVID-19 pandemic across the world and we think it’s already helping in that regard, with millions of gamers taking their mind off the world around them to create their ideal island.

Are you one of the millions of Animal Crossing gamers that needed New Horizons day one? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Gaming Bolt

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