Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sets UK Record, Doom Eternal Debuts in 2nd

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sets UK Record, Doom Eternal Debuts in 2nd - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 22 March 2020 / 2,855 Views

It was reported earlier that the UK launch for Animal Crossing: New Horizons was  3.5 times bigger than the launch of the last major release in the franchise, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and had a bigger launch the every other Animal Crossing game combined, according to GFK for the week ending March 21, 2020. 

The figures for the game are for physical copies only and does not include digital downloads. It is possible digital sales for the game are higher than usual due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. If you keep sales for Pokémon Sword and Shield separate, than the game was the biggest single game launch on the Nintendo Switch in UK history.

Doom Eternal is the one other big release for the week as it debuted in second place. It was a decent amount behind sales for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Sales for the game were also about a third smaller than its predecessor.


It has been a strong week for physical game sales in the UK with over 475,000 games sold last week, which is over three times the previous week. Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal were the main reason for the increase in sales. However, game sales increased across the board.

Here are the top 10 best-selling titles:

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons - NEW
  2. Doom Eternal - New
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  4. FIFA 20
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Crash Bandicoot N. Same Trilogy
  8. Forza Horizon 4
  9. Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Refueled
  10. Red Dead Redemption 2
Thanks GamesIndustry.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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12 Comments

NateH (on 22 March 2020)

"If you keep sales for Pokémon Sword and Shield separate" So, in other words, it's not the biggest Switch game launch in the UK.


SuperNintend0rk (on 22 March 2020)

Pretty much but it's still impressive that it had a bigger launch than all other Switch games, especially Smash Bros.


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Amnesia (on 23 March 2020)

I have always been so surprised that they could trick so many dumb like that, selling a game 120€ instead of 60 just by releasing 2 boxes with 2 different titles.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 23 March 2020)

Most people only buy 1 version though. I'm guessing less than 10% of the total sales are from double dippers.


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SanAndreasX (on 22 March 2020)

Wonder if AC is benefitting from being a way for people to socialize while under quarantine from COVID-19.


CaptainExplosion (on 22 March 2020)

Are you inferring that the game's not selling on it's own merits?


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SanAndreasX (on 23 March 2020)

Not at all, I know that the series is popular in general. I could see the social nature of it appealing to a lot of people who are stuck indoors either voluntarily or by government order during the pandemic.


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Seece (on 24 March 2020)

Good for AC, but Pokemon still reigns.


INCITATUSBR (on 23 March 2020)

time to make your home your island.


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KazumaKiryu (on 23 March 2020)

GTA V is crazy xD Cant wait of the Persona 5 Royal (best JRPG and one of the best games of all time, 96 % reviews), RE3R & Final Fantasy 7 Remake Sales in the next weeks =)


Zenos (on 22 March 2020)

Wow, I didn't expect that Animal Crossing would outsell Doom. I wonder if Bethesda's reputation has anything to do with that. I know this is the reason I'm waiting on it.


S.Peelman (on 23 March 2020)

No, it has something to do with Animal Crossing just being gigantic.


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