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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Japanese Shipment and Digital Sales Top 2.5 Million Units in 3 Days

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Japanese Shipment and Digital Sales Top 2.5 Million Units in 3 Days - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 25 March 2020 / 3,455 Views

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been a huge success for Nintendo with launch sales for the game 3.5 times higher than Animal Crossing: New Leaf in the UK and selling over 1.88 million units in Japan at retail in its first weekend. The game also helped increase sales for the Nintendo Switch itself to over 840,000 units, according to VGChartz estimates.

Video games industry analyst at Niko Partners Daniel Ahmad has revealed shipment figures for the game were over 2.5 million units in its first three days. The figure includes digital sell-through. This makes it the biggest opening ever for a Switch game in Japan and the biggest opening for any game in the Animal Crossing series.

Here is an overview of Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

If the hustle and bustle of modern life’s got you down, Tom Nook has a business venture up his sleeve that he knows you’ll adore: his brand-new, ultra-exclusive Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package!

Sure, you’ve crossed paths with colourful characters near and far. Had a grand old time as one of the city folk. May’ve even turned over a new leaf and dedicated yourself to public service! But deep down, isn’t there a part of you that just longs for…freedom? A chance to do what you want, when you want? Then perhaps a long walk on the beach of a deserted island, where a rich wealth of untouched nature awaits, is just what the doctor ordered!

Peaceful creativity and charm await as you roll up your sleeves and make your new life whatever you want it to be.

Collect resources and craft everything from creature comforts to handy tools. Embrace your green thumb as you interact with flowers and trees in new ways. Set up a homestead where the rules of what goes indoors and out no longer apply.

Make friends with new arrivals, enjoy the seasons, pole-vault across rivers as you explore, and more!

Key Features:

  • Customise your character and home, and decorate the landscape (with furniture, if you like!), as you create your very own island paradise.
  • Experience a robust new crafting system – collect materials to construct everything from furniture to tools!
  • Enjoy a variety of relaxing activities like gardening, fishing, decorating, interacting with charming NPCs, and more, as classic Animal Crossing experiences come to life in fun new ways within the deserted-island setting.
  • Up to eight players can reside on an island; four residents of the same island can play together simultaneously on a single system.
  • Eight players can play together on one player’s island via online multiplayer or local wireless.

Your new home is still being prepared – why not check out these other Animal Crossing games until it's time to move in?!

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is available now for the Nintendo Switch.

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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OTBWY (on 25 March 2020)

That is phenomenal. This is gonna overtake MK8DX in the long run I think.

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UnderwaterFunktown OTBWY (on 25 March 2020)

It might have the potential to take second place, but I can only see it taking first if MK9 releases on Switch, because at the rate MK8DX is selling now it could very well reach MK Wii numbers and that's more than the entire AC franchise up until New Horizons.

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NextGen_Gamer (on 25 March 2020)

So if it's 2.5 million+ JUST in Japan for the opening weekend, what do you think the global sell-through numbers will be? 4+ mil? 5+ milllion???

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Amnesia (on 25 March 2020)


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progstarmac (on 25 March 2020)

AC: NH is among the top 3 launches ever in Japan. People!, this is big.

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progstarmac (on 25 March 2020)

AC: NH is among the top 3 launches ever in Japan. People!, this is big.

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theDX (on 25 March 2020)

That's just speculation. Nintendo hasn't said anything yet.

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Cerebralbore101 (on 25 March 2020)

The Animal Crossing series has reached new sales horizons!

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siebensus4 (on 25 March 2020)

First the most successful Zelda, then Mario Party and now Animal Crossing record broken. Impressive how those traditional franchises sell on Switch... Pokemon and Mario Kart records are also possible to break. Only Mario Odyssey seems to have difficulties to set new records.

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SanAndreasX siebensus4 (on 26 March 2020)

It's the second-best selling 3-D Mario and the best-selling 3-D Mario on its original release. Super Mario 64 has combined sales from N64 and DS. Another good holiday season or two and SMO could beat it. 2-D Mario games would be a tough act for almost anybody to follow saleswise.

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