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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sells Another 727,000 Units in Japan, Switch Sells 283,000 Units

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sells Another 727,000 Units in Japan, Switch Sells 283,000 Units - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2020 / 5,982 Views

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (NS) has remained in first on the retail charts in Japan in its second week with sales of 727,791, according to Famitsu for the week ending March 29. The game has now sold 2,608,417 units at retail in Japan in just two weeks.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (PS4) debuted in second place wit sales of 75,998 units. The Nintendo Switch version debuted in third place with sales of 61,571 units.

Eight of the top 10 games are for the Nintendo Switch and two are for the PlayStation 4. 

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling platform with 282,561 units sold. The PlayStation 4 sold 10,820 units, the 3DS sold 940 units, and the Xbox One sold 310 units.

Here is the complete top 10:

  1. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo, 03/20/20) – 727,791 (2,608,417)
  2. [PS4] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (Bandai Namco, 03/26/20) – 75,998 (New)
  3. [NSW] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (Bandai Namco, 03/26/20) – 61,571 (New)
  4. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield (The Pokemon Company, 11/15/19) – 14,996 (3,542,524)
  5. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo, 10/18/19) – 13,819 (745,127)
  6. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 11,577 (2,840,930)
  7. [NSW] Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (Nintendo, 03/06/20) – 11,501 (218,394)
  8. [PS4] Nioh 2 (Koei Tecmo, 03/12/20) – 11,270 (129,302)
  9. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 10,355 (3,623,274)
  10. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 9,908 (1,331,839)

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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siebensus4 (on 01 April 2020)

Wow, it could surpass Pokemon soon. I've never thought that AC is such a big IP.

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Wman1996 siebensus4 (on 01 April 2020)

New Leaf proved how big AC is getting. Even a spin-off like Happy Home Designer did pretty well. It's not a given, but there's a chance AC: NH might become the best-selling game of all-time in Japan. Pokemon Red/Green/Blue sold 10.22 million in Japan. AC:NH could pass that, though it would be a heck of a battle.

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dark_gh0st_b0y siebensus4 (on 01 April 2020)

same!! thankfully Nintendo finally realized what a goldmine they have in their hands

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ireadtabloids (on 02 April 2020)

To put this launch into perspective Animal Crossing: New Horizons outsold the lifetime sales of new Super Mario Bros 2 in Japan after only two weeks on sale. Massive numbers.

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ireadtabloids (on 01 April 2020)

The Japanese launch was huge. They're over a million units up on first week sales of New Leaf and second week sales matched first week sales of New Leaf. Then there's digital copies to take into account on top of that. They're definitely on track to sell over 6 million copies in Japan which would put it level with Pokemon Gold/Silver (6,088,144) according to game data library.

Red/Green/Blue (7,936,360) seems beyond it unless Nintendo ever reveals digital sales for Japan, but a top four spot on the all-time physical sales chart for Japan seems within reach. A top three spot taken by beating New Super Mario Bros on DS (6,428,457) doesn't seem impossible at this point either.

Also worth noting that Animal Crossing on Switch came out three years after the Switch launch, whereas New Leaf came out within two years of the 3DS launch so the Switch version is launching to a slightly bigger user base than New Leaf had.

Discussion aside this is definitely going to be the first game since New Leaf in 2012 to sell over 5 million physical copies in Japan and that is just fantastic.

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kirby007 (on 01 April 2020)


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