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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the Best-Selling Game in Japan of 2020, Outsold FFVII Remake by Over 5 Times

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the Best-Selling Game in Japan of 2020, Outsold FFVII Remake by Over 5 Times - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 27 July 2020 / 2,672 Views

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best-selling game in Japan for the first half of 2020 with sales of over five million units, according to sales data released by Famitsu. The figures released by Famitsu only include physical game sales and download cards. 

The second best-selling game in the first half of 2020 in Japan is Final Fantasy VII Remake with sales of 931,165 units.

Consumers in Japan spent ¥95.47 billion ($905 million) on software and ¥79.3 billion ($751.9 million) on hardware. A combined ¥174.8 billion ($1.6 billion) was spent on video games, which is up from ¥140 billion ($1.3 billion) during the first half of 2019.

The Nintendo Switch was by far the best-selling console during the six month period with 2.6 million units sold to bring lifetime sales to over 14 million in Japan. 

Sony sold 435,812 PlayStation 4 consoles to bring the lifetime sales of the console to 9.2 million units. The 3DS sold over 33,000 units to bring the lifetime totals to 24.5 million units, while the Xbox One sold just 2,685 units with lifetime sales at 113, 931.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the Best-Selling Game in Japan of 2020, Outsold Final Fantasy VII Remake by Over 5 Times

Here are the top 10 best-selling games in Japan for the first half of 2020:

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizon (Switch / Nintendo) - 5,004,720 units
  2. Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4 / Square Enix) - 931,165
  3. Pokémon Sword and Shield (Switch / The Pokémon Company) - 650,859
  4. Ring Fit Adventure (Switch / Nintendo) - 577,875
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch / Nintendo) - 346,034
  6. Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Switch / Nintendo) - 284,717
  7. Minecraft (Switch / Microsoft) - 280,662
  8. Resident Evil 3 Remake (PS4 / Capcom) - 263,625
  9. Pokémon Mysterious Dungeon Rescue Team DX (Switch / The Pokémon Company) - 260,802
  10. Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon (PS4 / Sega) - 259,580

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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S.Peelman (on 27 July 2020)

Animal Crossing is ridiculous. It tramples all over everything; even the likes of Pokemon, Dragon Quest, Monster Hunter, Super Mario Bros. and Final Fantasy, all the Japanese flagship franchises are mere ants to the behemoth that is Animal Crossing.

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Jranation (on 27 July 2020)

The GAP!

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Ljink96 (on 27 July 2020)

Is Animal Crossing NH the best selling game in the history of Japan yet? I know that it has probably surpassed all the Dragon Quests, Final Fantasies, Monster Hunters and Pokemon games (sans gen 1?).

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badskywalker Ljink96 (on 27 July 2020)

Pokemon Red/Blue/Green (maybe yellow?) are the best selling games in japan history at around 10 million I believe. Animal Crossing NH is like 6th I believe, the only games above are Pokemon titles though.

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badskywalker Ljink96 (on 27 July 2020)

Oh yeah, probably the original Mario is also probably ahead of it.

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Original (on 28 July 2020)

Oh wow. Pokemon sword & sheild is still selling like crazy

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