Recent sales data provided by Famitsu officially concerns that, just a few months following its initial release, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has already claimed the title of “best selling Switch game of all time” in Japan. The island life simulator has sold 4.3 million copies in Japan, beating out Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s lifetime total of 3.7 million units.
In April alone, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold approximately 1.3 million copies in Japan. It significantly beat out fellow new release Final Fantasy VII Remake, which did not reach 1 million units during the month.
Once again, Animal Crossing catapulted Nintendo to the top of the heap – the developer claimed the “best selling publisher” title for the 5th consecutive month. It sold just under two million games (and handily reaches two million if it is combined with the sales achieved by The Pokemon Company, which Japan counts as a separate entity.) Financial and business analysts estimate that four out of every five Nintendo games sold in April were copies of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Square Enix, which released the remake of Final Fantasy VII as well as fellow beloved classic title Trials of Mana, earned a comfortable second place. Coming in at a distant third was Capcom, which sold only 300,000 units during the month despite the positive press and ongoing popularity enjoyed by the remake of Resident Evil 3 (known as Biohazard 3 in Japan).
Sales of Nintendo’s hardware also continued to go well, with the COVID-19 pandemic encouraging more and more people around the world to purchase consoles for gaming at home. The Nintendo Switch has experienced shortages around the world as retailer after retailer sells out of available units.
Congratulations to Animal Crossing: New Horizons for setting such an amazing record in such a short time! Hopefully, the game will keep on busting records as people around the world connect with friends and family on their beautiful tropical islands!