Over 11 Million Units Of Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sold In Just 11 Days

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On March 20, Animal Crossing: New Horizons went on sale. The game moved 1.88 million copies in Japan at launch, surpassing the country’s previous biggest-selling Switch hit at launch, Pokémon Sword and Shield. Worldwide, the game was also a smash—a massive one.

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According to Nintendo, there have been 11.77 million units of Animal Crossing: New Horizon sold globally.

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These numbers include the downloadable units and bundles as well. Those numbers also mean that in the game’s first 11 days on sale, over a million copies were sold each day.

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The game has proven a welcome distraction from the global pandemic. It’s a place people can show off their creativity, ingenuity, fandom, and even express themselves politically.

In case you missed it, read Kotaku’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons review right here.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

DISCUSSION

Fieryrebirth
Fieryrebirth

Yeah, like the FF7 original with the PSX getting recognition at the time of its release. FF7:R and this game with the pandemic dropping in and social distancing orders were very timely with these big releases.

Sadly, AC never really appealed to me - I definitely do believe I’m part of the minority here. I found more enjoyment and satisfaction rewarded through merit with Stardew Valley of the genre. I did play New Leaf, and while the premise was quite cute, it failed to hold me.