Nintendo president: Animal Crossing: New Horizons already surpassed lifetime sales predictions, 50% digital
Nintendo revealed some massive sales figures for Animal Crossing: New Horizons this week. Through March 31, the game sold 11.77 million copies. It’s also sold a total of 13.41 million units over six weeks.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold even better than Nintendo expected. During the Q&A portion of the company’s financial results call this week, president Shuntaro Furukawa mentioned the following (translated by our own Oni Dino):
“The initial sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons have greatly exceeded our expectations. We were targeting the current sales numbers for the game’s lifetime considering fans have been waiting such a long time for this game, but it all happened at a much faster rate than we anticipated.”
Furukawa also stated that the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons had a big effect on increased digital sales. “Throughout Japan, USA and Europe, about 50% of the players at present who’ve bought the game have gone with the digital version,” he said.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is already one of the best-selling Switch games of all time despite being out for less than two months. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Pokemon Sword/Shield are the only titles that have sold more. We have the latest look at Nintendo million sellers on Switch here.