Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Companies like Zoom and Amazon have enjoyed booming business amid the coronavirus lockdowns, but they’re not the only ones. Nintendo launched Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a flagship title for its Switch console, on March 20, just billions of people around the world were encouraged to stay home as much as possible. The result? A lot of bells for Nintendo.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold 13.41 million copies in the past 6 weeks, Nintendo revealed Thursday in a quarterly earnings report. New Horizons had sold over 11 million units by the end of March, the company noted. Switch sales were up 34% from the previous quarter, despite COVID-19 affecting Nintendo’s supply chains.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons vs. previous AC games.
It may sound presumptuous to chalk up New Horizon’s success to global social distancing measures, but Nintendo itself noted that the game drastically outperformed previous titles. Both 2005 DS title Wide World and the 3DS’ New Leaf games sold around 2 million units in their first 6 weeks.
New Horizons brings you to a deserted island, where you’ll work with entrepreneurial racoon Tom Nook to transform it into a paradise. It’s a calming life sim that has you fishing, catching bugs, digging for fossils, selling wares and making the island just the way you want it.
Not only has New Horizon outperformed those games several times over, its 13 million in sales is already greater than the lifetime performance of both Wide World and New Leaf. It’s now the sixth best-selling Switch game of all time, behind Pokemon Sword and Shield’s 17 million. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remains king of the hill at over 24 million sold.