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As part of its financial results today, Nintendo revealed that Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold over 13.41 million copies in its first six weeks.

New Horizons debuted for Switch on March 20. By March 31 — the date that Nintendo’s latest earnings period ended on — it sold over 11.77 million copies. As you can see, it has been a massive hit, already passing the lifetime 12.55 million copies sold for its predecessor, Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS.

It is already the Switch’s No. 6 best-selling game (if you combine sales for Pokémon Sword and Shield). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sits at the top with a massive 24.77 million copies sold.

The Animal Crossing series has been growing in popularity in recent years, and New Horizons became something of a shared cultural moment when it came out during the current pandemic. It offers players a way to escape social distancing and build up their own virtual community.


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Animal Crossing debuted in 2001 in Japan for Nintendo 64. The U.S. first saw the series with the release of the GameCube version in 2002.


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