Animal Crossing Powers Nintendo to Record Switch Sales in Japan

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is on its way to becoming one of the best-selling video games of all time in Japan, according to sales figures published by Famitsu. The game managed to sell 1.88 million physical copies in its first three days on the local Nintendo market, a much larger number than any other Switch game or Animal crossing title to date. Famitsu it does not track digital sales, so the actual total will be significantly higher.

The launch of the game also propelled Switch hardware sales to new heights, despite Nintendo's previous warning that the coronavirus pandemic would affect hardware production and shipments. More than 392,000 consoles were sold in Japan last week, the highest total in seven days for the Switch, and that means it is now selling more than the Wii in Japan. (However, the Switch is still far behind the Wii in global sales: the last official total was 52.48 million units sold worldwide at the end of 2019, while the Wii reached 101.63 million in its lifespan) .

Hardware sales were undoubtedly helped by the launch of two new variants: the Animal crossingbranded and the Coral Pink Lite switch. According to Switch, the cheapest, portable-only Switch Lite accounted for about 70 percent of all Switch sales last week. FamitsuThe data.

New Horizons it's a relaxing adventure that takes you to move to a desert island and hang out with your animal friends (or IRL friends), making it perhaps especially suited to the challenging situation of COVID-19 right now. "We have been planning this release for quite some time, so it is unfortunate that this moment overlaps with what is currently happening in the world," said producer Hisashi Nogami. The edge. “I am very discouraged and saddened by the events taking place around the world. Considering the moment, we hope that many of the Animal crossing fans will use this as an escape, so they can enjoy themselves during this difficult time. "

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