Animal Crossing: New Horizons sells more than 3.6 million copies in Japan alone

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

It’s no secret that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become something of a phenomenon. And just to drive home the point, the game has sold like gangbusters in Japan with no signs of slowing down.

That’s according to the latest Famitsu sales data for the week of April 13-19. The game sold nearly 300,000 units for the week, lifting its lifetime sales to over 3.6 million in Japan. By comparison, the second-place game – Final Fantasy VII Remake – sold just over 70,000 units for the week.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [Switch] Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo, 03/20/20) – 286,586 (3,611,246)
  2. [PS4] Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix, 04/10/20) – 70,652 (773,505)
  3. [Switch] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 13,313 (2,882,585)
  4. [PS4] Resident Evil 3 (Z Version Included) (Capcom, 04/03/20) – 12,247 (236,435)
  5. [Switch] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 9,034 (3,655,868)
  6. [PS4] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (Bandai Namco, 03/26/20) – 8,682 (116,217)
  7. [Switch] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (Bandai Namco, 03/26/20) – 8,080 (98,912)
  8. [Switch] Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 8,005 (1,406,903)
  9. [Switch] Pokemon Sword / Shield (The Pokemon Company, 11/15/19) – 7,915 (3,570,493)
  10. [Switch] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 7,154 (1,356,230)

As you can see, the Nintendo Switch dominated the software charts. But as far as hardware sales go, the PS4 actually managed to come out on top. Of course, the Switch and Switch Lite have already sold over 13 million units in the country. Its room for growth is going to be tested.

Hardware Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. PlayStation 4 – 23,606 (7,552,635)
  2. Switch – 19,273 (11,167,569)
  3. PlayStation 4 Pro – 10,894 (1,498,788)
  4. Switch Lite – 8,601 (2,124,042)
  5. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 1,457 (1,708,351)
  6. New 3DS LL – 114 (5,887,104)
  7. Xbox One X – 31 (93,147)
  8. Xbox One S – 22 (19,639)

As for New Horizons, it has spawned everything from Switch skins and decals to controllers. And our own Jason Macor calls the game a much-needed, pleasant distraction. Apparently, he’s not alone in that assessment.

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