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Animal Crossing: New Horizons ‘is now the best-selling game of all time in Japan’

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now the best-selling video game of all time in Japan.

This is according to Game data library, a website that collects Japanese sales data. According to the site, New Horizons has now sold 10.45 million copies in Japan, surpassing the long-time record held by the original Pokémon Game Boy titles Red and Green (10.23m).

Nintendo Switch title Animal Crossing has achieved the feat despite being released just two years ago. Three of the other four titles in Japan’s top 5 were released more than 20 years ago (including Pokemon Gold & Silver, Super Mario Bros.).

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The fifth best selling game in Japan is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which was released for Nintendo Switch in 2018. In total, six Switch games make the top 20, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Pokémon Sword and Shield, Splatoon 2, and Splatoon 3. .

According to Nintendo’s latest sales numbers released this week, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold 40.17 million copies worldwide as of September 30, 2022. This suggests that more than 35% of Switch users have purchased the game.

On Switch, only Mario Kart 8: Deluxe has outsold Animal Crossing with 48.1 million copies sold.

New Horizons has more than tripled the cumulative lifetime sales of 12 million for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which was the previous best-selling entry in the series.

Nintendo previously stated that there was a large proportion of digital sales for New Horizons in various regions at launch, with an average of 50% in Japan, the US and Europe.

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Speaking in 2020, Animal Crossing series lead Hisashi Nogami and New Horizons director Aya Kyogoku discussed the history and future of the franchise during an online chat for the Developer Conference d ‘Computer Entertainment of Japan (CEDEC).

In the wide-ranging presentation, Kyogoku told attendees that the key to the series’ 20-year popularity was its ability to make each installment sufficiently different from the last, while still retaining the core appeal of the series. series

“While that’s the real joy of developing a series, it’s also the hardest part,” he said, adding that the development team had realized over the years that the Animal Crossing series “doesn’t can remain unchanged.”


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