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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Secures Second in the UK Charts, Again

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

A fine performance from the 3DS exclusive

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is hot stuff right now, earning Nintendo plenty of Bells as it continues to attract gamers and cause obsessions over fossils, tree shaking and the latest cool hats available to buy. It's not often a title as quirky and twee as New Leaf sells in big numbers and engages gamers of all persuasions, so it's certainly something to celebrate.

The latest UK all-format software chart is out, and New Leaf is once again in second place behind PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us, hardly a surprise considering that title's critical acclaim and the larger PS3 userbase. New Leaf itself has also been widely acclaimed, of course, and it's relatively rare for a 3DS exclusive to stay in such a high position for more than one week.

Beyond New Leaf, Luigi's Mansion 2 has slipped out of the top ten to 11th place, while Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D sits in 17th place. In the rest of the top 40 we have LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins in 24th place, while New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity are hanging on in 34th and 40th places respectively. As for Wii U games, we all know the score, but games are coming.

It's another impressive showing for New Leaf, in any case, which is also good news for the overall performance of the 3DS in the UK.


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User Comments (23)



Peach64 said:

Pretty much everyone on my friend list, and every street pass I receive is playing this



andrewmated said:

While I'm glad it happens, I don't believe a game with great reviews are always guaranteed great retail sales. Great games like Beyond Good and Evil, Okami, Psychonauts and others were blessed with really high reviews but plagued with poor sales when they first came out. (Ironically, all three of these games received HD re-releases this generation.) I'm glad Animal Crossing is doing so well, but great review scores do not always equal superior sales.



6ch6ris6 said:

i dont understand why you almost never put up the chart in these articels. would be way easier to see what game is on what place than having to read the entire articel.
yes i know the source has some sort of chart. why not paste it here too?



Zup said:

Wow... looking at these comments I feel really alone. None of my 3 friends play animal crossing and I've only ever gotten a single streetpass from someone I didn't know. As a result my streetpass mii plaza is pretty incomplete.



Beta said:

Awww... But you still didn't count my copy from today, I'm sure this was the copy that held it back from first place XD



S7eventhHeaven said:

is nintendo a bit on the stupid side should have ported this and upscaled the graphics to wii-u aswel.



manu0 said:

It would be great if NL could report on other European software sales as well..only reporting about the UK charts make the 3DS and Wii U look worse in Europe than it actually is...



S7eventhHeaven said:

how is it stupid releasing great games to another nintendo console instead of waiting till next year to build reputation back. i just meant they have great 3ds games and are obviously putting everything they have into the 3ds when their wii-u is struggling and losing potential customers here there and everywhere. if new leaf was on wii-u aswel it would sell wii-u consoles



bahooney said:

@S7eventhHeaven I'm pretty sure it's not as simple as totally shifting development from the 3DS iteration and plopping a ROM on the Wii U. If they were to take EVERYTHING: all the assets (probably thousands, including all the furniture, villagers, and objects, fish, bugs, fruit) and upscale them, it would take /sooooo/ much time. Would it sell Wii U units? Most likely. Are they developing a Wii U Animal Crossing? Without a doubt. However, this game needed to happen for the 3DS, it was promised to consumers three years ago, and literally /everyone/ would be angry if they decided to shift it to the Wii U. So don't worry. It's a fantastic little game that is just right for the 3DS. But in due time, you'll get your HD Animal Crossing.



Hunter-D said:

I'm not kidding. Every where I go I see this game being played or spoken about, also sometimes at night around 15-20 are online playing Animal Crossing. Great to see it doing well.



WYLD-WOO said:

Good to see my beloved Nintendo doing well in the charts even if this game is not for me. Everyone is going mental on facebook and social sites for this game. Since the 14th I have never seen so many people leaving their phone in the pocket and pulling their 3DS out. From the trains and buses to the playground.



paperskyx said:

I am not surprised to see the success of this game. It's loads better than previous versions while still keeping that same, familiar charm. I look forward to playing it everyday.



Peach64 said:

NLife aren't favouring the UK users, it's just very easy to get the chart info for the UK every week. In other regions it might not get released.



Plutonian said:

This is my first Animal Crossing and I'm loving it. I find myself constantly wanting to collect new specimens and fossils to build my museum collection, and earn bells to improve my town and pick up new items. Great game, great depth and humor, it's superb.



Lalivero said:

Pretty much 85% of my friends list have been/are playing this at any given time, haha, myself included. Incredibly addictive.



ricklongo said:

I'm catching up on the many Wii games I missed out on my Wii U, which is the one reason I haven't gotten Animal Crossing: New Leaf yet. Never played a title in the franchise, and now I'm positively intrigued by it.

I should get it early next month and see what the fuss is all about.

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