Animal Crossing: Wild World on the Nintendo DS is no longer the best-selling title in the lifestyle simulation series. Despite there being far less 3DS systems in the wild compared to the Nintendo DS, the odds have been defied.

As of Nintendo’s latest financial report, Animal Crossing: New Leaf for 3DS has sold 11.78 million units worldwide - surpassing the 11.75 million total units sold for Animal Crossing: Wild World on the DS. This figure combines the original New Leaf sales and the updated 'Welcome amiibo' version.

In terms of its overall success on the 3DS, New Leaf is the seventh highest-selling title on the device, with Mario Kart 7 at the top shifting a total of 17.21 million units. This illustrates just how popular the Animal Crossing series has become worldwide. It's easily one of Nintendo’s most successful modern IP. With sales like this, it’s only a matter of time until the next iteration of Animal Crossing is announced. 

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[via gamesindustry.biz]