Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The statistic we've all been waiting for has finally arrived, as Nintendo delivers the first official sales update for the mighty Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The company has just released its fiscal year earnings report, providing an updated list of software sales that are correct as of 31st March 2020. Up until that date, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 11.77 million copies; its launch date of 20th March means that it achieved that success in just 12 days. Nintendo says that the launch "is now the best start ever for a Nintendo Switch title".

While official figures place the game at 11.77 million, owing to Nintendo's data only covering up until 31st March, a chart released by the company as part of its Financial Results Explanatory Material guide also provides a hint at the game's sales beyond those opening days.

The image below shows a chart which compares New Horizons to past games in the series, noting the wild difference in sales. As you can see, Nintendo says that in its first six weeks, New Horizons has actually sold 13.41 million copies, already outselling both Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Pokémon Sword and Shield also had a tremendously strong time on the market, posting sales of 17.37 million units throughout the year. Nintendo says that "sales also continued to grow steadily for popular titles released in previous fiscal years and for titles from other software publishers".

Were you expecting those sorts of figures for Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Here's where it now sits in Switch's best-seller list.

[source nintendo.co.jp]