Believe it or not, but downloads for Nintendo's mobile offering Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp have risen by 150% since the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It's gone from receiving 520,000 installs last month to a whopping 1.3 million as of March 21st. On the revenue front, it's experienced its best day since the start of the month, generating $253,000 in terms of player spending.
While this might seem a bit odd at first, it's not all that surprising when you consider Nintendo has been promoting a special crossover event that allows players to receive a special set of items in New Horizons if they redeem a code from Pocket Camp on the Switch eShop.
As for New Horizons, it's smashed it out of the park with a tremendous first week in the UK. Meanwhile, over in Japan, it's become the biggest launch for a Switch game ever. You can read more about how to get Pocket Camp items in New Horizons in our guide. Have you reinstalled Animal Crossing on mobile to claim these items? Leave a comment below.
I logged back in and updated just for the items in ACNH and plan to resume never touching this joke again. It's just such a watered down experience by comparison...
I appreciated the items in New Horizons...even if they aren't amazing. Gotta hoard that furniture!
I redownloaded it but remembered it’s a typical mobile game quite repetitive and boring so deleted it again
On top of the promotional material, it makes sense that among all the hooplah regarding NH, those who don't want (or can't afford) a Switch at the moment might look towards something that's, ultimately, a Lite version of Animal Crossing.
Personally, the release of NH was the final [much anticipated] push for me to delete PC off my phone. Though I'm not above re-downloading it if there's any more cross-game promotions.
Downloaded, got the code, deleted
Let's make that money Nintendo!
I got this game on my phone but I couldn't get into it, and I have really gotten into New Horizons already.
The first Doubutsu no Mori for the N64 played a big part in cementing the "debt repayment" genre in Japan.
A by now well established game genre, that helps exhausted and stressed out people with towering mortgages and punishing high interest bank loans to relax and visualize the long term rewards of their day to day toils.
Now, we celebrate it when the franchise puts people in debt via their pocket sized stress dispensers.
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