Nintendo's FY3/2021 Q1 earnings report is out, and one of the biggest pieces of news is that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has shifted an incredible 22.4 million copies since launch – which, lest we forget, was March – 4 months ago.
To give that some context, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remains the system's biggest-selling game with 26.74 million units sold, but that's been available since 2017 – New Horizons launched this year. In that time, it has overtaken Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (19.99 million), Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (18.60 million) and Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield (18.22 million). Wowzers.
The game has driven Switch hardware sales, too, which are now more than 60 million worldwide. According to Nintendo:
The number of consumers who started playing on Nintendo Switch because of this game continued to increase during the first quarter, from April to June 2020. Of all systems in the Nintendo Switch family that were played for the first time during this period, over half were used to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the first day.
While everybody knew that the title was going to be a commercial hit, these sales figures show just how much Animal Crossing fever has overtaken the video game world – and given that New Horizons hasn't even had its first Christmas yet, we could see that number rise even more by the start of 2021.