May 19, 2022

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch’s Biggest Launch Sales

What more can we say? Animal Crossing: New Horizons is, without a doubt, a foregone success. Managing to topple even the Mega-Powers of Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was, undoubtedly, always going to move a lot of units.

However, the sheer scale of New Horizons‘ sales figures is truly something to behold. Despite launching the same day as Bethesda’s cross-platform Doom: Eternal, New Horizons managed to sell triple the number of physical copies.

In fact, New Horizons is Nintendo Switch’s second-biggest launch ever, behind only Pokémon Sword/Shield. The notable exception here is that both editions of Pokémon are counted as one entity.

However, if you treat them as two separate games, New Horizons is actually the best-selling Nintendo Switch release.

GamesIndustry.biz even noted how New Horizons managed to achieve a near-impossibility: it sold more copies than all other Animal Crossing games combined.

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Again, this is only taking physical sales into consideration. The story might be different in terms of digital sales – especially for Doom Eternal.


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