Animal Crossing is the highest-grossing game of all time in Japan

It’s more successful than Splatoon. It is more popular than Monster Hunter. It has sold more times than Pokemon. ‘s latest submission “Animal Crossing” Seriesthat bears the name New Horizons is now that best selling game in Japan. Overall, the island adventure in Nintendo’s Asian home market is more than 10.45 million times went over the counter and overtook the once number one Pokemon Red, Green and Blue. Released for the GameBoy in 1996, the game has sold approximately 10.23 million copies to date. The success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, not only in Japanshouldn’t come as a big surprise: the game was well received by both the trade press and the fans more than just positive Hospitalized. And the release date was exactly in the Weddings of the Covid-19 pandemicwhile everyone else was sitting on the couch at home.

Almost all games in the top 20 are from Nintendo

According to the Game Data Library, which focuses mainly on game sales from Japan, the top 20 best-selling games of all time in Japan are almost exclusively Nintendo titles. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, after all, this is also the homeland of the Mario Group.


But it’s still impressive: in addition to a total of seven Pokemon generations, the original Super Mario Bros. from 1985 with 6.8 million sales and newer titles like Splatoon 3, which also did very well in our test, represented with 5 million sales.

The only games that aren’t from the Japanese console maker are Capcom’s Monster Hunter Freedom 3 (#12) and Square Enix’ Dragon Quest IX (#20).

Animal Crossing support continues

Although New Horizons is now almost two years old, it should come as no surprise that Nintendo continues to provide the game with updates. The sales figures outside Japan are also more than impressive:

The latest offshoot of Tom Nook’s exploiter simulation is one of the most successful games of all time and is the best-selling game on Nintendo Switch after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Worldwide, almost 40 million units have been sold to date.

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