After more than 25 years, the record for the best-selling game in Japanese history has been broken by a Nintendo Switch-exclusive title. Animal Crossing: New Horizons reached the mark of 10.45 million units sold in the Asian country. This number surpasses Pokemon Red/Green/Bluereleased for the Game Boy in 1996. In other words, this top will be hard to change anytime soon.
After Nintendo released its financial report for the period from April to September 2023, the company confirmed that the companion and collecting game sold 40.17 million units worldwide. Japan secured a big slice of that pie, taking the latest title in the franchise. Animal Crossing home to over 10 million players.
In this way, the work surpassed the sales of the first generation of pocket monsters on the Game Boy by just over 200,000 copies. Who confirmed the information was the page Game Data Librarywhich compiles sales data in Japan.
In addition to the massive popularity of Big N’s hybrid console, one of the factors that we can point to for the success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons (has Special at the technoblog) is the recent Covid-19 pandemic.
By offering casual gameplay focused on making friends, the title developed by Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development brought a lot of comfort during the quarantine days. As a result, millions of people spent their time on stylish islands filled with curious locals.
Now, it is quite difficult to imagine any game that would dare to dethrone Tom Nook and company. That’s because most productions in the top 20 consist of games released many years ago.
Nintendo continues to dominate Japan
Just look at the list of the 20 best-selling games in Japanese history and it’s easy to understand which company dominates the software market there. Just to illustrate, there are 19 titles exclusive to Nintendo consoles and only one released for another system. In that case, the Monster Hunter Freedom 3 of PlayStation Portable, released in 2010.
If we wanted to kick some name that could take the top spot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the future, I could try to put Splatoon 3. The multiplayer hit stores in September 2023 and has sold 5.10 million units in Japan.
However, the popularity of inklings would need to grow even more, something I don’t believe can happen to the point of surpassing names like pokemon or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
As the Switch is still set to splurge through the year 2023, it wouldn’t be a surprise if more platform exclusives made it to this list.
With information: Nintendo Life.