Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a very popular game. Well uh, no duh right? Unless you’re living under a rock with no access to the internet, you’ve come across an Animal Crossing meme or screenshot on at least one of your social media accounts. And really, it’s no wonder given that New Horizon’s is the best-selling entry in Animal Crossing franchise history and was the best-selling game in the US for the month of March — which is especially impressive when you consider that it launched at the end of the month on March 20.
But Tom Nook isn’t done with his achievements just yet. According to the NPD, an American market-research company that has been tracking video game sales in the US since 1995, in addition to blowing away the sales chart in March, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the third highest-selling game in the first month of launch by Nintendo ever. It’s also the second best selling game of 2020 behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, despite no digital data being available for Nintendo software.
The only games two games to beat Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s historic US launch month numbers are Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) and Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii). At this rate New Horizon’s could very well go on to become the best selling Switch game of all-time.
You could say that New Horizon’s launched at the perfect time. With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing and the economy showing no signs of being “restarted” in late March, most people were stuck indoors, many had lost their jobs, and everyone was feeling frustrated, upset, and looking for something to help them shed some stress. What could be better at helping you relax than Animal Crossing: New Horizons? The game is delightfully charming and a welcome distraction from the troubles we’re all facing.
Nintendo is likely aware of the relief their game is providing many people out there and as such has done as truly exceptional job of providing fun new content and exciting updates to the game. With the latest introducing new merchants, an expanded museum, the Nature Day seasonal event, and much more. It arrives tomorrow, April 23.
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