Putting 31 million Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales in context


Nintendo’s latest earnings report contained plenty of good news for the company, including the revelation that the Nintendo Switch has now sold nearly 80 million units worldwide. Even more eye-popping, though, is the news that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has surpassed 31 million sales as of December 31, less than 10 months after its release last March.
We’ve written a number of times on why Animal Crossing‘s chill, landscape-tending gameplay lends itself perfectly to our current stuck-inside-amid-a-pandemic moment. But these new sales numbers show just how much of a phenomenon the latest title has been in driving Nintendo’s recent success.

To show just how incredible it is for an Animal Crossing game to sell 31 million copies, we’ve gathered some relevant statistics to help put that massive number into context:

31.18 million: Sales for Animal Crossing: New Horizons through December 31, 2020

  • 11.77 million: Number of those sales that came in the game’s first 12 days on the market in March 2020.
  • 31.38 million: Lifetime sales for Pokemon Red/Green/Blue on the Game Boy.
  • 30.8 million: Lifetime sales for New Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo DS.
  • 35.12 million: Total combined sales for all previous Animal Crossing console games.
    • Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (Wii U, 2015): 490K
    • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS, 2015): 3.47M
    • Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS, 2012): 12.82M
    • Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii, 2008): 4.32M
    • Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS, 2005): 11.75M
    • Animal Crossing (GameCube, 2001): 2.27M

Vs. Nintendo hardware share

39%: Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales as a percentage of total Nintendo Switch sales. (31.18M / 79.87M)

  • 16.9%: Animal Crossing: New Leaf sales as a percentage of total Nintendo 3DS sales (12.82M / 75.94M)
  • 10.4%: Animal Crossing sales as a percentage of total GameCube sales (2.27M / 21.74M)
  • 7.6%: Animal Crossing: Wild World sales as a percentage of total Nintendo DS sales (11.75M / 154.02M)
  • 4.3%: Animal Crossing: City Folk sales as a percentage of total Wii sales (4.32M / 101.63M)
  • 3.6%: Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival sales as a percentage of total Wii U sales (0.49M / 13.56M)

Vs. other Nintendo best-sellers

39%: Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales as a percentage of total Nintendo Switch sales. (31.18M / 79.87M)

  • 41.8%: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sales as a percentage of total Switch sales (33.41M / 79.87M)
  • 39.7%: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sales as a percentage of total Wii U sales (5.38M / 13.56M)
  • 36.7%: Mario Kart Wii sales as a percentage of total Wii sales (37.48M / 101.63M)
  • 34.1%: Super Smash Bros. Melee sales as a percentage of total GameCube sales. (7.41M / 21.74M)
  • 29.9%: Mario Kart 64 sales as a percentage of total N64 sales. (9.87M / 32.93M)
  • 29.1%: Super Mario Bros. 3 sales as a percentage of total NES sales (18M / 61.91M)
  • 24.9%: Mario Kart 7 sales as a percentage of total Nintendo 3DS sales (18.92M / 75.94M)
  • 21.5%: Super Mario All-Stars sales as a percentage of total SNES sales. (10.55M / 49.1M)
  • 19.9%: New Super Mario Bros. sales as a percentage of total Nintendo DS sales (30.8M / 154.02M)

Vs. quick-selling first-year video games

31.18 million: Sales for Animal Crossing: New Horizons in about 9.5 months (approx. 3.28M / month)

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