Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sells 22 Million Units, Eclipsing Smash Ultimate and Breath of the Wild

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sells 22 Million Units, Eclipsing Smash Ultimate and Breath of the Wild

It's a stunning newfound success for Animal Crossing.

It's been a banner year for Nintendo. The company just published new financial results earlier today, which gives us a new look at just how astonishingly well Animal Crossing: New Horizons has managed to sell.

In total, New Horizons has sold upwards of 22 million units so far, per Nintendo's own report. That's absolutely staggering for a game that launched mere months ago. The only Nintendo Switch game that's shipped more copies to date is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which is sitting pretty at 26 million units sold.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has come from behind to top some storied franchises on the Switch. It's eclipsed the sales of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokemon Sword and Shield, and Super Mario Odyssey, all of which have sold right around 18 million units to date.

Animal Crossing's success on the Switch is pretty unprecedented. Earlier this year in May, New Horizons had crossed the 13 million mark for total worldwide sales, and merely a few weeks after it launched in March, it was already breaking records as one of the fastest-selling Nintendo games ever released.

New Horizons has found success amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Star Wars writer Gary Whitta has been running an in-game talk show for weeks now, featuring guests like Brie Larson (and friend of the site Rebekah Valentine!). One player opened up their island for others to take advantage of their excellent turnip prices, and who should turn up but Elijah Wood himself. Animal Crossing's newfound success is amazing, and it's provided something for us all in a time of uncertainty.

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Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

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