Physical Sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons Surpass Mario Kart 8 As Best-Selling Game For The Nintendo Switch in Japan

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has now surpassed Mario Kart 8 as the best-selling Nintendo Switch game in Japan.

It’s no secret that Animal Crossing is huge right now. You can chalk it up to New Horizons being the hotly anticipated Switch version of the smash-hit franchise of talking animal people, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic probably helped sales a bit too. With more folks stuck at home with nothing better to do, video games are seen as the perfect pastime as we all wait for the quarantine to lift.

We don’t have the global numbers for New Horizons yet, but we do have the Japanese sales figures. In the first week, New Horizons sold 1.8 million copies to make it the fastest-selling Switch game ever. In ten days, the game sold over 2.5 million copies in Japan.

Now the latest figures from Famitsu (courtesy of Reset Era) confirm that New Horizons has now surpassed 3 million copies, giving it the top spot in terms of total physical Switch sales in Japan and surpassing Mario Kart 8 (which sold a mere 2.85 million copies).

Keep in mind that this total doesn’t include the rest of the world, which is just as gaga over Animal Crossing as Japan is. Perhaps even more so.

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