Yesterday we brought you the news that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the second fastest selling Switch game in the United Kingdom (just behind the duo that was Pokémon Sword & Shield). Now, we have some data from Japan via Famitsu, and it paints a similarly successful picture.

As Alex Aniel (@cvxfreak on Twitter) reports, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 1,880,626 copies in Japan during its first weekend on sale, setting a new record for both the franchise and the Nintendo Switch in general. For comparison, Pokémon Sword & Shield moved 1,364,544 retail copies during its first three days on sale in the region.

Not only that but Animal Crossing’s arrival has also given the Switch hardware a massive sales boost, with 392,576 units being moved over the weekend – more than what was sold during the Switch’s launch period!

We’re sure to see even more stories of Animal Crossing’s success in the coming days, and we’ll be sure to let you know how the North American launch went as soon as Nintendo shares the details!
 

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