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    Animal Crossing: New Horizons hasn't even been out for a full week, yet the game is already setting records. Japanese magazine Famitsu and sales tracker Media Crate have reported their preliminary sales results for the latest entry into the Animal Crossing series, claiming that the game sold over 1.88 million physical copies alone, in its first three days on the market. Included in that figure is the standalone game itself, pre-order cards, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch bundles that were sold on store shelves in Japan. In the UK, the game had just as much success, surpassing launch sales for all previous Animal Crossing games, combined. For comparison, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate managed 1.2 million sales in its first three days in Japan, while New Horizons sold 3.5 times more than its predecessor New Leaf. It also has the highest launch sales of any Switch game, technically, beating out Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield, though not outperforming both Pokemon titles when combined together.

    Considering the unreported digital sales numbers, it's easy to guess that the true sales for the game are even more impressive, especially with the advent of COVID-19 occurring worldwide, pushing consumers to refrain from getting physical media at this time. Sales of Nintendo Switch systems are also up, pushing the hardware numbers up to 392,576 units shifted this week, which is more sales than the console's launch week in March 2017 (~330,000).

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  3. x65943

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    People I know from college and highschool, who as far as I understood didn't even like Nintendo, have been posting about the game all over social media.

    It's been wild. I think the timing of the virus with the the school closures, countrywide shutdowns and mandatory quarantine have really left people itching for something to occupy their time.
     
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    It deserves the sales but pls can everyone also purchase doom eternal it really is a bloody good shooter
     
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    Animal Crossing!!!

    That's all I gotta say.
     
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    Yikes. Game of the year applicant. Move over Breath of the wild. :blink:
     
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    This game deserve to surpass pokemon sales
     
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    My girlfriend, who has never played an Animal Crossing game in her life, saw me playing this game after she bought it for me as a gift and also something to do while I was recovering the flu. She decided to give it a try and she now owns a copy of her own and surpassed me in how much progress she has made. This is a pretty amazing game and I am glad it's getting so much love. My entire feed on Facebook and Twitter is just Animal Crossing, some Doom Eternal (mostly mixed with Animal Crossing memes,) and covid-19 memes.
     
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    It's the perfect game for an imperfect time.
     
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    I got the game. Brings back memories from when I first played New Leaf :shy:
     
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    Glad to see the series doing so well.
     
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    Wow. Just wow.
     
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    "Get Together"
     
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    For some reason it kept translating as "This is cool"
    Thanks for replying.
     
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    The release window was flawless honestly.
     
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    Meanwhile...

     
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    Most of the world is encouraging social distancing, and so they go to a game where social get-togethers is king.
     
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    "GATHER!" or "ASSEMBLE!"
    sorry i didnt see it's been answered already.
     
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