Animal Crossing: New Horizons is pretty successful, if you hadn’t guessed. Especially in Japan, where it has officially sold over six million physical copies as of last week. That’s a huge, huge milestone in Japan – only five games total have sold six million physical copies in the region. The last game to sell six million physical copies there was the 2006 DS title New Super Mario Bros. For a pair of cherries on top, Animal Crossing: New Horizons reached this colossal figure faster than any other game, and it reached the mark when you just count physical copies – there is no telling just how many copies the game has actually sold in Japan once you count the doubtlessly high number of digital sales.
Its the fastest game to reach the milestone too (which makes it the fastest game in japanese history)
AC: HZ: 6m (7 months)
Pokemon G/S: 6m (13 months)
Pokemon R/G/B: 6m (26 months)
NSMB: 6m (4 1/2 years)
Super Mario Bros.: 6m (Unknown, likely around 4 years too)
— Game Data Library (@GameDataLibrary) November 26, 2020
This success is incredible, but still believable given the phenomena that we have witnessed with this game. Releasing right at the onset of a global wave of pandemic-induced lockdowns, Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out with pretty perfect timing from a sales perspective. In several countries, the game’s influence outgrew the world of video games. I saw friends who had never played games grabbing a Switch. It seemed like everyone fell in love with building their own islands – even my own mother finally put down iPhone Monopoly to start her own game. Six million physical copies in Japan is a ton, but given the intoxicating allure of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it probably still has a few more records to break.