Animal Crossing: New Horizons tops Japanese download charts


The Japanese download charts for Nintendo Switch and 3DS for the period between April 23 to 29, 2020 have been released. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has unsurprisingly topped the Nintendo Switch download chart. With the latest in-game even, May Day, and more content updates on the way, this probably won’t change anytime soon.

Final Fantasy VII is second in the Switch Japanese download charts. Consumers are probably purchasing the game as a way to replay the original version in the wake of the remake’s release. Plenty of people could be playing it for the first time as well. In total, Square Enix has four games in the top 10 most-dowloaded games chart for Nintendo Switch, with their latest release, Trials of Mana, in third place.

With a lack of Ring Fit Adventure supplies, it seems Japanese Switch players may be resorting to Fitness Boxing to stay healthy during lockdown. The only other game of note is Human: Fall Flat. The game has just received an update that brings a new thermal level, with unknown mechanics and hidden secrets too. Human: Fall Flat is in 10th place in the chart, and this update only launched yesterday. It’s possible that anticipation of the update, which has been available on PC for some time, drove some sales.

The top 10 most downloaded games for Nintendo Switch in Japan between April 23-29, 2020 were as follows, per Japanese Nintendo:

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  2. Final Fantasy VII
  3. Trials of Mana
  4. Oomori Charisou DX
  5. Final Fantasy IX
  6. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
  7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  8. Fitness Boxing
  9. Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition
  10. Human: Fall Flat

It seems as though the success of Animal Crossing isn’t only restricted to Nintendo Switch though. In the 3DS chart, Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome Amiibo was the most downloaded game. This version of the game is notably amiibo-compatible. The rest of the chart doesn’t show anything that surprising considering how old the 3DS family of consoles now is.

The top 10 most downloaded games for the 3DS in Japan between April 23-29, 2020 were as follows, also per Japanese Nintendo:

  1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo
  2. Eyeresh for Nintendo 3DS
  3. Dragon Quest III
  4. Biker Rider DX
  5. Dragon Quest II
  6. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
  7. Pokémon Crystal
  8. Dragon Quest
  9. Monster Hunter XX
  10. Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou


Jamie Sharp
Started out playing Metroid 2 on the GameBoy at around 5 years-old, and now I write about games all day long. Can't play Switch and drive, I've tried. As time goes on the Switch is quickly becoming my favourite console of all time.

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