Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold an estimated five million digital copies in its first month

That’s a whole lot of turnips for Nintendo

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is doing gangbusters numbers. Just one look at social media is enough to showcase the amazing success of Nintendo’s cutesy social sim. In fact, in terms of digital sales, New Horizons has had the most successful first month of any video game in history

According to the number-crunchers over at SuperData, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold an estimated five million digital copies in its launch month of March. This would not only make it the best-selling console game of the month, but also takes the record for best first-month digital sales for a console game, beating out previous record-holder Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

Obviously, New Horizons released under particularly grim circumstances, as the ongoing COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic has seen stores shut their doors and a global community ordered to stay at home. This undoubtedly is part of the reason why the title has had such a huge sales spike in regards to its digital release. But regardless, it’s clear that New Horizons would have seen the same phenomenal success under normal circumstances, even though the ratio of physical-to-digital sales might read differently.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available now on Nintendo Switch.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold an estimated 5m digital units [GamesIndustry.biz]

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