Animal Crossing sees record-breaking sales, debuts at top of UK Charts

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I don’t think anyone wasn’t expecting Nintendo’s colourful communal title Animal Crossing: New Horizons to be a success, but the reality is even more surprising, as the long-awaited Switch release is absolutely killing it in sales, debuting at number one in the UK charts.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, in terms of physical boxed sales, New Horizons has sold more copies in its first week of launch than the launch sales of all previous Animal Crossing-branded games combined. New Horizons is also the biggest launch game in Nintendo Switch history (if you don’t combine the sales of both Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield as one release).

Here in the U.K., this success has seen New Horizons debut at the top of the UK Charts, leading the Top Ten’s first major shakeup in months. New Horizons is followed by another new entry, Bethesda’s gut-churning Doom Eternal, which also burst onto the scene, ultimately landing at number two.

Activision’s Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled also re-entered the Top Ten at numbers seven and nine respectively. Microsoft race Forza Horizon 4 appears at number eight, while Take 2’s wild-west sequel Red Dead Redemption 2 moseyed back into town at number ten. Last week’s number one, Sony’s Nioh 2, has already left the Top Ten, as has Nintendo’s Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX.

U.K. video game sales chart w/e: March 21, 2020
(Chart reflects in-store physical sales only)

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Nintendo
2. Doom Eternal – Bethesda
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Activision
4. FIFA 20 – Electronic Arts
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
6.
Grand Theft Auto V – Take 2
7. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
– Activision
8. Forza Horizon 4 – Microsoft
9. Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled – Activision
10. Red Dead Redemption 2 – Take 2

U.K. video game charts [GamesIndustry.biz]

Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.