dark        

Animal Crossing: New Horizons breaks European record for fastest-selling title in Nintendo history

0

And this is the greatest screenshot in Nintendo history

Nintendo has proudly announced that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has had better first-year sales in Europe than any release in the company's storied history. The news of this record-breaking milestone comes just a few days shy of the cute social sim's first anniversary.

Since its release on March 20, 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold over seven million copies in Europe, with the incredible number taking into account both physical and digital sales. The figure is a healthy chunk of New Horizons' global sales, which ranked around the 32 million mark as of Nintendo's December 2020 financial report. Nintendo has gone on record as stating that the title is responsible for a huge increase in Switch hardware sales. Whether Isabelle and chums will surpass Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the best-selling Switch release ever, (around 33.4 million copies and counting), remains to be seen.

"We’re truly grateful that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been embraced by so many players across Europe," said Stephan Bole, president of Nintendo Europe in a statement posted by VGC. "Animal Crossing has long been a popular franchise in Europe, and its continued growth is due to the love of our fans for this unique series."

While Animal Crossing: New Horizons was already a highly anticipated release for a very popular gaming franchise, its comfortable and relaxing atmosphere also provided something of a haven for many players against the backdrop of 2020's darker days. The upcoming anniversary is to be celebrated via the arrival of several fun in-game items, while the incoming spring update will see the return of mischievous, egg-hiding bunny Zipper.

You are logged out. Login | Sign up

 
 
 

TwitterRedditEmailFacebook
 
Chris Moyse
Chris MoyseSenior Editor   gamer profile

Chris has been playing video games since video games began... still terrible at them. Former Saturday Night Slam Master, rambles nostalgically like Abe Simpson. I ain't here to fight, so let's no... more + disclosures


 


 


Also on Destructoid: Animal Crossing: New Horizons   (83)   From our database:

  • Nintendo just updated their 'Ninten Island' in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, here's the code - Chris Carter
  • New Pokemon Snap beats out Returnal in this week's UK Charts - Chris Moyse
  • NieR Replicant debuts in the top spot of the UK Charts - Chris Moyse
  • Sexy, sexy Hades sweeps up at the DICE Awards 2021 - Chris Moyse
  • Cyberpunk 2077's clunky console port is back in the Top Ten - Chris Moyse
  • A year later, you still can't keep Animal Crossing: New Horizons away from the top of the UK Charts - Chris Moyse
  • FIFA 21 surpasses Outriders to return to the top of the UK Charts - Chris Moyse
  • UK Charts: Super Mario 3D All-Stars sales spike 276% ahead of store removal - Chris Moyse
  • April 4: Zipper is coming to get ya in Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Chris Moyse
  • More related stories
    Filed under... #Animal Crossing #cute! #Europe #Money #Nintendo Switch

    READER COMMENTS LOADING BELOW...


    LET'S KEEP THE COMMUNITY GREAT


    You're not expected to always agree, but do please keep cool and never make it personal. Report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community team. Also, on the right side of a comment you can flag nasty comments anonymously (we ban users dishing bad karma). For everything else, contact us!



     
     
  •