No other games novelty has sold so well in 2020: Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales are reaching new record levels.
Update of January 18, 2021: For the first time, a Switch Exclusive title has managed to skip the 1 million copies sold in Germany: According to GfK measurements, there is now a seven-digit number of Animal Crossing: New Horizon items. Between May and December 2020, at least 500,000 buyers were added.
Update of August 6, 2020: The fact that Nintendo Switch sales almost tripled between April and June 2020 compared to the same period last year is, of course, also due to the Corona pandemic and the associated lockdown.
But "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" also fueled the high demand: Of the 22.4 million units, 10.6 million copies were produced in the second quarter of 2020 alone. This is clear from Nintendo's business figures released today.
Update of June 15, 2020: Another Nintendo Switch game breaks the half-million-piece mark: According to data from the industry association Game, the "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" sales figures are now beyond 500,000 units in Germany. This also includes download sales.
The build-up game has been on the market since 20 March 2020.
"Animal Crossing: New Horizons" is also fueling demand for Switch consoles, which has led to retail sales. As a result of interrupted supply chains, the devices are currently only available sporadically in Germany – you can find a daily overview of the current situation in this article.
Update of May 7, 2020: According to the latest Nintendo business figures, more than 13 million copies of "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" have been sold worldwide. This makes the game one of the most successful Switch games ever after ten days – surpassed by "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe", "Pokémon Sword/Shield", "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate", "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild", "Pokémon: Let's Go" and "Super Mario Odyssey".
Announcement of April 14, 2020: In the period between March 20 and March 31, 2020, Nintendo sold more than 200,000 copies of the Switch-exclusive build-up game "Animal Crossing: New Horizons NMT" in Germany. This is shown by figures published today by the industry association Game on the basis of GfK projections.
The outstanding values for the German market had become apparent: For weeks and also over the Easter holidays, "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" has been at the top of the bestseller lists, for example on Amazon*.
The novelty is also extremely successful worldwide: in the first three days alone, almost 1.9 million units were sold in Japan alone. In keeping with the game, Nintendo has also released a limited-edition Switch special model in the "Animal Crossing" design.
It is likely that Nintendo could release even larger "Animal Crossing" quantities – but there is a lack of hardware, as the global Corona pandemic has permanently disrupted many production and supply chains. The resulting bottlenecks have recently caused the Nintendo Switch to sell out almost nationwide. The remaining stock is offered via channels such as Ebay or the Amazon Marketplace at rates of more than 500 euros – "normal" is 300 to 330 euros. Large shippers do not expect to replenish equipment until June.