Nintendo has reported that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has had the best first-year sales, of any Nintendo game in Europe. This news comes in reporting that over 7 million copies (physical and digital) have been sold since it’s release on the Nintendo Switch in March 2020.
Since it’s launch, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has received a good handful of free updates. Whilst there’s been some controversy with these updates with fans of the older games saying some of this stuff should have been in the game at launch, I think it’s a good idea to stagger features such as diving into a free content update after launch.
Read the official press release below:
16th March, 2021 – One year after its launch on Nintendo Switch, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become the fastest-selling Nintendo game ever launched in Europe.
Since its release on 20th March 2020, over 7 million copies of the game have been sold across the continent*. More than one-third of the 20 million-plus Nintendo Switch owners in Europe have now started their own deserted island getaway in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, with more players joining all the time.
“We’re truly grateful that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been embraced by so many players across Europe,” said Nintendo of Europe President Stephan Bole. “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.”
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch, players start their new life on a deserted island, living among animal residents, gathering materials to craft tools and furniture, and living a carefree life however they like. Over time, players can transform an uncultivated island into a blossoming community, shaping the landscape with streams and waterfalls, placing furniture outside to create idyllic spots, and more. The island changes with the seasons: as winter changes to spring, different bugs and fish appear for players to catch, and regular events give players reasons to keep going back. Friends near or far can visit each other’s islands via online play and send each other in-game gifts and messages.
Since the game’s launch last year, multiple free updates have added additional content, including time-specific events, visiting vendors, and the ability to go diving in the ocean. The most recent updates added clothes and furniture themed after the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary, as well as new collaboration characters with Sanrio, accessible by scanning amiibo cards that launch in Europe next week. Software updates will continue in the title’s second year.
Players who want to show off their islands will soon get a new way to do so, with the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Island Tour Creator web service, launching on 24th March until the end of the year. By uploading screenshots or video clips of their island taken on their Nintendo Switch console, players can create a poster or trailer to share their island’s scenic sights and top attractions with the world.
One year after its launch on Nintendo Switch, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become the fastest-selling Nintendo game ever launched in Europe, selling more than 7 million copies across the continent.
It’s completely understandable why this game has sold so well, aside from it being a great game it has been a brilliant game for people to get away from the real world scenario we have right now. Check out the March update video below for Animal Crossing.
Great work Nintendo! Keep those free updates coming. Let us know in the comments your thoughts on this news.