The trainers of the Galar region are facing stiff competition from Tom Nook and his pals, as Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold better in Japan during its launch week than Pokémon Sword & Shield.
The current best-selling Nintendo Switch game is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with almost 23 million units sold worldwide. It’s possible that Pokémon Sword & Shield (the current fifth best-selling games on the system) can beat it at some point, as those games have sold over sixteen million copies since November. The controversies surrounding the National Dex leading up to release seemingly paled in comparison to the allure of the first mainline Pokémon home console experience.
These numbers aren’t too surprising, considering that the last true Animal Crossing home console experience happened on the Nintendo Wii. The fact that a lot of people are now stuck at home and looking for entertainment also likely helped the game out in terms of sales.
Nintendo might be known as the company behind games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and even Pokémon (even though it technically isn’t as Pokémon‘s ownership is a little more complicated than that), but the allure of Isabelle and Tom Nook should never be underestimated. Animal Crossing has always been a beloved series and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is finally giving the game the chance to prove it. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are two tough nuts to break when it comes to sales, but if Pokémon Sword & Shield can’t do it, then maybe the residents of a small island can.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Pokémon Sword & Shield are available now for Nintendo Switch.
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