Animal Crossing: New Leaf sets day-one eShop sales record

Animal Crossing: New Leaf set a new record for day-one eShop sales upon its June 9 release in the U.S. Nintendo announced the successful debut in an E3 analyst briefing earlier this week

Sales for 3DS hardware were almost four times greater than the previous week. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata noted that, as players tend to keep up with Animal Crossing games over a long period of time, the success of New Leaf should keep 3DS consoles in many pockets, purses, and backpacks for months to come.

Nintendo also confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will launch on 3DS in November in the Americas and "toward the end of this year" in Europe, and that it still has many unannounced game titles to add to its first-party lineup.

Nintendo's presentation stated that 3DS represented 32 percent of the worldwide hardware market share as of April 2013, up from 29 percent from January to March. Iwata attributed much of this growth to the release of titles like Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity in late March.


  • sharknjar - June 21, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    This game is the Brain Age/ Nintendogs of the 3DS. Not in terms of quality, Animal Crossing is a much better game, but in terms of being the phenomenon system seller. I know this is anectdotal, but I haven't found a physical copy available on store shelves since release. I'm glad I went digital only.
  • pokepark7 - June 14, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    so should i get this game?
  • ~LanceR. - June 18, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    Best 3DS game so far in terms of addiction.
  • JarkayColt - June 12, 2013 4:05 p.m.

    Hnnnnggggg don't taunt me! Animal Crossing doesn't come out in the UK until Friday and I can barely contain myself. What I do know is that as soon as that thing goes up on the eShop, I'm downloading the living daylights out of it too. I don't usually download retail games (I'm still really against the whole "premium over RRP" mindset) but it just makes a lot more sense to have Animal Crossing on your system at all times. Bought a bigger SD card in readiness an everything. Yeah...that's kinda sad now that I think about it. :I
  • BlueScorpion91 - June 12, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    I can't wait, either. :D
  • J-Fid - June 12, 2013 8:53 p.m.

    It'll be worth the wait, I guarantee you that. I very much enjoy this game.

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