Animal Crossing: New Horizon is now Japan's second-biggest selling game of all time

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We already knew that it's one of the most successful Nintendo Switch launches ever (opens in new tab), but now Animal Crossing: New Horizons (opens in new tab) has broken another record, becoming one of the best-selling games in Japanese history, second only to Pokemon Red/Green/Blue.

According to the Twitter account Game Data Library, as at June 30, 2020, New Horizons had sold 7,150,000 copies, making it the biggest single SKU game released in Japan but still behind Pokemon Red/Green/Blue and Pokemon Gold/Silver. 

However, since then Animal Crossing: New Horizons has reportedly sold another 350,000 copies, pushing sales to 7.5 million and eclipsing Gold/Silver entirely in just four months and creeping ever closer to Pokemon Red/Green/Blue (thanks, NE (opens in new tab)).

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Now it's thought to be "just" 2.5 million copies behind Pokemon Red/Green/Blue – which consists of three games, of course, not one – which means it's now entirely possible that New Horizons might just become Japan's best-selling game. Ever. Amazingly, it's already topped the Japanese sales of Super Mario Bros., Brain Age 2, and even Tetris.

"This is an Animal Crossing game through and through, and although that comes with some time-based frustrations, that urge to just spend 'five more minutes' on your island deepens with every passing day," wrote Sam in our GamesRadar+ review (opens in new tab). "As your island evolves and starts to drip-feed fresh things to discover and see, you'll have the urge to check up on your toe bean-boasting critters on a daily basis more than ever before. 

"Animal Crossing: New Horizons has perfected the gameplay loop the series is famed for, and somehow manages to keep its steady pace relevant in a world where there are plenty of genre rivals. Prepare yourself for spending many a year to come with Tom Nook and co."

Check out our 22 Animal Crossing: New Horizon tips (opens in new tab) to know before you start.

Vikki Blake
Weekend Reporter, GamesRadar+

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.