Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now the second-highest selling Switch game of all-time

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons (opens in new tab) has now sold 22.40 million copies since launch, making it the second highest-selling game on the Switch. 

Nintendo released the incredible figure in its financial earnings (opens in new tab), revealing that as of June 30, 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of the most successful games on the platform. It's second only to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (opens in new tab), which is the biggest seller on Switch with 26.74 million copies. New Horizons has now overtaken the sales of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (opens in new tab) and has almost doubled the sales number of copies of its predecessor, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which sold 12.55 million copies on the 3DS. The figure is all the more impressive when you consider New Horizons released in March, just under five months ago. 

The financial data also highlights that Nintendo has sold a little over 60 million Switch consoles (opens in new tab). Back in May, Nintendo revealed Animal Crossing: New Horizons officially had "the best start" of any Switch game (opens in new tab), selling 12 million copies in its first 11 days after launch, and in the UK, New Horizons was the fastest-selling Switch game to date (opens in new tab)

The sales really demonstrate the success of New Horizons since it first launched. With many staying at home, New Horizons brought people together in past months and gave many a platform to celebrate real-life milestones and events, from Global Pride (opens in new tab) to weddings and birthdays (opens in new tab). The island getaway even sets the scene for a talk show from screenwriter Gary Whitta (opens in new tab).

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Heather Wald
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I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.