Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 5 million digital copies in March, the best single month sales record in console history

Call it a stroke of luck or what you may want to attribute it to, but Animal Crossing: New Horizons is selling like pancakes (or Turnips). It has become the game that a lot of people ran to during the ongoing lockdown and has proven to be such a creative enabler for players around the world.

In fact, as SuperData reports, the game has already sold more than 5 million units, breaking the prestigious record of being the best selling game in a month, previously held by Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold more digital units in a single month (5.0M) than any console game in history. The Nintendo-published title broke the console record for monthly digital game sales previously held by Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. Animal Crossing: New Horizons also roughly matched the first-month digital sales of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon Sword and Shield put together. The game’s combination of social features and a relaxing setting likely appealed to individuals stuck at home. Closures of brick and mortar stores also meant that a higher share of consumers purchased the game digitally compared to past Switch titles.

Animal Crossing can also be one of the factors that Switch sales are soaring, leading to various supply shortages, of course paired with the ongoing pandemic that has troubled supply chains across the world.

Whatever the case may be, it is undeniable that Nintendo has another hit in Animal Crossing and there seems to be no signs of slowing down, Bells and Turnips and all.

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