Giant: Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Japan’s second best-selling game

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The popularity of Animal Crossing: New Horizons continues unabated. The title is so popular in Japan, it has broken a sales record. As of this writing, the management simulator is now Japan’s second best-selling game. Ever.

Will any other game ever have as much momentum as Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

For those curious, Pokémon Red/Green/Blue is the number one video game in the Land of the Rising Sun, with 10,230,000 copies sold. Animal Crossing: New Horizons sits at 7,500,000 units purchased. Not too shabby considering New Horizons came out this year and Red/Green/Blue launched in 1996! Also, if you count the first generation Pokémon games separately, New Horizons is at the very top of the list.

Here’s a breakdown of Japan’s top 20 best-sellers:

1. Pokémon Red/Green/Blue (Game Boy) – 10,230,000
2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 7,500,000
3. Pokémon Gold/Silver (Game Boy Color) – 7,1710,000
4. Super Mario Bros. (Famicom) – 6,810,000
5. New Super Mario Bros. (DS) – 6,490,000
6. Pokémon Diamond/Pearl (DS) – 5,850,000
7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) – 5,800,000
8. Pokémon Black/White (DS) – 5,530,000
9. Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire (GBA) – 5,400,000
10. Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS) – 5,330,000
11. Brain Age 2 (DS) – 5,100,000
12. Monster Hunter Freedom 3 (PSP) – 4,850,000
13. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) – 4,640,000
14. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – 4,630,000
15. Pokémon X/Y (3DS) – 4,600,000
16. Pokémon Sword/Shield (Switch) – 4,520,000
17. Dragon Quest IX (DS) – 4,400,000
18. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP) – 4,250,000
19. Tetris (Game Boy) – 4,240,000
20. Super Mario Land (Game Boy) – 4,190,000

Absolutely mindblowing. Thanks to the Switch’s acclaim and the ability to purchase its titles virtually, especially during a pandemic, it’s easy to see how New Horizons climbed up the charts so quickly. It’s only a matter of time before it beats out the triple combo of the original Pokémon games.

Enthusiasts, are you surprised by Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ immense success? Let us know your thoughts below.

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Arthur Damian
Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.