In just 11 weeks, the popular new Nintendo game “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” surpassed 11 million sales worldwide – quickly propelling it into the best-selling games for the Switch in its three-year history. The sales already beat out games like “Splatoon 2” and “Pokémon,” however it has a ways to go before eclipsing the timeless classics of “Mario Kart” (with nearly 25 million Switch sales) and “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” (with nearly 19 million Switch sales).
Released on March 20, “Animal Crossing” is a game that has the player turn a rich tropical island into a small town filled with villagers. It starts out by having the player collect items, do chores to tidy up the island and add new villagers before eventually allowing more extravagant building options which include roads, museums, houses, gardens, and plenty more.
In today’s COVID-19 world of social distancing restrictions, many have found comfort and productivity in refining their “Animal Crossing” island and living a slice of life through their character. Many suspect the current climate of isolation led to a surge in sales, as “Animal Crossing” seems like the perfect game for our current anxiety-ridden times.