Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sales Shatter Nintendo Records

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales broke Nintendo records, topping video game sales for March.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales broke Nintendo records, topping video game sales for March. / Courtesy of Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales in the United States have outpaced the launch of any Mario or Zelda game in history, according to market research company The NPD Group. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Brawl are the only Nintendo titles to have had higher physical software sales in their launch months.

New Horizons' first-month dollar sales have already eclipsed the lifetime sales of every other Animal Crossing game in the franchise's history, making it the best- and fastest-selling game in series history, VentureBeat reports. It also outsold every other game released in March in terms of dollar sales.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sales Shatter Nintendo Records

"Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the best-selling game of March 2020 and the second best-selling game of 2020 year to date," said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella.

The NPD draws its numbers from physical sales at retailers and via digital data from some — not all — publishers. Nintendo doesn't share first-party digital sales, so purchases on the Switch eShop are excluded from the excluded from NPD's calculations.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, MLB: The Show 20, Resident Evil 3 and NBA 2K20, in that order, round out two through five of the top selling games for March.

On the whole, the U.S. spent $1.6 billion on video games and hardware in March, a 35% increase on the same time period in 2019. Spending on hardware in particular jumped up, from $282 million to $461 million, for a 63% increase.