According to Geo Corporation data (via 4Gamer), in its first three days New Horizons sold more than the 1.3 million units previous record holder Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield sold during the same time span.
Previously Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold around 1.2 million during its launch week in Japan.
UPDATE: Animal Crossing: New Horizons has had a huge launch in Japan, selling 1.88m and propelling Switch hardware to its biggest ever week.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: Retail group Geo claims that Animal Crossing stock is virtually sold out in the region.
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In fact, New Horizons sold more copies in its first on-sale week than the launch sales of all previous Animal Crossing games combined.
To date, 2013’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the best selling franchise entry, with more than 12 million units sold worldwide.
One independent game analyst has predicted New Horizons will beat that figure in its first few months.
“Whatever your optimistic sales expectations for Animal Crossing New Horizons launch sales were, I can already tell you it’s too low,” wrote analyst Benji Sales.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons reviews were published on Monday ahead of the game’s release.
VGC’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons review says the “comforting life sim is a tranquil haven at a time the world needs it most”.