Animal Crossing: New Leaf Crosses 700,000 In Download Sales

By Ishaan . January 31, 2013 . 8:30am

As previously reported, Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been quite the hit in Japan. In addition to high sales at retail, the game has also raked in a high number of download sales, owing to Nintendo advertising the download version on television.


Unfortunately, most publishers are usually hesitant to provide figures for download sales of their games, but Nintendo seem to be more forthcoming with this information. Owing to the company’s earnings report for their third quarter, we now have an idea how download sales for New Leaf have been going since launch.


Total sales—including download sales—of Animal Crossing: New Leaf were at 2.73 million by December 31st, 2012. Out of that 2.73 million figure, over 700,000 copies sold were of the download version, according to Nintendo.


That’s one-fourth of the game’s total sales, which Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, describes as “an unprecedented achievement”.


Even now, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is continuing to sell well in Japan, with retail sales up to 2.36 million at retail alone as of last week. The game is slated for release in South Korea, North America and Europe later this year as well.


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  • Kamion

    It’s probably because the physical version is still sold out in a lot of places (also, because this is a game you play while playing other games, so having it on your SD card is probably better than changing the game cartridge all the time).

    The game is really flying off the shelves. Actually that made me get it to see what all the fuzz is about and now I can’t decide whether to play this or Fantasy Life first… Sigh.

  • ffboi7

    oh Nintendo how you kill me every time you hold back the release date D:

    • I think they’re waiting until they manufacture enough of the new game cards for international release.

      • SohoX

        Considering the huge success of the game in Japan, I’m assuming this is the case as well. I keep checking every day hoping they’ll announce a release date soon. Do want, very badly.

  • Izzy Miyake

    Heck this is one of the only games I’d actually prefer a digital version for.

    Having your town on the go with you?

    Yes please.

    • And also, it is a game you can play for just a few minutes a few times a day. That’s why it’s so convenient not to have to change cartridge!

  • Release date please? I already payed it in full, I wanna play it :(

    • Shane Guidaboni

      Gamestop is currently saying the release date is early May.

      • SohoX

        It’s a placeholder, unfortunately. May would be great though.

  • zferolie

    I never got into this series, or this genre. It’s great that it’s doing so well, but it isn’t for me.

  • I’m glad it sold well, but it’s an ‘achievement’ due to Nintendo not providing enough physical copies.

    I’m curious to see how this title’s digital sales will do elsewhere. I’d hesitate to buy digital games from Nintendo, personally. I’m just too used to the convenience of PSN, I suppose.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    The Santa looks shady.

  • A quarter of the sales were digital? Awesome. Maybe there’s hope for universal support of digital releases on 3DS afterall! :O

  • sd28

    so i am guessing there servers will crash when pokemon comes out

    • Keaton Quizer

      If pokémon wasn’t Nintendo’s worst franchise… Maybe.

      • s07195

        Not sure if trolling…

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