Animal Crossing: New Leaf Sets Nintendo eShop Sales Record In U.S.

By Ishaan . June 13, 2013 . 8:30am

This past year, Animal Crossing: New Leaf made big waves in Japan as Nintendo’s highest-selling Nintendo 3DS title to date, and not just as a retail packaged game.


Back in January, Nintendo reported that download sales of Animal Crossing: New Leaf via the Nintendo eShop had crossed 700,000 copies, owing to them advertising the download version of the game on TV. Now, it looks like some of that same digital success might be replicated in the U.S. as well.


Speaking with analysts at E3 this week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said, “The success of this title is crucial for the future of Nintendo 3DS in the U.S. and European markets. Fortunately, many pre-orders of the game have been placed at retailers both in the U.S. and in Europe, and it has received very good review scores.”


Iwata elaborated: “Animal Crossing: New Leaf was launched in the U.S. on Sunday, June 9 and is having an immediate impact. The digital version of the game set a new record for launch day sales in the Nintendo eShop and sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware were nearly four times greater than the previous week.”


Hopefully, Nintendo will share sales figures for the game alongside next month’s NPD sales report, as they’ve done with other games such as Fire Emblem: Awakening and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.


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  • I decided to buy the Life and Times of the Villager people. After I get Project X Zone first. Can only get one game per month within my tight budget anyway.

  • Lubulos

    I will get the eShop version for free in a few hours. Can’t wait to give goodbye to real life.

    • …Free?

      • Virevolte

        I assume he talks about that Nintendo Club offer that let you get one game for free after buying three.

  • puchinri

    That is really nice. Even though I do want to see those numbers, I appreciate that regardless of what they actually are, Nintendo is quite happy with them it seems.

    I hope the game continues to do well too, though I can’t imagine it dropping too quick here anyway.

  • Rytan

    I will admit that New Leaf is the first digital retail game I’ve bought, and I don’t regret it at all. When I get frustrated with
    Shin Megami Tensei 4, I’ll just exit out and play a bit of ACNL to calm
    down without having to switch carts out. :D

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Animal Crossing is crack and we are crackheads. We can’t stop playing… I…I must water the plants. oh I forgot Lucy want to deliver a gift to cat kid. Crap! I have to earn bells for my cobblestone bridge…. help me (´ω`) I’m addicted

    • SuperSailorV

      im addicted too…. wanna trade friend codes and visit each other? lol

  • EtroAnime

    Never played this game, but I always loved Smashville in SSB. :)

  • Panda

    Love Animal Crossing and have been playing it all week <3

    I just find odd the way Nintendo says "Women seem to like it too" as if women are some type of alien race or something…I mean women play video games too right? Right!?

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