Animal Crossing: New Leaf Sells Over 6.3 Million Copies Worldwide

By Ishaan . October 31, 2013 . 1:31pm

While Nintendo’s Wii U sales have been alarmingly low, Nintendo 3DS sales are doing okay. The system isn’t pulling in the legendary numbers of its predecessor, the Nintendo DS, but the portable is heading into the holiday season with a very strong line-up of games and a cheaper model in the Nintendo 2DS to help broaden its userbase.


While the 3DS is seeing new games like Pokémon X/Y and Zelda: A Link Between Worlds as it heads into the holidays, 3DS titles released over the summer have been doing rather well, too. As part of their second quarter financial results briefing, Nintendo provided worldwide sales figures for some of these games. Here’s a look:


Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 6.35 million

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 3.13 million

Tomodachi Collection (JP only) – 1.63 million

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 1.37 million

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 1.19 million


Note that the above figures include both retail and download sales.

  • Pinkemon

    Oh yeah, New leaf. I think my villagers are still wondering when their mayor will return from the Kalos region.

    • kylehyde
      • Herok♞

        wow that is a real tear jerker… I kinda feel like a dick for leaving my village alone now

      • TheGioG

        Here you go Mr. Hyde. One box full of 100% feels; I’m sure Red Crown will find a use for ’em… :'(

      • Arcana Wiz

        Seriously, i was listening a slow song and then saw this…..the feels…. so sad.

      • Pinkemon

        Too late. I already saw it a few days ago and went misty-eyed. ;_;

      • Minos

        That almost made me cry and I don’t even play Pokemon nor Animal Crossing.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        T_T. Damn you Kyle.T_T

      • Göran Isacson

        Fuck I failed.

  • kylehyde

    Aside of animal crossing numbers, Luigi’s Mansion 2 numbers are really good. It has surpassed many games that were more hyped (i.e. kid icarus).

  • Magnumsally

    Actually the 3ds is keeping pace with the ds globally. You have to take into account the DS had 1 more holiday plus the 3ds has generally been more expensive than every DS model with more expensive software. So the comparisions are pretty favorable.

    Wii U sales havent been alarmingly low either. compared to many past year 1 consoles its pretty normal. Nintendo is just an easy target for irrationality. I mean the PS3 and 360 year ones are pretty much in the ballpark of the Wii u, and those sold 80 mil. Will Wii u sell that much? hell no but still lets give it a chance.

    And for that matter if a system doesnt sell as much as the top selling system of all time, is that only “okay”?

    3ds is selling amazingly well.

    Thats my 2 cents. :)

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      100K per month really needs to get boosted they need momentum. Alot of it

    • tubers

      Not to mention the DS wasn’t exactly competing with the mobile market like the 3DS in recent times.

  • ckoerner

    A non-Mario, non-Pokemon portable game sold 6.35 million copies at ~$40 a pop. Has any phone/tablet game sold in such impressive numbers? I keep hearing that Nintendo is doomed, but stats like this make think these ‘analysts’ are blowhards.

    • School Idol Addict

      Lot of mobiles games sold more then that, but usually they only cost a $ or 2, so in other word they would need like 20-40 times more sales to reach the same kind of profit.
      Which mean selling over 100m at least, something really few mobiles games have done.

      • Lumi

        Thing is, the bulk of the profit from mobile games is not from the one time purchase, but from IAP

    • d19xx

      The idiots that keeps saying that just want Nintendo to make games for their precious phones.

  • Arcana Wiz

    Great!!!! it’s cool seeing a franchise having profit these days….. too many bad news recently.


    SO happy to see Luigi’s Mansion DM/2 did so well! It’s easily my GOTY for 2013 and it’s thanks to Nintendo and Next Level.

  • Dsvkb

    I need Tomodachi Collection in my life. With numbers like that in Japan, what could it hurt to bring it stateside? I know Reggie mentioned they were looking into it back in the summer, I can only hope for a release next year.

  • hazelnut1112

    Pretty damn impressive considering that this is on one platform.
    Just find it funny with all the naysayers saying that Nintendo should release their games on smartphone devices and their handheld division is dying. Screw you Pachter and all the idiots agreeing with them.

    • I don’t think the problem is that they can’t maintain a profitable portable business. The problem is that investors feel they could make even more money by putting their games on other platforms. And they’re probably right.

      As an example, one of my favourite games last year was Style Savvy: Trendsetters. I don’t think that game would have been a good fit on any other platform. It made good use of the touchscreen + buttons on 3DS, had a great UI, looked fantastic in 3D, and was a really deep and highly customizable game.

      That said, sales-wise, I think being on 3DS held Style Savvy back. Had the game been on iOS, even at a lower price, it would probably have sold a hell of a lot more than it did on 3DS, especially in the west. And that’s the problem. Certain kinds of games perform really well on 3DS and are perfectly suited to the system, while others could undoubtedly perform better on phones. And that’s what investors are seeing.

      • hazelnut1112

        I’m guessing the majority of games that sell well are Nintendo only games. I guess third parties should really push for this as well as Nintendo. Make something to show that 3rd party cares for them. I don’t even remember seeing a commercial for Wonderful 101 or any other 3rd party Nintendo platform exclusive.

        • I wouldn’t say that’s necessarily the case. In Japan, plenty of 3DS third-party games have done exceedingly well, but yeah, over in the west, it’s a different case.

          That’s more because of the kind of games that publishers are putting out on the 3DS, though. Things like Bravely Default and Theatrhythm and Kingdom Hearts will do well, and Shin Megami Tensei IV has done relatively well, too. Additionally, eShop has been very good to developers, both Japanese and Western.

          The problem arises when you start getting into the more really niche stuff that receives virtually no promotion anywhere. That’s something that definitely needs to be dealt with. Things like Harvest Moon and Rune Factory and whatnot. There’s definitely a market for those games, but in order for them to sell, people need to know they exist.

  • malek86

    Japan is really picking up the western market’s slack, and not even all of it. Despite increased japanese sales, monster sales by AC, and titles arguably strong like Luigi 2 and FEA, Mar-Sep 3DS sales from 2013 are lower than last year, where they pretty much only had NSMB2.

    It feels like only Japan is holding the console together. I can’t imagine Nintendo being particularly happy with the western sales. If Pokemon and/or the 2DS doesn’t have a long-lasting effect, imho they will be out of options.

    I don’t think anybody expected the 3DS to do DS numbers lifetime, but I doubt these are the western sales Nintendo was hoping for to fight the mobile expansion.

  • Göran Isacson

    Kinda impressive that just one of Nintendos games, a pretty lowkey one at that, sells about as much as one of the games that Capcom recently said was THE most highselling title of the company.

    Then again, that’s not exactly a fair comparison since these two games aim for such different markets, one is most likely cheaper than the other and available for easy digital download.

  • Lucas

    Did you hear about Aika Village?Just watch StickyPaddle if you don’t believe me.

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