Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s First Shipment Is 500,000 Copies In Japan


Animal Crossing: New Leaf went on sale in Japan this past week. While we won’t know how well it sold until we see the weekly software sales chart next Wednesday, Japanese retail blog, Sinobi, is reporting a bit of early information.


New Leaf, Sinobi reports, initially started out with a shipment a little under 200,000 copies. However, Sinobi says, Nintendo increased the game’s first shipment while watching pre-orders, to the point that the game’s first shipment is now around 500,000 copies.


That’s a large first shipment, and people in Japan do seem interested in Animal Crossing, going by comments made by Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, so it should be interesting to see how it performs.


Iwata has also mentioned that Nintendo had to increase production of the Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS bundle, due to a high number of pre-orders.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.