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Animal Crossing still Japan's #1

By Rachel Weber

Animal Crossing still Japan's #1

Wed 30 Jan 2013 3:59pm GMT / 10:59am EST / 7:59am PST

And 3DS is still topping the country's hardware charts

It seems Japan just can't get enough of paying off mortgages and hunting for bugs, because Animal Crossing: New Leaf is yet again the country's biggest seller. It's now hit lifetime sales of over 2.3 million.

  1. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 82,370 (Lifetime sale - 2,366,126)
  2. [PS3] DmC Devil May Cry - 31,627 (142,056)
  3. [PSP] Gintama no Sugoroku - 27,011 (New)
  4. [PSV] Demon Gaze - 25,316 (New)
  5. [3DS] Fantasy Life - 25,042 (187,772)

And it was same old, same old at the top of the hardware chart too, with Nintendo 3DS simply refusing to relinquish its grip. All devices except the PlayStation Vita saw a drop in sales.

  1. 3DS XL - 48,226 (Last week - 51,015)
  2. 3DS - 26,898 (30,840)
  3. PlayStation 3 - 18,322 (19,697)
  4. Wii U - 13,746 (16,654)
  5. PSP - 12,897 (15,343)
  6. PlayStation Vita - 9,748 (9,036)
  7. Wii - 2,093 (2,199)
  8. Xbox 360 - 611 (706)

Charts collated by Media Create, and published by Gematsu.

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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University

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Plus at least 500,000 digital sales in Japan. Iwata and co must be kicking themselves for not getting this out in the West at Christmas.

Posted:3 years ago


Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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Daniel, it was even more than that. ~800,000 were digital sales.

Don't think anybody could have rationally predicted that kind of digital volume for a 3DS game in Japan alone.

Posted:3 years ago

Ironically the shortages of the game at retail due to it requiring a special cartridge and save memory would have boosted digital sales a lot. Nintendo need to bite the bullet and increase incentives for people to buy online.

Posted:3 years ago


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