Animal Crossing: New Leaf becomes best-selling title in the franchise

Sales finally surpass those of Wild World at nearly 12 million units

By Rebekah Valentine.Published Tuesday 31st July 2018, 11:58pm GMT

Neighborly animal whimsy remains one of Nintendo's most popular ideas, whether thanks to or in spite of mobile overtures for the series. Animal Crossing: New Leaf has, per Nintendo's Q1 financial report, surpassed its predecessor Wild World in sales to be the best-selling title in the franchise.

As of June 30, New Leaf had sold 11.78 million units, surpassing the 11.75 million total units sold for Animal Crossing: Wild World on the Nintendo DS. This includes both original sales of New Leaf and the updated version launched in 2016 and packaged as Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo.

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New Leaf is also the 7th best-selling Nintendo 3DS title, coming in behind Super Mario 3D Land's 12.12 million units and ahead of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS' 9.3 million. The best-selling title on the system remains Mario Kart 7, at 17.21 million units.

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