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Animal Crossing breaks Nintendo's European sales record

Switch exclusive's 7m European sales in one year is more than any other title in Nintendo's history

Almost exactly a year after its launch, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold seven million copies across Europe -- the largest first-year total for any Nintendo game in the region.

According to figures from Nintendo, the seven million sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons represents one-third of all Switch owners in Europe. The figure includes both physical and digital units.

In its financial report for the quarter ending December 31, 2020, Nintendo reported that Animal Crossing: New Horizons had sold 31.8 million units worldwide since it launched on March 20, 2020.

The Switch exclusive finished the year as one of the best-selling titles in regions across the world, including both the UK and Japan.

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