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Nintendo Switch console sales passed 3DS, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 31 million copies

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Nintendo announced that as of December 31, 2021, the Nintendo Switch officially adopted 3DS with 79.87 million consoles sold. Additionally, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has reached 31.18 million copies sold. Nintendo’s latest financial results release for the nine-month period ending December 31, 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting closer and closer to surpassing the 33.41 million units of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold as the best-selling Nintendo Switch game.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the third best-selling Switch game with 22.85 million units sold, followed by 21.45 million units of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, from 20.35 million units. units of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield and 20.23 million units of Super Mario Odyssey.Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield also became the first Pokemon games to sell over 20 million units since Pokemon Gold and Silver.

In the nine months ending December 31, 2020, titles released in the fiscal year starting April 1, 2020 have seen a ton of success. Super Mario 3D All-Stars sold 8.32 million units, Paper Mario: The Origami King sold 3.05 million units, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity sold 2.84 million units, Pikmin 3 Deluxe sold 1.94 million units and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit sold 1.08 million units.

Games released in previous years also continued to sell well in those nine months, led by Animal Crossing: New Horizons ’19, 41 million units. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 8.64 million units, Ring Fit Adventure sold 5.95 million units, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold 4.04 million units, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 4.01 million units.29 Nintendo Switch titles sold over a million copies, including 9 games from other software vendors.

Nintendo Switch hardware sales reached 24.10 million units, an increase of 35.8% year-on-year, and software sales reached 176.10 million units, or an increase of 43.0% year-on-year.

Digital sales also accounted for 40.9% of all software sales, an increase of 12.3% year-over-year. Digital sales also increased 104.9% from 2019.Mobile phone and IP revenues increased 13.8% year over year.

While we don’t know Nintendo’s full plan for 2021, we have Super Mario 3D World + Bowser Fury, Monster Hunter Rise, New Pokemon Snap, and Bravely Default 2 to be hoped for in the coming months.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news editor for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.



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