Launched on March 20, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is possibly the best game in the entire franchise, and the sales figures match that.
Even if we were not in a period when we talk about quarantine, the fan of Nintendo games would have enough reason not to leave the house, because last Friday (20) the Japanese company launched Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The newest title game in the franchise Animal Crossing, fifth game between the main titles of the series (eighth if we also count the spin-offs franchise) and the first to be released for the Nintendo Switch.
Explaining Animal Crossing: New Horizons
As in the other games in the series, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons the player controls a human being who lives on an island inhabited by anthropomorphic animals (animals that have human characteristics such as wearing clothes, talking and worrying about having a job to pay the bills).
It is on this island that the game simulates the daily needs of someone who lives in an isolated place, and the player must learn to do a huge range of activities to survive, such as growing his own vegetables, raising animals, fishing and establishing relationships with others. population.
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the player moves to a desert island and acts as a kind of colonizer, being forced to make decisions not only to maintain himself but also to explore the island and help the animals that live there to develop a community that makes everyone's life more easy.
One of the most striking features of the games in the series also returns in the new title, but in an improved way: in addition to the game, use the clock on the console to make the passage of time within the game equal to the passage of hours in real life (ie , in order to spend an hour in the game (a real hour must have passed), a new system also manages to make the climate itself obey the real seasons of the place where the player is.
This means that, in case anyone is playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons in Brazil (or any other country in the southern hemisphere) as of today (March 23), the game will be in early autumn, while those playing on the same date, but in the United States (or any other country in the northern hemisphere) ), the game of these people will be in the beginning of spring.
Although it was launched a few days ago, Animal Crossing: New Horizons it can already be considered one of Nintendo's biggest recent successes – and this is both critical and sales.
According to Metacritic (a website that aggregates all reviews for a given game, movie or TV series, and then creates an overall average score based on all of those analyzes), the new game in the franchise has a score of 91 (out of a maximum of 100) , thus being the title with the highest average of the entire franchise – which is a good indication that this is potentially the best Animal Crossing already released.
And the same success can also be seen in sales: even though it was only released on Friday (20), the game was the best seller last week in the United Kingdom. The exact numbers have not been revealed, but it is known that New Horizons sold 3.5 times more than Animal Crossing: New Leaf, game for the 3DS that until then had had the best launch week of the entire franchise.
But the amount of sales was so great that New Horizons not only beat the previous title, but became the second best-selling game in the history of Nintendo Switch history, behind only the numbers of Pokmon Sword and Pokmon Shield (which for Nintendo rating purposes are considered as a single game, but if you separate the number of sales for each one the new Animal Crossing becomes the best-selling title in the history of the Switch).
Not only that, but this rating only takes into account the game's physical sales in the UK. Considering that a good part of the world is in quarantine, it is possible that direct sales through Nintendo's online store were even higher, but the company hardly discloses these numbers, so we will probably never know exactly how much the game sold in total numbers.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons can now be purchased directly by the Switch itself on the Nintendo eShop, and can also be found in physical media at major retailers in the industry.
Source: official game website, Gameindustry.biz, Metacritic