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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Is Now Japan’s Second Best-Selling Game Ever

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Since Nintendo released its latest financial results, we’ve been hearing a lot about Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales. It’s now sold over 22 million copies worldwide which means it has sold more copies than the entire Metroid franchise.

If this wasn’t already enough proof of just how big Nintendo’s life sim series has become over the years, Game Data Library has crunched some numbers – revealing the most recent entry is now the second best-selling video game ever within Japan.

The only game ahead of it is the original Pokémon title on Game Boy, which has shifted a whopping 10,230,000 units (mind you, that’s the combined total of Red, Green and Blue). Technically this means Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best-selling single SKU in Japan – putting it ahead of the original Super Mario Bros. game in four months.

Here’s the full list of the top 20 best-selling video games in Japan of all-time, courtesy of Nintendo Everything:

1. Pokémon Red/Green/Blue (Game Boy) – 10,230,000

2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 7,500,000

3. Pokémon Gold/Silver (Game Boy Color) – 7,1710,000

4. Super Mario Bros. (Famicom) – 6,810,000

5. New Super Mario Bros. (DS) – 6,490,000

6. Pokémon Diamond/Pearl (DS) – 5,850,000

7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) – 5,800,000

8. Pokémon Black/White (DS) – 5,530,000

9. Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire (GBA) – 5,400,000

10. Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS) – 5,330,000

11. Brain Age 2 (DS) – 5,100,000

12. Monster Hunter Freedom 3 (PSP) – 4,850,000

13. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) – 4,640,000

14. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – 4,630,000

15. Pokémon X/Y (3DS) – 4,600,000

16. Pokémon Sword/Shield (Switch) – 4,520,000

17. Dragon Quest IX (DS) – 4,400,000

18. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP) – 4,250,000

19. Tetris (Game Boy) – 4,240,000

20. Super Mario Land (Game Boy) – 4,190,000

The two other Switch titles featured on this list include Pokémon Sword and Shield and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Game Data Library also mentions how Pokémon Red, Green and Blue will likely be overtaken by New Horizons in the future.

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