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Dulfite said:
curl-6 said:

Covid did help, but Animal Crossing has an intrinsic appeal all its own and even besides covid there was more than enough stressful and depressing shit going down in the modern world by 2020 for it to be a hugely enticing dose of escapism. It still would've been a massive killer app had there not been a pandemic.

And I'm not arguing against that. I just said it would have sold 5-10 million less, which means it still would have sold 20-30 million copies (lifetime, my prediction) had Covid not happened, which still makes it a killer app. New Leaf sold like 20 million didn't it? That would be the basement for what New Horizons could do then in a normal market.

No way it would've sold even close to 10 million less. But I'm talking less software sales and more hardware sales. AC still would've moved a fuckton of Switches had 2020 simply carried on from 2019 with all the malignant politics, environmental destruction, rampant injustice, stressful lifestyles, and all the other associated bleakness the world was already experiencing pre-covid. Pandemic or not, people were already desperate for the kind of escape it offered.

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.