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Forums - Sales Discussion - Has Any Game Sold to 30 Million Units as Quickly as Animal Crossing Will?

Topic. I have not heard of a game that was not packaged from the jump (ala Wii Sports) that has sold so much so fast. Anyone here know of a game that has reached or exceeded such feats?



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My guess is a multiplat game. Possibly COD or GTA 5?



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The only game I can think of that absolutely did is GTAV.



GTA V sold 32.5 million units in 2013



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GTA V for sure

Minecraft I think (if you count sales after it's full release, not including it's beta/early access period)

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 18 November 2020

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Multiplatforms yes. But for exclusives I think ACNH will be No.1



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  1. GTA
  2. RDR
  3. COD
  4. Among Us
  5. PUBG


Multiplats? Yes.Exclusives? I doubt a game was as fast as ACNH.To really reach 20-30 million, you need a little bit of everything.

1) Hype

2) Timing

3) Great WoM

4) Continuous presence over many months

5) A large user base

I’m sure other people will mention other factors, but these are the more notable ones I’m pointing out.For ACNH to achieve this as an exclusive is nothing short of amazing. Sure, we can use COVID as a big reason, but other games such as FFVIIR, TLoU Part 2, GoT, DOOM Eternal all had the same benefit with video games being a useful hobby to pass the time while staying at home. Why didn’t they see even half of ACNH current sales (unless there are new sales updates for these respective games)?

Whether you like it or not, ACNH just that “it” factor that pulled people in that no other game has done this year. Even they’re reaching out to audiences/demographics who rarely game (if at all). At my workplace, some of my coworkers mentioned what they were doing in AC and they are casual gamers and non-gamers. It’s pretty cool to see.



Thank you all for the answers. If the company Animal Crossing keeps is GTAV, CoD and PUBG then I think the accomplishment speaks for itself. Also, those games are multiplatform while Animal Crossing is exclusive which also makes it even more interesting. I know Wii Sports is exclusive but as I said, it was packaged with Wii so I do not count it for this conversation. Again, thank you all for the answers and insight.



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