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Jumpin said:

Switch has three killer apps on it now: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8, and Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Smash Brothers and Pokemon are gigantic games, but I don't think they're killer apps; while they're must have games for millions of people, those millions of people are previous fans of the games. With Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 DX, and Animal Crossing, they're getting millions of new customers who would have otherwise not considered buying Nintendo hardware. I have co-worker in his 60s who hadn't played video games since the 1980s (outside of mobile) who bought a Switch for Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart - he has put over 140 hours into Zelda and regularly (until lockdown) played Mario Kart with the group at lunch. Mario Kart has attracted A LOT of people who would otherwise not be much into console games outside of Fifa.

Now everyone is getting/gotten Animal Crossing New Horizons, and even more people are buying it across all age groups. The game seems to be very popular among older women with decades of professional experience in everything from design to economics to the arts. TONS of celebrities playing (Elijah Wood is actively going to random people's islands with high turnip prices). There hasn't been anything even remotely like this since the Wii era.

Damn hobbits! They're all greedy! Every single one of them!



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I think it’s time to start looking at the real possibility of this being the best selling non-bundled/single system game of all time. I can legitimately beating Super Mario Bros’ 40 mil on NES. This is the kind of game that screams huge evergreen seller for years to come, and it had a near 15 mil first week of sales or so. There’s also nothing that will come and steal its thunder since AC is always a one and done per system franchise and there’s no other Nintendo franchise out there that’s remotely similar to it. If switch sells anymore than 120m or so lt, then I think 40m+ lt is definitely on the table.



src said:
SuperData is not reliable at all and anyone folowing sales data for videogames knows 5 million is highly unlikely to be the all time record.

COD sells like 6-8 million in the US alone.

6-8 million digital only in a month??? Source???



src said:
Metallox said:

Not to discredit you entirely but you're being very vague with your statements. You say 5 million is highly unlikely but then claim Call of Duty sells better, then you throw an approximate estimate of 6-8 million, which isn't clear at all, and then you don't cite in which period does Call of Duty make those numbers. 

newwil7l said:

Yeah and that 6-8 million includes digital. Sounds like you are brushing off the data because you don't like the results of a life sim beating massive multiplats.

SpokenTruth said:

Single month.  Not overall.

You guys really don't know do you?

COD sels 6-8 million in one month (actually a few weeks) in US alone lmao

Thinking AC comes even close to COD is laughable.

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-12-07-halo-4-sold-3-2m-in-us-during-november

7.5 million opening month for BO2 in US alone. This does not include digital, its only recently NPD had access to digital.

COD MW already holds the best digital opening on PS4 and with Activision.

So yeah, COD in US alone > AC WW

This article is about digital sales only, not physical.



At first I thought this can't be right, then I read the OP and knew that it isn't right. SuperData, lulz.

EDIT: But hey, maybe SuperData is right on the money and Nintendo announces ~18m shipped in March.

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Metallox said:
src said:

You guys really don't know do you?

COD sels 6-8 million in one month (actually a few weeks) in US alone lmao

Thinking AC comes even close to COD is laughable.

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-12-07-halo-4-sold-3-2m-in-us-during-november

7.5 million opening month for BO2 in US alone. This does not include digital, its only recently NPD had access to digital.

COD MW already holds the best digital opening on PS4 and with Activision.

So yeah, COD in US alone > AC WW

Your link doesn't contradict SuperData's claim. Also, how big is Modern Warfare's digital opening? It's nice to hear is the biggest so far on PS4 and for Activision, but that tells nothing. 

I don't doubt there's a bigger opening than New Horizon's, but you personally haven't proved it. 

StarDoor said:
src said:

You guys really don't know do you?

COD sels 6-8 million in one month (actually a few weeks) in US alone lmao

Thinking AC comes even close to COD is laughable.

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-12-07-halo-4-sold-3-2m-in-us-during-november

7.5 million opening month for BO2 in US alone. This does not include digital, its only recently NPD had access to digital.

COD MW already holds the best digital opening on PS4 and with Activision.

So yeah, COD in US alone > AC WW

How did you get this far in the thread without understanding the title? According to Superdata, Animal Crossing sold 5 million in digital copies alone. Add in what it sold physically, and it well exceeds your US CoD numbers. It might even exceed CoD's worldwide numbers, given what Superdata reported last year about MW:

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-11-25-call-of-duty-modern-warfare-sold-4-75m-digital-units-in-its-launch-month

MW sold 4.75 million versus AC's 5 million, and MW launched on consoles with much higher digital attach rates.

You guys continue to miss the point.

COD sells 6-9 million a month in US alone. The new COD had a great launch ($600M in 3 days vs BO2 $500M in 1 day), so its figures are expected to be close to 7.5 million (physical and digital) of BO2 (physical only).

Considering digital on PS4 is around 40%

That's 5 million digital in US alone. AC is not even in the same league to launches like COD, GTA or RDR2 (prob FIFA as well).

RDR2 shipped 17 million in 2 weeks. 23 million 2 months later.

You guys are a classic case of confirmation bias. Your desire for an outcome has led to you missing all the caveats.

To further drive home how inaccurate SuperData is:

https://gamingbolt.com/dragon-ball-z-kakarot-sold-1-6-million-digital-copies-in-january

Digital estimate of DBZ 1.5 million+ in launch month.

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/359366/Dragon_Ball_Z_Kakarot_passes_2_million_sold.php

Reality:  NB announces 2 million shipped + digital in 2 months.



src said:
Metallox said:

Your link doesn't contradict SuperData's claim. Also, how big is Modern Warfare's digital opening? It's nice to hear is the biggest so far on PS4 and for Activision, but that tells nothing. 

I don't doubt there's a bigger opening than New Horizon's, but you personally haven't proved it. 

StarDoor said:

How did you get this far in the thread without understanding the title? According to Superdata, Animal Crossing sold 5 million in digital copies alone. Add in what it sold physically, and it well exceeds your US CoD numbers. It might even exceed CoD's worldwide numbers, given what Superdata reported last year about MW:

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-11-25-call-of-duty-modern-warfare-sold-4-75m-digital-units-in-its-launch-month

MW sold 4.75 million versus AC's 5 million, and MW launched on consoles with much higher digital attach rates.

You guys continue to miss the point.

COD sells 6-9 million a month in US alone. The new COD had a great launch ($600M in 3 days vs BO2 $500M in 1 day), so its figures are expected to be close to 7.5 million (physical and digital) of BO2 (physical only).

Considering digital on PS4 is around 40%

That's 5 million digital in US alone. AC is not even in the same league to launches like COD, GTA or RDR2 (prob FIFA as well).

RDR2 shipped 17 million in 2 weeks. 23 million 2 months later.

You guys are a classic case of confirmation bias. Your desire for an outcome has led to you missing all the caveats.

To further drive home how inaccurate SuperData is:

https://gamingbolt.com/dragon-ball-z-kakarot-sold-1-6-million-digital-copies-in-january

Digital estimate of DBZ 1.5 million+ in launch month.

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/359366/Dragon_Ball_Z_Kakarot_passes_2_million_sold.php

Reality:  NB announces 2 million shipped + digital in 2 months.

You're completely missing the point. This has nothing to do with how inaccurate Superdata is. Your blatantly false data and incoherent narrative are the problems.

https://investor.activision.com/news-releases/news-release-details/call-duty-modern-warfare-delivers-blockbuster-opening-weekend

"SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2019-- Activision’s Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® had more than $600 million in sell-through worldwide in its first three days of release."

$600 million worldwide. An approximate 10 million units worldwide. Not just the US.

And you should really check your math. To get 5 million in digital sales with a 40% digital rate, you'd have to have total sales of 12.5 million. Not 7.5 million.

AC sold 2.6 million physically in Japan. In the US, it sold enough physical copies in March to become the best-selling game in the franchise, so that's another 2.3 million at minimum. Add in the rest of the world, in which AC usually sells substantially more than it does in the US, and we're already above 7.5 million physical. With just a 25% digital rate, its worldwide sell-through exceeds 10 million in March.

You can be in denial all you want. It doesn't change the fact that New Horizons had a launch month that rivals Modern Warfare.

Superdata at least has a slim chance of being right. You don't.



Regardless if this is true or not, Animal Crossing New Horizons is having a phenomenal run. Even against stiff competition among the likes of Doom Eternal, FFVII Remake, and Persona 5 Royal, Animal Crossing is able to reach audiences that very few games can even fathom, especially women. The social interaction online has allowed the game to be something incredible. Not bad for a simple life simulator game.



It always had the chance to be an absolute sales monster, I'm glad it's come to fruition this time round for AC. Not surprised at all that it's selling this well, it's in with a shot at #1 Switch game ever.



StarDoor said:
src said:

You guys continue to miss the point.

COD sells 6-9 million a month in US alone. The new COD had a great launch ($600M in 3 days vs BO2 $500M in 1 day), so its figures are expected to be close to 7.5 million (physical and digital) of BO2 (physical only).

Considering digital on PS4 is around 40%

That's 5 million digital in US alone. AC is not even in the same league to launches like COD, GTA or RDR2 (prob FIFA as well).

RDR2 shipped 17 million in 2 weeks. 23 million 2 months later.

You guys are a classic case of confirmation bias. Your desire for an outcome has led to you missing all the caveats.

To further drive home how inaccurate SuperData is:

https://gamingbolt.com/dragon-ball-z-kakarot-sold-1-6-million-digital-copies-in-january

Digital estimate of DBZ 1.5 million+ in launch month.

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/359366/Dragon_Ball_Z_Kakarot_passes_2_million_sold.php

Reality:  NB announces 2 million shipped + digital in 2 months.

You're completely missing the point. This has nothing to do with how inaccurate Superdata is. Your blatantly false data and incoherent narrative are the problems.

https://investor.activision.com/news-releases/news-release-details/call-duty-modern-warfare-delivers-blockbuster-opening-weekend

"SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2019-- Activision’s Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® had more than $600 million in sell-through worldwide in its first three days of release."

$600 million worldwide. An approximate 10 million units worldwide. Not just the US.

And you should really check your math. To get 5 million in digital sales with a 40% digital rate, you'd have to have total sales of 12.5 million. Not 7.5 million.

AC sold 2.6 million physically in Japan. In the US, it sold enough physical copies in March to become the best-selling game in the franchise, so that's another 2.3 million at minimum. Add in the rest of the world, in which AC usually sells substantially more than it does in the US, and we're already above 7.5 million physical. With just a 25% digital rate, its worldwide sell-through exceeds 10 million in March.

You can be in denial all you want. It doesn't change the fact that New Horizons had a launch month that rivals Modern Warfare.

Superdata at least has a slim chance of being right. You don't.

Yep, AC physical sales is absurd. 2.6M in Japan, ~2M in the US, and probably around ~2M for Europe+ROTW during the launch month alone. With Digital sales it's probably not far from COD MW 2019 number.