If you were in any doubt that Animal Crossing remains a massive series in Japan, the sales figure for the newest installment in the series, New Leaf, are sure to convince you otherwise. Released in Japan only a few days ago, the game sold not only 600,000 physical units (selling out the country) but also another 200,000 digital units half a week after its release. The fact that the game managed to shift a quarter of all its copies digitally bodes well for upcoming Wii U eShop titles such as Chasing Aurora and Trine 2: Director’s Cut, launching digitally next week for Wii U.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is coming to North America early next year. In the meantime, here’s a tasty trailer.
If you are like me, you already pre-ordered New Leaf. In fact, you pre-ordered the game when it was known as Animal Crossing: Jump Out. If you’re in need of further convincing, check out the recent Nintendo Direct footage of the game, hitting nearly an hour’s worth of content Unfortunately, the game play footage is in Japanese, so if you didn’t understand a thing, and if you still don’t know what the fuss is all about, then take a stroll down memory lane in Kevin’s look back on the original, Animal Forest. Then experience Katharine’s experience of Animal Crossing for DS; it’s the closest thing you can get to playing the game without playing the game. (Which we’d recommend you do as well!)
Are you jumping aboard Animal Crossing: New Leaf? Let us know in the comments. We will see you there.