Japanese gamers absolutely love Animal Crossing, apparently. I can’t blame them, I love it too.

In its first week at retail, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (or, とびだせどうぶつの森, “Jump Out! Animal Forrest” in Japan) has moved more than 600,000 physical units and is completely sold out in stores across Japan, both in physical copies and  digital download cards retailers have in stock.

Nintendo announced that, in addition to the 600,000 retail copies, the full game has been downloaded off of the Japanese eShop more than 200,000 times.

To put those numbers into perspective, the last Animal Crossing for Nintendo DS sold roughly 300-350 thousand units during its first week in Japanese stores.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is doing exceptionally well. Too bad gamers outside of Nintendo home country won’t be able to experience this one for a while. This game will be available to international Nintendo 3DS owners sometime after the new year. Nintendo has not announced a release date.

[via VG247]