Not Mario. Not Monster Hunter. Not even Pokemon. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the first Nintendo 3DS game to break two million sales in its home country of Japan.

Not only do the sales outrank the portable gaming world’s biggest heavy hitters, it also reached the impressive mark no more than two months after its release. For reference, some of these other popular games were launch titles from more than a year ago.


Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the fourth entry in Nintendo’s cutesy sim life game. The series has a following on consoles, but has proven to be far more successful on portables most likely because of its easily accessible multiplayer functions and social capabilities. The previous portable game in the series, Animal Crossing: Wild World, sold just shy of 12 million copies worldwide, a respectable number for the genre.

My experience with the series doesn’t extend beyond the original GameCube game, but I sometimes travel back into my old stomping grounds just to see how much the locals hate my guts for abandoning them to an eternity of limbo. The classic NES games available through the secrets are also a nice touch.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be released in America for the Nintendo 3DS early in 2013.