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Animal Crossing: New Leaf sells 2.7 million, 800k of which is digital

Animal Crossing: New Leaf continues to be a major force for Nintendo in Japan. The title has now managed to sell over 2.7 million copies. The real amazing part is that nearly 800,000 of that 2.7 million refers to digital copies sold. Looks like Japan is really embracing the eShop version!

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30 Jan 2013 13:55

30% digital - not too shabby
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30 Jan 2013 14:07

I'll be getting the digital version for sure. That way it's always available and I can play it whenever wherever.
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30 Jan 2013 14:16

The main reason for having digital is that you will always have the game available.

Part of why people drop Animal Crossing games after a while is because you want to play other games and eventually just shelve Animal Crossing and can't be bothered to keep swapping it just to see what's new in town, and then you don't want to go back solely because you know everyone moved and the weeds are overgrown and it's like "Ehhh... I don't... want to deal with that".

If you get AC digitally, it's always there and you can just boot it right up and keep playing inbetween sessions or when you're out without even having to change the card in your console. Go to a friend's house, they have it, but you have Luigi in there? No problem. Can just play via the SD card.

Another game that will probably see a lot of digital sales is Pokemon.

Pokemon, Mario Kart, Animal Crossing and Super Smash Bros. are the only games that I can understand having digital copies of (from Nintendo), since they are things you will want to be able to play at any and all times given the chance.

When Nintendo makes a real account system, I'll embrace the hell out of digital retail titles I don't fear losing.

Having said that, I still want physical copies to go with my collection of other Pokemon and SSB games. MK and AC I'd buy digitally, but $40 is still too much for me to spend on data that is not safe thanks to Nintendo's stance on not having a real account.
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30 Jan 2013 14:20

Not shocking at all. When the title hits the US I'll be one of the digital purchasers as well. I'm glad people are embracing digital distribution, it definitely has its uses! (I'm still largely pro-physical)
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30 Jan 2013 14:39

What's interesting is Nintendo is following through with actually revealing real digital numbers and as such we can infer that they are selling well and that they are making a good amount of profit off of digital, something that no one else is willing to do, show real numbers I mean.

I still wonder why no one else is willing to do this. Why is Nintendo the first, and still ONLY one doing this? Digital would be far more accepted if people were willing to talk real numbers. Or is Nintendo the only one who's been able to actually leverage digital into a profitable proposition?

Point being, Nintendo is being open about digital. Well, far more than anyone else anyway. Really makes you wonder why no one else is willing to be.
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30 Jan 2013 14:46

a record surely , especially since there are no non mh million seller psp game and one million seller on ps3.
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30 Jan 2013 14:48

So when is Nintendo going to give North American gamers a release date or window? I know Animal Crossing games take a lot of time to translate but damn...I think Europe has a release date for it so why not NA?
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30 Jan 2013 14:53

I won't buy digital for one reason: I have had too many SD cards fail on me. (In my 3DS I might add.) I would hate to put 100 hours into something like Animal Crossing, and then lose it all because my SD card crapped out.
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30 Jan 2013 15:06

joshb1983 wrote:I won't buy digital for one reason: I have had too many SD cards fail on me. (In my 3DS I might add.) I would hate to put 100 hours into something like Animal Crossing, and then lose it all because my SD card crapped out.

You could always back up your SD card every so often :)
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30 Jan 2013 17:11

This will be the first retail/digital game I buy digital.
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30 Jan 2013 17:40

mariomaniac45213 wrote:So when is Nintendo going to give North American gamers a release date or window? I know Animal Crossing games take a lot of time to translate but damn...I think Europe has a release date for it so why not NA?


Europe has a release time frame, not necessarily a date. Technically North America has one, as well: "First half of 2013". However, that was said so long ago that I'm no longer taking it seriously.

I really can't say what has held this game back so many times. However, it has really gotten on my nerves, as I'm sure I've made clear enough here. =P It's just that so many games that got announced long after Animal Crossing got released long before it (like Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario Tennis Open, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and now Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon). It's kind of insulting. I know that it can't really be an issue of translating because that did not hold City Folk back from being released internationally.

At this point I'd believe that it's a matter of NOA being jerks long before I'd believe it's a matter of translating. Not that it's an either-or situation here. However, NOA's advertising of this game has been really annoying. Exactly how many times have they shown it at one conference making us believe that it was coming soon, only to have it be a total-non show at the next conference (like at E3 2012) putting us right back at square one? It feels like they must have done it to us a thousand times by now. They must think it's funny.
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30 Jan 2013 18:29

Radiant wrote:I really can't say what has held this game back so many times.

I can, and it's not just translating.

Remember, one of the biggest parts of Animal Crossing is the holidays. Japan has different holidays than North America, than Europe, than Australia. They actually have to reprogram them, design new events, then debug and translate the rest of the game.

It's not a simple issue of just changing the text as some would like to pretend it is.
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30 Jan 2013 18:36

MoldyClay wrote:The main reason for having digital is that you will always have the game available.

Part of why people drop Animal Crossing games after a while is because you want to play other games and eventually just shelve Animal Crossing and can't be bothered to keep swapping it just to see what's new in town, and then you don't want to go back solely because you know everyone moved and the weeds are overgrown and it's like "Ehhh... I don't... want to deal with that".

If you get AC digitally, it's always there and you can just boot it right up and keep playing inbetween sessions or when you're out without even having to change the card in your console. Go to a friend's house, they have it, but you have Luigi in there? No problem. Can just play via the SD card.

Another game that will probably see a lot of digital sales is Pokemon.

Pokemon, Mario Kart, Animal Crossing and Super Smash Bros. are the only games that I can understand having digital copies of (from Nintendo), since they are things you will want to be able to play at any and all times given the chance.

When Nintendo makes a real account system, I'll embrace the hell out of digital retail titles I don't fear losing.

Having said that, I still want physical copies to go with my collection of other Pokemon and SSB games. MK and AC I'd buy digitally, but $40 is still too much for me to spend on data that is not safe thanks to Nintendo's stance on not having a real account.
How lazy would one have to be bothered to switch out a game? I can understand the portability factor (even though there are compact 3D cases that hold a lot of games plus the console), but still.

Honestly, other than games I KNOW won't come out at retail, I never buy digitally. Plus, I lose the chance of reselling. For example, I wouldn't have been able to sell Wild World (which I knew I wouldn't play again with the 3DS version coming out). Nintendo games are known to hold their value, so 6 years after WW first came out, I STILL made over 20 bucks reselling it.

Also, Nintendo's digital account system still sucks, so that's another thing keeping me from embracing digital.
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30 Jan 2013 19:46

void3953 wrote:
Radiant wrote:I really can't say what has held this game back so many times.

I can, and it's not just translating.

Remember, one of the biggest parts of Animal Crossing is the holidays. Japan has different holidays than North America, than Europe, than Australia. They actually have to reprogram them, design new events, then debug and translate the rest of the game.

It's not a simple issue of just changing the text as some would like to pretend it is.


Animal Crossing City Folk had holidays, so I can't buy that being the reason either.
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30 Jan 2013 23:26

I bet Pokemon will have a high percentage of digital purchases as well.

Great sales for the game, both retail and digital.

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