Animal Crossing amiibo cards: over 312 000 packs sold at launch in Japan

Nintendo launched the very first series of Animal Crossing amiibo cards last week, alongside Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. Unsurprisingly, they became extremely popular right off the bat, and Nintendo even apologised for the shortages. But despite several additional shipments this week, Nintendo has been forced to delay the launch of the second series of cards, in order to make more for the first series.

And today, thanks to the weekly report by Media Create, we learn that over 312 000 packs of Animal Crossing amiibo cards were sold during the first four days in Japan, with severe shortages throughout the country. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely Media Create will provide sale data for the following weeks, so we are going to wait a little while before getting more data about sales of amiibo cards in Japan.

As for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, it sold 523 000 units during the first four days, with a sell-through ratio of 76.29% (which means total shipments for the first week were 684 960 units). At first, it may seem a bit disappointing compared to Animal Crossing: New Leaf which sold over 600 000 units during the first few days… but with a sellthrough ratio of 96.09%.

Animal Crossing Happy Home DesignerHowever, it should be noted that Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a spin-off, and not a main entry, so its sales are actually off to a great start. Of course, it’s unlikely to sell as much as Animal Crossing: New Leaf in the end (over 4 million units at retail alone), but it’s unlikely Nintendo has such high expectations for the game to begin with.

During last week, over 1 million games were sold in Japan: the first time in three weeks this happened in Japan. The ratio of new game vs “old games” (released before Week 31) was 61.81% vs 28.04% the previous week.

Source: Media Create
Thanks hiska-kun for the heads up.


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