Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has told Japanese publication The Nikkei that he is dumbfounded by the incredible sales set by Animal Crossing: New Leaf in Japan. As we already reported the game has sold over two million copies in Japan, with approximately 1 in every 110 people now owning a copy. Iwata says that a growing number of sales are down to an increase in female and social gamers, with the highest percentage in the first three weeks of sales being 19 to 24-year-old women. Iwata says that it’s ”an age range found typically in fewer numbers for Nintendo”.
“These are the sort of numbers that leave me dumbfounded. I’ve never seen anything like it; a game that sells like this on a Nintendo hardware.”
“For a 47 minute video with developers talking casually about a game to have 1.6 million views is almost impossible, like really something unusual, I think.”