It didn’t just seem like everyone spent their lockdown playing Animal Crossing — they really were.
Nintendo, the creator of the game for its Switch consoles, reported on Thursday a staggering 541 percent increase in quarterly profit from the previous year.
Behind that number were 10.6 million sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, pushing the Japanese gaming company’s net income to 106.5 billion yen ($1 billion), and the company said “sales of this title continue to be strong with no loss of momentum.” Since it was released, there have been more than 22 million sales of the game, making it the most popular Animal Crossing game by a big margin. The only Nintendo Switch game that has ever sold more is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Animal Crossing has brought in many new customers to Nintendo. Some of those new customers needed to buy a Switch console, and the company said the pandemic had made it difficult to get some of the parts needed to keep up with demand. In some regions there are still shortages. Still, in the second quarter, the Nintendo Switch platform accounted for about 340 billion yen in sales, more than double last year.
Another big-selling game was The Isle of Armor, an expansion of the Pokémon Sword and Shield game. Nintendo said it plans to sell another expansion of the game, The Crown Tundra, in the fall.