Animal Crossing: New Leaf Tops DmC: Devil May Cry Sales in Japan

The highly successful reboot of the Devil May Cry series, DmC, has proven to be a blockbuster hit across all territories. But even Dante cannot withstand the might of Animal Crossing: New Leaf‘s dominance in Japan.

The Nintendo 3DS game beat DmC to the top spot, with Ninja Theory’s hack-and-slash hit coming in at second place. Again, New Leaf‘s success has once again helped elevate 3DS system sales to new heights.

Unfortunately, the Wii U isn’t doing so hot with only 13,746 units shifted, with the system barely outselling Sony’s PlayStation Portable.

  1. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  2. [PS3] DmC Devil May Cry
  3. [PSP] Gintama no Sugoroku
  4. [PSV] Demon Gaze
  5. [3DS] Fantasy Life
  6. [PSV] Genkai Totsuki Monster Monpiece
  7. [PS3] The God and the Fate Revolution Paradox
  8. [PS3] Hitman: Absolution
  9. [PSP] Digimon Adventure
  10. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
  1. Nintendo 3DS XL – 48,226 (51,015)
  2. Nintendo 3DS – 26,898 (30,840)
  3. PlayStation 3 – 18,322 (19,697)
  4. Wii U – 13,746 (16,654)
  5. PSP – 12,897 (15,343)
  6. PlayStation Vita – 9,748 (9,036)
  7. Wii – 2,093 (2,199)
  8. Xbox 360 – 611 (706)

This isn’t the first time New Leaf has surpassed the sales a popular triple-A release, with the game beating even Black Ops 2 to number one in Japan. Satoru Iwata has recently claimed that he believes that the game’s success is thanks to the popularity of smartphones among the general consumer market. Iwata also talked about how New Leaf learned from the mistakes of its Wii predecessor, City Folk.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is releasing exclusively on the 3DS in North America within the first or second fiscal quarter of 2013. There is currently no word on a European release date.

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