It isn’t a secret or a surprise that Nintendo sees sales boosts and more people get into its hardware ecosystem through mobile games like Pokémon GO and Super Mario Run. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free] recently released across the world and it has made an impact in Japan on sales for the massively popular 3DS game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf already. On the Media Create weekly sales charts, Animal Crossing: New Leaf was boosted to the 9th position from 19th the week before. It saw a 214% increase over the week.

09./19. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) - 10.806 / 281.571 (+214%)

It is going to be interesting seeing how that is affected and how much of a difference Pocket Camp makes to the Switch Animal Crossing game that releases in the future. Watch our first look for Pocket Camp below:

Read our review for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp here and check out our guides on it here and here. There’s also a late game guide you can check here. There’s always our forum thread for any discussion as well. Download Pocket Camp for free on iOS or Android right now. Read our first impressions here.

  • Nathan Reinauer

    I finally bought a 3DS after playing Super Mario Run, so I guess the strategy worked on me too.

    • Jimmy Boy

      except according to Reggie Super Mario Run made people run out nearly a year later and buy a Switch to play Super Mario Odyssey, because Run made them fall in love with 3D Mario games, despite being in 2D. Yeah, I don't understand that logic either...

  • SashJ

    What a failed opportunity to sell Switchs and a new Animal Crossing game.

    • Jimmy Boy

      Amen! Think about how many Animal Crossing: Switch copies they could be selling right now instead of continuing to push a 5 year old game. I mean the update last year was good, but they're continuing to push a game that came out in 2012! I have a feeling they won't stop pushing New Leaf until it finally passes Wild World in lifetime sales, but the problem is it's risking future Switch sales, because people are excited right now for Animal Crossing, a year from now they may move on, and/or given the price differences may pass entirely on it, because it's triple what they paid for New Leaf!

  • primalxconvoy

    Well, it already inspired me to play Animal Crossing again on my DS Emulator on my phone, instead of the turgid, P2W version shoveled onto mobile.

    • Jimmy Boy

      except think about how well a new Animal Crossing game on Switch would be selling right now if it were building off this momentum, instead of a game that over 11 million people the last 5+ years have bought prior to this mobile release! A year from now are people going to still be as hyped for the series as they are right now? Plus, Nintendo expects new people who only paid $20 for NL to turn around and pay $60 for the next one, that's going to be a hard sell (not to mention they're also likely to be on different platforms, unlike Pokemon Sun/Moon which were also on 3DS, meaning they'll have to shell out another $300 for the system). Nintendo failed to capitalize on this hype and really push Animal Crossing: Switch.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        This would be a good argument if Switches weren’t still impossible to find in stock anywhere. They don’t need any help selling Switches or Switch software. Revitalization of old 3DS games? That’s a different story.

      • Modjular

        It seems like Nintendo wants to have their cake and eat it too with the 3DS line and the mobile Switch. As someone else pointed out, aren't they just fighting with themsleves in the mobile console arena?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Not really, they're totally different demographics. You can pick up a 2DS used pretty easily these days for $60. The platform is still doing quite well, as Nintendo primarily appeals to people who don't constantly need to have the newest thing the day it comes out.

      • Jimmy Boy

        so, that means Nintendo believes people will spend $20 this year, and/or $100 for a system, and next year will spend $300 for a Switch AND $60 for Animal Crossing? Good luck convincing people to pay triple for the next in the series!

      • Jimmy Boy

        Ignore Eli, he doesn't know, they are competing with themselves, this is why they're having to push old games. Look, if they were really serious about getting more fans into Animal Crossing they'd have put out a Switch version that would explode in sales, because what everyone seems to be missing here is that longtime fans like me have had to wait an insanely long time between iterations. Why? Because Nintendo continues to push the 3DS and its insanely old New Leaf, instead of what would easily have outsold all prior in the series. Nintendo's using the 3DS as this "bridge" between mobile and Switch- even Reggie said himself they believe people will be introduced to their IP through mobile, then get a game in the series (on 3DS), then "transition" to Switch, but so far, we have no proof of that, because his Pokemon example doesn't work, there is no Switch game, will Switch's game outsell 3DS's? We don't know, it hasn't been released, we do know it helped the 3DS, because Sun/Moon had the best launch in franchise history. When Switch comes out will it also build off the Go hype? Probably not, they're banking on Sun/Moon owners carrying over to Switch, hence Reggie's words that 3DS owners will move onto Switch, but that is a major MAJOR price jump right now

      • Modjular

        I actually posed that as a more rhetorical question, I'm of the opinion that each console has its place. I disagree that the 3DS is past it's prime, it's maybe old news to the people that bought it day one but I think nintendo has it's eye on all the kids that play on their parent's phones that are getting interested in more substatial games. There wasn't any competition back with the first DS, but with smartphones nowadays, I think it's imperative that Nintendo have this accessible bridge between smartphones and the meatier offerings of the switch.

        Honestly, you just seem irked because AC:Switch Edition hasn't come out? Haven't you seen the speculation around the internet that it'll come out around the 2018 Holidays? Which makes sense seeing as the studio is freed up from Pocket camp and Splatoon 2.

      • Jimmy Boy

        Yes, Reggie touts how the 3DS increased in 2016, but what he failed to mention, and it's not surprising, he's a PR guy, that's only in the West. If you look up 3DS sales in Japan, unlike the West, they've been declining. Last fiscal year fell to its lowest amount shipped yet of 1.99 million, and after this summer when the New 2DS XL dropped, it had a higher pace than last year in Japan. However, that quickly fell off, because it's back to tracking BELOW last year's sales according to Media Create and is unless sales double for it (without anything big to release either), then we're looking at another year of lower sales. Look, it's now older than the original DS when the DS launched, Nintendo released 6 different models of the thing to continue sales, it's way past its prime in Japan, otherwise it wouldn't need to have constant revisions to spark declining sales. Satoru Iwata in 2013 saw both the Wii U and the 3DS struggling, especially in Japan, so he merged the divisions. He made mention how long development times were hurting both systems, which is why both were significantly below their predecessors in sales- Wii U isn't the only product who lost 80+ million users, the DS sold 154 million systems, while the 3DS has struggled to reach 70 million in nearly 7 years- not to mention that the 3DS is now older than the DS when the 3DS debuted, so this would be like people wanting the DS to continue on, instead of focusing on 3DS in 2012. Iwata's plan was for mobile and Switch (NX) to be Nintendo's future, Kimishima has lost that strategy, and now creates this middle product which is going try to act as a bridge between the two, but again, you're going to have to convince people who only paid $100 as a minimum amount for a new game/system to now pay $360 for a new game/system, so yeah, good luck with that.

      • Jimmy Boy

        You're also ignoring a glaring fact. Wild World had a print run from December, 2004 to March 31, 2010. That's 4 years, 3 months. New Leaf came out, even if you use the NA date of June, 2013, that's 4 years and 6 months this coming month. You completely missed the point, it's games they could also be selling, you're only looking at Switch, you're forgetting Animal Crossing. Whether or not they actually get a Switch isn't the case, the next Animal Crossing WILL be $60 when it comes out. New Leaf is now $20 NEW, so Nintendo believes those newbies who just paid $20 will then pay TRIPLE for the next one? Yeah, good luck with that, I'm sure people will still be excited for the franchise a whopping year after the app's release...

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I’m not sure what you’re upset about. Nintendo clearly knows what they’re doing. I don’t know why me agreeing with their strategy has your feathers so ruffled.

      • Jimmy Boy

        If Nintendo knew what they were doing a $60 game would be FAAAAAR outgrossing a $20 game with the same sales numbers. Stay in your small little world there, clearly you have no idea how to make money, it's evident you want a $20 product to outsell a $60 product. Explains why you're not a millionaire.

      • Jimmy Boy

        it's your ignorance from being retarded, so I get it now, you're just a big retard, that's why you're too stupid to understand.

      • Shaun James Musgrave

        I'm hesitant to stick my fingers in here, and I'm sure I'll regret it, but what you seem to be missing here is why it has been so long since the last full Animal Crossing game release. The biggest reason is that the Wii U faceplanted. I can almost guarantee we would have had a Wii U installment by now had the system not failed, but it did. That changed a *lot* of plans at Nintendo, and quite hastily, I'd imagine. For example, there's no way that Mario Odyssey didn't spend most of its development life as a Wii U game, just like Zelda did. I suspect the shift in plans is why the 3DS game got that major update, as Nintendo has not done an unplanned major (and free!) like that for any other game. The campsite was likely something they whipped together to try to keep fans busy while they figured out the next move. Ditto the spin-off games that basically existed to milk the assets and sell Amiibos.

        We also need to take into account that the biggest unexpected bright spot of the Wii U, Splatoon, was developed by the same group that develops the Animal Crossing games (they also made Nintendo Land and much of the system software for the Wii U like the Plaza). Understandably, Nintendo wanted Splatoon to make a first-year appearance on the Switch to try to keep the fire burning on their latest hit IP and encourage the Wii U base (such as it was) to make the move to the new console.

        Finally, we also have to consider Nintendo's general strategy with the Animal Crossing series. Its core fan-base tends to skew towards more casual players who are unlikely to buy the newest and hottest hardware right away. Rather, the series tends to release like clockwork a year or two after a new piece of hardware launches. The only exceptions to that rule were the Gamecube version (which came in the GCN's first year but was a quick port of the N64 original, so something of a Twilight Princess or Breath of the Wild situation) and the Wii U, which showed pretty clear signs of failure before its first year was even up.

        There's nothing unusual about an Animal Crossing game not appearing in the first year of a Nintendo platform's life. It's the norm. That's even leaving aside the fact that the Animal Crossing team is responsible for more than just Animal Crossing, or that nobody really knew how the Switch was going to sell and thus had to split focus between the new platform and the back-up plan of treading water with the 3DS for another year. We know now the Switch is a success. We also know that the 3DS tailed off far quicker than most expected. But I wouldn't have bet the farm on that at the beginning of this year, and I doubt I was alone in that.

        Honestly, even with the benefit of hindsight, I'm not sure that having Animal Crossing in 2017 would have been worth *not* having Splatoon 2 in 2017. You talk about people "moving on" from Animal Crossing or that they won't be hyped for a new game by next year, but that's really quite absurd. Animal Crossing is one of the largest franchises in Nintendo's stable, particularly with regards to handheld versions.

        The 10+ million who bought Wild World and New Leaf will show up for the Switch version whenever it comes. That some people are playing the mobile version and wanting to go back and revisit New Leaf while they wait isn't going to make a lot of difference in that regard. We're talking ten thousand sales here. It's spit in the bucket beyond the fact that we can clearly point at the cause of the sales spike.

        It's also in Japan, where people couldn't easily buy a Switch even if they wanted one. I've literally not seen a single Switch on a store shelf at retail price here in the entire ten months the system has been out. Even if AC was out on the Switch, you're looking at a hypothetical cost of 48,000 yen for system plus game vs plopping down 2,500 yen to buy the older game on a piece of hardware that you probably already have kicking around the house. If the person's entire impetus for wanting to play a full Animal Crossing game is that the free phone version is kind of fun, I doubt they're going to blow their Christmas bonus on the idea.

        Short version: There are lots of good reasons why Nintendo wouldn't break their usual Animal Crossing release pattern. Be patient, you'll be knee-deep in Nook debt by next Christmas, I'm sure.

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        stfu noob

      • Jimmy Boy

        Three words disprove you- Happy Home Designer. I don't know to laugh at your ignorance or cry

      • Shaun James Musgrave

        Thank you. I'm glad I spent 20 minutes laying out a thoughtful and detailed post to get that reply. I honestly should have known better.

      • Jimmy Boy

        Jared Nelson is right
        stfu noob

    • Mr Willow

      You mean you're not playing the original on a Gamecube you duct taped a small CRT too? Poser 😉

  • http://www.unexpect3rd.com unexpect3rd

    I was expecting such an effect, the mobile version won't quench the fans thirst for a new AC with its current features and gameplay (or the lack thereof). It would only fan the need for a full AC game. At the same time it would act as a double edge blade for new comers to the series, either spark more interest in the franchise or turn them off. Either way, being a free to play makes the mobile version a great introduction/sneak peak into this great franchise.

    • Jimmy Boy

      it'll be interesting to see how many of these newbies getting New Leaf stay with the franchise, because unlike Pokemon Sun/Moon, the next Animal Crossing iteration is expected to be on the higher priced platform. It's one thing to get people who only paid $20 for a game to pay $40 for the next new game if they already have the system, but it's another to get them to pay $60, on top of $300 if they don't already have the system.

  • Jimmy Boy

    Think about how well a new Animal Crossing game on Switch would be selling right now if it were building off this momentum, instead of a game that over 11 million people the last 5+ years have bought prior to this mobile release! A year from now are people going to still be as hyped for the series as they are right now? Plus, Nintendo expects new people who only paid $20 for NL to turn around and pay $60 for the next one, that's going to be a hard sell (not to mention they're also likely to be on different platforms, unlike Pokemon Sun/Moon which were also on 3DS, meaning they'll have to shell out another $300 for the system). Nintendo failed to capitalize on this hype and really push Animal Crossing: Switch.