Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released in the . on June 9th, 2013. Players who opted for the eShop version were able to begin downloading the game at midnight EST. New Leaf was previously released in Japan on November 8th, 2012, where it was met with imm ediate critical and commercial success. Within the first week, the game sold nearly 800,000 units in Japan (quadruple what The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword sold in the same time frame.) Famitsu, the largest gaming publication in Japan, awarded the game a near-perfect 39/40 score.