Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has reportedly told Japanese publication Nikkei that he's "dumbfounded" by sales of the new Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS game in Japan, which just passed the 2 million mark.

“These are the sort of numbers that leave me dumbfounded," he reportedly said (the original article is in Japanese). "I’ve never seen anything like it; a game that sells like this on a Nintendo hardware.”

We've got to agree—and Animal Crossing? We enjoy the series, but you'd think Mario and Zelda games would do better. Not so, apparently. Iwata attributed a chunk of Animal Crossing sales to social, casual and female gamers between 19 and 24 years old, a demo he says Nintendo can't always reach.

Wonder if New Leaf will do as well in the West?

[via My Nintendo News via reddit]