GSD has just published the 20 best-selling games in Europe in 2021; a top in which we find a lot of “longsellers” released in previous years and seven Nintendo Switch games, and even nine counting the two from Fifa. In fact, if Fifa 22 takes the lead in the ranking of the best-selling games in Europe in 2021, we also find Fifa 21 in the third position! The first four places are also occupied by the great multigames that triumph above all on the competing consoles. But Nintendo is lurking… If we find the inevitable Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Japanese company still manages to place a new title (or almost) released in 2021, Super Mario 3D World +, in the top 10 Bowser’s fury. We also found Pokémon Sparkling Diamond in 15th place, even though it was released at the end of the year. A great performance especially since when combining its sales with those of Pokémon Pearl Shining, the game would finish in fifth place, and perhaps even higher, since Nintendo has not communicated the eShop sales of the two titles. Mario Party Superstars, also released in late 2021 (and just counting physical sales), managed to find a small spot at the bottom of the Top 20 just ahead of Ring Fit Adventure. Little surprise, we find Minecraft in 14th place in the Switch version, which therefore continues to sell very well on the Nintendo console, more than 4 years after its launch on Switch.
Overall, 2021 has been a good year in terms of video game sales in Europe. In fact, according to GSD, in 2021 more than 170 million video games (digital + physical), seven million consoles and 19 million accessories were sold in Europe. It is true that fewer games were sold compared to the year (-9.5%), but it must be recognized that 2020 is also an exceptional year due to repeated lockdowns around the world. Comparing 2021 to 2019, the video game market is up 12.3%. The Nintendo Switch was once again the best-selling console, taking advantage of the good times but also the shortcomings of its competitors, losing “only” 6% compared to 2020 (which was once again “exceptional”).
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Top 20 GSD video games sold in Europe in 2021 (digital + physical)
Position Title 1
fifa22 (EA) 2 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar) 3
fifa21 (EA) 4 Call of Duty: Vanguard (Activision Blizzard) 5
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)*6 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar) 7
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Nintendo)* 8 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard) 9 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft) 10 Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony) 11
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)* 12 F1 2021 (EA/Codemasters) 13 Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft) 14
Minecraft: Switch Edition (Nintendo/Mojang)* 15
Pokemon Shiny Diamond (Nintendo)* 16 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft) 17 Resident Evil Village (Capcom) 18 Battlefield 2042 (EA) 19
Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo)*20
ring shaped adventure (Nintendo)*
* Numerical data not available
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