Listen, we get it – the Switch is doing incredible business right now. Nintendo’s system took the crown in North America, Japan and the UK, and we’ve now had confirmation that it was top dog in mainland Europe, too.
Sales tracker GSD (thanks, GamesIndustry.biz) – which compiles data from European territories such as Benelux, France, Switzerland, Nordics and Poland – has confirmed that the Switch was Europe’s most popular gaming platform last year, with sales spiking by 22% over the same period in 2019. Switch outsold the PS4 by almost three-to-one, with PS5 taking third place. Xbox Series X was fourth, followed by Xbox One.
In terms of software, Nintendo was the biggest publisher of boxed games in Europe, taking 28% of the market share. EA was second with around half that percentage. Ubisoft led the way in terms of digital sales, with EA again in second (Nintendo does not share specific digital sales data).
FIFA 21 was Europe’s most popular video game in 2020, when taking into account both physical and digital sales. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was third, but, because this doesn’t include downloaded copies of the game, it’s highly likely that it actually ranks higher. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe took 6th position, while Super Mario 3D All-Stars was 12th. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, Ring Fit Adventure and Super Mario Party were 15th, 18th and 20th respectively, while Just Dance 2021 – which sold best on Switch – managed 19th place.
GSD Annual 2020 Top 20 Video Games (Digital + Physical)
|1||FIFA 21 (EA)|
|2||Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)|
|3||Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)*|
|4||FIFA 20 (EA)|
|5||Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)|
|6||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*|
|7||The Last of Us Part 2 (Sony)|
|8||Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)|
|9||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare|
|10||Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)|
|11||NBA 2K20 (2K Games)|
|12||Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)*|
|13||Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)|
|14||Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt)*|
|15||Minecraft: Switch Edition (Nintendo/Microsoft)*|
|16||Ghost of Tsushima (Sony)|
|17||Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft)|
|18||Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)|
|19||Just Dance 2020|
|20||Super Mario Party (Nintendo)*|
*Digital data not available