Ah the beautiful game. It’s the most popular sport in the world, so the news that Mario Strikers: Battle League has already surpassed the lifetime sales of Mario Golf: Super Rush in Europe less than a month after its release will only be perhaps not a huge surprise, even though Super Rush has been out for over a year. We’re big golf fans here at Nintendo Life – no excuse for wearing loud pants – but sure a football match will be better! Being based in the UK, we are legally bound to love football more than any other country. Except that’s not true, if the European physical sales of Mario’s latest kick are to be believed.
According to GSD (Games Sales Data) physical sales figures from GameIndustry.Biz’s June report, it was not the UK but France that demonstrated the lion’s share of football love on the continent. European – at least as far as Mario is concerned – with 40% of all physical copies sold so far falling into the hands of French football (and Switch) fans.
GameIndustryBiz’s Chris Dring pointed out GSD’s stats on Twitter:
These data only take into account physical sales in Europe, so it is possible that other countries have purchased more digital copies. Germany came second in the rankings with just over 19%, with Spain taking bronze with around 10% of euro sales. No, ‘homeland of football’ failed to even make it to the top three!
Battle League came third in Europe’s All Format June rankings behind F1 22 and FIFA 22 – both of which have digital sales included in GSD’s data, remember (Nintendo doesn’t disclose digital sales to include , Sadly). In the UK, the game sold well in its launch week, but fell to 11th in Switch sales this week.
From a physical point of view, then, France seems to have the biggest football fans, at least the Mushroom Kingdom rules version of the sport. In our test, the charming Alex called it “the best sports game on Switch right now”, so much like the good people of France, we too were enthusiastic.
Surprised? Do you think the UK will catch up when the World Cup takes place? Let us know below how you’ve enjoyed the game since its release, or if you’re more of a golfer.