Nintendo sales

Nintendo physical game sales accounted for 47% of all UK retail game sales in 2021

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While sales of digital games increase year after year, Nintendo remains the champion of physical media. And that’s reflected in the 2021 sales charts, as the Big N accounted for 47% of physical game media sales last year.

Games like FIFA 22 and Grand Theft Auto V saw a big slice of the digital pie in 2021, but others like the whole Call of Duty series have seen their numerical shares fall.

Nintendo doesn’t currently share its digital sales, but its overall results are nothing to sneeze at, though the numbers may hide a plateau in the digital sales numbers.

Last year’s UK sales below show some familiar faces, with a few new Nintendo releases sneaking in with big numbers.

Here’s a look at the top 20 best-selling games in the UK this year (thanks, Gamesindustry.biz!):

Title Units sold Digital Sales
FIFA 22 2,338,778 60.8%
Call of Duty: Vanguard 975 339 58.3%
Grand Theft Auto V 967 242 76.9%
FIFA 21 602 224 62.3%
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 599,881 Non published
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 549 490 74.3%
Spider-Man: Miles Morales 505 803 30.6%
Animal Crossing: New Horizons 457 407 Non published
Minecraft 445 124 18.3%
Red Dead Redemption 2 395,669 78.2%
F1 2021 371 470 64.1%
far cry 6 371,020 44.7%
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla 358 379 48.1%
Resident Evil Village 331 252 54.8%
Super Mario 3D World + Bower’s Fury 321,010 Non published
Battlefield 2042 297,462 58.6%
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege 236,834 96.3%
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 225,477 18.4%
Pokemon Shiny Diamond 210 507 Non published
guardians of the galaxy 192,576 27.4%

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