Today is a very special review of game sales in physical format in Spain, the one of best sellers of 2021, with a list that will not surprise those of you who have regularly followed our news, and that reflects the great dominance of Nintendo Switch during the past year.
In this analysis we have taken the sales in the 52 weeks of the year 2021 that go from January 4, 2021 to January 2, 2022, thus squaring the sales in complete weeks. Both titles released in 2021 and titles released before are included in the list, in this way it is a totally real top 10. these were the best-selling titles in physical format in Spain during 2021:
1. FIFA 22 (PS4)
2. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
3. Pokémon Shiny Diamond / Shiny Pearl (Switch)
4. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Switch)
5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)
6. Minecraft (Switch)
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
8. Just Dance 2022 (Switch)
9. FIFA 22 (Switch)
10. Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)
As we have already highlighted at first glance we can see the great domain of the software of Nintendo Switch, occupying eight of the ten positions, despite the fact that the two best-selling games have been for PS4. Another surprising fact is that of the ten best-selling games only four are titles released in 2021, while the other six are prior to this year, including some with considerably more years of life in the market.
The best-selling game in physical format in 2021 was FIFA 22 from PS4 with 341,400 units, selling even more than FIFA 21 the previous year, which ranked third in the top 10 of 2020.
The second best-selling game has been the surprising GTA 5 from PS4 with 304,350 units, selling 58,000 less than in 2020 when it was the best seller of the year, a detail that does not take away from the surprising thing about this title that was released for PS4 in 2014 but remains super strong.
The third best-selling title and the first for Nintendo Switch is Pokémon Shiny Diamond / Shiny Pearl with 228,850 units, a more than good figure for a game that received a lot of criticism before, during and after its launch.
Of the rest of the titles, comment that Minecraft para Switch remains one more year within the ten best-selling games with almost the same units sold as in 2020, since this 2021 has managed to sell again 159,600 units. Another title that continues to have iron health despite being quite a few years old is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Switch, which has been the seventh best-selling title with 140,000 units, about 23,000 less than the previous year, which does not mean a big difference.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is another of the titles that have continued to appear regularly in the weekly top 10, selling 180,350 units in 2021, a figure logically lower than the 350,000 sold in 2020 that made it the second best-selling game of the year.
Interesting data Just Dance 2022 for Switch which has been the eighth best-selling despite being a title launched in the middle of the Christmas campaign, with 123,550 units. Also interesting it FIFA 22 Legacy Edition for Switch as the ninth best-selling with 121,800 units, remembering that FIFA 21 for the same console it did not manage to enter the top 10 of 2020, and that it has also been the same game for several years, since they only update the templates.
Finally highlight the tenth best-selling game, Ring Fit Adventure with 87,300 units, surely due to the social situation and the preference of people to play sports at home.
We will see if in this 2022 the undisputed dominance of the Nintendo Switch of the market continues or if the new generation titles begin to get their heads out and get among the best sellers of the year, despite the fact that the situation of lack of stock of the consoles next-gen makes us think that we will have hegemony of Nintendo software again.