The first half of 2022 It has been a good period for video game sales, but not so much for consoles. Semiconductor shortages and stock issues, particularly on the PlayStation 5, caused a 21% decline in console sales.
only some sold over 2 million consoles new in Europe during the first six months of 2022, although it is a very incomplete figure, since it excludes the two largest markets, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Nintendo Switch it was the best-selling console, increasing its sales by 7%, consolidating unusual growth for a console over five years old.
Xbox Series X/S also enjoyed a 9% increase compared to the same period last year, but instead PS5 sales fell sharply, down 44% than the same period in 2021.
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This data comes from GSD Market Date (via GamesInustry).
Despite the recession, users who already have consoles did buy a lot of games, 13.5% more between January-June 2022 than in the same period in 2021.
In total, 76.1 million games: 32 million were in physical format, 44 million in digital. Again, an incomplete figure because digital sales only include mainly the large AAA publishers and exclude Nintendo (whose ratio, however, is still usually inclined to the physical).
In fact, Pokémon Legends Arceus was the best-selling game in physical format in all of Europe, but counting physical and digital sales, the best-seller was Elden Ring, by quite a distance.
Of course, it depends on the markets. Elden Ring was the best seller in the UK, Pokémon Legends Arceus was the best seller in Germany and France. And in Spain? Neither, The best-selling game in Spain in the last six months was FIFA 22 (also in Italy).
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Best-selling games in Europe (January-June 2022)
Elden Ring (Bandai Namco) FIFA 22 (EA) Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Nintendo)* Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar) LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Warner Bros) Horizon: Forbidden West (Sony) Gran Turismo 7 (Sony) Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)* Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar) Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo)* Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo)* Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo)* NBA 2K22 (2K Games) F1 2022 (Codemasters) Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Nintendo)* Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla (Ubisoft) Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain (Nintendo)* Call of Duty: Vanguard (Activision Blizzard) Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft) Just Dance 2022 (Ubisoft)
Games with an asterisk*, those from Nintendo, exclude digital sales, as Nintendo does not provide the data. Still, it’s unlikely that Pokémon Arceus would have overtaken Elden Ring: FromSoftware’s latest is on course to become the best-selling game of the year.
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