Now that we’re already in the second half of 2021, the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK) is taking stock of game sales for consoles. The best-selling console game to date might surprise many.
GfK’s survey is about sales of physical copies of video games in Europe. For consoles, there is a surprising winner, but it is likely to be ousted again in the second half of the year. These are the three best-selling console games in 2021.
“Super Mario 3D World + Bowsers Fury is the best-selling console game.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury from February 2021 is a real surprise winner. Although the Switch re-release of the Wii U classic released in 2013 is only available on the Nintendo Switch, it sold better than the second-placed FIFA 21, which was launched across all consoles. The best explanation for the triumph over the soccer simulation is its release date. FIFA 21 was released in October 2020, and the game is particularly popular at release time and in the run-up to Christmas. This period alone was enough to make it the best-selling video game in Germany in 2020.
It can therefore be expected that the successor, FIFA 22, will easily pass Super Mario 3D World + Bowsers Fury by the end of 2021.
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Game from 2017 in 3rd place
Only just behind FIFA 21 is an absolute classic for the Nintendo Switch. The fun racer “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe”, which was released back in 2017, is apparently still enjoying great popularity four years later. The Mario Kart games are among the most popular video game series ever. So it’s not surprising that gamers are still buying the eighth part now, helping the racing spectacle to a place among the best-selling console games. After all, there is no newer spin-off to date. For Nintendo, the console ranking at the end of the half-year is therefore extremely pleasing.
In the PC sector, “The Sims 4” is in the lead
You would think there were no more current games. In the separately surveyed ranking for the best-selling PC games in Europe (also physical copies), “The Sims 4” comes out on top. The cult game was launched on the market back in 2014! In this segment, however, it should be noted that the number of game downloads is exorbitantly high, especially on the PC. PC players now download 94 percent of all games sold. The result is therefore not really meaningful. Across consoles and PCs, the figure is 58 percent.