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UK charts 2021: Switch overtakes PS5 right at the end to become the UK’s No.1 console

Nintendo UK will undoubtedly be popping the champagne today as it has emerged via Games Industry that the Nintendo Switch family of consoles were the best-selling gaming console of 2021 in the United Kingdom. Nintendo’s console, which launched in March 2017, overtook Sony’s newer PlayStation 5 console right at the last moment during the last few weeks of December to claim the title of best-selling video game system of 2021 here in the United Kingdom. All together an impressive 35.8 million digital and physical games were sold last year, along with 3.36 million consoles and 10.6 million accessories. Games Industry also reports that EA was the biggest digital games publisher and Nintendo was the biggest in terms of physical sales. The United Kingdom is the leading video game market in Europe, so this is very impressive.

“The No.1 console in the UK was Nintendo Switch, which overtook PlayStation 5 in the final weeks of the year. Half a million Switch consoles were sold over November and December alone, helped by a Mario Kart 8: Deluxe bundle that launched during Black Friday, and the new OLED version, which launched in October.  It was the Nintendo Switch’s second-biggest year by quite a large margin, but was down over 2020. During that year, the console surged in popularity due to the COVID-19 lockdowns.”

GSD 2021 Top 10 Games (Physical)

1FIFA 22 (EA)
2Call of Duty: Vanguard (Activision Blizzard)
3Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)
4Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
5Minecraft: Switch Edition (Nintendo/Mojang)
6Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Nintendo)
7Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)
8FIFA 21
9Pokémon Brilliant Diamond (Nintendo)
10Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)

GSD 2021 Top 10 Games (Digital)

(Note that Nintendo doesn’t publish digital games sales)

1FIFA 22 (EA)
2Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
3Call of Duty: Vanguard (Activision Blizzard)
4Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
5FIFA 21 (EA)
6Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
7F1 2021 (EA/Codemasters)
8Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft)
9Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
10Battlefield 2042 (EA)

GfK 2021 Top 10 Accessories

1PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller – White (Sony)
2Xbox Wireless Controller – Carbon Black (Microsoft)
3Pulse 3D Wireless Headset for PS4/PS5 – White (Sony)
4PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller – Midnight Black (Sony)
5PS4 DualShock 4 Controller – Black (Sony)
6Xbox Wireless Controller – Robot White (Microsoft)
7Ear Force Recon 50X Headset Black (Turtle Beach)
8Ear Force Recon 50P Headset Black (Turtle Beach)
9DualSense Charging Station for PS5 (Sony))
10Ear Force Recon 70X Headset Black (Turtle Beach


3 thoughts on “UK charts 2021: Switch overtakes PS5 right at the end to become the UK’s No.1 console”

  1. The UK is also Nintendo Land. It is good that the gaming industry is very healthy. Sony and Xbox didn’t do too shabby on the accessory department.


  2. The fact that there’s two FIFA games on that list, with one of them at the No. 1 spot, depresses me immensely.
    Why do people keep supporting that awful series, as well as EA’s scummy practices?

  3. To a fresh morning realization my mind has awoken. The Switch was the number one selling console in the UK, in its fifth year, going into its sixth one. 2022 unlike 2021 has massive Nintendo first party software releasing, with a compliment of major 3rd party titles 🧐 🎮. It’s a wonderful year for gaming again.


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