The latest entry in EA's annual footy simulator series, FIFA 21, was the best-selling physical game across Europe in 2020.
The news comes from a new report from GfK Entertainment (thanks, GamesIndustry.biz) which tracks physical sales data across a number of European countries including the likes of Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, and the UK. FIFA 21 was reportedly the biggest selling game of the year in 16 of the 19 countries surveyed, including the UK where the series has always performed strongly.
One exception to the rule was France, where Animal Crossing: New Horizons claimed top spot for the year; Nintendo's island getaway, which took the world by storm during the earlier stages of the pandemic, was the second best-selling physical game of the year across Europe as a whole.
Third place went to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a game which not only released as an enhanced edition of the already-existing Mario Kart 8, but also originally launched way back in 2017. The fact that it continues to perform this well three years on shows just how important the Mario Kart franchise is to Nintendo's software efforts.
It would be interesting to see how these three games faired with digital sales also included in the mix, but it's certainly clear to see that 2020 was a great year for Nintendo's big-name titles. Will 2021 bring more of the same?
"It would be interesting to see how these three games faired with digital sales also included in the mix"
Statistically you'd expect the same correlations among these games, unless there is an unexpected cofounder, which influences the randomization of digital vs physical buyers.
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^^My thoughts exactly
Although we live in a football centric region and FIFA is pretty fun, it's really a shame that EA gets so much money for minimal effort. It doesnt matter which FIFA you play, it's all the same.
@Sandro89 I usually pick it up new once every few years. In between I might pick it up when it's on sale for less than €10.
And this is why EA never really tries.. why bother when they can print money for little effort?
And if it doesn’t sell, they can blame the machine
I'm honestly not all that surprised, by the top three best selling physical games in Europe, it's pretty much what one would expect.
@blockfight I don't play the Fifa games, but I feel that. At least when it comes to the WWE wrestling games anyways, buy a new one every two - three years and you really don't miss out on much. Not much really changes year to year on these sports games, so at least I can put that money towards other games.
At this point, sports games should follow the trend of the other "Games as a Service", with incremental updates in game modes, graphics and content via season passes and the such.
At least, Ultimate Team should be treated as a separate online game, like Rockstar did with Red Dead Online.
I know, I know, as long as people keep paying full price for this games, there's no point in publishers to change the status quo, but that doesn't mean that we can't discuss which is the best way forward with annualized sports games, right?
Animal crossing is likely to have sold disproportionately more in digital form, due to the shortage of physical copies early on in the spring lockdown.
I think the people who play FIFA generally have very little to say about EA. They probably have more to say about football.
That simply isn't the case, the people that would vote with their wallets and complain are still ultimately a 'handfull'. You can't stop parents, friends and family that don't know any better from buying it as gifts or from the purchasers not being clued up on games in that way.
Minorities on gaming forums complain about EA, this does not translate to the wider video gaming market, there will be lots of gamers who buy a console to play the latest Fifa game, but at the same time not obsessed with the hobby, their choice and it's up to them.
And every time I wonder why people keep buying FIFA again and again and again. It's probably because I don't care much for the sport and even if I do play a FIFA game I don't care about having the most recent players either.
To each their own though of course! Wish EA would give the Switch versions of these better attention though.
Note how 'handful' was written like that?
Clarifies alot, obviously I don't know an exact figure, but it doesn't make my point any less relevant.
@johnvboy just thought I'd share because of your Michael Myers pic...it was around 82ish saw the first one...slept with the light on for a week. All these years gone by and I'll never forget that.
Same here, it was advertised on T.V and I begged my mum to let me stay up and watch it, I regretted that I tell you, did not sleep for weeks after.
Some people have different tastes, not the end of the world.
@johnvboy I know exactly how you feel! Haha!
We're your reactions to quick?
Because it certainly flew over your head.
I see now, I got the wrong end of the stick sorry.
Once again, FIFA on the Switch comes out again as just over-glorified football merchandise. Not surprised about the sales, so let's move on.
Though to be fair, my friend who has played both versions of FIFA said that the Switch versions were good if people liked older FIFA games, which is pretty much as true as it gets. I suppose that's one thing that you could consider good.
Vote with your wallet and do not buy it, won't be the first game you will not buy, or the last.
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