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According to the latest sales data from GSD, Nintendo Switch was Europe's best-selling games console of 2021. This means that Nintendo's hybrid machine outsold its competitors across several major territories last year: Europe, the US, and the company's home country of Japan.

The new data, shared by, confirms that Switch's European sales actually declined year on year, but the console remained on top as stock shortages hit both PS5 and Xbox Series X systems. It had previously been confirmed that Switch had topped the 2021 charts in both the US and Japan, as well as the UK.

GSD's data also reveals Europe's top 20 best-selling games of 2021, although the chart isn't 100% accurate owing to the fact that Nintendo does not disclose digital sales for its self-published titles. Only physical sales data is known for all titles marked with an asterisk below – with digital sales included, it's possible they would have made it higher in the rankings.

Position Title
1 FIFA 22 (EA)
2 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
3 FIFA 21 (EA)
4 Call of Duty: Vanguard (Activision Blizzard)
5 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)*
6 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
7 Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Nintendo)*
8 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
9 Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
10 Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)
11 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)*
12 F1 2021 (EA/Codemasters)
13 Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)
14 Minecraft: Switch Edition (Nintendo/Mojang)*
15 Pokémon Brilliant Diamond (Nintendo)*
16 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft)
17 Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
18 Battlefield 2042 (EA)
19 Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo)*
20 Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)*

Will Switch continue to dominate the charts in 2022? Time will tell...