Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have reason to celebrate in the European gaming markets today, as GSD Market Data reveals that Pokémon Legends: Arceus was the best-selling physical game in Europe in the first half of the year.
The data — reported on by GamesIndustry.biz — reveals that overall game sales have grown by 13.5% compared to the same period last year (January to June 2021 compared to January to June 2022). Of the 76.1 million games, 32 million were physical, while 44 million were sold digitally.
As a reminder, Nintendo doesn't provide digital game sales, so when tallying up total game sales (digital and physical), Elden Ring is the best-selling game by a comfortable margin. But Arceus, even without digital sales, sits in third place behind FIFA 22.
Despite this, Pokémon Legends: Arceus was actually the best-selling game overall in Germany and France. Elden Ring took the top spot in the UK, while FIFA 22 was number one in Spain and Italy.
While game sales have done pretty well over the past six months in Europe, hardware has been struggling. Console sales have seen a drop of 21% year-on-year, according to GSD Market Data, with PS5 shortages being cited as a big reason for the drop.
But Nintendo and Microsoft have bucked the trend here. The Switch is the best-selling hardware for the first half of 2022, and it's also seen a 7% increase in sales based on the same period last year. And both Xbox Series consoles have seen a 9% increase.
We're now in the second half of the year, Nintendo has a few big titles coming up — and with Pokémon's dominance already obvious, it's hard not to imagine Pokémon Scarlet & Violet also making a huge impact on the numbers.
Let us know what you think of the European sales data in the comments!
Please note that some external links on this page are affiliate links, which means if you click them and make a purchase we may receive a small percentage of the sale. Please read our FTC Disclosure for more information.