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Switch Sales Up Over 17% in EMEAA in January 2020

Switch Sales Up Over 17% in EMEAA in January 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 May 2020 / 3,847 Views

Nintendo Switch sales were up over 17 percent in EMEAA in January 2020, when compared to January 2019, according to figures from GSD. The data includes physical retail numbers from 17 countries and digital download figures from 16 major publishers from nearly 50 countries. 

The Switch announced for nearly 52 percent of all consoles sold across the retail markets, with the Neon version as the biggest seller. Overall sales for gaming hardware fell 15.8 percent year-over-year, while revenue decreased 13.1 percent. The PS4, Xbox One and 3DS sales all dropped year-over-year.

Software sales for AAA games increase 1.1 percent year-over-year to just over 15 million units. This was helped by an increase in full game downloads that now accounts for a majority of game sales. 8.45 million full games were downloaded in January. Physical game sales fell 5.6 percent to 6.6 million games sold. 66 percent of game sales were digital with 34 percent were sold in a box. 


50 percent of all tracked games were sold for the PlayStation 4, followed by Windows PC with 18.8 percent, the Nintendo Switch at 16.3 percent, and the Xbox One at 11.9 percent. Switch numbers could have been higher if Nintendo provided digital sales. In terms of retail only sales, the PS4 accounted for 47.3 percent of sales, followed by the Switch with 32.9 percent and Xbox One with 25.1 percent. Xbox Game Pass figures are not includes in these numbers. 

The UK was the biggest country in terms of game sales with 16.1 percent of all software sales in the EMEAA market. This is followed by France at 14.5 percent and Germany at 11.8 percent. 

Here are the top 20 best-selling titles (combined physical and digital sales) in EMEAA:

Position Title
1 Grand Theft Auto 5
2 FIFA 20
3 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
4 Call of Duty: Modern Warfared
5 Red Dead Redemption 2
6 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
7 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
8 EA UFC 3
9 Need for Speed: Heat
10 Tekken 7
11 Star Wars Battlefront 2
12 Just Dance 2020
14 NBA 2K20
13 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
15 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
16 Spider-Man
17 Luigi's Mansion 3*
18 God of War
19 Mortal Kombat 11
20 Pokémon Sword*

* Digital data not available.

Here are the top 20 best-selling physical titles in EMEAA:

Position Title
1 FIFA 20
2 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
4 Grand Theft Auto 5
5 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
6 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe - Nintendo
7 Just Dance 2020
8 Luigi's Mansion 3
9 Pokémon Sword
10 Red Dead Redemption 2
11 Need for Speed: Heat
12 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
13 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
14 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
15 New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe
16 NBA 2K20
17 Minecraft
18 Super Mario Party
19 TSuper Smash Bros Ultimate
20 Pokémon Shield

Here are the top 20 best-selling digital titles in EMEAA:

Position Title
1 Grand Theft Auto 5
2 FIFA 20
3 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
4 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
6 Red Dead Redemption 2
7 EA Sports UFC 3
8 Tekken 7
9 Star Wars Battlefront 2
10 Spider-Man
11 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
12 Uno
13 Need for Speed: Heat
14 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
15 Assassin's Creed Origins
16 Mortal Kombat 11
17 God of War
18 Civilization 6
19 Dark Souls 3
20 Resident Evil 2

The physical charts includes all games in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Digital data includes games sold in Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and UAE.
The GSD charts includes games from Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, EA, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Ubisoft and Warner Bros.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Radek (on 28 February 2020)

Nice, now put RDR2 on it :D

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Radek Radek (on 28 February 2020)

Or at least GTA V. Single player on game card, and online to be downloaded from eShop.

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Radek Radek (on 29 February 2020)

Downvoted by some sad fool for no reason.

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peachbuggy (on 29 February 2020)

It's possible it may be up just due to "others" numbers, although they aren't usually very substantial, so maybe a small adjustment is needed. Maybe Switch and PS4 are literally neck and neck in Europe this year?

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CaptainExplosion (on 28 February 2020)

Does EMEAA mean Europe Middle East and Africa?

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And also Australia

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kenjab (on 28 February 2020)

So I'm guessing some adjustments will need to be made in the European numbers for January, since VGC numbers has PS4 outselling Switch in Europe last month?

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Blood_Tears kenjab (on 28 February 2020)

EMEAA is not just Europe. It also includes the middle east and Africa

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ireadtabloids kenjab (on 28 February 2020)

Plus Australia! :)

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JWeinCom (on 28 February 2020)

Cool. Virus may make it hard for Switch to be up YOY though.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 28 February 2020)

So it's been up pretty much everywhere except the US, right?

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