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Switch Sales Drop 26% in H1 2021 in EMEAA, PlayStation and Xbox Gain Marketshare

Switch Sales Drop 26% in H1 2021 in EMEAA, PlayStation and Xbox Gain Marketshare - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 September 2021 / 3,569 Views

2.7 million video game consoles were sold in EMEAA in the first half of 2021, according to the latest data from GSD and reported by GamesIndustry. Specific countries covered for hardware sales are France, Benelux, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Nordics, Australia and New Zealand.

The 2.7 million consoles sold is up four percent compared to the same period in 2020. The growth was driven by the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Sony and Microsoft had a combined marketshare of 53 percent, which is up from 40 percent in the same period last year. 

Nintendo Switch sales in EMEAA are down by over 26 percent compared to the first half of 2020. However, despite the drop in sales it remains the best-selling console across EMEAA.

While Switch sales are down in the first half of 2021 compared to 2020, sales are up by nearly 38 percent when compared to 2019. 

Switch Sales Drop 26% in H1 2021 in EMEAA, PlayStation and Xbox Gain Marketshare

82 million games were sold in EMEAA in the first half of 2021, which is down 22 percent compared to the same period in 2020. The first lockdown in Europe a year ago did cause a big bump in game sales. Sales in 2021 are up 5.6 percent compared to 2019. 

Digital game sales from tracked publishers dropped 26 percent to just over 53 million, while physical sales from tracked countries dropped 14 percent to 29 million. 67 percent of the overall software sales were digital across the tracked countries. 

FIFA 21 was the best-selling game in the first six month, while Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury was the best-selling new release.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury was the best-selling game for the Switch, Spider-Man: Miles Morales was the top-selling PS5 game, while Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was the best-selling Xbox Series X|S game. FIFA 21 was the number one PS4 game, while Grand Theft Auto V was the best-selling Xbox One game.

Grand Theft Auto V was the best-selling game in the UK, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury was number one in Germany, and FIFA 21 was number one in France, Spain and Italy. 

Switch Sales Drop 26% in H1 2021 in EMEAA, PlayStation and Xbox Gain Marketshare

Check out the software charts below:

GSD EMEAA H1 2021 Top 20 Games (Digital + Physical Only)

Position Title
1 FIFA 21 (EA)
2 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
3 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision)
4 Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury* (Nintendo)
5 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft)
6 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
7 Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
8 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe* (Nintendo)
9 Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
10 NBA 2K21 (2K Games)
11 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* (Nintendo)
12 Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)
13 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Bandai Namco)
14 Ring Fit Adventure* (Nintendo)
15 Just Dance 2021 (Ubisoft)
16 Minecraft: Switch Edition (Mojang)
17 Little Nightmares 2 (Bandai Namco)
18 Mortal Kombat 11 (Warner Bros)
19 Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco)
20 Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)

*Digital data not available

GSD EMEAA H1 2021 Top Ten New Games (Digital + Physical)

Position Title
1 Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Nintendo)
2 Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
3 Little Nightmares 2 (Bandai Namco)
4 Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)
5 It Takes Two (EA)
6 Outriders (Square Enix)
7 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Sony)
8 Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (EA)
9 New Pokémon Snap (Nintendo)
10 Persona 5 Strikers (Atlus)

GSD EMEAA H1 2021 Top Ten Games (Digital Only)

Position Title
1 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
2 FIFA 21 (EA)
3 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)
4 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
5 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
6 NBA 2K21 (2K Games)
7 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Bandai Namco)
8 Little Nightmares (Bandai Namco)
9 Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco)
10 Resident Evil Village (Capcom)

GSD EMEAA H1 2021 Top Ten Games (Physical Only)

Position Title
1 Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Nintendo)
2 FIFA 21 (EA)
3 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)
4 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
5 Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)
6 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Mojang)
7 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
8 Just Dance 2021 (Ubisoft)
9 Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
10 Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)

GSD digital data includes games from participating companies sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. Participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Big Ben Interactive, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Konami, Microids, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Strelka, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and Bethesda are the notable absentees, alongside smaller studios.

Digital data includes games sold in Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, United Kingdom.

Physical data includes all games, but only those sold in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Console hardware sales cover France, Benelux, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Nordics, Australia and New Zealand. Accessories sales cover France, Benelux, Spain, Italy, Nordics, Australia and New Zealand. Wallet and points cards sales are for France, Benelux, Spain, Italy and Nordics.


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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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9 Comments
SKMBlake (on 04 August 2021)

53% of 2.7 million make 1.431 million for PS5 and Xbox combined.

  • +3
DonFerrari (on 04 August 2021)

Is it time for our friend to talk about the so called cliff?

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icykai DonFerrari (on 04 August 2021)

There is still the OLED version releasing this year. BOTW2 and splatoon 3 releasing next year. A price cut somewhere along the way. I think maybe in 3 years time yea...

Edit: Forgot to mention 2 new pokemons(Gen3 and Legends). Maybe in 4 years.

  • +3
Socke icykai (on 04 August 2021)

These are great games but how many people want to buy these games and do not yet own a Switch? Switch sales are dropping at a time when this is almost always the case with game consoles.

  • +6
KratosLives Socke (on 05 August 2021)

me, lol . I would have bought a series s, but the bethesda ordeal thing pissed me off, so switch. Also loved the first botw. Ihaven't owned a nintendo in 20+ years. Plus my wife plays alot of destiny 2 online, so while shes gaming, i can be on switch portable.

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Kakadu18 DonFerrari (on 04 August 2021)

That's only in Europe, the historically weakest region for Nintendo.

  • +2
KratosLives (on 05 August 2021)

switch is down since the announcement of switch oled. i'll be getting one hopefully.

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dark_gh0st_b0y (on 05 August 2021)

still doing well if you think it's a long dry period in terms of big releases

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siebensus4 (on 04 August 2021)

Animal Crossing caused a second holiday-like boost for Switch last year. Monster Hunter wasn't anywhere close to those sales, so no surprise that we got a drop this year. Switch has sold over 300k worldwide every week this year and outsold PS5 almost every week in Europe, so no need to be worried.

  • -6