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Switch Best-Selling Console in the UK in October Following OLED Launch

Switch Best-Selling Console in the UK in October Following OLED Launch - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 November 2021 / 3,299 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in October 2021, according to GfK Entertainment. The launch of the OLED Model helped drive sales as it accounted for 43 percent of Switch hardware sales.

The PlayStation 5 the second best-selling console, followed by the Xbox Series X|S. 

There were 288,632 game consoles sold in the UK during the month of October, which is the four week period ending October 30. 

Switch Best-Selling Console in the UK in October Following OLED Launch

GSD data shows that just under 2.5 million physical and digital games were sold in the UK in October. Physical and digital sales were split evenly at 1.25 million games each. However, it should be noted digital sales do include most AAA publishers, with Nintendo as the biggest exception.

Software sales are down 31 percent compared to October 2020. This is due to FIFA 21 launching in October, while FIFA 22 launched in September. If we remove FIFA sales are down 10 percent year-over-year.

FIFA 22 remained in first place in its second month on the software charts. 

Far Cry 6 debuted in second place with 53 percent of the sales coming from digital stores. 58 percent of the sales were on PlayStation consoles and the remaining 42 percent on Xbox consoles. 

Back 4 Blood debuted in third place with 74 percent of sales being digital. 37 percent of the sales were on PS5, 33 percent on PC, 18 percent on PS4, nine percent on Xbox One, and four percent on Xbox Series X|S. It should be noted the game was also available on Xbox Game Pass, which is not counted in these numbers.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy debuted in fifth place. It is the second Marvel title from Square Enix. Sales are well below 2020's Marvel's Avengers.

Metroid Dread, the best-selling Nintendo Switch game in October, debuted in sixth place.

Here are the software charts:

Position Title
1 FIFA 22 (EA)
2 Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)
3 Back 4 Blood (Warner Bros)
4 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
5 Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Square Enix)
6 Metroid Dread* (Nintendo)
7 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe* (Nintendo)
8 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition* (Nintendo)
9 Mario Party Superstars* (Nintendo)
10 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* (Nintendo)
11 The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes (Bandai Namco)
12 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles (Sega)
13 Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
14 Insurgency: Sandstorm (Focus Entertainment)
15 Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury* (Nintendo)
16 Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)
17 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
18 Riders Republic (Ubisoft)
19 Hot Wheels Unleashed (Milestone)
20 Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)

* Digital data unavailable

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.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.


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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7 Comments
Amnesia (on 10 November 2021)

This kind of news should be boycotted, they really make me feel like a miserable insect who is too poor to have the right to know the numbers, only for the hyper-class of rich investors who can have access to it, not for the shit like us. And at the end, you write: "Thanks Gamesindustry for these little crumbs, you are too generous, I do a dofollow link for you..."

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OneTime Amnesia (on 11 November 2021)

I don’t think that there are enough people interested to warrant releasing the data. It’s mostly collected by survey, and only investors are willing to pay for it…. Everyone else just says “that’s interesting”

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Chicho (on 10 November 2021)

"There were 288,632 game consoles sold in the UK during the month of October" an actual number. Why can't they do his every time.

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trunkswd Chicho (on 10 November 2021)

I like getting actual numbers. Now if only we knew the exact breakdown per console. I have VGC estimates about 30K too high. Overall, not too bad.

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Kakadu18 Chicho (on 10 November 2021)

I thought they are doing this every month.

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trunkswd Kakadu18 (on 10 November 2021)

They usually don't give exact figures. Generally a nearly or over number is given. Like for September they said nearly 220,000 consoles were sold.

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Kakadu18 trunkswd (on 10 November 2021)

Ah, ok. I just remembered seing numbers before.

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