Across Europe, video game sales rose in March, driven by continued strong sales for Elden Ring plus a number of major releases.
Stock shortages continue to hold back the Xbox and PlayStation, but it was a strong month for the Nintendo Switch, with sales rising year-on-year.
Over 14.2 million games were sold across Europe in March, an increase of over 34% compared to March last year.
Elden Ring, Gran Turismo, Kirby and WWE shine all over Europe
Elden Ring is No. 1 for the second month in a row and continues to be a big seller in digital download stores. Xbox Live, PSN and Steam accounted for 69% of the game’s sales last month.
Sony’s Gran Turismo 7 is in a comfortable second place on the podium. The new release title actually sold best in the physical retail business, where copies in box accounted for 58% of sales. The PS5 version of the game was the most popular and represented 64% of all copies sold (with the rest on PS4).
The Fire Ring was the best-selling game in the UK and Germany, whereas the GT7 became No. 1 in France, Spain and Italy.
In terms of single-format chart, Gran Turismo 7 on PS5 was the No. 1 game of the month ahead of the Elden Ring on PC.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is No. 4, with sales of 65% compared to March 2021. The Rockstar game saw an increase in sales following a new version for PS5 and Xbox Series X and S. 35% of GTA 5 sales were on PS5 last month, 22% on PS4, 19% on Xbox Series consoles, 14% on PC and 10% on Xbox One.
To round out the top five, Kirby and the Forgotten Land are on the Switch. Nintendo does not share digital data with GSD, so the game’s No. 5 position is based solely on box sales. The game was most popular in Germany, followed by France.
The first month sales for this new Kirby game are 231% higher than the previous title in the franchise, 2018’s Kirby Star Allies.
When we talk about games that have performed strongly compared to their predecessor, then WWE 2K22 is No. 6 on the monthly charts. The first four weeks of sales have increased by 175% compared to WWE 2K20, which was released back in October 2019.
Completing the Top Ten is another 2K Games title, Borderlands spin-off Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.
Elsewhere, GTA Online – which was released separately and available for purchase on Xbox Series X and S – is No. 18. And the Nintendo Switch exclusive Triangle Strategy debuts at No. 20. Game sales have increased slightly (just under 2%) compared to last year’s Bravely Default 2 over a comparable time frame.
Problems with PlayStation shares continue
332,000 gaming consoles were sold across European territories last month (data does not include UK or Germany. You can check out our UK report here). This is an increase of 14% compared to the previous month, but a decrease of 39% compared to the same period in 2021.
The Nintendo Switch was the most popular console. Sales of switches increased 9% compared to March last year.
The Xbox Series X and S were the second most popular console. Both Xbox and PlayStation platforms are suffering from severe stock shortages
But Sony accessories dominate
1.32 million accessories and toys-to-life products were sold across European markets last month, marginally less than what was achieved in March last year, but marginally more than in February.
It was a photo finish between PS4 DualShock 4 and PS5 DualSense for No. 1, but it was the former controller that came out on top with about 1,000 units.
The two controllers comfortably surpassed the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Xbox Series wireless controllers, which took third and fourth place, respectively. PlayStation’s Pulse 3D Headset rounds out the top five. The best-selling third-party accessory is the No. 6 Nacon PS4 Compact Wired Controller.
In terms of points and online membership cards, 1.4 million of these were sold across tracked European markets, an increase of 40% over the same period last year and an increase of 14% over February.
The PlayStation Wallet Top-Up cards continue to hold No. 1 by a comfortable margin. The Nintendo eShop card is at No. 2, the Xbox Live Gift Card at No. 3, the Roblox card at No. 4 and the PlayStation Plus card at No. 5.
European GSD March 2022 Top 20 Games (Digital + Physical)
|1||Elden Ring (Bandai Namco)|
|2||Grand Touring 7 (Sony)|
|3||FIFA 22 (EA)|
|4||Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)|
|5||Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo) *|
|6||WWE 2K22 (2K Games)|
|7||Horizon Forbidden West (Sony)|
|8||Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Nintendo) *|
|9||F1 2021 (EA)|
|10||Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands (2K Games)|
|11||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo) *|
|12||Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo) *|
|13||Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)|
|14||Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)|
|15||NBA 2K22 (2K Games)|
|16||Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain (Nintendo) *|
|17||Minecraft: Switch Edition (Mojang) *|
|18||Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar)|
|19||Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (EA)|
|20||Triangle Strategy (Square Enix) *|
* Digital data is not available
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, Electronic Arts, Focus Home Interactive, Just For Games, Koch Media, Konami, Microids, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Strelka, Take-Two, Tinybull, Ubisoft, UsTwo, Walt Disney, Warner Bros. and Wizards of the Coast. Nintendo and Bethesda are the notable absent along with smaller studios.
Digital data includes games sold in Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the UAE and the United Kingdom.
Physical data includes all games, but only those sold in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Sales of console hardware cover Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Sales of accessories cover the same markets, but do not include Switzerland.