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FIFA 21 and Star Wars: Squadrons come out top in October | EMEAA Charts

Nintendo Switch console sales up 77% in October 2020 vs 2019

FIFA 21 was unsurprisingly the biggest game across Europe, Middle East, parts of Asia and Africa during October, according to the latest GSD charts.

The football game was comfortably the biggest selling title of the month. Digital and physical FIFA sales are down about 9.4% for the first four weeks compared with last year's FIFA 20, however, it's worth noting that this is a console transition year, with an updated version of the game set for December.

No.2 belonged to another EA game in the form of Star Wars: Squadrons, which narrowly beat out Activision's Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, which had to settle for third spot.

Despite launching right at the end of the month, the fourth biggest selling game of October across the regions was Watch Dogs: Legion from Ubisoft.

The next highest charting new game is Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit at No.18. The Nintendo Switch game was only available in a box as it requires a remote control kart to play. Meanwhile, the new Dark Pictures game, Little Hope, just misses out on the Top 20 at No.22. The game was released right at the end of the month in time for Halloween.

September's No.1 game, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, drops down to No.7. Meanwhile, Company of Heroes 2 re-enters the charts at No.8. The strategy game was part of a Sega promotion during October to celebrate the publisher's 60th anniversary.

In terms of games hardware, just under 750,000 games consoles were sold across the EMEAA region. That is a drop on the 795,000 consoles sold during October 2019, although that's due to a significant drop in performance for PS4 and Xbox One - which is to be expected with the launch of PS5 and Xbox Series S/X in November.

Unsurprisingly, Nintendo Switch remains the dominant platform by quite some margin. Switch console sales are up by almost 77% in October 2020 compared with the same period last year.

Elsewhere, over 4.3 million accessories, points cards and toys-to-life products were sold across EMEAA during October, driven heavily by PlayStation Store wallet cards (followed by Xbox Live Gift Cards). The highest charting accessory was the DualShock 4 controller for PS4 at No.3.

The performance is a slight drop on the 4.5 million accessories, points cards and toys-to-life products sold in October 2019. But again, we should expect to see some drops in these areas ahead of the launch of new consoles.

In terms of just accessories (so headsets, controllers and cases), sales are actually up slightly, from 2.1 million in October 2019 to 2.2 million last month.

Here are the EMEAA GSD charts for September:

GSD October Top 20 Video Games (Digital + Physical)

Position Title
1 FIFA 21 (EA)
2 Star Wars: Squadrons (EA)
3 Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (Activision Blizzard)
4 Watch Dogs: Legion (Ubisoft)
5 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Take-Two)
6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)*
7 Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)*
8 Company of Heroe 2 (Sega)
9 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*
10 Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft)
11 Mafia: Definitive Edition (2K Games)
12 Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)*
13 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
14 Minecraft: Switch Edition (Mojang)
15 Ghost of Tsushima (Sony)
16 Assassin's Creed Origins (Ubisoft)
17 Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Bandai Namco)
18 Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Nintendo)
19 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft)
20 Assassin's Creed Unity (Ubisoft)

*Digital data not available

GSD September Top 10 Video Games (Digital)

Position Title
1 FIFA 21 (EA)
2 Company of Heroes 2 (Sega)
3 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
4 Star Wars: Squadrons (EA)
5 Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft)
6 Watch Dogs: Legion (Ubisoft)
7 Mafia: Definitive Edition (2K Games)
8 Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (Activision Blizzard)
9 Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Bandai Namco)
10 Assassin's Creed Unity (Ubisoft)

GSD October Top 10 Video Games (Physical)

Position Title
1 FIFA 21 (EA)
2 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
3 Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)
4 Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (Activision Blizzard)
5 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)
6 Star Wars: Squadrons (EA)
7 Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)
8 Watch Dogs: Legion (Ubisoft)
9 Minecraft: Switch Edition (Mojang)
10 Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Digital data includes games from participating companies sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. Participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Anuman, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Microsoft, Milestone, Nacon, Paradox Interactive, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Take-Two, THQ Nordic, Ubisoft and Warner Bros.

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. You can find out more about the GSD charts here.

You can find out more about the GSD charts here.

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