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Nintendo dominated UK games market over Christmas

Although most games were still bought on PlayStation 4

Nintendo was the UK's biggest publisher of physical games in December.

The UKIE/GfK report revealed that over 30 per cent of all games sold in December were on Nintendo platforms (29.5 per cent on Nintendo Switch alone). It made the console the No.2 most popular platform behind PS4, which accounted for 39.7 per cent of all games sold last month.

Nintendo's success was driven by Super Smash Bros Ultimate, which was the biggest new release of the month and shifted 284,155 games in physical form alone.

However, it wasn't the best-selling game of December. The top selling titles were Red Dead Redemption 2 at No.1, followed by FIFA 19 and then Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Smash Bros had to settle for No.4.

It was one of two Nintendo games in the Top Ten, with Mario Kart 8: Deluxe at No.7. Pokémon Let's Go: Pikachu also sold well reaching No.12, and if sales had been combined with its Eevee sister edition, the game would have reached No.8.

Overall, Nintendo-published games accounted for 19.3 per cent of all games sold, ahead of EA, which accounted for 13.6 per cent (driven primarily by FIFA 19 and Battlefield V).

The other new release of December, Just Cause 4 from Square Enix, debuted in 14th position.

Overall, 5.5 million games were sold in December last year, which is down 6 per cent compared with December 2017. However, software revenue hit £182.7 million, which is pretty much flat year-on-year.

Here is the UK's Full Top 20 (boxed) for December:

Ranking Title
1 Red Dead Redemption 2
2 FIFA 19
3 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
4 Super Smash Bros Ultimate
5 Battlefield V
6 Spyro Reignited Trilogy
7 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
8 Forza Horizon 4
9 Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
10 Spider-MAn
11 Fornite: Deep Freeze Bundle
12 Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu
13 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
14 Just Cause 4
15 Fallout 76
16 Super Mario Party
17 WWE 2K19
18 Just Dance 2019
19 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
20 Grand Theft Auto V
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Christopher Dring

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Chris is a 15-year games business veteran. He spent nine years at UK business weekly MCV, including five years as editor. He joined GI in 2016 and oversees editorial, sales and events worldwide. He is the architect behind Best Places To Work Awards and GI Live. And is a tiny bit obsessed with market data. He also writes for Doctor Who Magazine. Because Doctor Who is awesome.