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PC and console games sales surged across Europe in February | EMEAA Charts

Nearly 15 million games and 500,000 consoles sold in a month

Sales of PC and console games and hardware spiked across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia.

Across tracked markets (see details at the bottom), 14.7 million PC and console games (digital and physical) were sold during February, which is a rise of 68% over the year before, according to the latest data from GSD.

Digital download sales accounted for 9.4 million games sold, a rise of 24% over the year before. Physical games accounted for 5.25 million, which was 26% up year-on-year. The best-selling game by a long way was Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. Nintendo does not share digital sales with GSD, and therefore it achieved this feat based on physical sales alone.

Big perennial sellers all performed well in February. Sales of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and Red Dead Redemption 2 were both up 58% over the same month the year before.

Pricing activity around Little Nightmares, which coincided with the launch of Little Nightmares 2, saw that game return to the charts at No.11. Meanwhile, XCOM 2 returns to the Top Ten also due to discounting across Europe.

PS5 was the top selling console of the month across tracked markets (France, Benelux, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Nordics, UK, Australia and New Zealand), ahead of Nintendo Switch by 12%. Overall, console unit sales are up 84% in February compared with the same period the year before with almost half a million machines sold. Nintendo Switch sales are up 32% compared with February 2020.

The accessories market (including toys-to-life) was up 12% over the same period last year in Euro spending, with 1.35 million accessories sold. Sony's PS5 DualSense controller was the most popular device, ahead of the DualShock 4 for PS4 in second place.

Finally, sales of points cards are down year-on-year by 35% to 844,000 points cards sold. The PlayStation Store Wallet card remains the best-selling product.

Next month's data will make interesting reading, as we are now entering a period where the first COVID-19 lockdowns started to take place. 

Here are the EMEAA GSD charts for February:

GSD February Top 20 Video Games (Digital + Physical)

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

*Digital data not available

GSD February Top 10 Video Games (Digital)

Position Title
1 FIFA 21 (EA)
2 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Take-Two)
3 Little Nightmares 2 (Bandai Namco)
4 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Take-Two)
5 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
6 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft)
7 XCOM 2 (2K Games)
8 Little Nightmares (Bandai Namco)
9 Sid Meier's Civilization 6 (2K Games))
10 Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco)

GSD February Top 10 Video Games (Physical)

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 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
7 Minecraft: Switch Edition (Nintendo/Mojang)
8 Just Dance 2021 (Ubisoft)
9 Little Nightmares 2 (Bandai Namco)
10 Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)

*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, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Accessories sales cover France, Benelux, Spain, Italy, Nordics, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Wallet and points cards sales are for France, Benelux, Spain, Italy and Nordics.

You can find out more about the GSD charts here.

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