While the year 2021 is slowly starting to make its way, we continue to discover the various assessments and figures for the year 2020.
Today, we learn which video game was the most sold in France during the past year. Unsurprisingly, we discover that this is Animal Crossing New Horizons on Nintendo Switch which was a big event in 2020. Better yet, we learn that this success makes it possible to put an end to a statistic that has not changed for six years now …
Animal Crossing dominates France and other games
A real phenomenon and above all a global success last year (coming out in the midst of Covid and global confinement), Animal Crossing New Horizons has risen directly in second position of the best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch since the console’s launch in March 2017.
A justified and deserved success for this game which came at a peak in March 2020 in the midst of a special and stressful period. A game that was synonymous with sweetness for the players who could escape for a few hours during confinement. Today, we learn that Animal Crossing New Horizons is the best-selling game of the year 2020 in France allowing to bring down FIFA which was until then the best-selling game every year since 2013 and Grand Theft Auto V.
Better yet, Animal Crossing is the first game in ten years that manages to reach that place usually occupied by FIFA, Call of Duty or GTA. In the last 23 years, the number one place in sales has been occupied by only ten licenses with Tomb Raider, Gran Turismo, Pokémon, Harry Potter, The Sims, GTA, Pro Evolution Soccer, Mario Kart, Call of Duty and FIFA. Animal Crossing thus becomes the eleventh license to appear in this top, but also the third Nintendo license after Pokémon and Mario Kart. Note that only Gran Turismo has managed to keep its leadership position for two consecutive years.
LIST OF THE BEST SELLING GAMES IN FRANCE SINCE 1997
1997 – Tomb Raider 2
1998 – Gran Turismo
1999 – Gran Turismo
2000 – Yellow Pokémon
2001 – Silver Pokémon
2002 – Harry Potter
2003 – The Sims
2004 – GTA San Andreas
2005 – Pro Evolution Soccer 5
2006 – Pro Evolution Soccer 6
2007 – Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
2008 – Mario Kart Wii
2009 – Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2
2010 – Call of Duty : Black Ops
2011 – Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 3
2012 – Call of Duty : Black Ops 2
2013 – Grand Theft Auto V
2014 – FIFA 15
2015 – FIFA 16
2016 – FIFA 17
2017 – FIFA 18
2018 – FIFA 19
2019 – FIFA 20
2020 – Animal Crossing New Horizons
Will FIFA manage to regain its throne in 2021? See you in early 2022 to find out the answer!