Animal Crossing, Fifa 21… Discover the twenty best-selling video games in France in 2020

For the first time, the official sales ranking takes into account purchases in digital format.

In this unusual year 2020, the French have shown an appetite for video games. Sales of full games on consoles increased by 25% compared to 2019, for a total of 1.3 billion euros spent. This amount breaks down almost equally between purchases in disk format and digital purchases.

It is to take into account that these evolutions in the uses of consumers that the French union of video game publishers (SELL) publishes for the first time this Wednesday a ranking of the best sales of the year taking into account transactions on platforms in online PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store.

Animal Crossing and Fifa over the million

Be careful, however: Nintendo eShop data is missing, due to lack of authorization from the Japanese giant. Only its sales in cartridge format are made public. Animal Crossing : New Horizons (Nintendo), the phenomenon of this year 2020, thus posts 1.07 million sales only in physical format. Its total sales are much higher… but will remain confidential.

So this is the football game Fifa 21 (EA) which takes the lead with 1.3 million sales, of which 400,000 come exclusively from PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store. The game Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War (Activision) has achieved half of its sales in digital format, and ranks third with 660,000 sales.

The indestructible GTA V

GTA V (Take-Two) confirms its status as a classic: released in 2013, it still has 602,000 sales in 2020 and is ranked fourth best seller of the year. The game is often in promotion and takes advantage above all of its online mode GTA Online, regularly updated.

The other blockbusters of the year were not unworthy. License Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft) had its best start with the episode Valhalla, which has sold 565,000 copies. At Sony, the eagerly awaited The Last of Us Part 2 posts 434,000 sales (8th) while the new license Ghost of Tsushima ranks 16th (236,000 sales).

Cyberpunk 2077 out of classification

On the other hand, the disappointment was strong on the side of CD Projekt, many of whom thought that the game Cyberpunk 2077 would easily enter the top of the ranking. In the end, the title displays only 177,000 purchases in disk format. We do not know the level of digital sales, CD Projekt does not communicate this data. Cyberpunk 2077 pays for the heavy technical problems of its console version, which has been withdrawn from sale on the PlayStation Store.

Finally, we should note the good performance of Nintendo games, of which, as we recall, only sales in cartridge format are made public. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe posts 553,000 physical purchases and ranks 6th. Follow Super Mario 3D All Stars (324,000 sales), Ring Fit Adventures (261.000), 51 Worldwide Games (257.000), Luigi’s Mansion 3 (244,000) or New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (229,000 sales).


The twenty best-selling games in France in 2020 (physical + digital, unless otherwise mentioned)

1 – Fifa 21 (EA) 1.3 million sales

2 – Animal Crossing New Horizon (Nintendo) 1 million non-digital sales

3 – Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War (Activision) 665,000 sales

4 – GTA V (Take Two, 2013) 602.000 ventes

5 – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft) 566,000 sales

6 – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 2017) 553,000 non-digital sales

7 – Fifa 20 (EA, 2019) 537,000 sales

8 – The Last of Us Part II (Sony) 434,000 sales

9 – Call of Duty : Modern Warfare (Activision, 2019) 385,000 sales

10 – Super Mario 3D All Stars (Nintendo) 324,000 sales excluding digital

11 – Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition (Microsoft, 2017) 303,000 non-digital sales

12 – NBA 2K20 (Take-Two, 2019) 270.000 ventes

13- Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo, 2019) 261,000 non-digital sales

14 – 51 Worldwide Games (Nintendo) 257,000 sales excluding digital

15 – Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo, 2019) 244,000 non-digital sales

16 – Ghost of Tsushima (Sony) 236,000 sales

17 – New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (Nintendo, 2019) 229,000 non-digital sales

18 – Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 2018) 212,000 non-digital sales

19 – Dragon Ball Z Kakarot (Bandai Namco) 207,000 sales

20 – Zelda : Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, 2017) 206,000 sales