In 2020, as most countries locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic, sales of video games in Australia increased 35% with 15.8 million boxed and digital video games sold, according to GSD, which tracks boxed game and digital game sales from most major publishers.
As for consoles, 1.2 million game devices were sold in 2020, up 49% from 2019. Nintendo Switch sales increased by 88% in 2020, while PS4 sales fell 22%, as a result of the imminent release of PS5. Likewise, Xbox One sales were down 42%, as gamers awaited the release of Xbox Series S/X.
In addition, 1.17 million official controllers were sold in 2020, an increase of 2% over 2019. The PS4 DualShock 4 controller retained the top sales spot, although sales dropped 14%. Meanwhile, sales of the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons increased 110%, while sales of the Microsoft Xbox One controller dropped 6%.
Overall, 8.5 million boxed games were sold, a 15% increase over 2019. Meanwhile, there were 7.3 million games downloaded via Xbox Live, PSN, Steam and Nintendo Eshop, a 68% increase over 2019. In 2020, 58% of sales were from download stores, compared to 2019, when 55% of games were sold in boxes.
The best-selling game was Animal Crossing: New Horizons, followed by Grand Theft Auto 5, which registered a 23% increase in sales over the year before. Meanwhile, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, which came in third, sold 88% more copies in 2020 than in 2019. Legacy games likely benefited from the COVID-19 lockdown since fewer new titles were released.
The top publisher of the year for both digital and physical titles was Nintendo with a 16% market share, while Ubisoft was the top digital publisher with a 17% market share.
The best-selling games in Australia for 2020 were the following:
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
- Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Activision Blizzard/EA)
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)
- FIFA 21 (EA)
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
- The Last of Us Part 2 (Sony)
- NBA 2K20 (2K Games)
- NBA 2K21 (2K Games)
- Ghost of Tsushima (Sony)
- Just Dance 2020 (Ubisoft)
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)
- FIFA 20 (EA)
- Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)
- Cyberpunk 2077 (Bandai Namco/CD Projekt)
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (Activision)
- Minecraft: Switch edition (Mojang)
- Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)
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