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It’s time for everybody’s favorite kind of content: hot, steamy financial reports! 2022 is in the rearview mirror, and in terms of scintillating spicy gaming sales metrics it was a mild decline, with a 6% fall in game sales and a much more hefty notable 29% decline in console sales from 2021. Reasons for this include stock shortages and a fall in the popularity in older titles. The “end” of the pandemic was also likely a factor in dampening sales.

While game sales fell 6%, there was a 20% increase in new game sales, showing that the issue is not people not wanting video games but rather losing ground for older titles. While the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console, sales were down roughly 28% for the platform and it barely beat out its competitors for the crown.

The list of top-selling games in the UK for 2022 is as follows (asterisks mark games for which digital sales figures are unknown):


1 FIFA 23 (EA)
2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)
3 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Warner Bros)
4 Elden Ring (Bandai Namco)
5 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
6 God of War Ragnarok (Sony)
7 FIFA 22 (EA)
8 Horizon: Forbidden West (Sony)
9 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
10 Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo)*
11 Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Nintendo)*
12 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*
13 Gran Turismo 7 (Sony)
14 Pokémon Violet (Nintendo)*
15 WWE 2K22 (2K Games)
16 F1 22 (EA)
17 Pokémon Scarlet (Nintendo)*
18 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Nintendo/Mojang)*
19 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)*
20 Sonic Frontiers (Sega)


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.