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December 29, 2021, 4:19 pm


Author: Hubert Sledziewski

Amazon has published its list of the best-selling games for 2021. It shows that the Switch is the last stronghold of the box versions. Games that were developed for Nintendo’s console took up to nineteen places in the TOP 20.


As the year approaches, the end of the year is always a good time for all sorts of summaries. Among other things, Amazon decided to check which games have sold best in its store over the past twelve months. The results can surprise; However, if you’ve seen the same list from last year, you may notice a trend – Boxed versions of Switch-exclusive titles have been added to the bestseller list.

Amazon’s bestseller 2021

  1. 1. Super Mario 3D World Bowser’s Fury
  2. 2. Just Dance 2022 (Switch version)
  3. 3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  4. 4. Pokemon brilliant diamond
  5. 5. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii Remaster)
  6. 6. Mario Party Superstars
  7. 7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  8. 8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  9. 9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (also available on WiiU)
  10. 10. Metroid Horrors
  11. 11. Pokemon Shiny Pearl
  12. 12. Super Mario Odyssey
  13. 13. New Pokémon Snap
  14. 14. Minecraft (Switch version)
  15. 15. Just Dance 2021 (Switch version)
  16. 16. Luigi’s mansion 3
  17. 17. Super Mario Party
  18. 18. Carnival Games (Switch Version)
  19. 19. Super Mario Bros. In Deluxe
  20. 20.NBA 2K22 (PS4 version)

There are fifteen exclusive switches in the list above. Only the last, 20th place went to a game that was intended for a different platform – NBA 2K22 for PlayStation 4. Three conclusions can be drawn from this.

First, the Switch is incredibly popular; Nintendo’s console is the best-selling gaming hardware on Amazon this year – ahead of the second best Xbox S series as well as PlayStation 5, Xbox X series and PlayStation 4. Second, the “Big N” owners’ way of betting is on their own brands and releasing them (mostly) exclusively on Switch – proved to be a hit. Third and last, boxed editions of video games are still very popular with Switch fans, although boxes on competing platforms are gradually becoming obsolete in favor of digital distribution.

Amazon bestseller 2020

  1. 1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Box Version)
  2. 2. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  3. 3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  4. 4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  5. 5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Digital Download)
  6. 6. Cyberpunk 2077 (PS4 version)
  7. 7. Ring Fit Adventure
  8. 8. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
  9. 9. The Last of Us: Part II
  10. 10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

What you see above is that perform of the ten best-selling games on Amazon in 2020. It contained two titles outside the Nintendo catalog – Cyberpunk 2077 (PS4 version) and The Last of Us: Part 2 – while the other eight productions were exclusive to Switch. What’s more just one of them, specifically Animal Crossing: New Horizons enjoyed great popularity in both physical and digital form – otherwise boxes dominated.

It’s hard to say what the reason is. Perhaps most people just buy a Nintendo console with special games in mind, and hits like Resident Evil Village or Deathloop are bought on “big” platforms. Yet, Switch is becoming the last stronghold for traditional game publishing and nothing suggests that will change in 2022. Whether that is good or bad – judge for yourself.

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