It is not always easy to obtain old statistics and other video game sales rankings in France. This data is however well stored and sometimes shared in other countries. A few days before the passage of Santa Claus for the year 2021, our neighbors across the Channel invite us to rediscover the trendy games at Christmas over the past 37 years.
The list of games that have finished number 1 on the last pre-Christmas charts since 1984 in the UK has just been revealed. This list, shared on Twitter by Christopher Dring of the GamesIndustry.biz site, was communicated by the GfK institute.
The latter grouped together the number 1 of the Christmas charts recorded by himself as well as by those of his predecessors. In the UK, being number 1 at Christmas is a highly coveted place in the music world. Commercially speaking, it is also a desirable spot on the video game side.
American publishers in force at Christmas in the UK
Here is the complete list without further ado.
- 1984: Ghostbusters (Activision)
- 1985: Commando (Elite)
- 1986: Gauntlet (US Gold)
- 1987: Out Run (SEGA-US Gold)
- 1988: Operation Wolf (Ocean)
- 1989: Chase HQ (Ocean)
- 1990: Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (Mirrorsoft)
- 1991: WWF WrestleMania (Ocean)
- 1992: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA)
- 1993: FIFA International Soccer (EA)
- 1994: FIFA Soccer 95 (EA)
- 1995: FIFA Soccer 96 (EA)
- 1996: FIFA 97 (EA)
- 1997: FIFA: Road to the World Cup 98 (EA)
- 1998: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo)
- 1999: Tomb Raider 4: The Last Revelation (Eidos)
- 2000: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Eidos)
- 2001: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (EA)
- 2002: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Take-Two Interactive)
- 2003: Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (EA)
- 2004: Need for Speed: Underground 2 (EA)
- 2005: Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA)
- 2006: FIFA 07 (EA)
- 2007: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision)
- 2008: FIFA 09 (EA)
- 2009: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision)
- 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)
- 2011: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
- 2012: Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
- 2013: FIFA 14 (EA)
- 2014: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
- 2015: Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Activision)
- 2016: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Activision)
- 2017: Call of Duty: WWII (Activision)
- 2018: Red Dead Redemption 2 (Take-Two Interactive)
- 2019: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Activision)
- 2020: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
- 2021: FIFA 22 (EA)
To be as precise as possible, it should be noted that these statistics only take into account physical sales. In addition, the numbers 1 listed here were in the last rankings published before December 25 of their respective year.
Discreet Nintendo games at Christmas across the Channel
And if some titles mentioned here have managed to reach this place by being released on a single machine, it is in the majority of cases of multi-platform games. For example, FIFA International Soccer was number 1 in Christmas sales in 1993, only releasing on Mega Drive. Sales of 1990 issue 1, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, on the other hand, were recorded on seven machines.
In total, two licenses share the number 1 place for Christmas “all time.” Indeed, Call of Duty and FIFA games have found themselves nine times in the first place of the ranking just before Christmas in the United Kingdom. Across the Channel, the leading Christmas publisher is Electronic Arts. Products from the American publisher have indeed found themselves 13 times at the top of the ranking for this special week since 1984. Activision comes next with 10 number 1.
What do you think of this Christmas list? Does she surprise you? Did you expect to see other games in it? Does it bring back any memories? Do you think that an equivalent list for France would resemble that of our neighbors across the Channel? Tell us all in the comments below.