Final Fantasy VII Remake debuts at # 1 in the UK but has sold half of Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy 7 Remake was the best-selling boxed game in the UK last week.
However, the expected RPG has sold half of the last major title of the franchise, Final Fantasy 15, launched in December 2016. Final Fantasy 7 Remake suffered from severe distribution problems caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, with physical game stores closed across the UK due to the government-imposed blockade. It is also “misleading” to compare the sales of a game released in April with one launched during the Christmas holiday window.
The title of Square Enix it still managed to sell twice as much as the launch of Resident Evil 3 Remake.
Although the stores are closed, the number of boxed video games grew again by 2% last week in the UK. Since the start of the block in the UK, over a million physical games have been sold, and if we include the previous week – which included the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizon on Nintendo Switch – the number jumps to 1.5 million. These are sales figures we would normally expect around Christmas.
The number of physical games sold in the UK so far this year has increased by just over 3% year on year, a drastic change from a few weeks ago when the market was down by more than 20%.
But it wasn’t new games that drove this year-on-year increase, but older titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, FIFA 20 is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, along with games such as Forza Horizon 4, The Last of Us Remastered is Horizon Zero Dawn. Console hardware sales have increased considerably in recent weeks as consumers have been trying to grab an entertainment system to use during the Coronavirus lockdown and it appears that this has led to new customers entering the market.
After a few weeks of decline, Nintendo Switch games were heavily sold this week as more consoles were made available, although they are now sold out. As a result, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe was up 317% in week-to-week sales and jumped from position no. 25 to n. 5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons also saw a 14% increase in sales and is now at the # 1 position. 3.
The big new launch the previous week was Resident Evil 3, and the game dropped to position 7 from 2, with a 78% drop in sales week after week. Meanwhile, Doom: Eternal continues to drop in the charts, moving from fifteenth to twentieth position with a 26% drop in sales.
Here is the Top Ten UK with data updated to 11 April
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