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Final Fantasy VII Remake Drops to 4th on UK Charts, Physical Game Sales Tumble 43%

Final Fantasy VII Remake Drops to 4th on UK Charts, Physical Game Sales Tumble 43% - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 22 April 2020 / 4,853 Views

Final Fantasy VII Remake after debuting in first on the UK physical charts last week has fallen to fourth place, according to GfK for the week ending April 18, 2020. Sales for the game dropped a massive 87 percent week-on-week.

FIFA 20 climbed the charts from fourth to first place, despite a 25 percent drop on sales.

Overall video game physical boxed sales in the UK dropped 43 percent week-on-week as the country remains in lockdown. Boxed game sales had seen a huge boost in sales over the previous four weeks as consumers buy up games for entertainment while they are stuck at home. 

Just over 200,000 games were sold last week in the UK last week, which is down from 350,000 the prior week. However, despite the drop it is still above the 150,000 games that were being sold each week in February and early March. 

The Nintendo Switch stock remains in short supply, which can be seen with the performance of several games for the console. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, despite being the number two game, saw sales drop 42 percent week on week. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe dropped 62 percent and Luigi's Mansion 3 fell nine percent.

Ring Fit Adventure was the one exception for a Switch game as sales for the game increased 12 percent as the game saw some extra stock available. 

Here are the top 10 best-selling titles:

  1. FIFA 20
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  4. Final Fantasy VII Remake
  5. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  8. Resident Evil 3
  9. Luigi's Mansion 3
  10. Ring Fit Adventure

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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28 Comments
NobleTeam360 (on 22 April 2020)

Aren't there shortages for the physical version of FF7 Remake? Would explain the large drop.

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Darwinianevolution (on 22 April 2020)

Between the quarantine, closed stores and the possible low amount of copies printed, no wonder the retail sales are low.

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Jumpin (on 22 April 2020)

I’m still holding out on Ring Fit Adventure being a sleeper hit. This is encouraging

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JWeinCom Jumpin (on 22 April 2020)

Is it not already? I believe it was around 2 million shipped as of the end of last year. So most likely between 2.5 and 3 by now.

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YanisFromFrance (on 22 April 2020)

Animal Crossing is just awesome

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StreaK YanisFromFrance (on 22 April 2020)

For you, maybe. I wouldn't play that game if someone paid me to.

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sethnintendo YanisFromFrance (on 22 April 2020)

Sure I could say same thing about your fav games streak

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I agree, Yanis. New Horizons is my first Animal Crossing game and I'm enjoying it a lot.

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JWeinCom YanisFromFrance (on 23 April 2020)

Is anyone offering to pay you to play Animal Crossing? If not, then it seems to be a non-issue.

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V-r0cK (on 22 April 2020)

My friend and I finally received our preorder copies of FF7 today lol xD

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The Fury (on 22 April 2020)

GTA5 is still there. No wonder they aren't seemingly making 6. :P

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SanAndreasX The Fury (on 23 April 2020)

Take-Two could probably never make another game again and still make money off of GTA Online.

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KratosLives The Fury (on 23 April 2020)

Yeah, I curse all those fools who play online still. I wish there was never an online mode, we'd have had gta6 by now.

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A203D (on 24 April 2020)

Its good its still in the chart. Its still a very expensive game compared to other games which have been out longer. So as long as it sticks around and keeps selling in moderate amounts it should do very well over the next couple of years. There will also be an Xbox version next year as well I suspect a PC version.

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 23 April 2020)

Bought it digital because i was afraid it would not arrive in time, i want them to tell us the digital sales, i think they are massive give out global situation

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DonFerrari (on 23 April 2020)

Little sad to see this drop for FF7R.

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StreaK (on 22 April 2020)

Not good, not good at all for something as big as FFVII name. Already behind FIFA and Animal Crossing, ughhh...meh, whatever. It's like this is a surprise. The good games don't sell. Shadow of the Colossus is the greatest and didn't do well, either, so I think it's time that I stop caring about sales as the defining factor of what makes something great. People really don't know what is great....

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Mr.GameCrazy StreaK (on 22 April 2020)

The Shadow of the Colossus remake was awesome!

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HoangNhatAnh StreaK (on 23 April 2020)

FFVIIR is only 30 - 40 hours. For an AAA JRPG, not worth $60 for me, should be at least over 60-70 hours for that price

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Kowan StreaK (on 23 April 2020)

It's going to drop no matter what. Stock supply issues and all alongside the pandemic will make sure of that.

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DonFerrari StreaK (on 23 April 2020)

So would you buy it if it had 60h our will you buy when the price drop to 40 bucks @HoangNhatAnh?

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HoangNhatAnh StreaK (on 23 April 2020)

@DonFerrari : An incomplete story which took only 30 hours for the main plot of the game, i will give them $20 - $30 at most

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DonFerrari StreaK (on 23 April 2020)

Will wait for your trophy achievements when it drops to 30 in a couple months.

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Shiken StreaK (on 23 April 2020)

@StreaK

Or maybe...just maybe...people have different tastes?

Animal Crossing is a fantastic game, deserves all the sales it gets. Still it is not for everyone. FFVIIR, despite loving it myself, was just not the faithful remake fans wanted...and it shows. Expect the game to wrap up kind of sloppy after this though especially if they give it another chance with part 2 and it under performs. At that point, they will just rush out a conclusion and call it a day. It is what it is, but just because a game you like falls short does not mean "good games don't sell". Maybe you just don't like most good games?

I mean, you seem to be the only common denominator in the equation when you react with comments like this. You have niche tastes, and there is nothing wrong with that. But in no way does that make other good games "bad" because they outsold something you enjoy.

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StreaK StreaK (on 23 April 2020)

@Mr. GameCrazy: Oh, you damn right it is! Greatest video game I have played. The atmosphere in it is second to none. The game has this truly special feeling to it. Currently I'm trying to platinum it and I'm at 75% at the moment.

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StreaK StreaK (on 23 April 2020)

@Shiken: No, you're absolutely right! I just hate how "mainstream" everyone is. It's like, people always just gravitate and flock to the obvious no-brainer choices. Why can't people just open up their horizons and appreciate something unique in a way? I guess with FFVIIR it doesn't really apply as much as say something like Shadow of the Colossus.
In any case, yeah I have niche tastes and I get disappointed when some beautiful art doesn't get appreciated. But hey, I myself am not exactly a fan of the new FFVIIR. I mean I like it, but I too am amongst the one's disappointed it changed its story so much. I appreciate some of the direction it went in and those familiar scenes still blew me away, it's just the order that they happen in sucks now. And the moody ambient atmosphere is no longer there.
Still, like you said....yeah I want this game to do well simply because I don't want them t rush out a crappy final ending. Ughh, Square should have just listened to what fans wanted. They still could have added new elements like they did but why mess with a story that was perfect to begin with?

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HoangNhatAnh StreaK (on 23 April 2020)

@DonFerrari: i don't even play online on my brother's ps4, only play offline and don't give a crap about trophy achievements as well, annoying feature keep appearing when i need focus on the game sometimes. So it is what it is, you can value that feature, i hate it a lot.

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LatiosGames (on 22 April 2020)

oof for final fantasy good for ring fit and animal crossing

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