Final Fantasy 7 Remake Is April 2020’s Best-Selling Game, Sets Franchise Record

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Final Fantasy VII Remake was April 2020’s best-selling game and it also set a new launch month Final Fantasy franchise sales record in both unit and dollar sales, surpassing 2016’s Final Fantasy XV.As revealed by Mat Piscatella of The NPD Group, Final Fantasy VII Remake lead April 2020 sales, followed by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

April 2020 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards reached $1.5 billion, a 73% increase when compared to April 2019. This is also a new record for an April month, a milestone that was previously set by April 2008’s $1.2 billion.Dollar sales for tracked video game software also set a new record for an April month at $662 million, a 55% increase year-over-year and the highest since April 2008’s $642 million.

Nintendo Switch remained the best-selling hardware platform of the month, and dollar sales of PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch increased more than 160% when compared to April 2020.

Switch also has the highest year-to-date dollar sales of any hardware platform in US history, a record that was previously held by Nintendo Wii in the same year-to-date period in April 2009.

Every 2020 Video Game Release

While Final Fantasy VII Remake led the month, other titles also reached impressive milestones. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare became the 4th fastest selling release in US tracked history, while Just Dance 2020 finished at #11, up from #17 in March 2020. Just Dance 2020 is the fastest selling game in the franchise since Just Dance 2014.

The full list of best-selling games for April 2020 is as follows:

April 2020’s Best-Selling Games

  1. Final Fantasy VII Remake
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Resident Evil 3
  7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered
  8. MLB: The Show 20
  9. Madden NFL 20
  10. Red Dead Redemption II
  11. Just Dance 2020
  12. FIFA 20
  13. Mortal Kombat 11
  14. Borderlands 3
  15. Predator: Hunting Grounds
  16. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
  17. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  18. Persona 5: Royal
  19. Need for Speed: Heat
  20. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Final Fantasy VII Remake entered the NPD charts as the 3rd best-selling game of 2020 year-to-date, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Animal Crossing: New Horizons holding down the 1st and 2nd spot, respectively.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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