Final Fantasy Falls

Succumbing to a wave of Nintendo 64 releases, Final Fantasy VII slips in the rental charts.


With a wave of a couple new third-party N64 titles waiting in the wings, it's getting harder and harder to compete with the Nintendo 64 for a share of the game rental market. Sony's Final Fantasy VII never got a chance to edge out GoldenEye 007 for the number one slot, and this week it slips to number four on the Video Software Dealers' Association's (VSDA) VidTrac chart.

GoldenEye 007 secured a tight choke hold on the chart with earnings of almost double that of the number two title, Midway's Top Gear Rally. Ocean's MRC holds on at number three, with FFVII slipping to number four. Mario Kart rounds out the top five after 35 weeks of release.

Here's what the chart looks like for the top 5 renting video games for the week ended Oct. 19, 1997.

Rank, Title, Platform, Weeks in Release, Earnings:

1 GoldenEye 007, N64, 8, $301,200

2 Top Gear Rally, N64, 7, $151,380

3 MRC Multi Racing Challenge, N64, 11, $123,830

4 Final Fantasy VII, PSX, 5, $120,800

5 Mario Kart, N64, 35, $102,350

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