The Fire Emblem franchise has always been known to be a hit in Nintendo’s consoles, but perhaps the largest hit to-date would be Fire Emblem Fates. This strategy role-playing title sold over 400,000 copies at physical retailers, and on the Nintendo 3DS’ eShop within the United States alone, in just 9 days. That’s just a little over a week for the game to have sold this many copies. In fact, this record is enough to make the title into the third best-selling game to be released when comparing titles from all other gaming systems within the US. The number is the combination of all the titles in the game; more specifically that of Birthright, Conquest, and the Special Edition. But even if you just count Birthright, it will still be a part of the top 10 top-selling software sales list.
Fire Emblem Fates Brings Forth Many Sales; Nintendo Should be Very Happy Right Now
It has been 3 years since the last Fire Emblem title graced a Nintendo console, and it would seem that with the launch of Fire Emblem Fates the wait is worth it. For the gaming giant, this is the latest series which has already turned itself into a major blockbuster after slowly building up interest in Western shores over the years. In other words, it was never an overnight hit at the beginning, but the interest kept piling up over the years as more and more people gain more curiosity and attention over the franchise.
“The [Fire Emblem] games took two top-10 spots on the best-sellers list [by SKU] from the NPD Group, which tracks U.S. video game sales,” a press release from Nintendo states. “This far outpaces 2013’s Fire Emblem Awakening game, the series’ previous record-holder in the United States, and is a testament to both the longstanding popularity and rapidly growing fan base of the franchise.”
Since the game has already been released, Nintendo now plans to shift their ideas into downloadable content (DLC) as the release of a third campaign for the Fire Emblem title draws near. The next game will be called “Revelation.” The company will only be selling this DLC through the Nintendo 3DS eShop and it won’t be available in physical shops. It will also be part of a bundle that will include the Birthright and Conquest, soon.
Along with the two titles that will go along with Conquest and Birthright for the Fire Emblem Fates game, Nintendo is also planning to release weekly DLCs to give more content in order to support the game throughout the rest of the winter and into spring.