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After the much needed success of Awakening, the launch of Fire Emblem Fates was a more highly anticipated release for many. With over 300,000 units sold over the weekend, it’s officially the best Fire Emblem opening in America by a large margin. This amounts to five times as much as Awakening’s launch three years ago. The two version split has certainly played a part in driving those numbers, and the presence of Map Pack and Revelations DLC will continue to drive interest and sales for the game going forward.


For those curious, Birthright managed to out sell Conquest by a small margin. While I was quick to swear allegiance to my Nohrian family to find the answers to my past, the more peaceful Hoshido was hard to turn away from. With a high amount of representation within Smash Bros. and the much more impressive launch of Fates, Fire Emblem has risen from a point where the franchise was potentially on the brink of extinction. Even if its popularity in the West still has a long way to go to match its presence in Japan, there’s no better time to be a Fire Emblem fan.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.