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.

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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.

Ricky Berg