Since its launch early last month, Fire Emblem: Awakening has quickly become a favorite entry among its North American fans and from the looks of its sales figures, the game could also be the first-played entry for a pretty large group of new fans.
Nintendo of America recently revealed Awakening’s sales figures for its first month and it turns out the game had the best North American launch in the franchise’s history.
According to Nintendo’s numbers, more than 180,000 units were sold during Awakening’s
first four weeks on sale, with 63,000 of these units (one-third of the overall total) being digital copies sold over the 3DS eShop. Although it should be said the shipping error debacle
likely caused an upward spike in the eShop sales.
These sales figures are all the more impressive when you stack them against the total sales of the last entry to make it stateside (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon), which has only sold 250,000 copies since 2009. So don’t be surprised if Awakening becomes the most popular installment available in the region to date.
My only thoughts on this are I’m glad the series is picking up more steam in North America and I'm sure Nintendo has grown a whole new appreciation for its digital marketplace.