Not surprisingly, Fire Emblem Fates has been the best ever launch for the series in the United States. More than 300,000 units were sold between all versions of Fire Emblem Fates with the Special Edition practically impossible to find, even in New York City.
With more than 300,000 units sold between all versions of the Fire Emblem Fates game during its launch weekend, the Nintendo 3DS strategy RPG earns a place in the record books as the fastest-selling game in the history of the long-running, critically acclaimed franchise in the United States. The game sold more than five times as many units as 2013’s Fire Emblem Awakening, the previous record holder in the United States, during its first three days of availability.
“Both fans and critics are falling for Fire Emblem Fates, and the early sales numbers prove the game’s undeniable appeal,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “This strong momentum for Nintendo 3DS is only the beginning, as many more high-quality exclusive games are set to launch for the hand-held system over the next few months.”
Breaking down the sales numbers reveals that Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright was the top seller between both versions, with the more challenging Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest coming close behind. But the adventures are just getting started for players across the country, as people can choose to purchase the other version of the game for only $19.99 through the in-game shop. Both versions of Fire Emblem Fates offer unique stories with new characters, game play and plot twists.
Since Fire Emblem Awakening in 2013, the Fire Emblem series is more popular than ever for the Nintendo 3DS. Birthright, the version with the Hoshido or family, is the top seller as this title is more catered to beginners and newcomers to the series, while Conquest, Nohr and friends, is intended for veterans.
Revelation, the third title in Fates, explores the story from a neutral standpoint and is suited for players who have already completed at least one of the previous versions. Similar to Fire Emblem Awakening, Fates also has a limited edition themed console–New Nintendo 3DS XL. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, Conquest, and the Special Edition launched for Nintendo 3DS on February 19.