Strong Fire Emblem: Awakening sales saved the series' cancellation

Spanish games magazine reports that Nintendo would cancel the series if Fire Emblem: Awakening sold less than 250,000 units.

Strong sales of the 3DS role-playing game Fire Emblem: Awakening have helped save the 22-year-old series from outright cancellation, the game's producer has said.

In an interview with Spanish magazine Hobby Consola (via the Serenes Forest forums), Yamagami said that Nintendo told developer Intelligent Systems that diminishing series sales could have made Fire Emblem: Awakening the last entry in the series.

"No doubt. Truth be told, [series] sales are dropping," said Yamagami. "The sales manager of Nintendo, Mr. Hatano, told us that this could be the last Fire Emblem. Due to this progressive descend on sales, they told us that if the sales of this episode stayed below 250,000 copies, we'd stop working on the saga."

"I remember when I came back from the meeting," continued Yamagami, "and told the team 'my God, what are we gonna do?! The end has come!' Our reaction was clear: if this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put [in] everything we always wanted to include."

Nintendo hasn't formally announced whether there will be a follow-up to Fire Emblem: Awakening but previously stated that the game has sold over 240,000 copies in North America alone. When Fire Emblem launched in the UK, its limited-edition hardware bundle led to a 49 percent increase in 3DS sales.

For more information on Fire Emblem: Awakening, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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pikachaii
pikachaii

Oh I just finished the game!!! (I'm not gonna lie, I cried a little) I reeeally want there to be a sequel! But not just another fire emblem game, another Fire Emblem: Awakening game!! I love my characters and their relationships (especially my unit and Chrom <3 ) and I know it would be a challenge but would there be a way to continue on? Like,  you could either start over on the sequel or you could do something with the game or DS sim that would allow you to pick up where you left off? Please, no hateful or mean responses I am good with computers not DS's so please, if anyone can think of a way, or knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone that could get my suggestion through? That would be amazing!!!!!

megakick
megakick

WOW CENSORED? A kid can see more on the television.... Hell they can see more here, on GAMESPOT :/

yoyoyoyofosho
yoyoyoyofosho

I'd rather buy the Japanese version - fuck that censorship.  Oooo, kids can't look at ASS?  Then the parents shouldn't buy the game for them, jesus h. christ.

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

Now that's just not true.

I've played enough Smash Bros to know no Nintendo franchise is ever really cancelled.

remiks00
remiks00

I'm planning on getting a 3ds soon, specifically for this game.

9tailjeza
9tailjeza

*spoiler

pretty sure since Morgan is from a different timeline, that timeline could be used for a sequel. 

StriderTuna
StriderTuna

I'm not sure what Nintendo was thinking with bare thread remakes of old games as it's what put the series at the brink but the FE team turned things around quite nicely. Hopefully they'll keep up such a momentium.

weakan
weakan

Naga be praised that i could help in bringing the fire back to this beloved series, even if it was small, thank you for making one of the best games in years and certainly one of the best in the series^^!


DullahansXMark
DullahansXMark

Wow, and to think this was my first Fire Emblem, and by buying this (I almost didn't, because Amazon sold out Day One, and I had doubts about getting the Digital version instead) I actually participated in saving the series.

... I'm a good person. And this is a good series. Glad to know I'll see more!

HYPERROY
HYPERROY

Big N you better not cancel or discontinue Fire Emblem you will have a lot of people angry at you because a lot of us love Fire Emblem. So stop being to greedy your making money out of the series so keep making more games of Fire Emblem!!  

SUNDRAGONJ
SUNDRAGONJ

I'm a huge Fire Emblem fan, Ike is still my favorite though. Too bad I couldn't buy this one :(  I only wish they would release it for Sony to sell as well... 

Adapttttttt
Adapttttttt

Oh and we need more Ike, I love Ike.

Butsutekkai38
Butsutekkai38

Ugh, I would absolutely HATE to see Fire Emblem cancelled; it is mine favourite video game series of all time. This is good news indeed. I sincerely hope they will continue to make more Fire Emblem games.

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

HA! Nintendo? Cancel a series?

They were obviously trolling, while they planned how they would reboot or revive it 5 or 10 years later to cash on nostalgia...

V3rciS
V3rciS

Yea GJ Nintendo... cancel your best franchise and keep milking Mario... retards

kyacat
kyacat

Big Applause to fans of Fire Emblem if you guys bought the games through the years and you guys bought Fire emblem awakening and save the series you love and way to go Nintendo

Falru
Falru

"Our reaction was clear: if this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put [in] everything we always wanted to include."


>Bikini DLC!

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

I've been around for this series ever since I was 4 with my travelling uncle giving it to me as a gift for my church presentation (it was the 3rd game of the series) and I've been following it ever since (with Tiki as my favourite and Marth as second favourite *or close to 1st*).

For those who don't know, the 3rd game had a remake of the 1st game and a sequel of the 1st game. It still continues to be one of my favourite games of all time.

Anyways, I'm estatic that this series is still around today and I'm very glad that they have been able to continue the series! THANK YOU NINTENDO AND KEEP GOING STRONG!! ^.^

kyacat
kyacat

Thank you for becoming a fan of Fire Emblem its fans like you who save fire emblem series from being cancelled and when I find a copy of Fire emblem for gamecube I buy it and then later get a wii version

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

Well, Nintendo actually promoted this game for once.  Wonderful game.

FlameEmperor
FlameEmperor

I........... LOVE THIS GAME! OMG!!! THESE WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW MUCH I LOVE IT! CAPS FTW! Okay....... Now that I got that out of my systems...... Awesome game.... Cannot wait for more from the series. Keep up the good work <3!

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

Well...glad I could be of service. That game was awesome.

superbuuman
superbuuman

lol how about tv adverts on this game instead of the usual Mario bla bla bla..would have been more popular if you gave it a chance & advertise. :P

anonymousicko
anonymousicko

I'm glad I supported them by preordering it :)

I really hope Nintendo do a remake of all of FE series, or at least localised put it on eshop or something. One can dream

eva02langley
eva02langley

I have 2 sealed copy and a 3DS LE still sealed in my closet. Guest they are going to worth a lot in a while.

ImperialPanda
ImperialPanda

"Our reaction was clear: if this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put [in] everything we always wanted to include."

Shouldn't this be the case regardless of whether the game is going to be the last in the series or not?

Maybe the mentality of... hey, this is a good idea, but let's save it for the next sequel... is why series sales decline.

meanman67
meanman67

Dam I just buy a 3ds for this game and now its done??? that sucks!!!!!!!!!!

Jyakotu
Jyakotu

Not surprised to hear this. Many gaming franchises get axed because a new title in the series doesn't do well sales wise. From a business perspective, it makes a lot of sense. If a series isn't selling well, what point is there pouring resources into a new game? However, the Fire Emblem games are great and I would be surprised if Nintendo decided to axe it. It's one of their best first party IPs.

Jebril
Jebril

This series died to me after the GC version...:\ The DS and Wii versions were pretty sub-par compared to the GBA and GC versions. 

cinerius
cinerius

This kinda reminds me of the making of the first final fantasy: it could be the last one, let's make it memorable!

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Wow now Im interested in this.  I was busy with Shadow Dragon and Sacred Stones.

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

Post script,

Nintendo, if they want to keep their exclusives while not helping out sony and microsoft, may want to think about partnering up with Apple for the Ipad, and work on porting their games to that. Fire Emblem would be great on the Ipad and it wouldnt look like nintendo is selling out or acting desperate for extra sales.

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

Fire emblems biggest problem has been, its exclusivity and that its a running franchise that follows the same formula. Its a great formula, infact the best of the genre, but a, you risk be stale, and b, the exposure gets smaller and smaller the longer the console wars go on, and the lack of innovation. Wii U owners would probably kill for a fire emblem for the console, problem is the WII U hasnt been hitting many marks and not many people have it. I like fire emblem and wait for the day they will release a collections pack for the series, because I have missed out on alot of fire emblem, and so have many gamers. The biggest problem is availability and the fact that the series is so old.

OMGMrTea
OMGMrTea

Glad to hear that, it's a great game and it deserves the success. 

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

God, as much as its a shame Fire Emblem is probably doomed to a life of odd hand held titles on Nintendo hand helds, at least its a far less ignoble fate then what has befallen Suikoden, Breath of FIre, Mega Man Legends, Chrono Series, Mana Series, etc. At least it lives to see another day.

CommodoreRaslin
CommodoreRaslin

Hey Nintendo, want to know what would have really helped the series? Porting it or stop making it exclusive to the DS.

For example Fire Emblem would make an amazing series for mobile, or perhaps selling it to PC users through as a ROM+emulator?

Addice
Addice

I would rather see them sell the IP to a competent developer who actually makes these games for consoles or PC. It seems like such a waste just for handhelds.

Fia1
Fia1

this is the only franchise i like from nintendo nowadays, it would be really dumb if they actually cancelled it

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

Fire Emblem Awakening was probably the first and only game I've ever played that I actually bought ALL DLC for. Amazing title.

bhmg
bhmg

yes nintendo is dumb as hell to even think about cancel fire emblem =.="

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Awakening is an awesome fricking game...this game is the best strategy game ive played in a long time...the dlcs, renown rewards etc provide so much in terms of added gameplay ill go as far as to say this is how dlc should be...dlc should ADD something to a game and not just random crap or serving half of the game as a dlc.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Well it MIGHT have something to do with the fact that you've been making the same game for 20 years with little or no changes between each iteration, including decade old gameplay mechanics like weapon durability and one-shot perma death.  Good to see you finally making some changes in the most recent version, hopefully this is a sign you realize that things can be made better.

SolidSnakeUS42
SolidSnakeUS42

It's worth every penny and it should continue for many more years.

grove12345
grove12345

maybe put it on something that aint the DS?

FaeLKuN
FaeLKuN

Cancel Fire Emblem? Great way of thinking Nintendo, now go on and make a COD clone for some easy money .-.

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

Im glad to hear this. This is a great series

ADO300
ADO300

well fire emblem awakening is my first FE game i ever played or owned, but that is because i didn't even know that the franchise EXISTED! with the wright marketing & the nintendo direct information i said to myself "let's give it a try"... it turned out to be one of my most worth games i purchased since dishonored

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

release the GOTY edition with all DLC and you'll be rich