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. 

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

just finished the game, and i'll be damned but it's the best game for 3DS so far 

i wish they would remake the remakes to awakening's level of graphics and detail 

or make a new entry, and i don't mind if they went with the put grima to sleep ending 

the game was a wonderful experince and the story and characters were beyond amazing. 

game's a masterpiece, a revival to a forgotten, series that was good many many years ago 

and now it's in it prime condition, i really HOPE they will continue to make more fire emblem games, i even bought most of the DLC for the game (although i'll be frank, the price is horribly unfair towards UK users)

nevertheless, it's one game i will always remember and for me, it's the best 3DS exclusive 

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!! ^.^

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!

DullahansXMark
DullahansXMark

@HYPERROY If less than 250,000 people worldwide bought it, then they wouldn't have "a lot" of people angry at them, nor would "a lot of us" love Fire Emblem.

250,000 worldwide is absolutely abominable sales. Their point of no return in regards to continuation vs. cancellation was actually extremely reasonable. If the series failed to meet that easy-to-reach quota, then Nintendo would HAVE to kill it off, or they'd go under REALLY fast, and then we wouldn't get more Fire Emblem anyway. Or Pokemon. Or Zelda. Or Metroid. "Cutting off the part to spare the whole", as they say.

charizard1605
charizard1605 moderator

@SUNDRAGONJ Sure, when Sony releases Uncharted and God of War for Nintendo, Nintendo will release Fire Emblem and Mario for Sony.

vecryn
vecryn

@V3rciS if it were the best out of all they have, it would sell better.  I like FE and all and just recently got into the series, but I prefer Metroid out of any titles nintendo makes.

If they can't make money off the game then it's clear from a business standpoint they have to cancel it and make more of what the majority of their fans want from them.  I am glad they aren't, but if a series kept selling poorly you can't blame them... blame the fans who aren't buying the games.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@V3rciS If they don't sell, they don't make money. If they don't make money, they don't make games. And you call THEM retards? =/

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

StriderTuna
StriderTuna

@ImperialPanda I think it was needed as the two DS FEs were pretty basic games barely qualifying as remakes lacking in extra things. Awakening basically made up for that big time.

eva02langley
eva02langley

@meanman67 Did you read? It sold around 250k in NA alone. The sales are near a million worldwide, they will release another one.

eva02langley
eva02langley

@Jyakotu The industry is making game for money and not for making games anymore. Mirror's Edge was one of the best title EA and DICE released... they canned the sequel due to under expected sales... even with 1.5 millions games sold. There is a problem when you believe 1.5 millions unit is not enough.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

@Jebril The DS edition was a remake of the first FE from Japan... I agree though the Wii version was kind of a thud after Path of Radiance. I will have to say though, if you liked Sacred Stones, this game takes that game and increases the awesome a lot. 

FE definitely took a turn for the better with this release. Please look into it further because I think it is the best FE to date and not because it is newer. There is fan service all over it, with all the good mechanics from the GBA games to boot. 

eva02langley
eva02langley

@Jebril Radiant Dawn was awesome. It is basically the sequel to Path of Radiance. It is totally identical and the story is awesome.

StriderTuna
StriderTuna

@vecryn @V3rciS What people are overlooking is the fact that the DS FEs weren't that well recieved in the west and apparently in japan.

Colo223
Colo223

@eva02langley @Jyakotu I have to point out that the industry is always making games for money, and that they have never been making games for making games. In order to make money, the industry has to make good games. If the industry makes a bad game, then the industry will lose money. Fire emblem is an amazing game, so the industry has made a lot of money! This tells them that they should make more fire emblem! They also get the pride of being the makers of fire emblem, but that's besides the point. Fire emblem is my favorite game, but that's also besides the point. And I think that fire emblem will keep on getting better and better!

vecryn
vecryn

@eva02langley @Jyakotu well hypothetically if a game cost say 150 million to make and they need to sell many millions to turn a profit then I can see how 1.5 may not be enough.  This is why Xenosaga got cancelled

hochstreck
hochstreck

@eva02langley @Jyakotu  

Well. How much sales you ought to expect is depending on both production and marketing costs. So if you sell a game, which was really expensive to produce and publish, you probably need 2-3 millions to make a profit.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@raahsnavj @Jebril You're crazy... the Wii Version was the best one.... especially if you played the GC version. It was the only fire emblem where at some missions provided strategy rather than having over powered units or ganging up on people and you had to be careful because the game wasn't easy and the enemies where strong.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

@Joedgabe @raahsnavj @Jebril I played both. I thought the Wii edition was weak. Most of the characters that were introduced were whimpy and took a lot of work to make viable long term. You could still just storm every level with Ike and Boyd the whole way through without worrying about the rest if you wanted.

The story elements left me disappointed as well. After the GC game I was excited to see more of the characters, find out who the black knight was and why, etc... but just about every story thread they had didn't realize the potential they could have had.

That said, it was still good... I would buy it again knowing full well what the game has in it.