Fire Emblem: Awakening Crosses 1 Million Sold

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#1 Posted by charizard1605 (58287 posts) -

If you can read Japanese, you can check out the full (really interesting) report here. Translation provided by GAF.

Fire Emblem: Awakening sold 1.04 million units worldwide. This makes it the first million seller in the Fire Emblem series, and it also makes it one of the highest selling 3DS games.

Also, it looks like the market made the right decision for a change!

Sequel incoming fast, do you think?

#2 Posted by soulitane (13603 posts) -

Not my kind of game, but good to see it doing so well.

#3 Edited by finalfantasy94 (26593 posts) -

I highly enjoyed it and glad its doing well. I hope the next one is alot like it.

#4 Edited by Ballroompirate (23052 posts) -

I would welcome a sequel to Fire Emblem Awakening.

#5 Posted by jg4xchamp (48392 posts) -

If they aren't going to do anything new with the core formula of the game, they should at the least bring back some of the stuff they dropped from the older Fire Emblem games.

Awakening was fun, but it was essentially made for pusscakes.

#6 Posted by Sword-Demon (6970 posts) -

nice! It deserves every one of those sales.

and to think Nintendo was going to kill it..

While FE has always been a niche franchise, Awakening really put it on the map; I'm expecting much better sales from the series from here on out.

#7 Posted by PhazonBlazer (11921 posts) -

Good, now we should definitely see more Fire Emblem games.

#8 Edited by FlamesOfGrey (7511 posts) -

On the one hand, it's good to see one of my favorite series finally get those sales. Too bad I think FE:A is the weakest in the series by far with easy difficulty, average story, exploitative mechanics and lessening of what made Fire Emblem, Fire Emblem with offering a choice with Pernament Death.

#9 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (8772 posts) -

That took a long time, but at least it's good enough for them to make more Fire Emblem games. Though they need to return to more political matters in terms of story.

#10 Posted by murat8 (10358 posts) -

Great game, I think i put about 80 hours in it, I wish it sold 10 million but 1 million is great too, Hope to see a new FE game in the future

#11 Posted by remaGloohcSdlO (4152 posts) -

@murat8: exactly what I was going to say.

Deserves MUCH more, but still nice to see.

#12 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (25614 posts) -

Best 3DS game of the year.

Don't understand how Zelda beat it, but hey the game is getting good enough sales so the Series doesn't have to die!

#13 Posted by mrintro (1354 posts) -

It was a pretty good game. I hope they improve on the animations next time.

#14 Posted by Sweenix (5399 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

If you can read Japanese, you can check out the full (really interesting) report here. Translation provided by GAF.

Fire Emblem: Awakening sold 1.04 million units worldwide. This makes it the first million seller in the Fire Emblem series, and it also makes it one of the highest selling 3DS games.

Also, it looks like the market made the right decision for a change!

Sequel incoming fast, do you think?

One of the highest selling 3DS games only sold a million

LOL charizard

#15 Posted by lamprey263 (24232 posts) -

It was an okay game, I liked Project X Zone better.

#16 Posted by Big_Pecks (5359 posts) -

It's made Fire Emblem popular. It's the first one I've picked up and I'm really enjoying it.

#17 Posted by lazerface216 (7519 posts) -

not a fan of the genre or handheld gaming in general, but i've heard nothing but good things about this game, and i'm always glad to see good games get the sales they deserve.

#18 Posted by bbkkristian (14957 posts) -

Well deserved, now release some VC titles on the eshop, Nintendo. I need to see what I've been missing out on.

#19 Posted by j2zon2591 (2239 posts) -

Nice.

I want to see a Sony/MS knock-off preferably with feet, higher PV and dumbed down game mechanics.

#20 Edited by NaveedLife (17179 posts) -

Still need to get this. This, ALBW, and other games too.

Oh and I need to get ALBW...did I mention ALBW? Yeah I am kinda sad I don't have it yet :P.

#21 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

I am one of those sells, but I have yet to play the game. Glad to see it sold so well. Hope for a sequel.

#22 Edited by Joedgabe (5127 posts) -

@jg4xchamp said:

If they aren't going to do anything new with the core formula of the game, they should at the least bring back some of the stuff they dropped from the older Fire Emblem games.

Awakening was fun, but it was essentially made for pusscakes.

They're not going to, the older fire emblem didn't appeal to that many people. I loved the older ones but i understand people don't like games that challenge you that way having to repeat things for making mistakes and a political warfare story is to put some people to sleep. I personally love it, the warfare and strategy used are interesting but people aren't generally into that type of story even less gameplay that punishes you forcing you to restart + that story line. We can consider the older fire emblems gone for good, the new one offer you an insane advantage over the enemy and it rolls with an anime like story line full of a lot of things not explained but just to drive the plot no one will complain.

#23 Posted by Thefatness16 (4672 posts) -

Well deserved. It's my #2 game of the year. I'm happy I decided to give the franchise a chance when I did.

#24 Posted by Heil68 (45224 posts) -

@jg4xchamp said:

If they aren't going to do anything new with the core formula of the game, they should at the least bring back some of the stuff they dropped from the older Fire Emblem games.

Awakening was fun, but it was essentially made for pusscakes.

they have the mode where death is permanent, which I dont play. :P

#25 Posted by finalfantasy94 (26593 posts) -

@Joedgabe said:

@jg4xchamp said:

If they aren't going to do anything new with the core formula of the game, they should at the least bring back some of the stuff they dropped from the older Fire Emblem games.

Awakening was fun, but it was essentially made for pusscakes.

They're not going to, the older fire emblem didn't appeal to that many people. I loved the older ones but i understand people don't like games that challenge you that way having to repeat things for making mistakes and a political warfare story is to put some people to sleep. I personally love it, the warfare and strategy used are interesting but people aren't generally into that type of story even less gameplay that punishes you forcing you to restart + that story line. We can consider the older fire emblems gone for good, the new one offer you an insane advantage over the enemy and it rolls with an anime like story line full of a lot of things not explained but just to drive the plot no one will complain.

Yea I dont think the story of the previous games were the problem to reaching out to more people. It has much more to do with the gameplay. One of the things being permanent death.One of the reasons I stood away thats for sure.Though I dont know why they cant have it both ways. basicly two different modes. I mean isint that what they sorta did with this one.I didint find nothing wrong with this plot and the only real question I had was what happend to the future kids.

#26 Posted by charizard1605 (58287 posts) -

@jg4xchamp said:

If they aren't going to do anything new with the core formula of the game, they should at the least bring back some of the stuff they dropped from the older Fire Emblem games.

Awakening was fun, but it was essentially made for pusscakes.

I think yeah, they're going to build upon Awakening and start bringing things back. I expect them to bring back fog of war with the next installment, for example.

I also fully expect them to keep the Casual Mode without permadeath, however.

#27 Posted by Zelda187 (950 posts) -

Awesome game

#28 Edited by Seabas989 (10405 posts) -

Hooray it's well deserved and I'm looking forward to more Fire Emblem.

Now I wish Sega would bring over VC3 and make a new traditional Shining Force.

#29 Posted by wiifan001 (18425 posts) -

Nice seeing Fire Emblem actually growing in popularity

#30 Posted by charizard1605 (58287 posts) -

@Heil68 said:

@jg4xchamp said:

If they aren't going to do anything new with the core formula of the game, they should at the least bring back some of the stuff they dropped from the older Fire Emblem games.

Awakening was fun, but it was essentially made for pusscakes.

they have the mode where death is permanent, which I dont play. :P

Awakening dropped a lot of other stuff that was in the older games than just perma death though (which is still available in game)

#31 Posted by Capitan_Kid (6584 posts) -

Thats what happens when you make the best damn 3DS game there is and the best Fire Emblem there is

#32 Posted by foxhound_fox (88776 posts) -

#33 Posted by Zelda187 (950 posts) -

@Capitan_Kid said:

Thats what happens when you make the best damn 3DS game there is and the best Fire Emblem there is

Agreed

I never got into the Fire Emblem series until Path of Radiance for the Gamecube.

And IMO, it totally shit on FF:Tactics as the best strategy RPG that I've ever played.

Awakening was above and beyond. The kind of game I could consider myself revisiting 20+ years down the line and still having a ball.

#34 Posted by Renegade311 (334 posts) -

Amazing game, well deserved

#35 Edited by fugwit (479 posts) -

Why are we not getting Fire Emblem warriors rather than Hyrule Warriors?

#36 Posted by charizard1605 (58287 posts) -

@fugwit said:

Why are we not getting Fire Emblem warriors rather than Hyrule Warriors?

Because we are getting Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensei. How many Fire Emblem crossovers do you want? :P

#37 Posted by finalfantasy94 (26593 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@jg4xchamp said:

If they aren't going to do anything new with the core formula of the game, they should at the least bring back some of the stuff they dropped from the older Fire Emblem games.

Awakening was fun, but it was essentially made for pusscakes.

I think yeah, they're going to build upon Awakening and start bringing things back. I expect them to bring back fog of war with the next installment, for example.

I also fully expect them to keep the Casual Mode without permadeath, however.

If they do bring back fog of war I hope its optional. I never been a big fan of fogs of war.

#38 Posted by jg4xchamp (48392 posts) -

@Joedgabe said:

@jg4xchamp said:

If they aren't going to do anything new with the core formula of the game, they should at the least bring back some of the stuff they dropped from the older Fire Emblem games.

Awakening was fun, but it was essentially made for pusscakes.

They're not going to, the older fire emblem didn't appeal to that many people. I loved the older ones but i understand people don't like games that challenge you that way having to repeat things for making mistakes and a political warfare story is to put some people to sleep. I personally love it, the warfare and strategy used are interesting but people aren't generally into that type of story even less gameplay that punishes you forcing you to restart + that story line. We can consider the older fire emblems gone for good, the new one offer you an insane advantage over the enemy and it rolls with an anime like story line full of a lot of things not explained but just to drive the plot no one will complain.

Yeah the thing is they already created a solid balance for that with casual mode. Or at the least how about we start unlocking hard from the get go, and in hard it has stuff like fog of war, and a lot of the stuff that made Fire Emblem more satisfying to play. Don't get me wrong cutting the teeth off the game wasn't the only drawback(I also absolutely disliked the lack of variety with the mission designs), but it seemed like a silly compromise considering they had such an excellent answer to find a good balance.

Plus in general it always felt like Fire Emblem Awakening had a better marketing campaign than Radient Dawn and Shadow Dragon did. Matter of fact Shadow Dragon felt like it stealth launched.

#39 Posted by Shmiity (5151 posts) -

I'm so glad. Did you guys read the article that said if Awakening didn't sell 250k units, Fire Emblem would be done for good? I'm so pissed off.

Awakening was good, but the lack of varied mission objectives stunk. Also, recruiting units is too easy.

#40 Posted by jg4xchamp (48392 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@jg4xchamp said:

If they aren't going to do anything new with the core formula of the game, they should at the least bring back some of the stuff they dropped from the older Fire Emblem games.

Awakening was fun, but it was essentially made for pusscakes.

I think yeah, they're going to build upon Awakening and start bringing things back. I expect them to bring back fog of war with the next installment, for example.

I also fully expect them to keep the Casual Mode without permadeath, however.

Again that's fine, I have no problem with a game becoming accessible. A lot of my favorite games are accessible(Bayonetta for instance, has an idiot friendly difficulty), but Awakening for as good as it was a little compromised against the likes of a Valkyria Chronicles(probably my favorite game in that genre), or a Tactics Ogre, and frankly I'd rather play FF: Tactics.

At the least I am interested to see how they tackle Advance Wars for the 3DS. The last Advance Wars they made was...was Battalion Wars territory.

#41 Posted by Nanomage (2419 posts) -

That´s pretty unimpressive for a game that has been out for almost two years in the market,especially considering it´s one of the very best and apparently most "popular" games on the 3DS.

And being niche or not isn´t really an excuse,tons of indie games these days sell that in a lot less time and most of them are really niche genres.

So yeah,I guess selling 1M copies is great and all but when you put things into perspective it looks a lot less impressive tbh.

#42 Edited by charizard1605 (58287 posts) -

@Nanomage said:

That´s pretty unimpressive for a game that has been out for almost two years in the market,especially considering it´s one of the very best and apparently most "popular" games on the 3DS.

And being niche or not isn´t really an excuse,tons of indie games these days sell that in a lot less time and most of them are really niche genres.

So yeah,I guess selling 1M copies is great and all but when you put things into perspective it looks a lot less impressive tbh.

It released this year, bro. And it's pretty darn impressive considering it was a mid budget game in a series that has never once broken a million, and that the games are by nature intimidating and yes, niche. I don't know why you want to take away from what is undoubtedly a great achievement, especially since the game was profitable just weeks after release. And it being popular? It's popular on gaming forums and boards. The average 3DS owner doesn't know what the fuck it is.

@finalfantasy94 said:

If they do bring back fog of war I hope its optional. I never been a big fan of fogs of war.

It probably won't be optional, but I want to see how they integrate it with the gameplay

@jg4xchamp said:

Again that's fine, I have no problem with a game becoming accessible. A lot of my favorite games are accessible(Bayonetta for instance, has an idiot friendly difficulty), but Awakening for as good as it was a little compromised against the likes of a Valkyria Chronicles(probably my favorite game in that genre), or a Tactics Ogre, and frankly I'd rather play FF: Tactics.

At the least I am interested to see how they tackle Advance Wars for the 3DS. The last Advance Wars they made was...was Battalion Wars territory.

Yeah, options are always great. And yep, hopefully, they return to the complexity the previous games apparently had.

Advance Wars, you mean Day of Ruin? Bro, mechanically, that was the most sound Advance Wars game, it wasn't broken like Dual Strike was, and it was balanced really well. Yeah, it cut out some unit and map variety, but it gained a lot of tactical depth in the process.

Now if you mean the tone sucked, and they should go back to the tone of the previous games in the series, then yes, I'm right there with you.

#43 Posted by mems_1224 (47285 posts) -

Should have sold more, what an incredible game.

#44 Posted by jg4xchamp (48392 posts) -

I remember playing half way through Day of Ruin and going "This is bullshit, I'm going back to Dual Strike'. And I watched some Pootie Tang and played some Dual Strike. Fuck Day of Ruin. That game is probably not "I went back to the predecessor" bad, but man was I not feeling that game. Plus most of gaf gave me the impression I wasn't the crazy person, it was just the game became worse.

So yeah I'm hoping for Advance Wars to be hype again. Especially since they will never make Advance Wars on the WiiU done right; even though easily could since nothing about is inherently better because it's on a handheld, as much as it's just a really well made game.

#45 Posted by charizard1605 (58287 posts) -

@jg4xchamp said:

I remember playing half way through Day of Ruin and going "This is bullshit, I'm going back to Dual Strike'. And I watched some Pootie Tang and played some Dual Strike. Fuck Day of Ruin. That game is probably not "I went back to the predecessor" bad, but man was I not feeling that game. Plus most of gaf gave me the impression I wasn't the crazy person, it was just the game became worse.

So yeah I'm hoping for Advance Wars to be hype again. Especially since they will never make Advance Wars on the WiiU done right; even though easily could since nothing about is inherently better because it's on a handheld, as much as it's just a really well made game.

Time's been kind to Day of Ruin, lol. But yeah, I get you, Day of Ruin's tone and aesthetic and just everything about it did put me off of playing it for a very long time too. So yeah, I hope the next Advance Wars goes back to the first three games instead.

And they should be able to get Advance Wars on the Wii U done right, especially now that the Wii U has two screens and a touch screen, they really have no excuse. Watch them not do it though.

#46 Posted by jg4xchamp (48392 posts) -

Did you play Pikmin 3?

#47 Posted by charizard1605 (58287 posts) -

Not yet, no. Zelda and Mario are the only Wii U games I've spent any time with.

#48 Posted by jg4xchamp (48392 posts) -

Zelda on ....oh right Wind Waker.

I started it, was going to ask how it stacks overall against the other Pikmin games, so far between it and Wonderful101, love 101 way more. That game's controls could be a little bit better, but man that games bat shit insaneness is dope.

#49 Edited by charizard1605 (58287 posts) -

Of course you're gonna like Wonderful 101 more, have you ever not liked anything Kamiya's done? :P

I hear Pikmin 3's more like Pikmin 1 instead of Pikmin 2- I liked 2 more than 1, but I don't know how many of 2's mechanics they retained, and how the new introductions stack up or anything.

#50 Edited by jg4xchamp (48392 posts) -

I played 1, never played 2. But it's been so long, that my only real reaction has been this is still Pikmin, but I can't tell if anything is different or not. Were they always so chatty to start the game? The opening stretch of that game is just like "oh no no no Gagan, we're going to go through every little thing my son"....shit was overkill. Game loosened up and I went juice making. Cole Train would be jelly.

But yeah I love me some Kamiya, Platinum in general. They haven't come close to being as good as Bayonetta with their other stuff, but Vanquish, Revengeance, fun stuff. Even Anarchy Reigns is pretty neat for an experimental online game from them. Shame that game has a repetitive ass SP(should have also kept the art design from Madworld, because man that game is ugly), and the game was too chaotic to ever keep an audience.

Bayonetta 2 not being by spring of next year is disappointing. I was hoping it would be an early 2014 game, and not mid/late potential 2015 game.