Nintendo Share Luigi’s Mansion, Fire Emblem, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Sales

By Ishaan . April 18, 2013 . 3:45pm

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon sold over 415,000 copies in the U.S. during the month of March, Nintendo have shared with Siliconera. The game was released on March 24th.


Nearly 365,000 copies of the game were sold at retail, according to Nintendo of America. That means about 50,000 additional copies were sold as downloads via the Nintendo eShop.


Additionally, Fire Emblem: Awakening sold another 64,000 copies (both retail and digital combined) in its second month, bringing total sales in the U.S. to over 240,000 copies.


Finally, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, released on the same day as Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, has sold 145,000 copies between retail and download sales.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Hm. 50k digital? Good on Weegee.

    Have the Mystery Dungeon games always sold like this? I don’t follow them, so I have no idea if this is normal, up, or down.

    • JMaster3000

      It would sell way better if they didn’t cut most of the things that made Mistery Dungeon a enjoyable game ._.

      • Solomon_Kano

        So… does that mean they sold better before or that you just didn’t care for this one?

  • コルセット

    Such low numbers for Fire Emblem. Shame since it was one of the best games on any system released this year.

    • Alex

      Actually i dont think its too bad, fire emblem is low profile , its the first who got advertising, i saw the first commercial for it yesterday in france.

    • Those are the highest numbers in the series’ history. It’s going to have a nice long tail behind it, too. I wouldn’t go feeling bad for it just yet. Fire Emblem has never been more popular.

      • VenerableSage

        Ishaan, would it be possible to see if NoA would comment on their outlook on Awakening? That is, has the game’s sales made the localization effort profitable? Are they absolutely overjoyed at it having sold 240k+ copies in NA?

        I know that they probably wouldn’t respond, but it would be nice to hear their take on how it’s doing so far, given how niche the series is, the sudden localization announcement at E3, and the fact that they’ve never really supported the series that well in the past.

        (Actually, for that matter, it might be nice to get a take on why they decided to actually market a Fire Emblem game for a change…)

        • From what I remember from the developer interview, Awakening was intended from the get-go to be released overseas. Accordingly, it got various features to make it accessible to newcomers, as well as a rather active advertising. Considering it’s the best-selling Fire Emblem game yet, I would imagine Nintendo is satisfied. There was even a shortage on physical copies, so make of that what you will.

        • NOA is very happy with FE. They’ve already expressed this very publicly by saying that the game has broken the series’ sales record. Any time Nintendo announce sales figures, it means they’re happy with them. :P

          As for why… it’s a matter of there actually being something to market this time around. For starters, the game looks gorgeous, easily the best looking FE game ever, which is a huge deal. On top of that, it has very likeable characters and a dating-sim/pairing element, which we’ve seen has become an increasingly popular feature in RPGs these days. A feature like that helps word of mouth immensely.

          So, I would say the main difference is that this game actually had something to market, beyond just “Hey, here’s another Fire Emblem, you guys. Hope you like it!”

    • Considering just over 8 million 3DSs have been sold in the US and that Fire Emblem is somewhat niche, it’s pretty good sales and will hopefully increase the games popularity for higher sales in later releases.

      • Barrylocke89

        To put it another way, there’s been 1 Waifu Emblem sold for every 32 3DSs. Like you said, that’s very solid for a niche-ish SRPG series in the west.

    • creid8

      It’s a shame they couldn’t just put Luigi on the box.

  • Wow, Fire Emblem is beating out a Pokemon game. Sure, it has two months over Mystery Dungeons not even one month, but it’s still impressive. At least it shows there’s a market for it…?

    • AuraGuyChris

      It’s not impressive. This PMD lacks all the Pokémon currently known, especially the popular ones.

      • Frankie

        Exactly, the newer spin off games focus on the 5th gen really. They do not cater to fans of older Pokemon too well.

        • landlock

          Plus it’s a Mysterious Dungeon Game I don’t think this genre of RPGs has ever been that popular in the west. I guessing that’s actually pretty good numbers.

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  • Happy Gamer

    I remember when these were good sales figures.

  • Ace Trainer Chris

    It seems low, but you have to remember that Nintendo goofed with shipping out physical copies of Fire Emblem in its first month. Remember how virtually no one had it in stock, forcing people to have to buy the digital version? Hell, it’s still not in stock on Amazon and most GameStops don’t have any copies available, the two more common places people shop for these kinds of games.

  • Lilith

    Nintendo should just market every RPG on existence.

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