Bravely Default Sold Over 200,000 Copies In The U.S.

By Ishaan . March 13, 2014 . 9:35pm

Bravely Default sold over 200,000 copies (retail and digital) in North America in just over three weeks since its release on February 7th, Nintendo of America announced today.


Nintendo say that the sales of Bravely Default improved on the launch of Fire Emblem: Awakening—another successful Nintendo 3DS RPG—by more than 10%. As you may recall, Fire Emblem sold over 180,000 copies at launch when it was released last year.


Meanwhile, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Sold over 130,000 copies between its retail and download versions in its first eight days on the market.


Finally, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y sold over 130,000 units in their fifth month on the market, and are now at 3.4 million copies sold in the U.S.

  • AlteisenX

    Loved the first half, despised the second. Hoping the second game is better.

  • Eder García

    apparently outsold Lightning Returns, if true this is going to be a major tragedy for Squarenix

    • Jason Ryer

      Nah people are buying DLC more so than the game. FFx and x2 drop tuesday on vita and ps3; they have an art gallery opening they are making funds from for the games launch.

      Default cost them little to dubbing since Nintendo fit the bill.

    • It didn’t outsell LR. I’m looking at the NPD chart right now. That said, 200k is a very healthy figure. JRPGs have found a very healthy market on 3DS both in Japan and in America. I wonder if anyone on the business side is taking note of that.

      • Slayven19

        I did hear myself from a someone that it did outsell lighting returns. However i’ll take your word for it.

      • Eder García

        NPD doesn’t track digital sales so it’s possible that BD outsold LR, (for now, LR is in 2 consoles and BD is in one)
        “I wonder if anyone on the business side is taking note of that.” the developers who makes JRPGs on Sony consoles only?

        • NPD doesn’t track digital sales so it’s possible that BD outsold LR

          These numbers are from Nintendo, not NPD. It includes both retail and digital.

          the developers who makes JRPGs on Sony consoles only?

          I was talking about people at Nintendo, who handle product analysis. The developers that make RPGs solely on Sony platforms have no incentive to move away. The vast majority of those games are aimed at the otaku niche, and that’s primarily on PS3/Vita.

      • Samsara09

        shhhh,don’t say it didn’t,sir Ishaan.You are gonna burst his/her bubble.Let him/her fantasy a little more.

    • Slayven19

      Naw, Lighting Returns is doing pretty well for them.

  • Nice to see this sold well. Also nice to see that Tropical Freeze had a much better sales rate than it did in Japan!

  • Spirit Macardi

    I’ve been loving this game! It’s like everything I loved about FF III, but without the nut-crushing difficulty x3

    Erin Fitzgerald is simply outstanding as Agnes, delivering a very raw and emotional performance that isn’t afraid to have her sound realistically upset (voice cracking, heavy breathing, etc.). I was also incredibly surprised to find out that Ringabell is Spike Spencer; mostly because the character hits on awake girls instead of wanking over comatose ones like his most famous role.

    • Samsara09

      finally someone who can appreciate Erin Fitzgerald’s good work.
      The VAs of this game did an outstanding job.Ringabel actually got even better with Spike Spencer as his VA and how smart they localized his speech patterns.

      • Spirit Macardi

        Well, it’s been hard to avoid that Erin is in it, considering I follow her on Tumblr x3

        And yeah, Spike is really good; he’s always been one of my favorite VAs. Bryce Papenbrook is good too, turning in his usual high-caliber performance.

        As for Edea, since she’s played by Cassandra Lee, I made her the team mage so that she could be a magical girl /人◕‿‿◕人

  • Rogerrmark

    YESSSSS, good sales. One of my favorites of the genre already.

    Dragon Quest VII and Bravely Second are probably happening sooner or later.

  • Awesome! That game really deserves the sales. That ending… truly epic. I gasped and exclaimed no way! Then the bonus movie… my gawd it was such a tease! It was really a beautifully done game. I can’t wait to play Bravely Second! (I have to say I replayed that bonus movie like 3 times haha was really fun to watch :D ) And now I replay while awaiting Conception 2 and Drakengard 3

  • Raltrios

    I’ve gotten to the point where the game is repeating itself. It was great for the first half, but now it’s just dragging on…

    It’s like living through Endless Eight right now.

    • idrawrobots

      I like the endless eight.

    • J_Joestar

      I didn’t really find it that big an issue personally, at that point i was able to breeze through the temple bosses easily if i wanted.
      On the other hand, the sidequests start off a little bland, but the later ones can get pretty fun and even challenging.

  • Pandakids09 .

    This game is hands down one of the best RPG Squire Enix has made in a very long time! I’ve been waiting for sometime for them to go back to the classic RPG style

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    Considering the plethora of 3DS on the market, the sales seem terrible. But I guess considering costs of making 3DS versus others makes 200k not as bad. But if we stack it with other games, it sales are pretty bad sadly. Hopefully enough to bring Bravely 2nd over.

    • Anewme…Again

      200K for a turn based rpg on an handheld seem quite good to me.

    • They wouldn’t have released sales figures if they thought they were bad.

      Over the last couple of years, JRPGs in general have seen their highest sales on DS/3DS in the west. They aren’t doing any better on other platforms, aside from the rare breakout hit like Ni no Kuni or Persona.

      In the case of those two, the former cost much, much more to develop and the latter took years to build up as a franchise.

      Part of the reason for (relatively) low JRPG sales on other systems is that a lot of the RPGs you find on other systems don’t have the same prestige attached to them. The way the market and hardware sales panned out, DS and 3DS have seen some of the most recognizable RPG brands/names in recent years.

      • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

        Still can’t help but feel having released it for something else, the sale would be higher. 3DS is not synonymous with JRPG’s. People that own handhelds really aren’t the market for JRPG’s. Well I loved BD, but I thought Ni No Kuni and Persona 4 Golden were terrible games. Granted not everything can sell like a FF, LRFF13 excluded from that, which barely outsold BD.

        • kylehyde

          What 3ds is not synonymous of jrpg’s? Have you seen the status of other jrpg’s on other platforms? I’m a jrpg fan and the 3ds has satisfied me very well. Almost as good as the DS. Also meanwhile LR was in two platforms, Bravely Default was just in one.

          Also is a new IP that took the risk of not taking the name of final fantasy and still was succesful.

          • Shippoyasha

            There is still a perception that DS was an action-RPG haven, which it was and that carried onto 3DS. Just the perception I mean.

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            Apparently people don’t see the sarcasm in my tone. Damn the internet. Yeah LR sold barely more, and I realize it was across 2 platforms, and thats what makes it pitiful. I was in no way complimenting LR, as far as FF’s go, it is the worst selling of all time, and rightfully so. It may not have taken the name of FF, but it is FFIII/Wariors of Light with a better story and gameplay.

        • Zero_Destiny

          I dunno, between all the offerings from Atlus (Devil Survivor: Overclocked, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Etrain Odyssey IV, Etrain Odyssey Untold, Persona Q, Conception II), Nintendo’s own RPGs (Pokémon X & Y, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Paper Mario), and everyone else’s titles like Bravely Default from Square Enix, and Project X Zone from Capcom, I kinda consider the 3DS a pretty big JRPG machine.

          Of course the Vita has seen a good influx of a lot of titles lately too! ^^ But Nintendo handhelds and JRPGs have had a pretty good marriage in general, the DS and GBA had a great killer line up of JRPGs as well (imo).

        • People that own handhelds really aren’t the market for JRPG’s

          I would argue the exact opposite. The JRPG market is largely on portables after the DS, PSP and 3DS helped rebuild it in the west.

          • Anime10121

            As much as I hate that fact, it is entirely correct! I’d much rather play an rpg on my tv than on the tiny screen of a handheld, but BECAUSE of the fact that they (most JRPG’s) have moved to handhelds, is one of the main reasons I’ve owned every handheld since the NDS….

          • Jero

            I differ, in my opinion is far comfortable to play a long RPG in my bed or in the sofa or wherever I feel like it, I never liked home consoles for long playing because I feel like you have to dispose of a lot of time every time while in a handled you can organize your time and play a bit everyday everywhere.

          • Anime10121

            Well, see I play games on my flat screen in my bed all the time (benefit of having your own crib, you get to put your stuff where you want) :P

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            The PS3 has a plethora of JRPG’s, a few coming out this month even.

          • Anime10121

            Doesnt change the fact that handhelds have more…

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            No, they just don’t sadly.

          • Having five Neptunia or Tales games on the PS3 doesn’t mean the JRPG market is on that platform. It’s largely the same people buying each iteration of those games. The JRPG market is far larger than that.

            We have concrete proof of this, thanks to the sales of games like DQIX, Fire Emblem, Ni no Kuni, Bravely Default, P4G and more.

            Do you really think most of the JRPGs released on PS3 see those kinds of sales figures in America? Bravely Default was advertised on television and had a great deal of anticipation leading up to its launch. The same goes for Fire Emblem.

            Do you think games like the ones you’re referring to see that sort of mainstream marketing? They don’t.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Considering even Fire Emblem and SMT 4 is able to achieved their record number of sales+ the increase of each Etrian series sales on 3DS, i feel that you are wrong here.

        • Michael Richardson

          Japan would disagree. Both of the portables are JRPG havens over there, and we’re increasingly seeing more of these titles come over to the West. What was the last really good JRPG to come out on a home console in the West? Ni no Kuni? Whereas games like BD, P4G (It’s hard to take you seriously when you call one of the most highly regarded JRPGs in recent history a “terrible game,” to be honest), FE:A, EO4/Untold, SMTIV, and other great handheld RPGs released recently are drawing big-time RPG fans to the portable consoles.

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            Ni No being considered a good JRPG is laughable. It was nothing more than a children’s game with Miyazaki paintings. Beautiful art, but a story that left a lot to be desired and gameplay that wasn’t sure what it was trying to be. Persona games are a niche JRPG, arguably all JRPG’s are, but Persona very much in particular. No title has broken 1 million, and re-releasing the same game with tweaked aspects for each title doesn’t lend to compliment. I played the original Persona games when i was young, they were all terrible, 3 and 4 less so, but still lacking. They’re essentially Dating Sim RPG’s, things that died with Thousnad Arms. yes Japan still has a market for it, but it hardly appeals to the adult gamer. At least with BD, it gave homage to what JRPG’s use to be. It’s not that I have grown older and nostalgic, it’s just that JRPG’s have sucked the last 6 years. Granted portables have been JRPG’s saving grace, but so few and far between. To be honest before BD, it’s hard to remember the last great RPG outside of the innumerable ones on PS3.

      • Anon Usr

        It’s great for people who enjoy playing games on handhelds, but I don’t… I own them and play on handhelds because they have been forced on me. I never needed one [I don’t play games on the go] and I hate tiny screen and tiny buttons. They give me headache and eye pain, quite literally, after even slightly longer gaming sessions. It’s unfortunate JRPGs ended up on handhelds of all systems…

        • I’m not sure how that’s of any relevance here. The vast majority of good JRPGs are on handhelds and the highest-selling JRPGs of the last several years have been on handhelds as well. That is where the mainstream audience—those beyond the otaku niche—have been playing them. Ergo, the market has been established on handhelds.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      Every game doesn’t need to sell a million to be successful. It depends on the game budget and how much they make back each copies sold.

      This why many Western Publishers fails because they spend hundreds of millions of dollar and make no profit from it.

      • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

        Yeah I noted that, thanks for not reading my post.

    • Slayven19

      You don’t really keep up with sales figures do you? 100K wouldn’t have been terrible for this game but it sold over that.

  • vileBrenman

    This game is consuming my every breathing moment. Even when I don’t feel like playing it I still want to play. I am constantly thinking bout new job combinations.

  • chocodino

    2 copies are mine [one CE and one digital]

  • Rogerrmark

    I’m probably one of the few that don’t mind Chapter 5th~8th.

    In FFIII and V you actually spent a lot of time grindind on dungeons to maximize Jobs by killing weak enemies…so I didn’t mind to battle some bosses again with stronger status and skills.

    +999 JP are so delicious, and the story gets a lot better too, in my opinion.

    • Alestaos

      And you sir are correct :P FACT not opinion xD

      • mike dickson

        Nah opinion at ch 5 is more of a piss off then a story its so obvious were story is going and I haven’t even finish the game yet too

    • Tiredman

      I would agree if I hadn’t of grinded out all my jobs to max level while working on my town, at the beginning of chapter 5, and also hitting lv 99 on all characters. I took a break after that because I steamrolled the few bosses I tried. I kind of wish they hadn’t of made it so easy to grind levels so early and maybe saved them for the 7th chapter or something.

    • Jirin

      In FFV I didn’t grind at all until the last dungeon where you get 28 JP per fight.

      Bravely Default is a great game. Love the brave/default system, hate the random turn order and online stuff shoved in your face. But definitely the best new RPG in a while.

      I think the level of grinding in Bravely Default is pretty good, considering I’m playing on hard and only need 15-20 minutes of grinding when I hit a wall. I hate grinding but I think this amount is reasonable. I don’t really care that you can grind your way into Godhood because grinding for more than 15-20 minutes is hellishly boring for me anyway.

  • Yan Zhao

    This game was the throwback to the older Final Fantasy games, of course it will be well received. Its like playing an updated FFV with a different world and characters.

    Maybe SquareEnix will take a hint and stop trying to turn all their main numebred Final Fantasies into fake offline MMO simulations.

    • 하세요

      Only game that was like an MMO and wasn’t was XII, which I loved still.

      • Yan Zhao

        Then I feel bad for you.

        • Vanadise

          Do you usually feel bad for people who enjoy things you don’t?

          • Yan Zhao

            I certainly wont judge people who enjoys playing auto-play movies disguised as an offline MMO.

            I can pity them though.

          • Vanadise

            That’s cool, the rest of us will be busy having fun down here.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Please take this garbage elsewhere. Think before you post next time. Warned.

  • Anime10121

    Still gotta start this game…. Tales of Symphonia Y U SO LONG :/

    • Samsara09

      I too got overwhelmed.I have soooo many rpgs and so little time…Still,you are quite lucky.Only by April will I get rid of all my pendent rpgs and star symphonia.Who knows,you may finish bravely before me D:

      • Anime10121

        I dunno, handheld games are usually bumped in my list of things to play and considering I have essentially 3.5 MORE games to play in the next week (Atelier E&L, FFX HD, FFX-2 HD, MGSV:GZ) and thats not even including ToS 2 which is Also apart of this collection… I’ve got quite a bit ahead of Bravely, so you may start long before I…

  • Guest

    Well done people!

  • This game really deserved it.
    My hours grinding for JP are some of the most memorable in my gaming career.
    …. Just …… Need…… that….. last….. ability…….
    And Ringabell. Oh Ringabell. You suave dastard.

  • Alestaos

    Loving the game still and im in EU! Seriously one of the best JRPGS in a long time. Bravely Default is truely a masterpiece!

  • Zer0faith
    • AuraGuyChris

      Look out! It’s the hideous Agnes figurine!

    • Buitronthecrazy .

      dude…the figurine is hideous…

      • Zer0faith

        Therefore the reason I quickly sold it. Not letting go of the rest of the collection though.

    • Yan Zhao

      Wait a minute, my Collector edition didnt come with a figure…was this Europe only?

      • Zero_Destiny

        Yeah. Europe and the US had different Collector’s Edition.

  • Herok♞

    Glad it did well, it might already be my game of the year for 2014.

  • The Watcher

    seems kind of low

    • Buitronthecrazy .

      it beat FE:A first three weeks sales for 20K and that game was a complete success, how is that low?

      • J_Joestar

        probably comparing it to COD level numbers or something , for a new JRPG IP exclusive to a handheld, it is pretty good.

        • Buitronthecrazy .

          >comparing to COD sales
          why people does this? they are not even the same genre.

          • J_Joestar

            dunno, some people just like looking at big numbers and ignoring context.

  • Samsara09

    Well,I think this is quite a sucess.Hooray to our new rpg behemoth and to the sequel,bravely second.

  • Kornelious

    Awesome, Haven’t gotten too far yet but it’s definently the best 3ds game since Fire Emblem :)

  • Jero

    This means we will see the sequel localized! They said the localization of the sequel depended on how well the first game sold and it seems that it did pretty well.

    The game was meant for Japanese players and it didn’t have a large budget either so it’s pretty impressive it did so well in here (well I was expecting it because this game is pure quality but the odds weren’t good). I’m pretty happy this is a really good RPG and I’ve spent more than 120 on it haha.

  • James Enk

    gg Nintendo and everyone involved

  • Michael Richardson

    Considering that this is a new IP without an established brand, that it is a traditional turn-based JRPG, and that it was only released on the Nintendo 3DS, I’d say these are pretty good sales figures for the U.S. Hopefully this means less drama in getting the second game localized.

  • Eric Harris

    Hey SE/Nintendo, see? Us Westerners love and support quality traditional RPGs. Dragon Quest VII please.

  • whatinthewolrd

    Im sorry but this game is the most overrated JRPG in the last 2 years. Literally nothing new was brought to the table. Its just the same 90s elements that hardcore gamers from then try to shove through everyone throat online “the best”

    Need more JRPS like The World Ends With You, Demon’s Souls, and White Knight Chronicles that give JRPGs new aspects and replayability, and shy away from beginning to end grindfest.

    • Göran Isacson

      While I do agree that World Ends With You and Demon’s Souls had a lot more new and fresh takes than Bravely default, I gotta ask: did other games do the whole “speed up the battles and set the encounter ratio” stuff as well? Because I personally haven’t seen any other JRPG do that before, or offer all these things like setting if you can earn XP or money or change difficulty mid-game with no penaltys, etc.

      Like, I’m sure that the whole “take out turns in advance” things has been done before, can’t remember where, but I have to say that in the end even if other games did the things BD does, I can’t actually recall a game that did all these things at the same time. That it’s the combination of all these factors that people are celebrating, even if maybe not every thing in it is entirely new and never done before.

    • Makar85

      You seem to be forgetting that there are people who like traditional turn based rpgs. I think that BD is a good balance between new mechanics and old school RPG. The bravely/default aspect albeit not revolutionary offers another layer of complexity, the encounter rate adjustment is a welcome addition, and the Job/ job command is really interesting and offers unprecedented customisation. I think that the numbers prove that no one is trying to shove anything down anyone’s throat.
      Besides, how can you compare Demon’s Souls to BD??? It’s apples and oranges at best…

    • CirnoLakes

      I do agree that Bravely Default is overrated. But so as well is The World Ends With You.

      And personally, the last thing I would like to see is more Japanese RPGs emulate wRPGs like Demon’s Souls.

  • CirnoLakes

    Ah, that’s a lot! I hope that Tales of Xillia and Tales of Symphonia Chronicles sold that many copies!

    I hope that Final Fantasy doesn’t still hold too much prominence to people.

    In any case, I’m very happy for them. Because to me, Final Fantasy XIV and Bravely Default are the most exciting games from Square Enix lately. They both remind me of my favourite days from Squaresoft.

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