This Week In Sales: Fire Emblem Awakens With Fiery Passion


Period: The week of April 16th – April 22nd (2012)

Top-seller: Fire Emblem: Awakening – 242,600

Nintendo 3DS sales: 84,760 | Total sales: 5,743,259

PlayStation Vita sales: 8,250 | Total sales: 667,877


Ladies and gentlemen, we now live in a world where Fire Emblem managed to outsell Kingdom Hearts in terms of first-week sales. Not that this has much bearing on the long-term sales of both new games—Kingdom Hearts 3D will likely outsell Fire Emblem: Awakening in the long run—but it is an accomplishment for Fire Emblem nonetheless.


Fire Emblem: Awakening, released last week for the Nintendo 3DS, sold 242,000 copies in its first week. This marks the strongest debut any Fire Emblem game has seen in several years. Take a look at the debut sales of some of the other recent games in the series:


Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii) | 2007 – 75,359

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS) | 2008 – 144,905

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem (DS) | 2010 – 136,367


Something else that’s interesting is that Media-Create’s figures don’t paint a full picture of just how well Fire Emblem: Awakening did either. You may recall that Nintendo announced a new Nintendo 3DS bundle to celebrate the game’s release. This bundle was released exclusively via their online store in Japan and it appears that Media-Create haven’t taken these added sales into account, as the software chart makes no mention of the hardware bundle.


The top-20 software sales chart for the week is as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Fire Emblem: Awakening242,600New3DSNintendo
New02.Code of Princess19,554New3DSAgatsuma
03.03.Super Mario 3D Land14,4911,519,3033DSNintendo
01.04.The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z: Regeneration Chapter13,560313,402PSPNamco Bandai
06.05.Monster Hunter Tri G13,0691,403,2963DSCapcom
02.06.Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance12,881289,6683DSSquare Enix
05.07.Kid Icarus: Uprising10,915231,5583DSNintendo
08.08.Mario Kart 710,8921,660,7593DSNintendo
New09.Cho~ricchi! Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisecchi8,453New3DSNamco Bandai
New10.Detective Conan: Prelude to the Past8,312NewDSNamco Bandai
07.11.Pro Baseball Spirits 20127,954139,758PS3Konami
04.12.Pro Baseball Spirits 20127,833111,919PSPKonami
09.13.Pokémon Conquest6,976302,950DSPokémon Co.
10.14.Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games6,104137,3263DSNintendo
14.15.Wii Sports Resort4,567919,259WiiNintendo
New16.Seinarukana: Spirit of Eternity Sword 24,406NewPSPCyberfront
New17.Lord of the Rings: War in the North4,199NewPS3Warner Ent. Japan
New18.Detective Conan: Prelude to the Past4,037NewPSPNamco Bandai
17.19.Mario Kart Wii3,9673,550,906WiiNintendo
New20.Miyako Awayuki No Utage3,824NewPSPIdea Factory


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Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and
Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.