Here in the magical realm of the Nintendo 3DS, we still live in a reasonable state where games don’t have to sell 5 million units out of the gate to be considered a success. It’s a great feeling when a fresh IP that you love can sell 200,000 units in its first three weeks and be lauded as a success, which is exactly what Nintendo is doing with Square Enix’s marvelous JRPG, Bravely Default.
Nintendo confirmed that the game sold 200,000 units in its first three weeks, beating out last year’s early JRPG hit Fire Emblem: Awakening by a whole 10 percent. Bravely Default even creeped into the top 10 on the NPD chart in the number ten spot, two places shy of Square Enix’s other JRPG release for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
Figures were not distributed between physical releases and digital releases, but I’m hoping that the digital releases for the Nintendo 3DS are catching on. I’m a converted member of the choir, singing for you to find salvation in never having to carry around a bulky DS case filled with games you don’t play everyday.
Bravely Default is one of my favorite games of the year so far. A full 50 hours of digging, grinding, blasting through optional bosses, and maxing out my characters after the game’s conclusion proved that the game does have both the legs and feet to provide a little extra for the insatiable JRPG crowd. Fire Emblem: Awakening only had the legs, I guess.
I’m so happy a game like Bravely Default can thrive these days, and I’m even happier that it can thrive on just 200,000 units. Now lets hope Nintendo and Square Enix further commit to localizing JRPGs on the Nintendo 3DS. We still have Dragon Quest VII, Dragon Quest Monsters 2 and Bravely Second coming down the pipe.