Consider the Fire Emblem series officially safe. There was chatter around E3 that, were it not for the success of Awakening, Nintendo was looking to cease development on the Fire Emblem property. That 3DS effort took off globally, and Nintendo tapped Intelligent Systems to make another.
Enter the dual campaigned Fire Emblem Fates (or, Fire Emblem If, as it’s known in Japan). The title launched on June 25 in its home country, and it’s doing exceptionally well. It opened up at the top of the gaming charts by a massive margin with 303,666 copies sold across all versions.
The closest competition was Persona 4: Dancing All Night for the PS Vita. That game came in second place with 94,036 units sold. Admirable sales numbers for Japan alone, for sure, but not close to the margin Fire Emblem Fates established.
We have to wait until 2016 for Fire Emblem Fates on the Nintendo 3DS. Word out of Japan is that it’s quite good.