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Fire Emblem: Awakening Battles to Third in UK Chart Debut

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

3DS XL Limited Edition brings major hardware bump

Fire Emblem: Awakening arrived in Europe last week, bringing with it exceptional strategy gameplay and a level of challenge to lead to plenty of chewed nails for early adopters. Critically acclaimed and already performing well in North America, the question was how well it would perform in Europe after its somewhat protracted release. If the UK is anything to go by, it's doing rather well.

After the recent success of Luigi's Mansion 2 — two weeks at number five and still up in eighth place this week — Awakening had a challenge to do better, and it actually has. It's come in at number three, behind multi-platform behemoths Bioshock Infinite and Injustice: Gods Among Us (the Wii U version of that game didn't arrive last week), making it the second highest new entry and comfortably the best-placed console exclusive. In good news for 3DS hardware sales, meanwhile, it's confirmed that the attractive limited edition 3DS XL model accounted for 31% of all XL hardware sales, contributing to an overall sales increase of 49% over the previous week's sales of the super-sized handheld.

As for Wii U, we're afraid there's little to report, with no exclusives appearing in the top 40 this week.

And so we have the rare sight of two 3DS exclusives currently in the UK top 10, showing that both have captured public imagination and generated some welcome sales. Both titles, in our view at least, are thoroughly deserving of that success; once again, great games make happy accountants.

[via ukie.info]

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User Comments (26)

Peach64

#3

Peach64 said:

I'm so happy. I was worried it would flop as I don't think a Fire Emblem game has ever made the UK top ten before. Once again it proves that good games will sell, so Wii U's poor sales can't be blamed on the consumers.

thebigN

#4

thebigN said:

this is amazing and shows the 3ds is starting to deliver magic with games and sales

akabenjy

#6

akabenjy said:

I'm loving Fire Emblem. Its my game of the year so far. Last year we got KI: U and now this:) I wish Australia had gotten the FE XL bundle but I already have an XL so I don't need it.

seronja

#7

seronja said:

i got the game yesterday and i have spent 4:20 hours on it already xD it's another must have title for the 3DS no doubt =)

heathenmagic

#8

heathenmagic said:

I rarely post, but have to say am pleased FE is doing well. I am yet to get it, but it's a guaranteed purchase for me. My favourite series of games ever, since the excellent Radiant Dawn got me hooked. Hope we get the DLC too, that would be amazing!

Bulbousaur

#9

Bulbousaur said:

@heathenmagic
We already have the first three DLC maps, and for a limited time (probably a month) the first is free and a bundle with all 3 is half price.

Haywired

#10

Haywired said:

Wow, never thought I'd see a Fire Emblem game in the top 3 of the UK all-format chart!

gavn64

#11

gavn64 said:

Now its time for intelligent systems to re-launch the advance wars brand just like they did amazingly with this series. Who would have taught that this most hardcore of nintendo series would make the top 3 in the shooter obsessed uk & ireland market, outstanding i bet nintendo plan to re-launch the whole mother series in the west as well the VC launch of earthbound is just the start....

Xilef

#12

Xilef said:

I se a lot of people saying this is their first FE game. Great news for the franchise, hopefully it will get more popular.

BakaKnight

#13

BakaKnight said:

Great to know the game is going well!

I just can't stop to play it and glad to hear people are not letting this gem pass by unnoticed ^O^

MeddlingIdiotStaff

#14

MeddlingIdiot said:

Great game, glad it's getting the recognition it deserves. Beating Luigi's Mansion though? Nintendo couldn't of expected that!

Hunter-D

#15

Hunter-D said:

I've already sunk 18 hours into this masterpiece since Thursday.

Make the top 10 your home, Fire Emblem!

BigBluePanda

#17

BigBluePanda said:

Fantastic news, when I get some spare cash, I'll be picking up my copy. Hope the popularity of this title will mean that Fire Emblem will have forever success on these shores.

OverturePT

#18

OverturePT said:

Hopefully it sells well all across Europe, the game is fantastic, I'm loving every bit of it (and of my FE 3DS XL). They definitely did well in bringing a limited edition 3DS XL along with the game.

Dpullam

#21

Dpullam said:

Fire Emblem Awakening certainly deserves the success it has received and more 3DS sales is always a good thing.

PinkSpider

#22

PinkSpider said:

I have to say I'm so surprised, in a country where the only games that people seem to play are call of duty sing star and fifa I'm so surprised to see this make it into the top 10. TBH I would have even been surprised to see it in the top 40. Guess people are finally opening there minds to othe types of genres of games.

Nanamine

#23

Nanamine said:

I'm holding off until next year, probably.
Nintendo is releasing too many Mario games I want more...

Nonetheless, still glad to see another 3DS game on the top 10.

AJWolfTill

#25

AJWolfTill said:

I picked up the last copy on launch day from my local game store. So I was already suprised it was selling well. You know why this has happened?
Nintendo has been actually advertising this game on tv! I've seen more adverts for it than I have to any Wii U games combined XD
Oh yeah I'm absolutely loving my copy!

YChung

#26

YChung said:

I have ordered my 3DS XL Fire Emblem limited edition. This game is single reason I am buying a 3DS at this stage. Can't wait!

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