Fire Emblem Fates is out now in North America, with two editions - Birthright and Conquest - released alongside a special edition that includes both versions; Revelation is a 3rd storyline that'll arrive as DLC on 10th March, priced at $19.99.
The dual release launch strategy was an intriguing one, seeing the Intelligent Systems series follow the examples of the likes of Pokémon and Yo-kai Watch. It seems to have worked, too, with Fates setting the record - by quite some distance - as the fastest selling Fire Emblem release in the US.
Nintendo of America has confirmed that over 300,000 copies were sold over the game's launch weekend (just three days); that's over five times the equivalent Fire Emblem: Awakening figure, which held the previous record. That's a hugely impressive result by any stretch of the imagination, showing not only that the dual-release strategy has worked well, but also that the IP is gaining popularity at a mainstream level in the West. With a whole lot of DLC on the way in addition to the Revelation storyline, it's looking like a lucrative release on 3DS.
We heaped praise on Fire Emblem Fates in our review, and it's pleasing to see it perform so well. Hopefully that success will trigger a hurry-up on the European and Australian releases, though we'll likely have to remain patient.
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