Without a shadow of a doubt, Fire Emblem: Awakening has been a monumental success on the 3DS. Released earlier this year, the game has garnered a 92 rating on Metacritic and is considered one of the fastest selling entries of the legendary series. Both the game’s addictive gameplay and 3DS bundle package have been attributed to the title’s impressive sales numbers. It goes without saying that Fire Emblem should continue to have a bright future thanks to Awakening.
However, according to producer Hitoshi Yamagami, this may not have been the case if sales numbers were too low. In fact, if less than a quarter of a million units were sold, Awakening would likely have been the last Fire Emblem entry to grace our fingertips.
Truth be told, sales are dropping. The sales manager of Nintendo, Mr. Hatano, told us that this could be the last Fire Emblem. Due to this progressive descend on sales, they told us that if the sales of this episode stayed below 250,000 copies, we’d stop working on the saga. I remember when I came back from the meeting and told the team ‘My God, what are we gonna do?! The end has come!’. Our reaction was clear: if this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put everything we always wanted to include.
In retrospect, Mr. Yamagami had nothing to worry about, as Awakening has been flying off the shelves. Still, it’s interesting that Awakening could have very well been the last Fire Emblem game in the franchise, which would have been an absolute shame. Although Fire Emblem fans can now rest easy, I wonder if this revelation will have any effect on future Fire Emblem titles and if they too could possibly meet the same fate that Awakening almost did.