The Fire Emblem Three Houses US launch is going to be a memorable milestone for the Nintendo Switch. According to info revealed by the NPD Group, the latest game in the Fire Emblem series was a resounding success in the United States.
Fire Emblem Three Houses managed to be the second best-selling game in the U.S. during July 2019. It also represents the largest launch of a Fire Emblem game in U.S. history, with figures from the launch month being the triple of the previous best-seller’s Fire Emblem Echoes Shadows of Valentia launch month.
These impressive numbers immediately place Fire Emblem Three Houses as the second best-seller in the franchise. The only game that managed to achieve better sales was Fire Emblem Awakening.
The success of the Fire Emblem Three Houses U.S. launch needs some context to better appreciate the feat. Fire Emblem is mostly regarded as a niche series, despite being developed by the talented studio Intelligent Systems, and the undeniable quality that pervades most of the titles.
July usually isn’t the best month for record sales, especially when we are talking about a Switch game in a series not totally familiar to Western audiences. However, Fire Emblem Three Houses still had to deal with the competition of high-profile games such as Dragon Quest Builders 2 and Wolfenstein Youngblood, not to mention Final Fantasy 14 Shadowbringers for PC and PS4.
Fire Emblem Three Houses boasts one of the largest rosters of any Fire Emblem game, and it is fully voice acted. It marks a massive leap forward for a series that built its reputation on the 3DS and is now evolving with the launch of the latest chapter on Nintendo Switch. It’s a great tactical RPG that any player can enjoy, with complex characters and potentially hundreds of hours of playtime. You can read our Fire Emblem Three Houses review to learn all about this recent release.