Fire Emblem: Three Houses rises to second best-selling game in the series

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Late last month saw the highly anticipated release of Fire Emblem: Three Houses for the Nintendo Switch. According to new data from the NPD Group, just how anticipated the game really was marks a number of milestones for Fire Emblem as a whole. After breaking sales records in the UK and Japan, we now know how well Three Houses sold in the US; in fact, Fire Emblem: Three Houses had the biggest launch for a Fire Emblem game in US history.

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On the Top 10 Selling games list, Fire Emblem: Three Houses came in second, just behind Electronic Arts’ Madden 20. That’s really impressive for a July 27 launch! Plus, according to NPD’s Mat Piscatella, the game’s launch month sales are triple that of the previous record holder, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. On top of that, while we lack exact sales numbers at this time, Fire Emblem: Three Houses since rose to the position of 2nd best-selling game in the entire series behind Fire Emblem: Awakening. The 3DS title that saved the series currently sits at 2.24 million units sold as of December 2017, according to VGChartz.

Including Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Nintendo also has six games on July’s Top 10 Selling list! Recent summer releases Super Mario Maker 2 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3 take up third and fourth place respectively. Check out the full list below:

With all that said, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Three Houses eclipses Awakening as the best-selling Fire Emblem game. The game is a critical darling, tying with Super Mario Maker 2 as the best 2019 game for the Nintendo Switch according to Metacritic. Add that with the Switch’s continuing sales success and Fire Emblem: Three Houses will reach that milestone in no time!

Did you pick up Fire Emblem: Three Houses? What do you make of the game’s sales successes? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!


Jeffrey McDonell
I'm just a hobbyist freelancer who writes for fun, previously under Gamnesia and The Sonic Stadium. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube—with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood—and am especially fond of video game music and remixes.