This week’s Japanese video game sales charts are now in thanks to Media Create. Unsurprisingly, the latest entry in the Fire Emblem franchise has claimed the number one position, with Fire Emblem Fates: Black Kingdom proving to be the most popular of the two games. Splatoon still appears to be doing well in the charts with the Wii U exclusive still residing in the top ten. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware this week in Japan.
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
- [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: White Kingdom / Dark Knight Kingdom (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 260,675 (New)
- [PSV] Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Atlus, 06/25/15) – 94,036 (New)
- [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 42,991 (New)
- [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 42,718 (266,726)
- [PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (Square Enix, 06/25/15) – 38,758 (New)
- [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 37,458 (348,040)
- [PS3] TV Anime The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls G4U! Pack Vol. 2 (Bandai Namco, 06/25/15) – 16,392 (New)
- [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,896 (220,589)
- [PSV] Chaos;Child (5pb., 06/25/15) – 10,325
- [3DS] Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (Marvelous, 06/18/15) – 9,284 (55,776)
- [PS3] Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (Square Enix, 06/25/15) – 8,729 (New)
- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 7,978 (1,045,901)
- [3DS] Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, 06/11/15) – 7,687 (98,789)
- [PSV] Shinobi, Koi Utsutsu: Setsugekka Koi Emaki (Idea Factory, 06/25/15) – 6,762 (New)
- [PS4] Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Capcom, 06/18/15) – 6,454 (42,326)
- [3DS] Kaitou Joker: Toki o Koeru Kaitou to Ushinawareta Houseki (Bandai Namco, 06/25/15) – 5,189 (New)
- [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,899 (2,648,334)
- [PS4] Chaos;Child (5pb., 06/25/15) – 4,860 (New)
- [PS4] Ride (Intergrow, 06/25/15) – 4,056 (New)
- [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 4,054 (122,038)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- PlayStation Vita – 23,134 (11,748)
- New 3DS LL – 21,818 (17,642)
- PlayStation 4 – 14,482 (13,850)
- Wii U – 13,166 (14,616)
- New 3DS – 8,294 (4,506)
- PlayStation 3 – 2,761 (2,819)
- 3DS – 1,396 (1,126)
- 3DS LL – 847 (790)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 820 (540)
- Xbox One – 243 (201)
There has been a lot of Fire Emblem love on the eShop as of late. specifically the North American ESRB rating of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. However, North America isn’t the only one reaping the benefits — if you live in Europe you will be able to grab Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon this Thursday.
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon released in 2008 on Nintendo DS, and is the remake of the original Japanese-exclusive Fire Emblem title “Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no Ken.” Check out the Virtual Console trailer below:
When people say “Fire Emblem,” what comes to mind is typically a dynamic RPG, single-player experience. This is why it came as a pretty hefty surprise when Japanese players found an online mode in Fire Emblem Fates (released today in Japan as Fire Emblem If).
The online mode utilizes a 5-on-5 deathmatch battle, with either local friends with the game or random or friend-based online play. The 5 characters chosen are all chosen from units in one of your save files. Random battles can be played with standard rules or with item limitations. Additionally, the fog of war effect is disabled during the battles.
Fire Emblem Fates is an upcoming Nintendo 3DS exclusive, releasing in North America and Europe in 2016.
The latest in the Iwata Asks segments is here and as you might expect it is a good one. This time around Iwata assembles the Fire Emblem If team together to discover the creation process behind the game. We have already heard that the last Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem Awakening, could have been the last in the series, but thankfully Nintendo decided against such a thing. For more insights I suggest giving the Fire Emblem If based Iwata Asks a read. If reading isn’t your thing, then you can always check out the first fifteen minutes of the game, right here.
The next Fire Emblem game will introduce same-sex marriage to Nintendo’s long-running tactical role-playing series. As you may already know, Fire Emblem Fates consists of two versions: Conquest and Birthright. In Conquest, a male main character can marry a male character – and a female main character can marry a female character in Birthright. Fire Emblem Fates launches tomorrow, June 25, in Japan and next year in North America and Europe.
“Fire Emblem Fates comes in two different versions, called the Conquest and Birthright editions,” Nintendo said in a statement. “In the U.S., Conquest and Birthright will both be sold separately, as is already the case in Japan. For those who have purchased either the Conquest or Birthright edition, a third edition will be made available as downloadable content at a later stage. Details on how the three storylines will be made available in other regions will be announced at a later date.
“In the Conquest edition of the game, there is a male character that the game’s player may have his/her male main character marry after they bond in battle. Similarly, the Birthright edition features a female character that a female main character may marry after bonding in battle. Both of the aforementioned characters can be encountered in the third edition of the game.
“We believe that our gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and, at the same time, we will always design the game specifications of each title by considering a variety of factors, such as the game’s scenario and the nature of the game play. In the end of course, the game should be fun to play. We feel that Fire Emblem Fates is indeed enjoyable to play and we hope fans like the game.”
As of earlier today, an ESRB listing was revealed for Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones — specifically listing release on Wii U. Sacred Stones has previously been released on Game Boy Advance in 2005, the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2011 (via the ambassador program), and on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan and PAL regions.
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is the eighth game in the Fire Emblem series (overall), the third (and final) Fire Emblem on Game Boy Advance, and the second Fire Emblem released in the United States. The game, which was positively received by both fans and critics, focuses on an unconnected story from previous Fire Emblem games with two warring nations fighting over the titular Sacred Stones.
No release date for the game is known, but hopefully the listing is an indicator that it is coming soon.
During the E3 Digital Event, we got a new trailer for Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem— developed by Atlus– which you can watch above. It features cinematics as well as some gameplay, and some pretty funky music. The release date was confirmed to be 2016 for North America. What did you think of the trailer?