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Forums - Sales Discussion - Famitsu Sales: Week 33, 2019 (August 12th - August 18th) - Aftermath

FarleyMcFirefly said:
I know I've said this before (and so have others) but man, Fire Emblem is doing poorly when compared to the 3ds releases.

Digital sales are way more important for 3H than they were for previous titles on the 3DS so as long as Nintendo don't give numbers to that accord. We can only guess, but the actual sold numbers is probably 20-25% higher at least.

Bandai is really banking on that fishing game btw !



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Mar1217 said:
FarleyMcFirefly said:
I know I've said this before (and so have others) but man, Fire Emblem is doing poorly when compared to the 3ds releases.

Digital sales are way more important for 3H than they were for previous titles on the 3DS so as long as Nintendo don't give numbers to that accord. We can only guess, but the actual sold numbers is probably 20-25% higher at least.

Bandai is really banking on that fishing game btw !

With that promotion from Nintendo with their Voucher, I think we're closer to 50% - if not even more!



Bofferbrauer2 said:
Mar1217 said:

Digital sales are way more important for 3H than they were for previous titles on the 3DS so as long as Nintendo don't give numbers to that accord. We can only guess, but the actual sold numbers is probably 20-25% higher at least.

Bandai is really banking on that fishing game btw !

With that promotion from Nintendo with their Voucher, I think we're closer to 50% - if not even more!

According to super data:

"Fire Emblem: Three Houses has a solid launch. Fire Emblem sold 800,000 digital units on Switch in July, making it the best digital launch in franchise history."

This is just in five days since the game came out the 26th. I think it's quite a strong start

Source: https://www.superdataresearch.com/worldwide-digital-games-market/



Supermario28 said:
Bofferbrauer2 said:

With that promotion from Nintendo with their Voucher, I think we're closer to 50% - if not even more!

According to super data:

"Fire Emblem: Three Houses has a solid launch. Fire Emblem sold 800,000 digital units on Switch in July, making it the best digital launch in franchise history."

This is just in five days since the game came out the 26th. I think it's quite a strong start

Source: https://www.superdataresearch.com/worldwide-digital-games-market/

Superdata had been very off in the past, so I'm taking this with a big grain of salt. Still, it's probably relatively close to the truth, but we'll have to wait until we get news from Nintendo about the game sales, probably during the next investors meeting.



Finally some numbers! Even if they're not the most exciting of numbers. Switch software holding strong and hardware doing good considering people are probably waiting for the new model and the Lite.



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I've heard it said that 3H underperformed in Japan and that Fire Emblem is becoming more of a western franchise of late. I'm sure worldwide sales of 3H have been stellar, but I'm curious why this shift would occur, and what about the game disappointed people in Japan compared to previous titles.



Yep. We're not going to have a realistic look at how FE is actually doing in Japan until the Q2 financial update. It's obvious that the high physical price and the voucher program have had a major effect on the retail sales. How much of one, we won't know until late October. Also, I don't trust Superdata's actual numbers at all, but the general conclusion - digital sales are very high - is probably right on the money.



RaptorChrist said:
I've heard it said that 3H underperformed in Japan and that Fire Emblem is becoming more of a western franchise of late. I'm sure worldwide sales of 3H have been stellar, but I'm curious why this shift would occur, and what about the game disappointed people in Japan compared to previous titles.

It's not so much a shift as it is growth in regions where growth was and is still easily possible. Fire Emblem has been a known entity in Japan since its inception in the early 1990s and the country has seen no population growth, so successful entries over the years have ended up with similar sales. But in America and Europe, Fire Emblem had not been marketed with much effort until Awakening, so that's when the jump in popularity first happened. This development's only logical outcome is that Japan's share of global sales decreases, but that doesn't mean that Japan's performance is worrisome.

The focus on Japanese sales of Three Houses is due to it being the only country with widely available sales data, however, it has yet to be learned what the digital share of its sales is. Awakening released before Nintendo made it common practice to have physical and digital versions available on day 1, Fates released at a time when the digital share was considerably lower than it is today. Three Houses also happens to be the second new game of interest after Nintendo's voucher offering was made available, so that's a factor that pushes the digital share even higher. While the total numbers (physical plus digital) will probably show a decline compared to Awakening and Fates, the difference won't be as dramatic as the physical-only sales data suggests at first glance.



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Bofferbrauer2 said:
Mar1217 said:

Digital sales are way more important for 3H than they were for previous titles on the 3DS so as long as Nintendo don't give numbers to that accord. We can only guess, but the actual sold numbers is probably 20-25% higher at least.

Bandai is really banking on that fishing game btw !

With that promotion from Nintendo with their Voucher, I think we're closer to 50% - if not even more!

Even the most popular 1st party titles aren't even close to what I stated earlier. 50 % rate is just crazy even if you want to count it outside of the norm.



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