Fire Emblem Engage launched earlier this year and it has some impressive sales figures to go along with being a pretty solid game.
Nintendo releases its latest quarterly earnings for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023, with some solid numbers for several titles and hardware, including 125.62 million Switch units sold. On the software side, the latest Fire Emblem has 1.61 million units in its first quarter. When compared to Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which sold 2.29 million in the same period, sales are down roughly 30 percent. Pre-orders for Fire Emblem Engage were also higher than Three Houses so it certainly feels like the more generic look of the characters and story may have been a deciding factor in sales.
Take it for what it is, but my guess is likely tied to word of mouth. Engage has an incredible battle system and it’s a highlight of the experience but this is bogged down by some rather uneven writing and story elements. Additionally, many of the social sim elements have been pared back or dropped so those who played Three Houses for those mechanics might not feel at home here.