Fire Emblem: Awakening was an incredible success in all regions, managing to sell a lot of copies since its release and even boosting the console’s sale in the West. The game’s digital release has been just as successful, making it one of the best selling 3DS games of the year.
According to the game’s co-producer Hitoshi Yamagami, Fire Emblem: Awakening was going to be the last game of the series, if sales were going to be low. During an interview with Spanish magazine Hobby Consola, Yamagami stated:
“Truth be told, sales are dropping. The sales manager of Nintendo, Mr. Hatano, told us that this could be the last Fire Emblem. Due to this progressive descent in sales, they told us that if the sales of this episode stayed below 250,000 copies, we’d stop working on the saga. I remember when I came back from the meeting and told the team, ‘My God, what are we gonna do?! The end has come!’ Our reaction was clear: If this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put everything we always wanted to include.”
In the end, putting everything the team wanted to include in the game paid out and made Awakening a smashing success, ensuring that the series will continue past the first 3DS entry.