Fire Emblem Awakening
shifted 180,000 units across its debut month at North American retail, Nintendo of America tells us. In a statement sent to Joystiq, the company said the tactical 3DS RPG enjoyed best ever first month sales in the franchise's nearly 23-year history. No doubt that was helped by a strong eShop uptake of 63,000 units, which comes in at 35 percent of total sales.
Considering the series' last entry, Shadow Dragon
, sold just over 250,000 units in North America to date, Awakening
's sales bump over here is impressive, much as we thought the game was in our review
. We awarded Awakening
four and a half stars, deeming it "the best soap opera since CBS canceled Guiding Light
," which is certainly saying something.