Metroid Dread was released back in October 2021, and it seems that so many players have gotten into Samus’ latest adventure that the game is now the best-selling title in the Metroid series. The game received an extremely positive response, with an 88% on Metacritic and a solid 4/5 from us.
By the end of March 2022, the game had successfully sold 2.9 million units, according to Nintendo’s earnings report. This means Metroid Dread is now ahead of its predecessors as 2002’s Metroid Prime sold 2.84 million units while the original Metroid game sold 2.73 million units.
What actually led to this result for Metroid Dread isn’t too hard to guess. We can assume that given the popularity of the Nintendo Switch (which apparently sold more hardware units than the Wii U software units) helped the game reach such an overwhelming audience. This, combined with the loyalty of Metroid fans, will surely have helped the game break the series’ previous records.
This isn’t too much of a surprise either, considering Metroid Dread was the most pre-ordered game at GameStop after E3. In terms of pre-orders, the title even surpassed Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, Sonic Colors, and Mario Party Superstars. What’s more, just three days after Metroid Dread’s launch, it was just 1000 sales short of surpassing the previous best-selling Metroid Prime. This was also based on physical sales alone – thanks, GI.biz.
For now, we know Metroid Prime 4 is still in development, but we haven’t heard any news on a release date yet. Whether the game will surpass Metroid Dread in sales remains to be seen. In the meantime, have you tried Metroid Dread’s free Boss Rush update?