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Metroid Dread has sold really, really well

Metroid Dread becomes the best selling game in the 36-year-old franchise.

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Metroid Dread becomes the best selling game in the 36-year-old franchise.

Nintendo’s most recent financial report has revealed a plethora of crunched numbers about various Switch successes, none as well-deserved as Metroid Dread’s 2.9 million units sold.

Revealed last June and out by September 2021, Metroid Dread was co-developed by Mercury Steam, the Spanish studio that previously worked on the Metroid 2: Return of Samus remake Metroid: Samus Returns, and the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow games with Hideo Kojima.

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Metroid Dread concludes the story that began with the NES original 36 years ago and – for my money – is one of the best Nintendo Switch exclusives.

Metroid has always been a series where the critical acclaim and sales have never quite matched up, with the series only managing to hover above one million units sold despite being deeply influential. (The genre is called Metroidvania for a reason).

Retro Studios’ 3D reinvention of the series, Metroid Prime, previously held onto the series best selling top spot with 2.84 million units sold. When Metroid Prime 4 (probably, eventually) sees the light of day, it will be interesting to see if its sales are as positive as the new high watermark set by Metroid Dread.

In the meantime, a demo for Metroid Dread is available on the Nintendo Switch eShop if you haven’t played it yet.


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