The updated sales figures of Metroid Dread confirm the record: it is now the best-selling game in the history of the Metroid series.
Metroid Dread is confirmed as a great success and has now also reached the all-time record within the series as the best-selling game in the history of the Nintendo franchise , based on the recent sales and financial data published by the company in these hours.
The new chapter developed for the Nintendo Switch has reached 2.9 million copies sold , based on the results released with the end of the fiscal year and therefore updated to March 31, 2022, thus becoming the best-selling chapter in the entire Metroid series. which was already within reach of the latest data released in February 2022, which saw it at 2.74 million copies, but in the meantime sales have increased further.
Metroid Dread thus dethrones Metroid Prime for GameCube , released in 2002, to date the best-selling episode of the saga ever. No Metroid game has ever sold more than three million copies in history, the first Metroid Prime having placed around two million copies according to reports from Retro Studios as far back as 2007.
The Metroid series enjoys low popularity in Japan and records good numbers especially in North America and parts of Europe, Metroid Dread recorded the best launch for the series in the UK , Dread has sold over three and a half times the number of copies of Metroid Samus Returns, released in 2017 on the Nintendo Switch.
Although, as mentioned, the numbers are not comparable to those of other Nintendo franchises , the Metroid series seems to be in good health and according to a report Nintendo is planning many other Metroid games with the aim of capitalizing on the golden moment of the game.