While fan outcry appears to be in favor of more Metroid titles, the surface of followers for the IP shows to be the loudest in reality. Despite how much users want to play more of the series, sales say otherwise in an unfortunate pattern in recent history. Although the story of Samus Aran is a legacy IP returning back to the Nintendo Entertainment System alike Mario and The Legend of Zelda, it has yet to show groundbreaking reception in the market.
However, the franchise still reaches cult status as it approaches its 35th anniversary in 2021. Now with the recent release of Metroid Dread, a project that met nearly a handful revivals in the past decade, appears to quench the thirst for users looking for a new game. Enough so that the game appears to undo the narrative of the series’ unpopularity in the UK.
Over from gamesindustry.biz, it is reported that Metroid Dread happens to be the most successful release for the IP in history. The game is said to also outperform Metroid Prime 3: Corruption which stood to be the most popular release in the series previously.
Metroid Dread on Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling Metroid game in the UK to-date, eclipsing Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on Nintendo Wii. And that’s without digital sales. It sold three and a half times more copies at launch than the last 2D Metroid Game: Metroid: Samus Returns, which launched on 3DS in 2017, after the Switch had some out.
The outlet does note that Metroid Dread still remains the fifth most successful release from Nintendo tailing behind Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Monster Hunter Rise and New Pokémon Snap accordingly. From Mike Drucker on Twitter, he notes the history of Metroid sales in comparison to the recent entry which breaks that connotation from the new report.
Although Metroid Dread prior to its release was illustrated to be a much smaller IP to titan franchises such as Donkey Kong and Animal Crossing, series creator Yoshio Sakamoto recently hinted at another game to follow Metroid Dread. He tells the story will proceed despite the newest game ultimately concluding the story of Metroid & Samus. You can read the full report by heading here.
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Metroid Dread is out now for Nintendo Switch.