Top 10 in Sales - Metroid

by William D'Angelo, posted on 23 April 2013 / 5,310 Views

Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.

After spending the first part of the year looking at the sales in 2012 and the first quarter sales in 2013, it is time to look at sales of specific franchises. This week we will be looking at the top 10 selling Metroid games. Last week we looked at the top 10 selling The Legend of Zelda games and the week before that the top 10 selling games in the first quarter 2013.

Top 10 Selling Metroid Games

Looking at the top 10 bestselling Metroid games, one of the titles was released in the 1980’s, two were released in the 1990’s, six were released in the 2000’s, and one was released in the 2010’s.

The one title released in the 1980’s, Metroid (NES), sold 2.73 million units or 16.9 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two games released in the 1990’s, Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB) and Super Metroid (SNES), sold a combined 3.18 million units or 19.7 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The six games released in the 2000’s easily made it the decade with the most Metroid titles released and the most games sold for the franchise. The six games sold a combined 9.05 million units or 56.0 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The one game released in the 2010’s sold 1.20 million units or 7.4 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The top 10 bestselling Metroid games sold a combined 16.16 million units. The top two titles sold more than two million units. The top eight titles sold more than one million units and the entire top 10 sold more than 500,000 units.

While we have looked at sales by publisher all the Metroid titles were published by Nintendo.

Top 10 Selling Metroid Games

The top 10 bestselling Metroid games as a graph shows how two titles sold above the rest. The three titles include the first in the franchise, Metroid, and the first of sub-genre Metroid Prime.

Looking at the top 10 by platform one was released for the NES, one for the SNES, none for the Nintendo 64, two for the GameCube, and two for the Wii. There is also one Gameboy title, two Gameboy Advance titles and one DS title.

 The two titles for the GameCube, Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, sold a combined 4.15 million units or 25.7 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Wii titles, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Metroid: Other M, sold a combined 2.85 million units or 17.6 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Gameboy Advance titles, Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission, sold a combined 2.52 million units or 15.6 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

More than half of all the sales for the top 10 titles were in North America. 9.55 million of the games sold were in North America or 59.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. 3.01 million of the games sold were in Europe or 18.6 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. 2.96 million of the games sold were in Japan or 18.3 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Here are sales figures outside the top 10: The entire Metroid franchise sold more than 17.53 million units worldwide. More than half, 10.44 million, of those total sales came in North America. 3.29 million of the sales total sales were in Europe. Also 3.08 million of the sales were In Japan.

The top 11 titles sold more than 500,000 units and the top 13 titles sold more than 200,000 units.

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13 Comments

Stefan.De.Machtige (on 23 April 2013)

O, Samus :(. Despite your beauty, you have always been underappreciated. Let's hope Nintendo has the bold nerve to reboot your franchise to bigger heights.


Virus_Of_Life (on 23 April 2013)

The sales deserve to be so much higher than this....


Arfen (on 23 April 2013)

Metroid series deserve much more recognition. this is a great franchise!


cunger (on 25 April 2013)

Unfortunately it doesn't have throat stabs in a trailer so it won't appeal to the broad core gamer.


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Otakumegane (on 23 April 2013)

At least Metroid Prime is at the deserving #1.


Fededx (on 23 April 2013)

It's sad to see Zero mission so low in the list :( Such an amazing remake!


Nem (on 23 April 2013)

For such criticism, other M did sell decently.


Roar_Of_War (on 24 April 2013)

When it sells for $5-$10 in some places, and no more than $19.99 everywhere else, it's bound to sell a lot better. Nintendo did -not- like those price cuts, trust me. The game failed.


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enrageorange (on 23 April 2013)

Hopefully Nintendo releases a 2D Metroid for the 3ds soon. Remake of Super Metroid would be awesome.


KHlover (on 24 April 2013)

Yeah, the sales never reflected the universal praise this series receives. What a shame, Metroid deserves to sell as much as the The Legend of Zelda series.


Podings (on 30 April 2013)

Other M was an attempt at doing something "cool" that would sell millions. Instead they've now had to take the whole franchise back to the drawing table. Practically every entry's been a "reboot" of sorts, so I'm fine with whatever they decide to do, should a new game emerge. As long as it is a good game, and not a miserable clump of poor design and even poorer taste, as really was the case with Other M.


jamesmarkus87 (on 24 April 2013)

It pisses me off that Other M will likely surpass Echoes.


S.Peelman (on 24 April 2013)

It's interesting that the third of the 'big three' (Mario, Zelda and Metroid) Nintendo franchises always sells so little. Other, 'second rank' franchises actually sell more than this. Shouldn't stop them from making more though, 'Super' and 'Fusion' were awesome! Also, this is a 'Top 10', but these are all the games :-P. Except if you include 'Pinball' and the Prime Trilogy re-release.


ToraTiger (on 24 April 2013)

Pokemon is Nintendo's second biggest franchise, so I guess It's mario, zelda and pokemon


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dedis GR (on 23 April 2013)

We need the next one....


Dr.Grass (on 24 April 2013)

Metroid Prime is the best game ever.