Metroid Turns 35 - Top 10 Best-Selling Metroid Games - SalesWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 03 September 2021 / 10,845 Views
On this day 35 years ago, the original Metroid released for the Famicom Disk System in Japan. It is one of the longest running Nintendo franchises.
Metroid, along with Konami's Castlevania, defined the Metroidvania subgenre, which are games that have continuous and explorable side-scrolling levels. Some notable Metroidvania games include Axiom Verge, Shadow Complex, the two Ori games, and Hollow Knight.
Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB) is the third best-selling entry in the series with 1.72 million units, followed by Metroid Fusion (GBA) with 1.60 million units sold. Super Metroid (SNES) comes in fifth with sales of 1.42 million units.
Here is a list of the top 10 best-selling Metroid games:
- Metroid Prime - 2.84 million
- Metroid - 2.73 million
- Metroid II: Return of Samus - 1.72 million
- Metroid Fusion - 1.60 million
- Super Metroid - 1.42 million
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - 1.41 million
- Metroid: Other M - 1.36 million
- Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - 1.10 million
- Metroid Prime Hunters - 1.08 million
- Metroid: Zero Mission - 0.84 million
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