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Metroid Dread is Now the Best-Selling Metroid Game

Metroid Dread is Now the Best-Selling Metroid Game - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 May 2022 / 3,073 Views

With Nintendo's latest earnings report for the quarter ending March 31, 2022, a new record has been set as Metroid Dead is now the best-selling Metroid game of all time.

Metroid Dead has sold 2.90 million units worldwide since its release in October 2021, while Metroid Prime, the previous best-selling entry, sold 2.84 million units on the GameCube.

Metroid Dread is Now the Best-Selling Metroid Game

The original Metroid sold 2.73 million units, Metroid II: Return of Samus sold 1.72 million units, Metroid Fusion sold 1.60 million units, and Super Metroid sold 1.42 million units.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption sold 1.41 million and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes sold 1.10 million units.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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gtotheunit91 (on 10 May 2022)

Makes me hopeful for what kind of numbers we'll get when Metroid Prime 4 finally releases!

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NextGen_Gamer gtotheunit91 (on 11 May 2022)

My thoughts on this? Metroid Prime 4, despite being originally announced for Switch, will become a next-gen Nintendo title. For the first time, N's president wouldn't comment on whether they would release new hardware this fiscal year (ending March 31, 2023). They recently delayed BotW 2 to early 2023; and there is speculation that some of the latest footage for it was too good for Switch graphics. My guess? New hardware release in March 2023, with a BotW 2 simultaneous release on Switch and new system (just like how the fist Breath of the Wild released on Switch launch day/Wii U at the same time). And circling back to MP4 - I think it is still so far away, 2024 at the earliest, that I can see Nintendo making a new-system exclusive at that point.

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2zosteven (on 10 May 2022)

Wonder what prime would have sold if the GameCube sold 100 million units plus?

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SanAndreasX 2zosteven (on 10 May 2022)

Hard to say. The market at that time might not have necessarily been kinder to Metroid.

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Slownenberg (on 10 May 2022)

So well deserved. Such an incredible game! Only sad thing is that Metroid is still a low sales franchise, considering that this is on a 100+ million system. Would have loved to see Dread completely break out of the standard Metroid sales range and fly past 5 million. But maybe this is showing that Prime 4 could do that seeing as that will be viewed as much more of an AAA game.

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xMetroid (on 11 May 2022)

I feel like 2D games are kind of losing a bit of steam on Nintendo's IPs. Kirby was stuck and had to evolve, DK TF sales fumbled after Returns even though it was better, NSMBU DX is performing welll but nothing incredible compared to the 3D Mario games when before it was way bigger.

So, to me, 3 millions for this game makes me hopefull Prime 4 can sell over 5 million units since it will be a more modern looking experience and so easier to promote.

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VAMatt (on 10 May 2022)

I guess I'm gonna have to pick it up eventually too.

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SvenTheTurkey (on 10 May 2022)

Oh. When I saw 2.9 million I was worried. I had mistakenly thought prime was in the low 3.x's.

First Metroid to cross 3 million units I'm sure.

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thevideogameninja (on 10 May 2022)

Awesome news!

Now give us Metroid 4 ?


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deerox thevideogameninja (on 10 May 2022)

Metroid 4 came out in 2002.

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Ljink96 deerox (on 10 May 2022)

You know he means Prime 4...right?

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gtotheunit91 Ljink96 (on 10 May 2022)

I knew he was talking about Prime 4, but many were confused when the term Metroid 5 came up on screen during Dread's reveal, so it's kinda important to differentiate the main series from the Prime series otherwise there will just be more confusion lol

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Ljink96 gtotheunit91 (on 10 May 2022)

Oh yeah, he may be joking going by that emoji. But I thought it was understood that Metroid Fusion was Metroid 4.

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Topher303 gtotheunit91 (on 10 May 2022)

Thank you for this comment. I hate when people are negligent with their words when they comment. By this person's logic, Metroid 2 (return of Samus) is also Metroid Prime 2.

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