Metroid Dread sales hit 2.7 million in under three months

Metroid Dread Sales

Metroid is a series that’s near and dear to many hearts, but it’s never been a massive seller. Because of this, Nintendo went almost two decades without publishing a brand-new 2D Metroid. That long drought came to an end with Metroid Dread finally hitting Switch last October. It launched to strong reviews (winning our Game of the Year Award) and record sales in the US and Japan. Thanks to the latest Nintendo report, we now have a three-month update on Metroid Dread sales.

Metroid Dread sales

Nintendo’s Earnings Release for the third quarter officially puts Metroid Dread sales at 2.74 million. That figure is the number of physical copies sold to retailers plus the number of digital downloads, as of December 31. Nintendo clarified in its explanatory material that over 2.3 million copies were sold through to customers. It’s an impressive start for a franchise that usually sees its games sell just over a million copies. Here’s how Metroid Dread sales compare to some past games in the franchise:

  • Metroid — 2.73 million
  • Metroid II: Return of Samus —1.72 million
  • Super Metroid — 1.42 million
  • Metroid Fusion — 1.6 million
  • Metroid Prime — 2.84 million
  • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes — 1.1 million
  • Metroid Prime: Hunters — 1.08 million
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – 1.41 million

Several titles are missing from this sales round-up, as complete, official data is just not available for many of these games. That said, Metroid Dread appears to be in second place all time already!  Nintendo hasn’t typically put a lot of focus on Metroid‘s numbers, but hopefully, the strong sales of Metroid Dread change that going forward. With Metroid Prime 4 on the way (and rumors of a Prime 1 remake), it’s a great chance for the series to become more of a key franchise in the future.

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.