Metroid Dread sees highest-grossing launch in the series to date in UK

Metroid Dread sales UK United Kingdom top highest-grossing launch in series boxed physical copies top 10 gfk units sold

Nintendo put such a marketing blitz behind Metroid Dread compared to with past Metroid releases that it would be a bit soul-crushing if it didn’t achieve at least a moderate level of sales success. Fortunately, the game finally launched on October 8, and early data is positive. has released the GfK top 10 sales data for boxed video games for the United Kingdom (UK), and Metroid Dread has landed in third place behind FIFA 22 and Far Cry 6. That’s good enough for Metroid Dread to be the highest-grossing launch for any Metroid game ever in the UK.

Last Week This Week Title
1 1 FIFA 22
New Entry 2 Far Cry 6
New Entry 3 Metroid Dread
2 4 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
New Entry 5 Alan Wake Remastered
5 6 Minecraft (Switch)
7 7 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
New Entry 8 Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania
10 9 Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
9 10 Grand Theft Auto 5

“In terms of unit sales, Metroid Dread was less than 1,000 units away from over-taking Metroid Prime,” explained, but when considering digital sales, there is no question that Dread sold more copies in total. Additionally, Dread sold 3.5 times more copies at launch than Metroid: Samus Returns did at launch on Nintendo 3DS in 2017. The author elaborated on Twitter that the game has in fact already sold more boxed copies in the UK than Metroid: Samus Returns did in its entire lifetime.

No one was really expecting Metroid Dread to trump the also recently launched Far Cry 6, and FIFA continues to be a sales juggernaut. But those things aside, Metroid Dread sales appear to be off to a great start.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!