Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Sales of Metroid Dread could usher in the future of the series

Metroid: The number of dreads released in the United States comfortably surpasses the series’ record and could hint at Samus’s bright future after a fairly dry spell.

The data released by the NPD Group provided insights into the popularity of Metroid: Dread after its successful October 8 launch on Nintendo Switch. After its release, the game debuted in October as the third-selling game in the United States. Despite being released for over a week during that period, Metroid: Dread has also emerged as the best-selling game on Nintendo Switch.

In doing so, we achieved record-high sales in the month of release of any Metroid game ever-slightly reduced our predecessor. According to the group, dollar sales in the month of Metroid: Dread’s launch were almost double the sales of the previous record holder in the series, Metroid: Prime.

Metroid has long been a quiet series. The final mainline 2D entry in the series was the 2017 remake of Samus Returns, with the final completely original 2D entry arriving in the form of a 2004 Zero Mission. When it comes to 3D games, I haven’t seen it since the other Ms in the 2010s.

Good dread sales don’t necessarily confirm the busy future of Metroid releases, but Nintendo’s success with new entries in the series is at least a good sign. The next Metroid game we know is Metroid Prime 4. It was announced in 2017, but development resumed in 2019.

Although Metroid finished third in US sales in October, NPD sales do not include digital sales like the top two titles in the ranking. Turtle Rock Studios’ Back 4 Blood won second place and best-selling game across the United States. I went to Far Cry 6 in October. Following the launch of Far Cry, Ubisoft recently confirmed that Vaas: Insanity (the first of its premium episode extensions) will be available on November 16th.

If you haven’t got a copy of Metroid Dread yet, check out the reviews for the games that awarded 9/10.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN.You can follow him twitter..