by on October 13, 2021
The last few weeks have seen the release of several highly anticipated video games. One of these new titles is Metroid Dread. The latest installment in the Metroid series, this 2D game is set on the planet ZDR and tasks Samus with taking down a new robotic nemesis. The hype surrounding this game before its release was huge, and new sales numbers reveal that its popularity is starting to pay off for Nintendo.
Recently, new data on video game sales in the UK was released. Among the top 10 best-selling games of the week is Metroid Dread. While the game failed to defeat EA Sports FIFA 22, Samus Aran's new adventure managed to climb to number 3 on the list. An impressive achievement for one of Nintendo's smallest franchises. In addition to its No. 3 spot on the UK sales chart, Metroid Dread set a new sales record for the series. This Switch game now has the highest grossing release in series history, breaking the previous release sales record that Metroid Prime held on the Nintendo GameCube. While Metroid Prime sold approximately 1,000 more physical units than Metroid Dread, these sales figures only represent physical copies sold. It's safe to assume that the number of copies sold of the Switch game is likely much higher when digital sales are included, meaning the game easily exceeds the 1,000 digital copies needed to break the UK record.
These impressive sales figures are helped by the popularity of the Nintendo Switch. With more than 86 million units sold since its launch in 2017, the Switch has a much larger number of potential Metroid fans compared to other consoles, such as the GameCube. In addition to breaking this sales record, Metroid Dread has sold more than three times as many copies as Metroid: Samus Returns at the launch of the Nintendo 3DS in 2017. Also, this is the fifth highest grossing release on Nintendo Switch this year.
In addition to Metroid Dread, a couple of other new releases made it into the UK's top 10, such as Alan Wake Remastered. This new version of the original 2010 game that updates the visual presentation has been popular with fans, becoming the fifth best-selling title in the UK. Part of the reason for this increase in popularity is probably due to the release of the remastered version on other platforms; the original was exclusive to Xbox 360. In addition, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania slipped to eighth place on the list, eclipsing the sales of the previous installment of the series by more than double. Beyond this 2D adventure, Metroid Prime 4 is in development for Switch. Based on these recent Metroid Dread sales figures, it looks like the release of that game, whenever it happens, could also be a big deal.
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