MercurySteam's Metroid Dread has been breaking records everywhere since its release. And it's well deserved too because it's absolutely brilliant — if you've somehow missed it in the months since its October 2021 launch, check out our review to find out why!
And it looks like the latest entry in the space bounty hunter's adventure has just broken another huge milestone. According to Christopher Dring at GameIndustry.biz, Metroid Dread is now the best-selling 2D Metroid game in the UK, and that's without digital sales.
Metroid has never been a huge seller — and we'll have to wait a little bit to get the exact figures for Dread and the franchise, so this UK-specific news is fantastic for the developers and Metroid fans, almost as good as rescuing that baby Metroid!
Equally as notable is that Dread is overall the third biggest-selling game in the whole franchise on this little island, behind only Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. Metroid Dread hasn't even been out for six months yet, so the fact that it's already biting at the heels of these two 3D FPS titles is pretty remarkable.
Just last month, we reported that Metroid Dread was very close to becoming the best-selling entry in the franchise worldwide, and that was based on sales up until 31st December. So it's probably already got that crown. It feels like a far cry from 12 months ago, where we were desperate for anything Metroid-related, worried that the franchise would be over. We salute you, Samus.
Let us know what you think of this news in the comments!
This is dreadfully good news.
Now would be the Prime time to release another Metroid game
Would love to a port of Samus returns on the switch too!
Inc the amiibo
Oh look at that, a good game released on a console that sells like hotcakes does good sales. Who would have known?
So Nintendo, how about a new F-Zero now hé?
Fantastic, hopefully this gives confident for Nintendo to continue the series with a new Metroid 6 in the next generation.
Thank god this game sold well.
Great news, hopefully this means more Metroid games in the future.
It was fun but really short.
Well, it IS kind of a false comparison as videogames weren't nearly as popular back in the NES and SNES era as they are now, but still cool, I guess.
I didn't finish it, did play it for a bit but I guess I kind of outgrew the formula.
My favorite game out of any on the current systems, love seeing this success. Should mean another 2D Metroid in the future.
@Daniel36 that's how I felt and hadn't touched it since launch, but I jumped back in over the weekend and it grabbed me! It's an epic game. Maybe you need to give it another go?
Its an iconic franchise but it was never a huge best-seller like Mario or Pokemon. Many times it fell into obscurity thats why there was no Metroid game till now. Its good its gaining momentum
playing this game at the moment... its so hard! you need lightning fast reflexes. very good though
@Waa-Laa Well, you know, for better or worse, it's basically the same game as Super Metroid with several better controls and gorgeous visuals, but I already played Super Metroid to death so to me this feels like much of the same.
And that is not a negative, because much of the same is exactly what I am looking for in some other game genres, but for me, Super Metroid was the pinnacle and enough for me.
I know it's a great game, but no longer my kinda thing, I guess.
Very good but a little on the short side and the music wasnt memorable enough for me, for that, Super Metroid still keep reigning supreme
Stellar news. Dread is an absolutely fantastic game and one of my favorite Metroid games of all time. For me, it goes:
1: Metroid Prime
2: Super Metroid
3: Metroid Dread
Hopefully, the sales of this game bode well for future games in the series. I think Prime 4 is going to be a home run.
@EriXz I felt the same way. Great gameplay, story was pretty good, beautiful visuals.... but my goodness was the music bland and lacking. I might even say it was straight-up bad. Unfortunate. It really holds the game back from greatness in my mind.
I hope mercurysteam started developing another 2D Metroid the moment they completed Dread.
It's the first Metroid Game that I've ever played. I've seen the Game Over screen on this one more than any game I can remember.
@Gaviin i agree, not a single memorable song or catchy tune in there to remember, which is strange since sound Fx are pretty good. The other thing to me its the game length, it is quiet on the short side, i thought they were going to adress this with DLC but i have lost faith. As i undestand, the original plan for the game was to have many many boses more as stated by Mercury steam devs. My guess is they ran out of time and had to cut it short afecting the whole experience. (They "fix" this by recycling some boses but still, pretty lackluster if you compared with the new benchmark of the genre that is Hollow knight and the Ori games)
@Moistnado me too
Need more characters.
@Joriss It’s not just the Switch. Switch doesn’t guarantee you good sales if the game itself receives bad reception [Tokyo Mirage sessions Encore]. Dread was an actual good game that got good word of mouth to continue momentum
@Moistnado It’s already confirmed they are making a completely different kind of game now
MercurySteam is more than capable of developing two games at once (Metroid Dread and MercurySteam's own Spacelords were developed simultaneously).
Deservedly so, absolutely brilliant game. Everything about it screams quality. Best game I have played in ages. Proves 2D gaming is alive and kicking, thank God.
I still need to play it. Back lot is crazy
I can't wait to see RGT 85's hands-on review of Balan Wonderworld. It's gonna be a blast! We just need that confirmation of 3 million-plus sales. Go Metroid Dread!
Metroid Dread is definitely one of my Switch favorites and probably the justification for me getting a Switch, that title was originally Metroid Prime 4, but seeing how long that is taking to release the title is now taken by Dread, at least for now.
For a large company like Nintendo, a small, unambitious 2.5D metroidvania game, that reuses sprites and uses backtracking to reuse locations could be churned out in very little time and at a low cost. I hope they make more. While Dread looks like a GameCube game, I loved it. I hope it gets updated with more secret areas. They really listened to the fans in terms of the depiction of Samus, they should keep making these things. I also liked the 2.5D Zelda Link's Awakening, unambitious, looked like a 3DS port, but fun. Fun is the most important thing.
Nice to hear, its a great game!
I really wonder what they will do next with 2D Metroid. Dread was a bit tame in the power-up department, they where all variations of older power-ups. Not that it bothered me, but maybe they can come up with more original power-ups (if that's still possible) for the next 2D Metroid. And maybe anti-gravity, as seen in the original Fusion demo?
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