Nintendo revealed that Metroid Dread has become the best-selling game in the franchise, surpassing Metroid Prime to take the number one spot.
It’s been quite a long road for Metroid Dread. Originally billed as a sequel to the Nintendo DS with Metroid Fusion in the early 2000s, the game would become the prelude to projects considered to be the most thoroughly developed, just rumors and rumors. has never been officially announced in over a decade. After multiple cancellations and a hidden reveal in 2007’s Metroid Prime 3: Corrupt, Dread has essentially disappeared once again, with many worried about the title’s potential future considering the controversy. that Metroid: Other M created after launch.
Somehow, Nintendo managed to keep its development a secret from MercurySteam until the game’s reveal last year, regaining its fan base thanks to Metroid Dread’s classic horizontal screen style. Set after the events of Metroid Fusion, Dread brings an end to the classic 2D storyline, offering exploratory-style gameplay and moments of stealth against near-impossible robots. destruction is called EMMI. It is clear that the game has resonated with players and critics alike for not only scoring rave reviews, but selling well.
After breaking sales records at launch, Metroid Dread continues to climb the charts, skipping every other game in the series after a single installment. By February 2022, Metroid Dread was firmly in second place behind GameCube’s Metroid Prime. Thanks in large part to strong advertising and continued content updates with smaller DLCs such as Boss Rush and Dread Mode, fans have continued to support the game and boost its sales.
Nintendo confirmed that Metroid Dread has sold more than 2.9 million copies since its initial launch in October 2021. This makes it the best-selling Metroid game in the franchise worldwide. Interestingly, the majority of those sales come from Nintendo’s home market of Japan. According to figures, Metroid Dread only sold about 270,000 copies, while the remaining 2.63 million copies came from the rest of the world.
Thankfully, fans don’t need to wonder if they’ll see Samus Aran again, as Metroid Prime 4 is currently in development. Unfortunately, Nintendo has been very secretive about the project after announcing it through a reveal logo in 2017, with reports indicating that the game ran into a lot of trouble during development. Finally, Metroid Prime 4 has returned to Retro Studios, the developers who modernized the classic franchise for the Gamecube and Wii. With summer fast approaching, fans are hoping that Nintendo’s annual Summer Direct can finally reveal actual details regarding the enigmatic Metroid Prime 4.
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