Nintendo reveals that Metroid Dread has become the best-selling game in the franchise, passing Metroid Prime to take the top spot.
It’s been a long way to fear of metroid. Originally rated as a Nintendo DS sequel to Metroid Fusion in the early 2000s, the game would become the poster child for projects that were considered development hell, just rumors and never officially announced for over a decade. After several cancellations and a hidden provocation in 2007 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Fear essentially disappeared again, with many worried about its future potential considering the controversy that Metroid: Another M created after launch.
Somehow Nintendo managed to keep its development with MercurySteam under wraps until its reveal last year, reigniting the fanbase thanks to fear of metroidclassic side scrolling style. Set after the events of Metroid Fusion, Dread brings a conclusion to the classic 2D storyline, bringing back exploration-style gameplay and mixing stealth moments against near-indestructible robots known as EMMI. Clearly, the gameplay resonated with gamers and critics alike, as not only did the game receive a lot of positive reviews, but it also sold incredibly well.
After breaking sales records at launch, fear of metroid continued to climb the chart, ignoring all but one of the other games in the franchise. Until February 2022, fear of metroid was firmly in second place behind the GameCube Metroid Prime. Thanks in large part to strong word of mouth, as well as continuous content updates with smaller DLCs such as Boss Rush and Dread Mode, fans continued to support the title and further boost its sales.
With the fiscal year over, Nintendo confirmed that fear of metroid has sold over 2.9 million copies since it was originally released in October 2021. This makes it the best seller metroid franchise game worldwide. Interestingly, the vast majority of these sales came outside of Nintendo’s home market of Japan. According to the data, fear of metroid sold only about 270,000 copies, with the rest of the 2.63 million coming from the rest of the world.
Thankfully, fans don’t have to wonder if or when they’ll see Samus Aran again, as Metroid Prime 4 is currently in active development. Unfortunately, Nintendo has been highly secretive about the project after announcing it via a logo revealed in 2017, with reports indicating that the game has gone through a lot of development issues. Ultimately, Metroid Prime 4 returned to Retro Studios, the development house that modernized the classic franchise for the Gamecube and Wii. With summer fast approaching, fans are hoping that Nintendo’s annual Summer Direct will finally reveal real details about the mysterious Metroid Prime 4.
fear of metroid is now available for Nintendo Switch.
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