Metroid Dread has sold 2.7 million units since release

Metroid Dread sales show a desire for more Samus Aran.


Metroid Dread released to rave reviews, and it seems that the positivity and excitement has paid off for Nintendo. The Big N has reported its Q3 2022 earnings which highlights the success of Metroid Dread. The latest entry in the franchise has managed to sell 2.74 million units since its release.

metroid dread sells 2.7 million units

Nintendo released its Q3 2022 earnings report on February 3, 2022 via its Investor Relations page. While a lot of focus is on the sales numbers of Nintendo Switch consoles, plenty of information is given regarding the success of Nintendo software. Chief among these numbers were the sales of Metroid Dread, which has achieved critical acclaim, making it not so surprising that it has managed to sell 2.74 million units since October of 2021.

The popularity of Metroid Dread places it along the top echelon of Nintendo products. The company has seen huge success with its IPs, with the likes of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe now sitting at 43.35 million units sold and Animal Crossing: New Horizon – one of the biggest games of 2020 – now at 37.62 million units sold.

Though Metroid Dread’s genre isn’t as approachable as the likes of Mario Kart or Animal Crossing, these numbers show that there is a surging demanding for this style of titles on Nintendo’s platform. With Metroid Prime 4 still in the works, Nintendo is in a great position to offer Metroid fans even more of the content they love to consume.

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    February 3, 2022 12:15 AM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Metroid Dread has sold 2.7 million units since release

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      February 3, 2022 6:53 AM

      I beat it earlier this week. Pretty fun. Almost done with ori and the blind forest which is lovely. Maybe I’ll replay hollow knight just to compare them all.

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        February 3, 2022 12:39 PM

        If you enjoy the genre Hollow Knight is cant miss. One of the best if not the best of the Genre IMO.

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          February 3, 2022 12:41 PM

          Oh I loved it. I’m talking a replay. It was a great game. I really enjoyed Metroid though. The shooter aspect was fun and it was shorter than hollow knight.

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        February 3, 2022 1:55 PM

        Minor comment: I found that Hollow Knight always had a slight lag when I played it docked. Definitely slower to respond than Ori. Not sure if it's just me and how I play, but it made some fights worse.

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        February 3, 2022 8:51 PM

        Damn last boss is killin me in ori!

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      February 3, 2022 12:40 PM

      Honestly surprised its not higher. Hope they keep making them, I mean its nothing to sneeze but still seems way off other tentpole franchises

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        February 3, 2022 12:52 PM

        Metroid has never done the same numbers as Mario or Zelda. I'm just glad someone at Nintendo clearly has a fondness for it and we got Dread with Prime 3 coming.

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        February 3, 2022 2:03 PM

        Metroid is a pretty old-school type game. Way less approachable than something like Mario or Zelda.

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        February 3, 2022 5:21 PM

        That's very high for Metroid, only a sliver from being the best selling in the franchise (within 100k units of Metroid Prime on the GCN) after only three months.

        It isn't like prior Metroid games were on flop systems either, there were multiple Metroid games on the GBA and Wii that sold only between 1-2 million. It just hasn't done numbers like their other big franchises. Its a little crazy that Samus' most popular appearances have been in the Smash franchise

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      February 3, 2022 2:01 PM


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        February 3, 2022 2:06 PM

        Bowsers Fury baby. Dunkey knows.

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          February 3, 2022 5:35 PM

          You mean SUPA MARIO BROS 2

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        February 3, 2022 2:15 PM

        mario golf

        why are you booing me i'm right

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          February 3, 2022 5:36 PM

          I’m ashamed to say I haven’t played much of it. I need to change that!!

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