The new instalment of the Metroid franchise is doing so well, it’s already outsold its predecessors.
Earlier this week I wrote about how Metroid Dread made history by having the biggest launch ever here in the UK. It has now had an even better week in Japan and has already outsold the majority of the franchise in its first week.
Metroid in Japan
The video game developed by MercurySteam and Nintendo EPD was released on October 8 on Nintendo Switch and has ranked up 86,798 physical sales, becoming the best-selling game of the week in just 3 days.
Historically, the Metroid franchise has struggled to sell well in Japan, with the most lifetime sales being 155,528 for Metroid: Fusion on record since 1995. Yet with the build-up and release of Metroid Dread, Japan used TV advertisements to help promote the game during prime-time TV shows, keeping the hype for the new release to stay alive.
— John Ricciardi (@johntv) October 11, 2021
And now, in less than a week, Metroid Dread has managed to outsell nearly every Metroid title before it, excluding Metroid Fusion. It has also caused a surge in sales for other titles in the franchise.
The data collected by Famitsu excludes digital sales, and as stated in the previous article for Metroid Dread’s UK sales, Nintendo doesn’t reveal its digital numbers, but from looking at the eShop, it is clear to see Metroid Dread is an international success.
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