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Metroid Dread hits another sales milestone

Metroid Dread was a critical acclaim on Nintendo Switch last year, winning numerous awards including Best Action/Adventure Game at The Game Awards. The game also performed well commercially for Nintendo, breaking previous records set by the series. According to Christopher Dring of, Fear is now the third best-selling Metroid game in the UK, accounting for physical sales only. Metroid Dreadphysical sales are still late Metroid Primeand Metroid Prime 3, but it is the best-selling 2D entry in the series. This certainly bodes well for future Metroid 2D games!

It’s worth noting that Nintendo doesn’t release digital sales data, so Dring leaves open the possibility that Metroid Dread has already passed Metroid Prime and Prime 3. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know for sure. Dring’s Tweet can be found embedded below.

During a Nintendo Direct last month, the company revealed free content for Metroid Dread, including a new Rookie mode for newcomers, as well as Dread mode, for those looking for a tougher challenge. The new modes are available now, and more free DLCs are coming soon. In April, a Boss Rush mode is set to release for the game.

Hopefully these strong sales for Metroid Dread will show Nintendo that there is still a lot of interest in 2D Metroid games! For those who have never tried the series, Fear served as a compelling introduction to 2D games, but there are still quite a few of those games that aren’t available on Switch, including Metroid: Return of Samus. Developed by MercurySteam, the team behind Metroid Dread, The Return of Samus would seem like the perfect game to bring to Nintendo Switch. Maybe we’ll see the 3DS title ported to the system at some point, or other games like Metroid: Mission Zero. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see!

Metroid Dread is available now, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Readers can check out all of our previous coverage of the game here.

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