There are early signs of a remarkable opening week for Metroid Dread, as it manages to rank 1st place in the Japanese all format chart, a region where Metroid typically struggles. According to Japanese Video Game magazine Famitsu, an estimated 86,798 physical copies of Metroid Dread for Nintendo Switch were sold, more than Far Cry 6 on Playstation 4 and 5 combined, which launched a day earlier than Dread.
Earlier this week, Games Industry reported that Metroid Dread was the highest-grossing Metroid game to date in the United Kingdom ever, after announcing (and later correcting) that it was the fastest-selling Metroid title in the country’s history, beaten by Metroid Prime by less than 1,000 units. It ranked third in the opening week, specifically for physical sales.
We also reported that Metroid Dread had topped the digital charts in the United Kingdom, and that Metroid titles on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and 3DS had continued to remain strong, presumably as a result of the hype for Metroid Dread.
As Nintendo don’t share their digital sales data, we can assume that the total sales figures for Metroid Dread far exceed these amounts, and we look forward to some acknowledgement from Nintendo on what these are in the future.
We will continue to update our readers with sales figures as we get them!