Metroid: Samus Returns makes top 3 debut in Japanese sales charts

September 20, 2017
September 20, 2017 Dennis

Metroid: Samus Returns makes its debut in Japan’s Media Create sales chars in its first week on the market.

03./00. [3DS] Metroid: Samus Returns # (Nintendo) {2017.09.15} (¥4.980) – 30.855 / NEW

At 30.855 units sold, the game sold decently enough when compared with the other remake of a classic Metroid title, Metroid: Zero Mission on the GBA during the height of the series’ popularity. Note that these sales figures do not include digital sales of eShop copies.

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Here are the numbers from Famitsu. Note that Media Create and Famitsu sales data always vary a bit between each other due to different tracking methods. Neither of them include digital sales. The percentage number indicates the amount of the shipped stock that has been sold through.

03./00. [3DS] Metroid: Samus Returns # (Nintendo) {2017.09.15} (¥4.980) – 28.596 / NEW <60-80%>

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Only the evergreen hit Splatoon 2 and Konami’s new entry in their popular football simulation series Winning Eleven moved more units last week. The standalone spin-off of Uncharted sits below Metroid at number 4. Also of note is that Metroid: Samus Returns released on a Friday whereas most other new releases (such as the aforementioned Winnig Eleven 2018) come out on Thursdays. After the poor sales of Metroid Prime: Federation Force, this is an overall positive bounce-back for the series!

To compare, here is some first week sales data of past Metroid titles in Japan. Compiled by NeoGAF user The_lascar. Metroid Prime: Federation Force data taken from the CY 2016 chart. Some additional Metroid-series sales data can be found here, compiled by user L~A. Bonus shoutouts to the internet’s Cheesemeister!

[Platform]  Title   (Publisher) {Release Date} (Price) – First Week / Lifetime Totals

[GBA] Metroid Fusion (Nintendo) {2003.02.14} (¥4 800) – 49 680 / 155 528
[GCN] Metroid Prime (Nintendo) {2003.02.28} (¥6 800) – 39 829 / 78 384
[GBA] Metroid: Zero Mission (Nintendo) {2004.05.27} (¥4 800) – 39 112 / 85 045
[GCN] Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Nintendo) {2005.05.26} (¥6 800) – 17 680 / 40 355
[NDS] Metroid Prime: Pinball (Nintendo) {2006.01.19} (¥4 800) – 0 / 15 541
[NDS] Metroid Prime: Hunters (Nintendo) {2006.06.01} (¥4 800) – 32 613 / 90 028
[WII] Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Nintendo) {2008.03.06} (¥6 800) – 34 151 / 74 647
[WII] Metroid: Other M (Nintendo) {2010.09.02} (¥6 800) – 44 103 / 75 578
[3DS] Metroid Prime: Federation Force (Nintendo) {2016.08.25} (¥4.700) – 4.023 / 10.932

Source: Media Create via NeoGAF

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