The first traditional Metroid title in thirteen years seems to have been received well by fans according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group, who have confirmed that physical sales of Metroid: Samus Returns have placed the game in the top ten best selling 3DS games of 2017.
The game came in at #6 just ahead of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia at #7. Over the past few years, the Fire Emblem series has gone from strength to strength with great success, so it is fantastic to see that sales have been strong for our favourite intergalactic Bounty Hunter too, at least in physical game sales. It is not known how each franchise has fared in the digital market.
The full NPD 2017: Top 10 best selling 3DS games are:
- Pokemon: Ultra Sun
- Pokemon: Ultra Moon
- Pokemon: Sun
- Pokemon: Moon
- Super Mario Maker
- Metroid: Samus Returns
- Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia
- Super Smash Bros.
- Mario Kart 7
- Poochy and Yoshi’s Wolly World
Source: Mat Piscatella (NDP Analyst)