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Metroid Dread now looks to be series' best-selling game

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Nintendo's critically-acclaimed Nintendo Switch adventure Metroid Dread looks to have become the series' best-selling game.

The original Metroid Prime on GameCube had previously been the series' biggest seller, which Dread has now dethroned.

Metroid Dread has now shifted 2.9m copies worldwide since its launch in October last year. Metroid Prime was previously reported to have sold 2.8m.

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While positive news for Metroid fans, it's worth putting in perspective alongside recent launches in other Nintendo franchises.

In the past 12 months, the HD re-release of Zelda: Skyward Sword sold 3.91m copies, while Mario Party Superstars sold 6.88m. Kirby: The Forgotten Land sold 2.1m copies in just its first week.

It's also interesting to note the location of Dread's sales. Of its 2.9m total to date, just 270k copies have been sold in Japan compared to 2.63m elsewhere. Kirby: The Forgotten Land has already sold 850k in Japan, compared to 1.80m elsewhere.

"A stylish, visually sumptuous return for 2D Metroid, and an adventure that proudly sits alongside the series' best," Martin wrote in Eurogamer's Metroid Dread review.

Today's news comes from Nintendo's latest financial results. Sales of the Switch itself were down compared to last year - for which Nintendo blamed component shortages. Sales of Switch games, however, were the company's best ever results for software for any single system.

Metroid Prime 4 is still currently set as the series' next entry, though its long-delayed launch still lacks a formal release date. Rumours abound we may see a Metroid Prime re-release first to whet our appetites.