Nintendo just released their annual earnings report for fiscal year 2023, and the results are in!
From its launch in February until the end of March, 1.09 million copies of Metroid Prime Remastered were sold globally for the Nintendo Switch!
Metroid Prime Remastered was released to high praise from critics and fans alike, who both found a lot to love in this refresh of a beloved, decades-old Gamecube classic. While the digital version was made available at the same time the game was announce during the February Direct, a physical version of the game wasn’t made available until two weeks later.
Within just two months, this remaster of a 2002 game brought in over a million units sold. Besides not technically being a new title, Metroid Prime Remastered achieved this: without a major marketing push; without any promotion or announcement before the game’s launch; with a staggered release of physical copies lagging two weeks behind digital; and without a release during or near a major commercial holiday. That’s a pretty good haul all things considered!
Metroid has never been a huge seller for Nintendo. Yet even with just a remaster, MPR holds up well against other recent releases, particularly in units sold per month since each game’s launch. With a delayed physical release, MPR hit over one million units with just two months of digital availability but only about single month of physical availability:
Metroid Prime Remastered – 1.09M (545k per month)
Fire Emblem Engage – 1.6M (805k per month)
Bayonetta 3 – 1.07M (214k per month)
It’s great to see another Metroid game surpass the million-sold milestone on the Switch. Both Metroid Dread and Metroid Prime Remastered show there is a solid demand for more Metroid on the system. There’s a lot of Metroid to dig into on the Switch, and Metroid Prime 4 is still on the horizon!
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Dak is Editor-in-Chief and Podcast Host at Omega Metroid. If he’s not playing Metroid Prime Remastered, he’s definitely playing Destiny 2.