Nintendo Looks For Xmas Smash With Metroid Dread – Channel News

Back in the heyday of the NES and Super Nintendo, the Metroid series was one of the jewels in Nintendo’s crown.

But despite early success, the Metroid games have been given a short time when it comes to the newer generation of consoles.

Futuristic bounty hunter Samus finally gets the chance to take his place among Nintendo’s other legendary characters – e.g. Link, Mario and Pikachu – in the Nintendo Switch universe, which today sees the release of Metroid Dread, the first title in the series for eleven years.

Mat Piscatella, an analyst at NPD Group, told Bloomberg that five million sales would be a success for the game, but anything could happen.

“We’ve seen a number of franchises see sales far above historical benchmarks at Switch,” he explained.

“Maybe Dread will be able to lift Metroid to that level. I do not expect that, but it can happen. It’s 2021, I expect the unexpected. ”

By comparison, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold over 30 million copies.

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