Top 10 in Sales – Metroid


Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.

After spending the first part of the year looking at the sales in 2012 and the first quarter sales in 2013, it is time to look at sales of specific franchises. This week we will be looking at the top 10 selling Metroid games. Last week we looked at the top 10 selling The Legend of Zelda games and the week before that the top 10 selling games in the first quarter 2013.

Top 10 Selling Metroid Games

Looking at the top 10 bestselling Metroid games, one of the titles was released in the 1980’s, two were released in the 1990’s, six were released in the 2000’s, and one was released in the 2010’s.

The one title released in the 1980’s, Metroid (NES), sold 2.73 million units or 16.9 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two games released in the 1990’s, Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB) and Super Metroid (SNES), sold a combined 3.18 million units or 19.7 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The six games released in the 2000’s easily made it the decade with the most Metroid titles released and the most games sold for the franchise. The six games sold a combined 9.05 million units or 56.0 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The one game released in the 2010’s sold 1.20 million units or 7.4 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The top 10 bestselling Metroid games sold a combined 16.16 million units. The top two titles sold more than two million units. The top eight titles sold more than one million units and the entire top 10 sold more than 500,000 units.

While we have looked at sales by publisher all the Metroid titles were published by Nintendo.

Top 10 Selling Metroid Games

The top 10 bestselling Metroid games as a graph shows how two titles sold above the rest. The three titles include the first in the franchise, Metroid, and the first of sub-genre Metroid Prime.

Looking at the top 10 by platform one was released for the NES, one for the SNES, none for the Nintendo 64, two for the GameCube, and two for the Wii. There is also one Gameboy title, two Gameboy Advance titles and one DS title.

The two titles for the GameCube, Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, sold a combined 4.15 million units or 25.7 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Wii titles,Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Metroid: Other M, sold a combined 2.85 million units or 17.6 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Gameboy Advance titles, Metroid Fusion andMetroid: Zero Mission, sold a combined 2.52 million units or 15.6 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

More than half of all the sales for the top 10 titles were in North America. 9.55 million of the games sold were in North America or 59.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. 3.01 million of the games sold were in Europe or 18.6 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. 2.96 million of the games sold were in Japan or 18.3 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Here are sales figures outside the top 10: The entire Metroid franchise sold more than 17.53 million units worldwide. More than half, 10.44 million, of those total sales came in North America. 3.29 million of the sales total sales were in Europe. Also 3.08 million of the sales were In Japan.

The top 11 titles sold more than 500,000 units and the top 13 titles sold more than 200,000 units.

Contact VGChartz at wdangelo@vgchartz.com

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