Metroid: Samus Returns sold through 70% of its initial shipment in Japan - Nintendo Everything

Submit a news tip

Metroid: Samus Returns sold through 70% of its initial shipment in Japan

Posted on September 24, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News

Metroid: Samus Returns sold roughly 30,000 copies in its first week in Japan. That may not seem like a lot, but it doesn’t tell the full story.

Dengeki reports that Metroid: Samus Returns sold through 70 percent of its initial shipment. That number gives us an indication that Nintendo was smart with the amount of copies it sent out to retailers.

Metroid has never been a huge seller in Japan. However, Samus Returns did pretty well all things considered. Here’s how it stacks up to other entries in the series:

System Title FW LTD Publisher Release Date
FC Metroid [Famicom Disk System]   1.040.000 Nintendo 8/6/1986
GBA Metroid Fusion 49.680 155.528 Nintendo 2/14/2003
NDS Metroid Prime: Hunters 32.613 90.028 Nintendo 6/1/2006
GBA Metroid: Zero Mission 39.112 85.045 Nintendo 5/27/2004
NGC Metroid Prime 39.829 78.384 Nintendo 2/28/2003
WII Metroid: Other M 44.103 75.578 Nintendo 9/2/2010
WII Metroid Prime 3: Corruption 34.151 74.647 Nintendo 3/6/2008
GBA Famicom Mini 23: Metroid 14.900 50.353 Nintendo 8/10/2004
NGC Metroid Prime 2: Echoes 17.680 40.355 Nintendo 5/26/2005
WII New Play Control! Metroid Prime 5.200 20.607 Nintendo 2/19/2009
NDS Metroid Prime: Pinball   15.541 Nintendo 1/19/2006
WII New Play Control! Metroid Prime 2: Echoes 1.700 12.427 Nintendo 6/11/2009
3DS Metroid Prime: Federation Force 4.286 6.090 Nintendo 8/25/2016

Leave a Reply

  • Kyle K. Moore

    It’s help to have Samus Returns in this table…

  • Exposer

    Ok i know Metroid sells bad in Japan, but God. Federation Force sold like 70% of it’s shipment of 6K units, also Echoes on Wii sold really bad.

    • Simtopia23

      Federation Force started better thanks to the installed base of the 3DS and for the fact that it’s not a Metroid at all. (just like Metroid Pinball)

    • CaptainPleb

      Echoes is Prime 2, a gamecube title.

  • Adam

    What a lazy chart. You couldnt tell us what FW and LTD means? And what the actual sales numbers are vs some mysterious number to the far right? Lazy reporter, u couldnt take 20 seconds more to explain this? You write this as though we should be able to decode this? Lazy. Bad. Editorial, please, hire reporters who actually work vs. copy/pasters.

    • FireThunder25

      FW means “First Week”, as in how much was sold in the first week of the game’s release, and “LTD” means Life to Date, which is how much a game has sold so far. And the “mysterious numbers to the far right”? Those are the dates when the games were released in Japan. It helps provide context as to the sales rate and the time span that it took for the game to sell. You should have known this if you really intend to observe sales data that closely.

      • Adam

        Are u high? Should have known this? The vast majority do not know this. Lazy reporting. Could have added a little more text to avoid confusion. Stop being an enabler.

        • Izaal Daar

          I am spanish, so sometimes its really difficult to decode the meaning of the abbreviates… But this was really, really easy for me to understand.

          • Adam

            Derps. Doesn’t matter if u can understand. 99% do not comment on this wall. And have to struggle to understand because of lazy reporting.

          • Evan Gustavson

            Shut up!
            If you’re the kind of person who cares about this sort of thing, you should already know what those abbreviations mean!
            That’s what he was getting at!

            99% don’t know how to read the chart and 99% don’t comment to complain, but 99% also doesn’t care about what it says in the first place.
            A quick google gets you these answers, so if anyone’s being lazy here, its you.

          • Adam

            Stop being such an ignorant derp.

            One shouldn’t have to google based on a writers laziness.

        • NancyRDiaz

          Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
          On tuesday I got a brand new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
          ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleNewGeniusNetJobsOpportunity/simple/work ★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫:::::!sk195l..,..

        • FireThunder25

          High? Are you just being insulting now? You’re talking to someone who watches the site’s news for a long time, but rarely comments on things like this. And by the way, it’s called “context clues”. Do you really expect those terms to be explained in every single sales news? Plus, your “mysterious numbers” comment doesn’t even fly when you could just look up when these games were sold in Japan. And really? “Enabler”? You’re being kind of hypocritical when you don’t even explain what that’s supposed to mean. It’s people like you that makes me hesitant to be more active in commenting on these kinds of things.

          • Adam

            What an ignorant response. Why should anyone do this much research when the lazy writer could have simply edited the chart in 10 seconds to avoid these questions? derp.

      • Adam

        LTD. LMFAO. The only chart in the gaming world to use this stupid abbreviation. Especially as LTD is commonly used as Limited. Lazy writer simply couldnt type “Life to date” Or “first week” Oh look! This took 3 extra seconds! I have read many charts on gaming stats, and this is the most horrible use of abbreviations I have seen.

        Lazy Nintendo Everything writer: study from the professionals when it comes to labeling chartz. smh.

        • Ted Scott

          Limited is abbreviated as Ltd, not LTD. You are the only person here who was confused by how the graph was presented. You decided to complain instead of taking a minute to look up the information on your own. You are the “lazy” person here.

          VGChartz is also far from professional, they tend to misreport sales numbers all the time based on estimations they make.

          Also, on a personal note, get a life dude.

      • Guarrow Aran

        Nah he’s right, that’s quite lazy

    • Aline Piroutek

      You may be rude but you’re talking about truth. No subtitles make everything more difficult.

      • Adam

        Ok Ill take that! Not rude. Honest. So much ignorance here.

    • Ragnell

      It took me 5 seconds to figure out the abbreviations. Calm down man.

      • Adam

        Calm down what? You are just lying to be part of the social circle.

        • Ragnell

          Yes calm down. Lying? No. Looking at the 2 column of numbers u can tell one must be a certain time frame and the other max sales. FW obviously means a length in time as does LTD. sooooo what could they mean? First week and hmmm Life to Date? Oh wow!! Come on dude. If u thought about it i know u could’ve figured it out.

    • Elloie

      “Mysterious numbers to the far right”. Do you not know how to read dates?

      Listen, if you’re only in kindergarten, maybe you shouldn’t be on the web without your parent’s super vision.

      • Adam

        AH it’s Ellioie, the known ignorant troll, never getting love here or by her mommy. smh.

    • Addy

      That lazy reporter happens to be one of the people running this site.

      But feel free to tell him that directly. Here’s his disqus:

      Nobody to stop you.

    • Dom The Elegy

      Hmmmmmmm what could this mysterious number indicate? Maybe the sales on the Saturn moon Titan…
      We may never know.

    • The Watcher


  • Coonfoot

    So if I’m reading this chart right, Samus Returns falls somewhere in the middle of it? Like right below Corruption? That’s… pretty okay, considering how little Japan seems to care for the franchise.

  • MagcargoMan

    Is this a good or bad amount?

    • Tlink7

      Probably good, because most of the copies were sold (meaning the game did about as well as Nintendo expected it to)

  • Aline Piroutek

    Would we ever see a western chart of this kind of data?

  • Very smart. Good on them. Sad how few companies are practical about their expectations.

  • Mathaes Loogmanheimer

    Why don’t you have the sales of the original Metroid 2 for the Gameboy and Super Metroid for the SNES on your chart? Those games sold well in Japan, it was not just the first game that was a success in Japan.

  • The Watcher

    Whoa! That is a steady decline!