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A new update for Metroid Dread has just gone live, with the game now seeing a version 1.0.2 update. Nintendo and MercurySteam have made a number of different bug fixes.

Below are the full patch notes for the Metroid Dread version 1.0.2 update:

Metroid Dread demo

Though it’s been out for a couple of weeks, Nintendo has just launched a demo for Metroid Dread on the Switch eShop that lets users experience the beginning parts of the game. It can be downloaded directly through the store page or on the company’s website here.

Nintendo does have a habit of offering demos for a number of its Switch titles. Typically, however, they’re made available prior to launch. Nintendo didn’t go into any further detail, but says that the Metroid Dread demo is “an early Halloween treat” for fans. If you’ve yet to pick up the game but have some interest, you don’t have much to lose by giving it a shot.

Metroid Dread update 1.0.1

Nintendo and MercurySteam have released a new update for Metroid Dread, with version 1.0.1 now available.

Nintendo confirmed last week that players could potentially encounter a bug impeding progress. As expected, this is what today’s update is largely intended to address. Nintendo also notes that other issues have been addressed to improve the gameplay experience. 

Below are the full patch notes for the Metroid Dread version 1.0.1 update:

Metroid Dread review

Note: we’ve updated this post with a video version of our Metroid Dread review – check it out below.


System: Switch
Release date: October 8, 2021
Developer: MercurySteam / Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo


Metroid Dread still feels a little surreal. The shock of a new, original 2D Metroid was palpable when Dread was announced, but the more one thinks about it, the more amazing it seems. It’s the realization of a 15 year old concept that has gone through multiple cycles of early development and dormancy. It’s the first original 2D Metroid in almost two decades, a span of time in which an entire genre named after the series has sprung up and seen thousands of games following in its footsteps. It’s a game that has expectations to live up to that seem almost unfair but somehow manages to exceed them. Metroid Dread is real, and it’s a masterpiece.

Metroid Dread bug

Nintendo has acknowledged a bug that players may encounter in Metroid Dread towards the end of the game.

If you encounter the issue, the title will forcibly close. You’ll also see a message that states: “The software was closed because an error occurred”. 

Metroid Dread credits

Some of the staff at MercurySteam are speaking out about the company’s handling of credits, and specifically how it relates to Metroid Dread.

According to Spanish site Vandal (via Neat), the studio has confirmed a policy in which developers who worked for less than 25% of the game’s total development time are not included in the credits. The company is said to make exceptions for “exceptional contributions”, though the specifics surrounding this are unclear. MecurySteam employees say that Metroid Dread was in the works for four years, meaning staff would need to have been involved for at least twelve months to be credited.

Although specific sales figures haven’t been provided just yet, Metroid Dread is off to a strong start in the UK. We’re hearing that it’s now the biggest launch for the series in the region ever. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on Wii previously held that milestone. Furthermore, this is without factoring in digital downloads of Metroid Dread.

Metroid Dread is indeed doing well, but a few other Switch titles have outperformed it this year. It follows behind Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Monster Hunter Rise, and New Pokemon Snap.

Hey everyone, Metroid Dread is here!

I’ve been playing the game and it’s been on par with my expectations (which were very high!). I decided to share my first impressions in this small video for the Nintendo Everything’s YouTube channel. Check it out the to see if our opinions about the game are the same or in case you want to know if it’s for you. Also, feel free to share your first impressions about the game here on the site as well.

Our own review of Metroid Dread will be coming soon – stay tuned for that.

Metroid Dread resolution frame rate

A new technical analysis for Metroid Dread has come in, which offers insight into the game’s frame rate, resolution, and more. The piece comes from Digital Foundry which just went live a short while ago.

Below is the full roundup of tidbits from the publication, including the frame rate and resolution for Metroid Dread:

Metroid Dread Special Edition unboxing

If you’ve been hoping for a closer look at the Metroid Dread Special Edition, we have you covered with a new unboxing video.

This is a special release exclusive to the physical version. Copies include a steel game case, five high-quality art cards with key art for each 2D Metroid game, and a 190-page art book spanning all five entries in the 2D Metroid saga.


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