Metroid Prime Remastered Tops Spanish Retail Charts Despite Being Out Of Stock

The remaster of the 2002 game also launched digitally a month ago in the country.

Story Highlights

  • Metroid Prime Remastered topped the Spain weekly sales chart despite facing stock issues.
  • The game was completely out of print and would have sold more than 11.4k units with better availability.
  • It beat Hogwarts Legacy and FIFA 23, while PlayStation 5 continued to dominate.

Retro Studios’ Metroid Prime Remastered took the No.1 spot on Spanish retail charts despite suffering from supply issues. It sold 11,400 units in the week starting February 27 and ending March 5. Pierre485 on Twitter aggregated these charts reported by the Spanish website Vandal, which said that the game was “out of print.” If more units were available, the HD remaster would have sold even more as per the website.

Metroid Prime Spanish charts
Metroid Prime No.1 on Spanish charts

Furthermore, Metroid Prime Remastered came out digitally all around the world almost a month prior on February 8. Knowing the modern inclination towards digital games, selling this much on retail is a remarkable feat. The game also launched physically in European nations like Spain on March 3, 2023, only. Hence, it merely had 3 days of tracking to account for in this week’s Spanish charts. 

Hogwarts Legacy took the No.2 spot on the charts behind the Nintendo Switch game. Its PlayStation 5 version sold 5.1k units and has sold over 50k units at retail in Spain. Europe’s favorite sports franchise obviously gets a spot with FIFA 23 coming in at No.3 and No.4. The PlayStation 4 edition is at No.3 with 2.3k sales with its Nintendo Switch counterpart at No.4.

Nintendo Switch dominates the rest of this week’s charts with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe, and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet taking spots 5-7 respectively. The new Kirby game is another remaster of a classic title Like Metroid Prime and it sold 1.9k copies this week. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty also made the cut with its PlayStation 5 edition 1.4k units, while it only sold 200 copies on Xbox.

Nintendo Switch Sports makes the No.9 spot and Octopath Traveler 2’s Switch version wraps up the top 10 with 1.2k sales. PlayStation 5 continued its dominance on the hardware side, surpassing 10k units again in Spain. It is the best-selling console in the country with 68k sales this year and Nintendo Switch is No.2 this week and in 2023 with almost 60k units sold. Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X are miles behind with only 9.4k units sold in 2023.

PS VR2 suffered a sharp decline, selling 1.3k units in its second week after debuting with 8.1k sales. However, the most interesting aspect of this week’s chart is Metroid Prime Remastered selling like hotcakes with limited stock. When we talk about legendary Nintendo games, we have to mention 2002’s Metroid Prime. It launched on GameCube and Wii originally and was the first in the Metroid series to use 3D graphics. 

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The original is called by many one of the greatest video games of all time. On Metacritic, the original has a 97 critic score, which is one of the highest on the platform. Metroid Prime Remastered won several Game of the Year awards and got two sequels due to its popularity. A third one, Metroid Prime 4, is in the works by Retro Studios for the Switch without a release date.

Nintendo announced this remaster after fan outcry following Mike Wikan’s comments about how it will take too much effort. Metroid Prime Remastered includes upgraded visuals, new control schemes, and new art players can unlock. Like the original, it has received universal praise from critics and as these Spanish charts suggest, has been a commercial success. The action-adventure game has also performed well in the UK and Japan, further highlighting the cultural impact of the original. 

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Ahmed Mansoor is a News Writer who has a deep passion for single-player adventure games. He loves to keep tabs on the gaming and technology industries and loves to break stories that interest his audience. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and several years of experience writing for games. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Journalism || Written 600+ News Stories.

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