Metroid Dread is the upcoming instalment to the Metroid franchise from MercurySteam, being released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Also known as Metroid 5, the game is an action-adventure game and a sequel to the 2002 game, Metroid Fusion — released for the Game Boy Advance, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS. It has been more than 3 years since the franchise has released a new Metroid game, which is why fanatics of the series are anxious for the release of the upcoming instalment.
Earlier this week, GameStop sent out e-mails to its customers in which it released its top ten most pre-ordered Nintendo Switch games and Metroid Dread is at the top. Surprisingly, the game has surpassed all of the upcoming Pokémon instalments — Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Double Pack and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It has also surpassed the upcoming Mario Party Superstars — a franchise that has been one of Nintendo’s top sellers for decades.
1. Metroid Dread
2. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Double Pack
3. Mario Party Superstars
4. Pokémon Legends: Arceus
5. Shin Megami Tensei V
6. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond
7. WarioWare: Get It Together!
8. Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!
9. Sonic Colors: Ultimate
10. Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp
Earlier in June, GameStop released their top ten most pre-ordered games from customers across all platforms, following E3 2021, and Metroid Dread was still on the top, even overthrowing Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD. The upcoming instalment even defeated Far Cry 6 by a margin.
1. Metroid Dread
2. Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD
3. Mario Golf: Super Rush
4. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shiny Pearl Double Pack
5. Mario Party Superstars
6. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
7. Far Cry 6
8. Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance
9. Madden NFL 22
10. Pokémon Legends: Arceus
It seems like fanatics of the Metroid franchise have high hopes from MercurySteam when it comes to the upcoming instalment and the GameStop pre-orders show. Metroid Dread is due to release on 8th October 2021 for the Nintendo Switch. You can pre-order the game from the official Nintendo website or certain retail stores in the United States and Canada for USD $59.99 or CAD $79.99.