It’s been close to a week since Metroid Prime: Federation Force launched in Europe and much like the Japanese market, it would seem that the title is not selling very well.
In a Eurogamer piece published just last Monday, the 3DS title failed to secure a place in the UK all-format top 40 chart track. Even in the 3DS chart, Federation Force was not even able to make it to the chart’s top 10.
In addition to GFK’s charts, the title is not doing too well on Amazon UK. Last week, I had a look at Amazon UKs ‘Best Sellers’ charts and noticed that the title was completely absent from the all-format best sellers list and was only sitting at 77th place in the 3DS chart. To date, the title still remains absent from that Amazon UK list, with only a slight boost to 67th place for the 3DS category.
While the exact sales figures are still unknown, it is worth noting that title only managed to sell less than 4,441 copies during its opening week in Japan. In addition, older titles like Mario Kart 7, a game that is five years old, are still outselling the spin-off title by a significant margin.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force is first Metroid title to be released in six years, and the only Metroid game to be released during the 30th anniversary of the series.
Since its initial 2015 announcement, Federation Force has been hit with intense scrutiny from both gamers and fans of the original series. Many have criticised the title for its lack of traditional Metroid elements, poor visuals, and absence of Samus Aran. Following its initial E3 announcement, some fans went as far to create a petition demanding for the cancellation of the title.
What are your thoughts on this? Could this be one of Nintendo’s biggest flops of 2016? Have you actually played Federation Force yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below!