It's actually pretty good, so I am disappointed by this.
So am i
This is unfortunate. As a fan of the series, I'm sad that this only gives Nintendo another excuse to shelf the series for another 10 years.
That's the most likely scenario.
It is under 1m for the same reason upcoming 3DS games will sell under 1m (Captain Toad, Luigi's Mansion, Kirby Epic Yarn etc), 3DS is dead. Nintendo wants to believe it's not because they don't want to make a 3DS successor now with Switch resembling a console and handheld hybrid. Also, Samus Returns is the second remake of Metroid: Return of Samus. You can't expect gamers to buy every remake like it's a totally new game.
So no, I don't think this is necessarily a bad sign for the Metroid series. We'll have to wait for Metroid Prime 4 numbers. MP4 is a brand new game on a new console with a healthy consumer base, so I expect it to do atleast 3m.
No. It's the only official remake by Nintendo and generally speaking not even the Metroid fanbase cares for or even played Return of Samus let alone non fans.
All I can say is that I'm not excited to play Metroid games anymore. The NES Metroid is one of my favorite games of all time, but the others I have tried just don't feel right for some reason.
On a somewhat related note, I think Axiom Verge is great and would recommend it to any classic Metroid fan.
Maybe Metroid is just not for you.
Metroid: Samus Returns was great. It's a shame it hasn't sold well.
I know right
You missed the point entirely; the differences between FIFA and Metroid are immaterial, the point is, a larger userbase means nothing when that userbase have largely moved on.
And no, the 3DS is not "still relevant." Let's look at the sales of 3DS games that came out this year, from major IPs no less:
Kirby Battle Royale: 280k
Detective Pikachu: 300k
Captain Toad: 80k
The userbase has jumped ship, it's a dead system.
Samus Returns failed because it launched on an obsolete platform that gamers were tired of and moving on from, instead of the exciting new platform they were upgrading to and hungry for games for, it's as simple as that.
Sure buddy, keep comparing it to PS2 of all systems lol.