If you've had this bug in Metroid Dread, Nintendo is working on a fix

Thankfully, there's a solution in the interim.

What you need to know

  • Metroid Dread is an action-adventure game that follows the bounty hunter Samus Aran.
  • Nintendo acknowledged a game-breaking bug at the end of the game, and plans to fix it before November.
  • In the meantime, players can follow a set of instructions to prevent the bug from happening.

Metroid Dread took the world by storm after its release, with long-time fans finally feeling like things were working out for their favorite bounty hunter. However, not everything has been running smoothly. Nintendo put out a tweet acknowledging a potentially game-breaking bug present in the game's code, which causes the game to force close and prevents players from progressing.

The company's support page details the particulars of this bug, where players' games forcibly close towards the end of the game and the message, "The software was closed because an error occurred" appears. According to Nintendo, this can happen when "the player destroys a door while a map marker for that specific door is displayed on the map". The company promises to have this bug fixed by the end of October.

In the meantime, Nintendo gives some insight on what players can do to prevent this from happening:

  1. Restart the game and, before playing through this sequence, remove the door icon map marker to prevent this error from occurring.
  2. Once the October 2021 software update is available, update the game.

While bugs can be aggravating for all, it's good to see that Nintendo provided a solution. We'll be sure to let you know when the update goes live. Bounty hunters around the world can continue to save the day, one missile at a time.

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Metroid Dread

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Explore the planet of ZDR and its eerie environments

The latest installment in the Metroid series, Metroid Dread, sees Samus Aran take on a new enemy, the E.M.M.I. Make your way through maze-like locales while never forgetting to keep your wits about you. You never know what's around the corner.