Developer Nyamyam have released a post-mortem of their game Tengami, originally an iOS game that was eventually brought to PC and Wii U. The iOS version launched in February 2014, giving it a full nine months ahead of it’s Wii U and PC versions, which released in November 2014 and January 2015 respectively.
According to Nyamyam, both the Wii U and the PC version have sold around 11k copies for their respective platforms. While those results may seem heavily skewed toward iOS, keep in mind that developer Nyamyam focused most of their marketing efforts there, as Jennifer Schneidereit told Digital Spy.
It’s not surprising as we heavily targeted the Apple platform.”
Schneidereit is quick to mention that press coverage for the Wii U and PC versions of the game was minimal compared to the iOS version, so there’s plenty of reason why both Wii U and PC haven’t measured up to the iOS game. Regardless, she says the team decided to release on Wii U and expected around 10,000 sales, which the Wii U managed to surpass.
“A lot of developers ask me about the Wii U, whether it’s a good platform for independent developers,” she said. “To be honest, I don’t know if it’s a good platform for independent developers, but I don’t regret releasing on the Wii U.
“We decided we’re going to do a Wii U version, I worked under the assumption it would sell 10,000 copies – it sold a little bit more by now, so that’s okay.
While the Wii U may not be generating the numbers that mobile gaming is right now, it’s nice to see that the Nintendo eShop holds its own for developers who decide to release on the system.
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