Indie studio Dahku Creations has announced its departure from games development on both Nintendo’s home console and mobile gaming devices. The developer – which brought games such as Chubbins and Soon Shine to the Wii U eShop in North America – has decided it’s the end of the road for their efforts by sharing the news on the studio’s official blog.
Despite the successes of both Chubbins and Soon Shine on the Wii U, compared to Dahku’s iOS development, it just wasn’t enough to propel the studio further in the games market, saying that the “window of opportunity has closed”.
By contrast, Soon Shine on Wii U was a success. Again we got great community coverage, reviews were generally more positive than they were for Chubbins, and the sales have been infinitely better than they were on iOS. And in fact, Soon Shine sold as many Wii U copies in four days as Chubbins did Wii U copies in four weeks. Of course that isn’t saying much, and sadly, it still isn’t enough. Nowhere near it, in fact.
So that’s it. The window of opportunity has closed. Our dev equipment has been returned to Nintendo. If our games turn out to be sleeper hits, or if we eventually have money to burn from some other source of income, maybe we’ll be back to take another stab at game development someday. For now, this chapter comes to an end.
Dahku Creations has said the level of support its games have received on the Wii U, coupled with the fantastic support from Nintendo, was more than the studio ever received on iOS. Whether Dahku will ever return to game development is unknown, but the studio remains humble and thankful for the experience shared. You can check out Dahku Creations’ blog post in full, here.