Chicken Wiggle on the 3DS has only been out for a handful of weeks and the developer has uploaded a rather heartfelt blog post highlighting the recent poor sales figures for the title. The cute platformer is a great addition to the 3DS eShop and I recommend you go and check it out. However, even after great reviews, Chicken Wiggle has performed well under expectations according to Jools Watsham who is the main man behind the game.
“First day sales were shockingly low. Worldwide sales for Chicken Wiggle on day one were about 10% of Xeodrifter’s day one sales in North America. Xeodrifter’s numbers dwarf Chicken Wiggle’s, but Xeodrifter’s numbers weren’t particularly impressive compared to what is considered a “success” on the 3DS eShop. Chicken Wiggle’s first day sales were so low, I thought there was an error in the sales report. Many of my developer friends thought the same when I shared the news. “That can’t be right!” echoed in my mind.”
Watsham goes on to explain that he thinks that focus is being shifted on to the Nintendo Switch which may have impacted sales:
“While big titles like Miitopia and Metroid will surely sell more than Chicken Wiggle on their first day, they are Nintendo titles that have a strong brand and marketing budgets behind them. Sadly, I believe the Nintendo 3DS eShop is dead for “Nindies”. The audience that buys indie titles on Nintendo platforms has moved on to the Switch. I expected the Switch would impact the success of Chicken Wiggle on 3DS, but not to the extent that it has.”
You can read the full blog post here.