The dust has now settled on the Wii U launch, and it's the ideal time to take stock of what's happened and how software has performed in terms of sales.
With this in mind, Chasing Aurora developer Broken Rules has admitted in an interview with Wii U Daily that the performance of the game didn't entirely meet expectations, but the Christmas sale had a positive effect.
When asked how well the title had done commercially, Broken Rules staffer Martin Pichlmair had this to say:
This being our first launch title, we did not know what to expect. And we’re still puzzled by the dynamics of this launch. I can’t deny that I had higher hopes but this has more to do with my personal attitude than with the performance of the game itself. As for the game, the Christmas sale did really well and the eShop is hitting his stride now. We’re still learning how to operate in this new and exciting environment.
Not a totally negative assessment, then - but hardly glowing praise. Pichlmair also revealed that the company's next project should be coming to the Wii U, but was hesitant to commit its long-term future to the console:
Obviously, we’ve got the technology in place and the capability to make another Wii U title. Yet as a small studio we have to chose very careful what platforms we’re targeting. From the current perspective we plan to bring our next game to the Wii U. But I can’t see into the future, so I can’t guarantee anything at this point.
Hopefully as the Wii U matures the eShop will grow and become a more attractive place for developers - that certainly seems to be the case with the 3DS eShop right now.