When Balan Wonderworld was first revealed last July, we, and much of the Nintendo Life community, judging by these comments, were quite intrigued to see how fair it would be. The premise of a new 3D platformer from Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima, creators of Sonic the Hedgehog, it was something we couldn’t no watch, and hopes were high.
Sadly though, things have gone downhill since then. Doubt began to enter our minds when the game’s demo hit digital stores, and the development team was quick to say that they plan to address all the negative player feedback it generated in a day one patch. We then got the final copy in our hands and all of our fears regarding the quality of the title, or sadly the lack of it, turned out to be true.
With very bad reviews all over the place, it is perhaps not surprising to see that the game has sold poorly around the world. Last week’s Japanese charts revealed that the physical copy of the game failed to break into the top 30 in its opening week ( reportedly sold fewer than 2,100 copies), and it’s a similar story elsewhere.
As reported by PlayStation Lifestyle, the game failed to make the top 30 on the Nintendo eShop charts in both Japan and North America, and this week’s UK charts show the game failed to break into the top 40, being surpassed by many sales. of titles that have been on the charts for more than 100 weeks.
It’s a huge shame, especially since Yuji Naka has previously explained that this might be his only chance to make a hit 3D platformer on Square Enix, but it seems that even those suspicious and overly positive fan reviews won’t be able to do it. turn this sinking ship around.
Thanks to Joe for the tip!