When Balan Wonderworld was first unveiled in July last year, we – and many of the Nintendo Life community, judging by these comments – were quite fascinated to see how fair it would be. Prerequisite for a new 3D platformer from Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima, the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog, was something we could not not keep an eye on, and hope was high.
Unfortunately, things have gone downhill since then. Doubts began to enter our minds when the game’s demo hit digital stores, with the development team quickly saying that they plan to address all the negative feedback from the player it generated in a one-day update. Then we got the final copy in our hands, and all the fear of the title quality ̵
With very bad reviews around, it may not be surprising to see that the game has sold poorly worldwide. Last week’s Japanese charts revealed that the physical copy of the game failed to break into the top 30 during the opening week (it reportedly sold less than 2,100 copies), and there is a similar story elsewhere.
As reported by PlayStation Lifestyle, the game failed to hit the top 30 of the Nintendo eShop charts in both Japan and North America, and this week’s UK charts show that the game failed to make it into the top 40, and was sold out by many of the titles has been on the charts for over 100 weeks.
It’s a shame, especially since Yuji Naka has previously explained that this may be his only chance to create a successful 3D platformer on Square Enix, but it seems that even the suspicious, overly positive fan reviews will not be able to to turn this sinking ship.
Thanks to Joe for the tip!