Developer: Retro Studios
Platforms: Wii U; Nintendo Switch
The best games that managed to fall under the radar.
There are always plenty of disappointing games that more gamers got their hands on as compared to the good games. Games like Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed are the ones that garner the sales while games like Wolfenstein: The New Order manage a respectable but still average sales tally.
That being said, games like The Evil Within and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare found a strong amount of success. Even if they won’t be beating out Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare or Destiny any time soon, they still managed to do well.
Now, as for a great game that no one played? Well…
Winner: Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
Normally, 130,000 units in 8 days isn’t a bad amount. But this is Nintendo’s sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns. This is a sequel that’s very good in its own right and came at a time when there weren’t any compelling releases for the Wii U. Like, at all.
However, you have games like Wasteland 2 which earned more than $1.5 million in revenue in the first four days. This is for a digital-only release that was funded through Kickstarter. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze had the might of Nintendo behind it and still didn’t notch up decent enough sales, especially for a platform that didn’t have many exclusives available at the time.
It’s a shame since Tropical Freeze is one of the best Wii U games available especially with competition like Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 available. If you find it somewhere, even in the bargain bin, do yourself a favour and pick it up.
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