Yacht Club Games has already indicated how successful Shovel Knight has proven for them on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and it has remained that way despite having now released on other platforms.
Speaking last week at Gaming Insiders in San Francisco, Capy Games co-founder and president Nathan Vella encouraged developers to consider releasing their games across multiple platforms. He reasoned that porting games is cheap, and the effort in doing so can result in an even spread of revenue across those targeted.
When analysing Shovel Knight’s net revenue, Steam accounted for 32 percent, 30 percent on 3DS, 20 percent on Wii U, 14 percent across PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, and 4 percent on Xbox One.
“Shovel Knight broke the impression that indies don’t sell so well on Nintendo, and Broken Age has a surprisingly huge following on Mac,” Vella explained.
“All of these games are generating significant amounts of net revenue from a whole bunch of different platforms. If you were to remove a single platform, these developers would be leaving a significant chunk of money behind.
“All of these games defied the belief there is a right platform or a wrong platform. Porting is really inexpensive, and you don’t have to do it all at once.”