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Posted by Toby on

After a lengthy hiatus, we're excited to announce that Dahku is returning to indie game development!

A lot has changed, but one constant has been our regret at never having gotten to pursue any of our grander game design visions. Our prime interest as developers has always been to create the kind of game we can passionately pour our hearts, souls, blood, sweat and tears into and then confidently inform even the harshest critic that they need to experience it.

Our old approach, creating small games in the hopes of funding those bigger projects, simply didn't work out. As the right circumstances have recently merged with our ambitions, this time around we're aiming high from the start with a new title that we couldn't be more excited about! The project is early in development, but once it's far enough along we'll be taking it to Kickstarter.

Regarding the immediate platforms we intend to develop for, PC is a safe bet but we'd very much love to return to Nintendo development via Switch and are pursuing that possibility.

To mark our return we've given our site a complete overhaul and have ported our very first game to Windows and Mac and made it available for free right here on the site! We're also holding a Soon Shine giveaway on our new Facebook page, which you can enter here.

We'll be working hard in the coming weeks to bring our new ideas to fruition, so be sure to check back and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest!


Posted by Paul on

Once upon a time we mentioned the idea of going through and explaining the origins of the quirky level titles in Chubbins. Well, as the game is now on sale for the entire month, it seemed as good a time as any to go ahead and finally do this. Weirdness may ensue.

Please note I am NOT bothering with all the proper italics and casing that go with movie titles, etc.


Posted by Paul on

On the 31st we announced that we were ceasing our indie game development efforts (thanks again for all the well-wishes, everyone!). At the same time, we made a second post with some collective thoughts on the eShop market. As we said in the first paragraph of that post, we wanted to discuss the topic because A) it's very relevant to why we didn't succeed, and B) our experience could be very valuable to other indie devs looking to get their games on Wii U. Case in point, ourselves. If we were just getting in on the Wii U scene now, that post would be a great reference and would undoubtably change our entire approach.


Posted by Toby on

Following up our recent announcement that Dahku is done with game development, we have some thoughts on the current state of the Wii U eShop, and why we think things turned out the way they did for us. This may be informative for fellow small devs looking to Wii U as a development option, and it may be of interest if you're one of the few who like what we do.


Posted by Paul on

As we've said before, we were really excited when the opportunity to develop games for Wii U arose. This was Nintendo--our home turf so to speak--and with the power of a console the possibilities were endless! Still, after a year of total fail in the iOS market, we had to remain realistic. We ported Chubbins, to test the waters of a new market and try to get a return on our time invested. We always did feel the game was more like a Nintendo title than an iOS anyway.

Non-disclosure agreements prevent us from talking details, but even before we signed on as developers we'd heard that Nintendo offers newcomers a chance to work with their equipment free of charge for a time. We hoped that Chubbins would be successful enough in that window of opportunity that we could then move on to bigger and better Wii U exclusive games.

By contrast, Chubbins on Wii U was a success. We managed to stand out, get great community coverage, and the sales have been infinitely better than they were on iOS. Sadly, it still wasn't enough. Nowhere near it, in fact. Having put all that effort into learning the Wii U ropes and gaining valuable insight into the market, we realized the window of opportunity would still be open just long enough that we could try to put that knowledge to use on an experiment of sorts.


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