Beril Hörberg, the developer behind Gunman Clive, went onto NeoGAF and posted the sales data for the game on iOS, Google Play, the eShop, and others. Despite having been available on smartphones since last April, the 3DS version of the game sold more units than the iOS version, though still lags behind the Google Play version since it was featured in a promotion on that service. Keep in mind that, unlike Renegade Kid’s Mutant Mudds prices at $8.99 for the eShop version, $4.99 for the PC version, and $0.99 on iOS, Gunman Clive is $1.99 across all platforms.
“Obviously iOS is a much larger market and it might not be possible to become an overnight millionaire on the eShop, but for a small game with no marketing and little prerelease hype it does feel like the eShop is a healthier market, and while it’s recieved some promotion from Nintendo it doesn’t seem to be as reliant on it” Bertil states. “It could also be that the word of mouth is helping a bit more on the 3DS because of buttons etc, but overall the response for the [smartphone] versions was also very positive. The total sales are still not massive and I’m hardly wealthy yet, but I’ve been well rewarded for the time put in and it’s made a very healthy profit considering how little I’ve spent on it. There’s still no telling where the 3DS sales will end up, and the other versions are still selling, though not at a very impressive pace.”
In an era where iOS and Android have taken sizable chunks out of the handheld gaming market, it’s kind of refreshing to see a developer finding great success on a traditional gaming handheld. If you want to know all the details about Gunman Clive’s sales, you can check out Bertil’s post here.