The planned reveal of a new Pokémon game has been pushed back until after E3 in June.
As you sit there with your shiny new Xbox 360 suspended in its aeratory harness, pity the poor GameCube: its games, cast off the shelves of all but the most dedicated shops, now languish in Woolworths bargain bins and eBay fire-sales.
You would think, or at least hope, that Nintendo would still care about its beloved diminutive purple frinkahedron, even if nobody else does. Alas, it seems not - not in this case.
Last year's much delayed Pokémon Colosseum was not nearly good enough for many Pokémon fans. It did the bare minimum to qualify as an RPG, threw in some cute critters and some other spin-off frippery, and that was about the size of it. Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness seems to be much the same.
October is set to be a busy month for GameCube owners in America and *cough cough* those of us who import things with three of Nintendo's bigger Cube titles now cemented on the release schedule.
The one we're likely to be most interested in is the US version of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Intelligent Systems' first GameCube take on the cult strategy-RPG series, due out on October 17th. Released in Japan earlier this year, it's highly stylised and extremely promising, and the translated demo sections on display at the E3 trade event in May held our fanboyistic attention longer than virtually anything else.
More interesting for those of us without a Fire Emblem fetish is the news that Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness - the first proper GameCube Pokémon RPG - will be out in the States on October 3rd.