Nintendo's Wii U console is still hurting the company's profits despite increased sales.
In August Nintendo announced a Wii U price cut in an attempt to spark sales of the console into life. The decision had a positive impact - in the three month period to 30th September 2013 300,000 Wii Us were sold, almost double the 160,000 sold in the prior three month period, but the wider picture remains bleak.
Today, Nintendo announced the Wii U had sold just 460,000 units worldwide in the six month period to 30th September 2013. That's an average of 76,666 units a month, globally.
Imagine you've recently made a new friend. They're fun, a little different, slightly unsure of themselves, but a good laugh once you get to know them. They've invited you to a get-together at their place. But an old friend is back in town. Now this friend loves parties, and usually ends up the centre of attention - at least until they decided to take a step back from the limelight a couple of years back.
So you bring your old friend to your new friend's house, and spend almost all the time talking to them, laughing and enjoying yourselves, while your new friend sits in the corner, looking a little forlorn. You try to include them, but they insist they're fine and you should get back to your other friend - and yet you know they don't really mean it.
I felt oddly guilty at times while playing Wii Party U. For huge portions of this surprisingly generous game, The Wii U GamePad is worryingly neglected. 'Look at the TV', its screen insists. Don't worry about me, I'm fine, it seems to be saying, as it silently sulks by the canapés, looking on with envious eyes as you smile and cheer while clutching the Wii remote, your old friend.
Plus new project from Xenoblade dev Monolith Soft.
Nintendo has announced new Yoshi, Fire Emblem, Wii Party games, and a new project from Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft, all bound for Wii U.
The new Yoshi game is a spiritual successor to Kirby's Epic Yarn for Wii. It features the same patchwork graphical style 2D platforming, albeit in much more detailed environments.
The unnamed title (let's call it Yoshi's Epic Yarn) is being directed by Takashi Tezuka, who helmed classics such as Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Story. News of the game's announcement tallies with earlier leaks which suggested a new Yoshi title for Wii U was on the way.