It's been a long time since Nintendo fans have had good news to talk about, but things finally seem to be turning around for the house of Mario. The company reported a profit of 14.3 billion yen (approximately $131 million) for the six months ending on September 30, 2014, compared to just 600 million yen ($5.5 million) for the same period in 2013.
A lot of that success comes from sales of Super Smash Brothers for the 3DS, but the Wii U is doing better too. Polygon points out a chart that shows year-on-year Wii U sales growth of anywhere from 100-200%, depending on region (about 175% in the US). Nintendo suggests this growth was the result of the launch of Mario Kart 8 and they expect growth to continue with the upcoming launch of Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U.
Of course we're still talking fairly low numbers; Nintendo sold 1.12 million Wii Us worldwide from April to September of this year.
In other Nintendo news, the company announced it's first "Quality of Life" product. It's a sleep sensor that apparently sits next to your bed and uses microwave transmission sensors to track the quality of your sleep and your fatigue level. Nintendo is working with ResMed Inc, a US firm that makes devices to help with sleep disorders, to produce the device. It's expected to be available in the financial year ending March 2016. You can learn more at Reuters.
I'm still scratching my head over that one.
And in the best news yet, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has recovered enough from surgery to return to work. Iwata had a tumor removed from his bile duct. Polygon has a bit more on this story. Glad to hear he is on the mend!