Nintendo of Japan will release two new Wii U bundles in October in a bid to boost sales of the console.
The existing Japanese Premium bundle comes with a 32GB Wii U console, a GamePad, an HDMI cable, plus stands for the console and GamePad (there is no bundled game as in America and Europe). It currently retails for 31,500 yen (£199 / $319).
Set for release on October 31, the first new bundle includes all of the above contents, copies of “New Super Mario Bros. U” and the upcoming “Wii Party U,” plus a Wii Remote Plus, a Wii Sensor Bar and 30 free days of the Wii Karaoke U service. It will retail for 32,800 yen (£207 / $331), less than £10 more expensive than the existing Premium bundle.
The second bundle, also releasing on October 31, features everything listed above plus a copy of “Wii Fit U” and the Fit Meter peripheral used for tracking data.
Rockstar is actively working to fix a glitch in “Grand Theft Auto V” that’s resulting in some vehicles disappearing from garages or upgrades being lost. The issue occurs on both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game and mostly involves upgrades, mission states, and another character’s personal vehicle.
This is most likely to occur if one character drives a different character’s personal vehicle. Players may also encounter an issue involving vehicles saved in a safehouse garage not appearing in a different safehouse.
Microsoft’s Xbox Live Product Manager Pav Bhardwaj recently told OXM that he does not believe that the growing prevalence of digital games will have any appreciable impact on sales of physical, retail games, and that he believes the two will co-exist.
He also proceeded to add that the demographics of Xbox Live were changing- in general, it was an older audience now than it had been ten years ago, and that this as much as technological change would shape buyer preferences.