222w ago - Update: The official response from NOA, as expected, is "Nintendo does not respond to rumors and speculation."
Advance retail listings forwarded to Kotaku indicate that Nintendo is planning to issue its first price drop on the Wii, with a less expensive version of the console–currently priced at $249–coming the first week of October.
To quote: "That listing comes from an early version of a Walmart ad that loosely dates, but does not price a "rollback" for Nintendo's console. While the ad is not official confirmation of a price drop, the timing makes sense, as the Wii is about to enter its fourth holiday shopping season at its original price.
Should Nintendo announce a price drop prior to October, it has a venue at which to do it. The company will be participating at the Kyoto Cross Media Experience 2009, a multimedia event that runs September 26th to October 4th, overlapping with the Tokyo Game Show.
With Microsoft and Sony recently issuing their own price cuts on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Nintendo may be wisely following suit.
Due to the unofficial nature of the price drop info, we're labeling this rumor for now. We've been in touch with Nintendo of America and Walmart to get comment, but...
226w ago - The PC version of Batman: Arkham Asylum won't be released until September, but there are already benchmarks and a widescreen mode test available.
Widescreen Gaming Forum have reported the tested version of Batman: Arkham Asylum offers native support for widescreen and surround gaming screen resolutions.
But while the field of view is increased in the game itself, the menus are cut in height.
The game was also test run at maximal graphics settings and different resolutions. The Geforce GTX 295 that has been used for the tests delivered more than 40 fps if the resolution is set to 1920 x 1200 pixels or below.
At 2560 x 1600 the framerate drops below 30 fps and at 5040 x 1050 pixels the graphics card only delivers about 15 fps. Besides that 18 combinations of detail settings, Anti Aliasing and Physx settings have been tested to find the best compromise between visual quality and performance.
227w ago - The consumer demo for Batman: Arkham Asylum, published in the United Kingdom by Eidos Interactive, will be available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 entertainment system and Games For Windows LIVE worldwide on August 7.
The full game will be available at retail stores nationwide in the United Kingdom beginning August 28th. The demo trailer and full press release is below.
Press Release: Batman: Arkham Asylum Demo Available August 7
The demo will be offered on Xbox LIVE¬® Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PlayStation¬®Network for the PLAYSTATION 3. Fans can visit www.batmanarkhamasylum.com for details on how to download the Games For Windows LIVE version.
The Batman: Arkham Asylum™ demo opens as the DARK KNIGHT and COMMISSIONER GORDON return The Joker back into confinement at ARKHAM ASYLUM. But things soon fall apart as THE JOKER gains the upper hand and springs a trap, setting Arkham Asylum's occupants upon Batman.
The demo offers gamers a taste of the fierce FreeFlow™ combat system, the cunning stealth of the Invisible Predator™ mechanic, and the feeling of becoming the WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE as they navigate Arkham Asylum's imposing Intensive Treatment...