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Wii’s biggest summer game, if you’ve finished Super Mario Galaxy, could be Skate It — if you’ve purchased the Wii Balance Board and didn’t break your TV playing Super Smash Bros. Other than that there’s not much in the way of exclusives to brag about, but Lego Batman looks pretty good, and Wii Fit is probably a better way to waste time than the majority of other console games. Also, Nintendo recently confirmed an attachment for their Wiimote controller that allows it to mimic your arm movement exactly, and that will be featured in upcoming games like Wii Music and Sports Resort.

For PC gamers, especially the World of Warcraft kind, the next big release will be the Wrath of the Lich King for WOW, followed by Command and Conquer Red Alert 3, and hopefully Diablo 3 in short order. All three titles will likely be available on Macs as well as PCs. The recent additions of Crysis and Team Fortress 2 proved that PC gaming is just as viable today as it ever was — Microsoft Vista will even support an Xbox 360 controller, as well as various exclusive 360 titles.

Here’s a short list of websites you can visit for news, reviews and previews: www.gamespot.com, www.ign.com, www.joystiq.com, and www.gamasutra.com. PC gamers might also want to visit www.gametap.com, a website where you can download free games and purchase other games at a discount.

 

Apple iPhone selling well

Despite concerns about pricing, the Apple iPhone is selling extremely well in Canada. At the official launch last week, Apple fans lined up overnight to be the first to own the iPhone and within days the launch shipment was sold out. Exact figures were not announced but it’s believed to be in the tens of thousands.

Responding to demand, Rogers Communications — the only carrier in Canada to offer the iPhone — is bringing tens of thousands more iPhones to Canada this week to meet the demand. Rogers also confirmed that it was the best-selling weekend for a phone in the company’s history.

The new iPhone 3G sells for $199 for the 8 GB model and $299 for the 16 GB. While the purchase price is low, buyers also have to commit to a three-year plan with Rogers with the most basic plan starting at $30 a month. The good news for buyers is that it appears that Rogers caved into consumer outrage over pricing that was sometimes double what American carriers charge, and cut their rates substantially. Original plans ranged from $60 to $115 a month.

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