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>Michael Pachter Responds! Thoughts on the Wii Vitality Sensor

March 31, 2010

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Two weeks ago, on Monday, March 15, 2010, I posted up a blog titled, “Analyzing the Analyst: Michael Pachter is Wrong“.

I included in a paragraph, “If you would like to issue a reply to me directly, my email is CoffeewithGames@gmail.com.”

Well, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened my email and saw a response from Mr. Pachter himself!

I had shown in my original post, three points I thought Mr. Pachter was incorrect about in one of his statements.
One thing Mr. Pachter had said, I disagreed with was, ‘Unlike the PS3, with multiple high-profile exclusives and the newly-announced Move Controller, and the Xbox 360, with Project Natal, the Wii lacks an important upcoming catalyst.”

I said in response to that, “We don’t know if Nintendo will show anything new this year at E3, but we do know they’ll be showing the Wii Vitality Sensor, which was first shown at last year’s E3.
I think Mr. Pachter again is dismissing or ignoring something coming to the Wii, that may very well be ‘…an important catalyst…’ for the system.”

What did Mr. Pachter say in response to that in the email, about the Wii Vitality Sensor being a possible catalyst?

Mr. Pachter said, “We can agree to disagree about the Wii Vitality Sensor.  It looks tremendously stupid to me, but I’m sure I’m not the target market.

I’ll be posting Mr. Pachter’s other responses within the next week*.

Question:
Do you think Mr. Pachter is correct in dismissing the Wii Vitality Sensor, and not seeing it as a possible catalyst for the Wii, compared to Sony’s Move and Microsoft’s Project Natal?




Picture of Mr. Pachter from http://www.gameinvestmentconference.com/speaker_bio.php?ind=1.

PlayStation Move ControllerPlayStation Move Sub-ControllerWii Vitality Sensor

 

Michael Pachter Responds! Thoughts on the Wii Vitality Sensor

March 31, 2010

Two weeks ago, on Monday, March 15, 2010, I posted up a blog titled, “Analyzing the Analyst: Michael Pachter is Wrong“.

I included in a paragraph, “If you would like to issue a reply to me directly, my email is CoffeewithGames@gmail.com.”

Well, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened my email and saw a response from Mr. Pachter himself!

I had shown in my original post, three points I thought Mr. Pachter was incorrect about in one of his statements.
One thing Mr. Pachter had said, I disagreed with was, ‘Unlike the PS3, with multiple high-profile exclusives and the newly-announced Move Controller, and the Xbox 360, with Project Natal, the Wii lacks an important upcoming catalyst.”

I said in response to that, “We don’t know if Nintendo will show anything new this year at E3, but we do know they’ll be showing the Wii Vitality Sensor, which was first shown at last year’s E3.
I think Mr. Pachter again is dismissing or ignoring something coming to the Wii, that may very well be ‘…an important catalyst…’ for the system.”

What did Mr. Pachter say in response to that in the email, about the Wii Vitality Sensor being a possible catalyst?

Mr. Pachter said, “We can agree to disagree about the Wii Vitality Sensor.  It looks tremendously stupid to me, but I’m sure I’m not the target market.

I’ll be posting Mr. Pachter’s other responses within the next week*.

Question:
Do you think Mr. Pachter is correct in dismissing the Wii Vitality Sensor, and not seeing it as a possible catalyst for the Wii, compared to Sony’s Move and Microsoft’s Project Natal?




Picture of Mr. Pachter from http://www.gameinvestmentconference.com/speaker_bio.php?ind=1.

PlayStation Move ControllerPlayStation Move Sub-ControllerWii Vitality Sensor

 

Nintendo Wii Games: Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, & New Super Mario Bros. Wii

March 31, 2010
Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii
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Number of Players Reporting Data:
Wii Sports Resort has 370,546 players reporting their data this week on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
Wii Fit Plus has 177,652 players reporting data this week.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii has 377,854 players reporting their play-time data.

Player Increase Over Last Week:
Wii Sports Resort had an increase of 9,147 more players reporting play-time data this week, over last week.
Wii Fit Plus had an increase of 6,077 more players reporting play-time data.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii had an increase of 14,218 more players reporting their data.

“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
Wii Sports Resort has 8,002,315 Total Hours reported, an increase of 286,007 hours from last week.
Wii Fit Plus has 2,674,062 Total Hours reported, an increase of 140,628 hours from last week.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii has 9,484,491 Total Hours reporting, an increase of 588,319 hours from last week’s data.
Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
Wii Sports Resort‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #32 and the current selling price is $46.99.
Wii Fit Plus‘, the game only, Amazon.com sale rank is #35 and the current selling price is $14.54.
Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #14 and the current starting new price is $104.57.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #7 and the current selling price is $39.54.
GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
Wii Sports Resort‘s review score average is 82.88% based on 50 reviews.
Wii Fit Plus‘ review score average is 81.32% based on 19 reviews.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii‘s review score average is 88.12% based on 54 reviews.
Thoughts:
12 weeks and counting.  Still no supply of Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board on Amazon.com.  It’s the end of March now, and the last I was informed, Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board was supposed to be back in stock by the end of March, so perhaps tomorrow it will be?
If you haven’t played New Super Mario Bros. Wii and have been waiting for a price drop, Amazon.com is selling the game for more than 20% off the MSRP, for $39.54 with free shipping.
If you’re interested in any of the games, you can see Amazon.com’s prices below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001COQW14&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002BS47JE&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002BSA3EM&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002BRZ9G0&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Nintendo Wii Games: Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, & New Super Mario Bros. Wii

March 31, 2010
Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii
(click image to enlarge)

Number of Players Reporting Data:
Wii Sports Resort has 370,546 players reporting their data this week on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
Wii Fit Plus has 177,652 players reporting data this week.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii has 377,854 players reporting their play-time data.

Player Increase Over Last Week:
Wii Sports Resort had an increase of 9,147 more players reporting play-time data this week, over last week.
Wii Fit Plus had an increase of 6,077 more players reporting play-time data.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii had an increase of 14,218 more players reporting their data.

“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
Wii Sports Resort has 8,002,315 Total Hours reported, an increase of 286,007 hours from last week.
Wii Fit Plus has 2,674,062 Total Hours reported, an increase of 140,628 hours from last week.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii has 9,484,491 Total Hours reporting, an increase of 588,319 hours from last week’s data.
Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
Wii Sports Resort‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #32 and the current selling price is $46.99.
Wii Fit Plus‘, the game only, Amazon.com sale rank is #35 and the current selling price is $14.54.
Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #14 and the current starting new price is $104.57.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #7 and the current selling price is $39.54.
GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
Wii Sports Resort‘s review score average is 82.88% based on 50 reviews.
Wii Fit Plus‘ review score average is 81.32% based on 19 reviews.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii‘s review score average is 88.12% based on 54 reviews.
Thoughts:
12 weeks and counting.  Still no supply of Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board on Amazon.com.  It’s the end of March now, and the last I was informed, Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board was supposed to be back in stock by the end of March, so perhaps tomorrow it will be?
If you haven’t played New Super Mario Bros. Wii and have been waiting for a price drop, Amazon.com is selling the game for more than 20% off the MSRP, for $39.54 with free shipping.
If you’re interested in any of the games, you can see Amazon.com’s prices below:
   

Monster Hunter 3: No Midnight Release!

March 30, 2010
Monster Hunter 3’s Ironbeard McCullough
As of now, this will be the last two questions/answers in regards to Monster Hunter 3 with Ironbeard McCullough.
Questions/Answers:
CwG Question:  “How long have you been in the States?”
Ironbeard:  “Hard t’ tell.  When I’m not in either Moga Village of me hometown of Rockrack, I travel on me boat from place t’ another, huntin’ monsters and promotin’ great games.  But I canna tell how long I’ve been anywhere, as me watch only goes up t’ 50 minutes.”
CwG:  “Will there be a midnight release for Monster Hunter 3 in the States?”
Ironbeard:  “No midnight release, but there are plans fer *somethin*.  They’ll be talkin’ more about that later…”
A huge thanks to Ironbeard McCullough for his replies!  Monster Hunter 3 will be releasing in a few more weeks, on Tuesday, April 20.
Question:
What do you think the “somethin” is, that Ironbeard said they are planning for in conjunction with the game’s release?


If you’re interested in Monster Hunter 3, Amazon.com has the “Standard” game and the “Classic Controller Pro Bundle”.  Amazon.com is also offering a “$10 Video Games Credit”, which is $10 off a future video game purchase.
Also, Amazon.com is offering “Release-Date Delivery” for Monster Hunter 3.  If you’re interested, you can see the two bundles with prices right below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002BRYXOO&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0036KRP3Q&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Monster Hunter 3: No Midnight Release!

March 30, 2010
Monster Hunter 3’s Ironbeard McCullough
As of now, this will be the last two questions/answers in regards to Monster Hunter 3 with Ironbeard McCullough.
Questions/Answers:
CwG Question:  “How long have you been in the States?”
Ironbeard:  “Hard t’ tell.  When I’m not in either Moga Village of me hometown of Rockrack, I travel on me boat from place t’ another, huntin’ monsters and promotin’ great games.  But I canna tell how long I’ve been anywhere, as me watch only goes up t’ 50 minutes.”
CwG:  “Will there be a midnight release for Monster Hunter 3 in the States?”
Ironbeard:  “No midnight release, but there are plans fer *somethin*.  They’ll be talkin’ more about that later…”
A huge thanks to Ironbeard McCullough for his replies!  Monster Hunter 3 will be releasing in a few more weeks, on Tuesday, April 20.
Question:
What do you think the “somethin” is, that Ironbeard said they are planning for in conjunction with the game’s release?


If you’re interested in Monster Hunter 3, Amazon.com has the “Standard” game and the “Classic Controller Pro Bundle”.  Amazon.com is also offering a “$10 Video Games Credit”, which is $10 off a future video game purchase.
Also, Amazon.com is offering “Release-Date Delivery” for Monster Hunter 3.  If you’re interested, you can see the two bundles with prices right below:
 

Nintendo Wii FPS Games Data

March 27, 2010
Nintendo Wii FPS Games Data
The Conduit and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex
(click image to enlarge)
Number of Players Reporting Data:
The Conduit has 58,955 players reporting their play-time data through the Nintendo Channel.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex has 40,818 players reporting their play-time data.
Player Increase Over Last Week:
The Conduit had 781 more players reporting their play-time data this week, over last week.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex had 1,961 more players reporting their data this week.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
The Conduit has 1,303,311 Total Hours reported, an increase of 18,084 hours from last week.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex has 1,472,795 Total Hours reported, an increase of 108,333 hours.
Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
The Conduit‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #827 and its current selling price is $20.19.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #172 and its current selling price is $39.99.
GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
The Conduit’s review score average is 72.23% based on 64 reviews.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex’s review score average is 78.76% based on 33 reviews.
Thoughts:
If Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex keeps increasing in average hours “Per Person” at the same pace, by the middle to end of May, it could enter Kotaku.com‘s “Most Played” Wii games chart, that Stephen Totilo compiles.
If you’re interested in either game, you can see some new/used prices from Amazon.com right here:

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001HKPUKC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I08CJG&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Nintendo Wii FPS Games Data

March 27, 2010
Nintendo Wii FPS Games Data
The Conduit and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex
(click image to enlarge)
Number of Players Reporting Data:
The Conduit has 58,955 players reporting their play-time data through the Nintendo Channel.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex has 40,818 players reporting their play-time data.
Player Increase Over Last Week:
The Conduit had 781 more players reporting their play-time data this week, over last week.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex had 1,961 more players reporting their data this week.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
The Conduit has 1,303,311 Total Hours reported, an increase of 18,084 hours from last week.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex has 1,472,795 Total Hours reported, an increase of 108,333 hours.
Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
The Conduit‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #827 and its current selling price is $20.19.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #172 and its current selling price is $39.99.
GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
The Conduit’s review score average is 72.23% based on 64 reviews.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex’s review score average is 78.76% based on 33 reviews.
Thoughts:
If Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex keeps increasing in average hours “Per Person” at the same pace, by the middle to end of May, it could enter Kotaku.com‘s “Most Played” Wii games chart, that Stephen Totilo compiles.
If you’re interested in either game, you can see some new/used prices from Amazon.com right here:

Nintendo Wii Rail Shooters

March 26, 2010
2009 Nintendo Wii Rail Shooters’ Data
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Number of Players Reporting Data:
House of the Dead Overkill has 40,388 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel.
Dead Space Extraction has 11,479 players reporting their play-time data this week.
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles has 15,814 players reporting data.
Player Increase:
House of the Dead Overkill had an increase of 476 more players reporting play-time data this week.
Dead Space Extraction had an increase of 379 more players reporting their play-time data.
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles had an increase of 634 more players reporting play-time data.

“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
House of the Dead Overkill has 337,519 Total Hours reported this week, increasing 4,644 hours over last week.
Dead Space Extraction has 75,144 Total Hours reported, an increase of 2,957 hours.
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles has 181,291 Total Hours reported this week, increasing 8,712 hours since last week.

Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Sale Price:
House of the Dead Overkill‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #247 and is currently selling for $15.43.
Dead Space Extraction‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #1,312 and is currently selling for $29.99.
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles‘ Amazon.com sale rank is #1,584 and is currently selling for $46.99.

GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
House of the Dead Overkill’s review score average is 80.80% based on 55 reviews.
Dead Space Extraction’s review score average is 83.75% based on 59 reviews.
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles’ review score average is 74.54% based on 40 reviews.

Thoughts/Question:
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles has seen a pretty large decrease in its Amazon.com sale rank compared to last week.  Last week, it was ranked #828, this week it’s ranked #1,584.
I wonder if the release of Red Steel 2 had anything to do with it?

Do you think Red Steel 2 releasing is the reason for Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles’ large drop in Amazon.com’s sale ranks?




Games mentioned in article:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001ET07O0&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001TOMQVC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0020H46D8&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001TOMR0C&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Nintendo Wii Rail Shooters

March 26, 2010
2009 Nintendo Wii Rail Shooters’ Data
(click image to enlarge)
Number of Players Reporting Data:
House of the Dead Overkill has 40,388 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel.
Dead Space Extraction has 11,479 players reporting their play-time data this week.
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles has 15,814 players reporting data.
Player Increase:
House of the Dead Overkill had an increase of 476 more players reporting play-time data this week.
Dead Space Extraction had an increase of 379 more players reporting their play-time data.
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles had an increase of 634 more players reporting play-time data.

“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
House of the Dead Overkill has 337,519 Total Hours reported this week, increasing 4,644 hours over last week.
Dead Space Extraction has 75,144 Total Hours reported, an increase of 2,957 hours.
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles has 181,291 Total Hours reported this week, increasing 8,712 hours since last week.

Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Sale Price:
House of the Dead Overkill‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #247 and is currently selling for $15.43.
Dead Space Extraction‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #1,312 and is currently selling for $29.99.
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles‘ Amazon.com sale rank is #1,584 and is currently selling for $46.99.

GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
House of the Dead Overkill’s review score average is 80.80% based on 55 reviews.
Dead Space Extraction’s review score average is 83.75% based on 59 reviews.
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles’ review score average is 74.54% based on 40 reviews.

Thoughts/Question:
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles has seen a pretty large decrease in its Amazon.com sale rank compared to last week.  Last week, it was ranked #828, this week it’s ranked #1,584.
I wonder if the release of Red Steel 2 had anything to do with it?

Do you think Red Steel 2 releasing is the reason for Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles’ large drop in Amazon.com’s sale ranks?




Games mentioned in article: