Archive for May, 2010

Super Mario Galaxy 2’s Data Debut!

May 31, 2010
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Quick Brew Info:
Super Mario Galaxy 2 released on Sunday, May 23, 2010.  
It is the sequel to the original Super Mario Galaxy that was released on November 12, 2007.
It took approximately 9 days for Super Mario Galaxy 2 to debut on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Number of Players Reporting Data:
Super Mario Galaxy 2 has approximately 13,340 players reporting their play-time data, for its data debut on the Nintendo Channel.

“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported:
Super Mario Galaxy 2 has 100,663 Total Hours reported for its debut.

Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
Super Mario Galaxy 2‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #1 and the current selling price is $49.99.

GameRankings.com Review Score Average:
Super Mario Galaxy 2’s review score average is 97.42%, based on 30 reviews.

Questions:
If you purchased Super Mario Galaxy 2, have you played it around 7 hours 33 minutes, like the average play-time per person, or is your play-time higher or lower?
Also, what do you think of the game from what you have played of it so far?  Bitter, or sweet?


If you have not purchased Super Mario Galaxy 2, you can see Amazon.com’s price for it below:

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Super Mario Galaxy 2’s Data Debut!

May 31, 2010
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Quick Brew Info:
Super Mario Galaxy 2 released on Sunday, May 23, 2010.  
It is the sequel to the original Super Mario Galaxy that was released on November 12, 2007.
It took 9 approximately days for Super Mario Galaxy 2 to debut on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Number of Players Reporting Data:
Super Mario Galaxy 2 has approximately 13,340 players reporting their play-time data, for its data debut on the Nintendo Channel.

“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported:
Super Mario Galaxy 2 has 100,663 Total Hours reported for its debut.

Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
Super Mario Galaxy 2‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #1 and the current selling price is $49.99.

GameRankings.com Review Score Average:
Super Mario Galaxy 2’s review score average is 97.42%, based on 30 reviews.

Questions:
If you purchased Super Mario Galaxy 2, have you played it around 7 hours 33 minutes, like the average play-time per person, or is your play-time higher or lower?
Also, what do you think of the game from what you have played of it so far?  Bitter, or sweet?


If you have not purchased Super Mario Galaxy 2, you can see Amazon.com’s price for it below:

Are You Still Hunting Monsters? Monster Hunter 3 Data

May 30, 2010
Monster Hunter 3 Play-Time Data, Sales Ranks, and Review Score Average

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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Monster Hunter 3 has 14,958 players reporting their play-time data.
Player Increase Over Last Week:
Monster Hunter 3 had an increase of 4,954 more players reporting their play-time data, since the data shown 2-weeks ago.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
Monster Hunter 3 has 533,055 Total Hours reported, an increase of 284,474 hours over the last 2-week period.
Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
Monster Hunter 3‘s, the game only, Amazon.com sale rank is #108 and the current selling price is $46.99.
Monster Hunter 3 w/ Classic Controller Pro‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #3,547 and the current advertised selling price is $84.98.
The Monster Hunter 3 w/ Classic Controller Pro bundle has been sold-out, each day that I have checked since May 2.
GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
Monster Hunter 3’s review score average is now 85.98%, based on 41 reviews.
Monster Hunter 3 has gained twelve reviews for its average since 2 weeks ago, raising its average from 85.07%.

Thoughts:
As I stated above, the Monster Hunter 3 CCP bundle has been sold-out on Amazon.com each day I have checked, since May 2.  I do not think Amazon.com will be getting anymore bundles with the Classic Controller Pro.
In the last month since Monster Hunter 3 released, I have had the opportunity to play with several readers from the blog; Butcher, DEN, and Seph are the main ones.
Here’s a video introducing my Monster Hunter 3 character, and showing some arm wrestling matches in the game:
As I mentioned in the video, both DEN and Butcher run the gaming blog, WhoBurnedMyToast.Blogspot.com.  They interviewed Shawn Baxter (A.K.A. Snow) from Capcom-Unity.com, and Shawn talked about the things that went into bringing Monster Hunter 3 to North America, and even a few tips for hunting online.  
One thing Shawn mentioned in the podcast, that I thought was crazy, is how many Hunter Ranks there are in Monster Hunter 3.
I am currently Hunter Rank 9.  I think I could play this game for the next year, at my current pace, and never reach the highest Hunter Rank in the game.
You can take a listen to their Podcast: Episode 16 to hear more from the interview with Shawn and about Monster Hunter 3.
Questions:
Are you still playing Monster Hunter 3?  If so, leave your online name/code in the comments, and hopefully we can play some together this next week!
What HR have you reached in the game and what is the highest level monster you have defeated?
The highest level monster that I have defeated is the Barroth with DEN and Butcher.  I attempted a Gobul hunt three times yesterday and was destroyed by it all three times!
If reader CrashMan/Seph is reading this, I apologize for that Gobul hunt!


If you have not purchased Monster Hunter 3 yet, you can see new and used prices for the game on Amazon.com below!  Join the hunts!
  

Are You Still Hunting Monsters? Monster Hunter 3 Data

May 30, 2010
Monster Hunter 3 Play-Time Data, Sales Ranks, and Review Score Average
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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Monster Hunter 3 has 14,958 players reporting their play-time data.
Player Increase Over Last Week:
Monster Hunter 3 had an increase of 4,954 more players reporting their play-time data, since the data shown 2-weeks ago.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
Monster Hunter 3 has 533,055 Total Hours reported, an increase of 284,474 hours over the last 2-week period.
Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
Monster Hunter 3‘s, the game only, Amazon.com sale rank is #108 and the current selling price is $46.99.
Monster Hunter 3 w/ Classic Controller Pro‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #3,547 and the current advertised selling price is $84.98.
The Monster Hunter 3 w/ Classic Controller Pro bundle has been sold-out, each day that I have checked since May 2.
GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
Monster Hunter 3’s review score average is now 85.98%, based on 41 reviews.
Monster Hunter 3 has gained twelve reviews for its average since 2 weeks ago, raising its average from 85.07%.

Thoughts:
As I stated above, the Monster Hunter 3 CCP bundle has been sold-out on Amazon.com each day I have checked, since May 2.  I do not think Amazon.com will be getting anymore bundles with the Classic Controller Pro.
In the last month since Monster Hunter 3 released, I have had the opportunity to play with several readers from the blog; Butcher, DEN, and Seph are the main ones.
Here’s a video introducing my Monster Hunter 3 character, and showing some arm wrestling matches in the game:
As I mentioned in the video, both DEN and Butcher run the gaming blog, WhoBurnedMyToast.Blogspot.com.  They interviewed Shawn Baxter (A.K.A. Snow) from Capcom-Unity.com, and Shawn talked about the things that went into bringing Monster Hunter 3 to North America, and even a few tips for hunting online.  
One thing Shawn mentioned in the podcast, that I thought was crazy, is how many Hunter Ranks there are in Monster Hunter 3.
I am currently Hunter Rank 9.  I think I could play this game for the next year, at my current pace, and never reach the highest Hunter Rank in the game.
You can take a listen to their Podcast: Episode 16 to hear more from the interview with Shawn and about Monster Hunter 3.
Questions:
Are you still playing Monster Hunter 3?  If so, leave your online name/code in the comments, and hopefully we can play some together this next week!
What HR have you reached in the game and what is the highest level monster you have defeated?
The highest level monster that I have defeated is the Barroth with DEN and Butcher.  I attempted a Gobul hunt three times yesterday and was destroyed by it all three times!
If reader CrashMan/Seph is reading this, I apologize for that Gobul hunt!


If you have not purchased Monster Hunter 3 yet, you can see new and used prices for the game on Amazon.com below!  Join the hunts!
  

IGN’s Influence and ModNation Racers PS3 Amazon.com Sales Data

May 26, 2010
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Quick Brew Info:
ModNation Racers was released yesterday for the PS3 and the PSP.
The PS3 version was developed by United Front Games, and the game features online play for up to 12-players at a time, with 2-player online split-screen as well.  The game also features a local 4-player multiplayer mode.
ModNation Racers also features a track editor, and the tracks can be shared and raced on over the PlayStation Network with friends, or foes!
Chart Info:
The chart shows the sales ranks for the PS3 version of ModNation Racers.  I started recording the sales ranks for ModNation Racers on April 23.
From April 23 through May 25, the lowest sales rank I recorded was #76 on April 25, at 3:00AM
The highest sales rank I recorded for ModNation Racers was #5 on May 24, around 10:25PM.
Critical Reception & Influence:
So far, ModNation Racers on the PS3 has an 84.48% review score average on GameRankings.com, based on 26 reviews.
(Too high?  Too low?  Just right?)
The chart shows the largest single day increase in sales ranks was from May 3 to May 4.
On May 3 around 7:40PM, it was ranked #56.
On May 4 around 11:40PM, it was ranked #35.
It jumped twenty-one spots in sales ranks, in a little more than 24-hours.
Why do I think that happened?
I think it was because on May 4, at 11:07AM, IGN.com posted up their review for ModNation Racers.
They gave the game a 9.0 out of 10, and I think the review had a direct correlation with the game’s Amazon.com sales rank increasing by twenty-one places.
Thoughts:
I played the PS3 demo of ModNation Racers late last week, and again today.  I think the racing is fun, and and it looks like the game is going to be a very solid kart racer for PS3 owners.
I have not purchased ModNation Racers yet, but the demo does make me interested in the game.
In putting together the chart, I tried to look for outside factors that may have affected the game’s sales ranks.
The IGN.com review score was the only factor, that seemed very likely, that I was able to find.
I do not know if Sony has aired any television commercials for the game, though I did search for this information.  The only information I was able to find was they posted a YouTube commercial up on April 21; but I was not able to find information on what the first day a television commercial for ModNation Racers, actually aired was.
Questions:
Have you purchased ModNation Racers?  If you have been playing it, what do you think of it?  Good or bad?
If you have not purchased it, do you plan on purchasing it in the near future?
Do you think it was IGN.com’s review, that caused the game to increase the twenty-one spots within one day?

Here’s a video of my second race in the demo, I think I needed more coffee!
If you are interested in either the PS3 or PSP version of the game, you can see prices for them on Amazon.com below:
  

IGN’s Influence and ModNation Racers PS3 Amazon.com Sales Data

May 26, 2010
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Quick Brew Info:
ModNation Racers was released yesterday for the PS3 and the PSP.
The PS3 version was developed by United Front Games, and the game features online play for up to 12-players at a time, with 2-player online split-screen as well.  The game also features a local 4-player multiplayer mode.
ModNation Racers also features a track editor, and the tracks can be shared and raced on over the PlayStation Network with friends, or foes!
Chart Info:
The chart shows the sales ranks for the PS3 version of ModNation Racers.  I started recording the sales ranks for ModNation Racers on April 23.
From April 23 through May 25, the lowest sales rank I recorded was #76 on April 25, at 3:00AM
The highest sales rank I recorded for ModNation Racers was #5 on May 24, around 10:25PM.
Critical Reception & Influence:
So far, ModNation Racers on the PS3 has an 84.48% review score average on GameRankings.com, based on 26 reviews.
(Too high?  Too low?  Just right?)
The chart shows the largest single day increase in sales ranks was from May 3 to May 4.
On May 3 around 7:40PM, it was ranked #56.
On May 4 around 11:40PM, it was ranked #35.
It jumped twenty-one spots in sales ranks, in a little more than 24-hours.
Why do I think that happened?
I think it was because on May 4, at 11:07AM, IGN.com posted up their review for ModNation Racers.
They gave the game a 9.0 out of 10, and I think the review had a direct correlation with the game’s Amazon.com sales rank increasing by twenty-one places.
Thoughts:
I played the PS3 demo of ModNation Racers late last week, and again today.  I think the racing is fun, and and it looks like the game is going to be a very solid kart racer for PS3 owners.
I have not purchased ModNation Racers yet, but the demo does make me interested in the game.
In putting together the chart, I tried to look for outside factors that may have affected the game’s sales ranks.
The IGN.com review score was the only factor, that seemed very likely, that I was able to find.
I do not know if Sony has aired any television commercials for the game, though I did search for this information.  The only information I was able to find was they posted a YouTube commercial up on April 21; but I was not able to find information on what the first day a television commercial for ModNation Racers, actually aired was.
Questions:
Have you purchased ModNation Racers?  If you have been playing it, what do you think of it?  Good or bad?
If you have not purchased it, do you plan on purchasing it in the near future?
Do you think it was IGN.com’s review, that caused the game to increase the twenty-one spots within one day?

Here’s a video of my second race in the demo, I think I needed more coffee!
If you are interested in either the PS3 or PSP version of the game, you can see prices for them on Amazon.com below:
  

A Boy and His Blob Data Debut

May 25, 2010

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Quick Brew Info:
A Boy and His Blob was released on the Nintendo Wii on October 13, 2009.
The game is a “re-imagining of the 1989 NES title, A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia.
A Boy and His Blob took 224 days from its release, for the play-time data shown in the picture and discussed below, to appear on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
Number of Players Reporting Data:
A Boy and His Blob has 8,550 players reporting their play-time data for its debut.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported:
A Boy and His Blob has 51,313 Total Hours reported for its debut on the Nintendo Channel.
Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
A Boy and His Blob’s Amazon.com sale rank is #476 and the current selling price is $19.96.
GameRankings.com Review Score Average:
A Boy and His Blob’s review score average is 81.50%, based on 32 reviews.
Thoughts:
I have not played A Boy and His Blob, though I have read multiple impressions; and it seems that the game is a lot of fun.  The game released with a MSRP of $39.99, and it currently has a MSRP of only 29.99; but it is currently on sale for $19.96.

If you haven’t read any review for the game, you can check out a review at SuperPhillip Central:
SuperPhillip Central’s A Boy and His Blob Review

Here’s a brief introductory video to A Boy and His Blob as well, it’s about 2 minutes:

Questions:
Have you played A Boy and His Blob?
If so, what do you think about it?  Bitter thoughts, or sweet?
Would you recommend the game to other Wii owners like myself that haven’t played this one or the original?


If you are interested in A Boy and His Blob, you can see new and used prices for it on Amazon.com below:

A Boy and His Blob Data Debut

May 25, 2010

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Quick Brew Info:
A Boy and His Blob was released on the Nintendo Wii on October 13, 2009.
The game is a “re-imagining of the 1989 NES title, A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia.
A Boy and His Blob took 224 days from its release, for the play-time data shown in the picture and discussed below, to appear on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
Number of Players Reporting Data:
A Boy and His Blob has 8,550 players reporting their play-time data for its debut.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported:
A Boy and His Blob has 51,313 Total Hours reported for its debut on the Nintendo Channel.
Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
A Boy and His Blob’s Amazon.com sale rank is #476 and the current selling price is $19.96.
GameRankings.com Review Score Average:
A Boy and His Blob’s review score average is 81.50%, based on 32 reviews.
Thoughts:
I have not played A Boy and His Blob, though I have read multiple impressions; and it seems that the game is a lot of fun.  The game released with a MSRP of $39.99, and it currently has a MSRP of only 29.99; but it is currently on sale for $19.96.

If you haven’t read any review for the game, you can check out a review at SuperPhillip Central:
SuperPhillip Central’s A Boy and His Blob Review

Here’s a brief introductory video to A Boy and His Blob as well, it’s about 2 minutes:

Questions:
Have you played A Boy and His Blob?
If so, what do you think about it?  Bitter thoughts, or sweet?
Would you recommend the game to other Wii owners like myself that haven’t played this one or the original?


If you are interested in A Boy and His Blob, you can see new and used prices for it on Amazon.com below:

FPS Wii Games Data

May 24, 2010

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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
The Conduit has 65,240 players reporting their play-time data this week.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex has 55,621 players reporting their play-time data.
Red Steel 2 has 8,585 players reporting play-time data this week.
Player Increase Over Last Week:
The Conduit had 2,917 more players reporting their data this week, than from the data captured April 19.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex had 6,772 more players reporting their play-time data this week, compared to April 19th‘s numbers.
Red Steel 2 had 902 more players reporting data this week, since Monday, May 10.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
The Conduit has 1,455,958 Total Hours reported, an increase of 71,670 hours from April 19.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex has 2,443,857 Total Hours reported, an increase of 454,817 hours from April 19.
Red Steel 2 has 75,480 Total Hours reported, an increase of  9,002 hours since last Monday, May 10.
Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
The Conduit‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #1,407 and its current selling price is $27.99.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #201 and its current selling price is $42.30.
Red Steel 2‘s, the game only, Amazon.com sale rank is #683 and the current selling price is $46.99.
Red Steel 2 w/ Wii MotionPlus‘ Amazon.com sale rank is #886 and the current selling price is $56.99.
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.
Red Steel‘s review score average is 81.00%, based on 44 reviews.

Thoughts:
I have added Red Steel 2 to the list of FPS games that I will track.  It is the only game, out of the three, that does not have any online play; but it is the only one, that is a direct sequel to another Wii game, the original Red Steel.

Speaking of direct sequels, Conduit 2 is due out later this year for the Wii.
The guys over at HDWarriors.com scored an interview with Josh Olson, the Senior Producer on the game.
They asked about the online multiplayer modes and the local multiplayer modes, in Conduit 2.
If you would like to know what Josh Olson said, check out his answer at:
http://hdwarriors.com/?p=913

I find it interesting that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex still has fewer players reporting data, than The Conduit.  I really thought that the Call of Duty name, would have helped it pass The Conduit’s number of players reported online already.

Questions:
Have you been playing any of these games in the last four weeks?
I don’t own any of them, so I haven’t played any of them in the last four weeks.  Red Steel 2 is in my “want to play” list, as well as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

If you are interested in any of the games covered, you can see new and used prices for them on Amazon.com below:
    

FPS Wii Games Data

May 24, 2010

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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
The Conduit has 65,240 players reporting their play-time data this week.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex has 55,621 players reporting their play-time data.
Red Steel 2 has 8,585 players reporting play-time data this week.
Player Increase Over Last Week:
The Conduit had 2,917 more players reporting their data this week, than from the data captured April 19.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex had 6,772 more players reporting their play-time data this week, compared to April 19th‘s numbers.
Red Steel 2 had 902 more players reporting data this week, since Monday, May 10.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
The Conduit has 1,455,958 Total Hours reported, an increase of 71,670 hours from April 19.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex has 2,443,857 Total Hours reported, an increase of 454,817 hours from April 19.
Red Steel 2 has 75,480 Total Hours reported, an increase of  9,002 hours since last Monday, May 10.
Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
The Conduit‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #1,407 and its current selling price is $27.99.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #201 and its current selling price is $42.30.
Red Steel 2‘s, the game only, Amazon.com sale rank is #683 and the current selling price is $46.99.
Red Steel 2 w/ Wii MotionPlus‘ Amazon.com sale rank is #886 and the current selling price is $56.99.
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 78.50%, based on 34 reviews.
Red Steel‘s review score average is 81.00%, based on 44 reviews.

Thoughts:
I have added Red Steel 2 to the list of FPS games that I will track.  It is the only game, out of the three, that does not have any online play; but it is the only one, that is a direct sequel to another Wii game, the original Red Steel.

Speaking of direct sequels, Conduit 2 is due out later this year for the Wii.
The guys over at HDWarriors.com scored an interview with Josh Olson, the Senior Producer on the game.
They asked about the online multiplayer modes and the local multiplayer modes, in Conduit 2.
If you would like to know what Josh Olson said, check out his answer at:
http://hdwarriors.com/?p=913

I find it interesting that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex still has fewer players reporting data, than The Conduit.  I really thought that the Call of Duty name, would have helped it pass The Conduit’s number of players reported online already.

Questions:
Have you been playing any of these games in the last four weeks?
I don’t own any of them, so I haven’t played any of them in the last four weeks.  Red Steel 2 is in my “want to play” list, as well as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

If you are interested in any of the games covered, you can see new and used prices for them on Amazon.com below: