Archive for January, 2011

>Amazon.com Deals – 50+ PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 Accessories/Games

January 30, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     The following list contains games and accessories for the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles.  The list is separated by console, and the accessories/games are arranged alphabetically for easier browsing.
     Every accessory/game listed is either sold directly from Amazon.com, or is fulfilled by Amazon.com, which means you won’t have to deal with third party vendors.
     Every accessory and game listed also either ships for free, or will ship for free with orders totaling $25, if the game is below $25.
     Just clicking on the name of each accessory or game listed below, will redirect you to the Amazon.com page where you can see the price.

PS3:
3D Dot Game Heroes for $14.99(Save 63%, Free Standard Shipping)
AmazonBasics High Speed HDMI Cable(6.5 Feet) Supports Ethernet, 3D, and Audio Return for $8.99(Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for $39.07(Save 39.07, Free Shipping Include)
Demon’s Souls for $19.99(Save 33%, Free Standard Shipping Included)

DualShock 3 Wireless Controller – Black for $39.99(Save 27%, Free Shipping Included)
DualShock 3 Wireless Controller – Blue for $43.99(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)
DualShock 3 Wireless Controller – Red for $43.89(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)

DualShock 3 and God of War Collection Bundle – Red for 59.99(Free Shipping Included)
DualShock 3 and LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition – Black for $59.99(Free Shipping Included)
DualShock 3 and Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time – Blue for $59.99(Free Shipping Included)

EA Sports Active 2 for $39.99(Save 33%, Free Shipping Included)
Eternal Sonata for $16.99(Save 43%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
FIFA Soccer 11 for $44.99(Save 25%, Free Shipping Included)
Final Fantasy XIII for $29.49(Save 26%, Free Shipping Included)
Gran Turismo 5 for $44.00(Save 27%, Free Shipping Included!)

James Bond 007: Blood Stone for $26.99(Save 46%, Free Shipping Included)
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe for $16.29(Save 46%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
NBA Jam for $29.99(Save 40%, Free Shipping Included)

Red Dead Redemption for $29.99(Save 25%, Free Shipping Included)
Resistance: Fall of Man for $19.99(Save 33%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
Super Street Fighter IV for $18.49(Save 38%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves – Game of the Year Edition for $39.96(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)

Yakuza 3 for $22.96(Save 62%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
Zumba Fitness for $29.99(Save 25%, Free Shipping Included)

Wii:
Call of Duty: Black Ops for $39.99(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)
Disney Epic Mickey for $39.99(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)
EA Sports Active 2 for $39.99(Save 33%, FREE Shipping Included)
Just Dance Kids for $19.99(Save 33%, Free Standard Shipping Included)

Kirby’s Epic Yarn for $39.54(Save 22%, Free Shipping Include)
Mario Kart Wii  w/ Wii Wheel for $39.99(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii for $34.99(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)

Reload: Target Down for $14.99(Save 26%, Free Standard Shipping Included)
Sonic Colors for $29.99(Save 40%, Free Shipping Included)
Super Mario Galaxy 2 for $39.99(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)
Wipeout for $19.99(Save 33%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)

Xbox 360:
AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack for $5.19(Save 50%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
Alan Wake for $19.96(Save 43%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
Bayonetta for $14.77(Save 51%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
Bioshock 2 for $14.49(Save 24%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for $39.99(Save 33%, Free Shipping Included)

Dead Rising for $9.99(Save 50%, Free Standard Shipping Included)
Dead Rising 2 for $39.99(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)
EA Sports Active 2 for $39.99(Save 33%, Free Shipping Included)
FIFA Soccer 11 for $44.99(Save 25%, Free Shipping Included)
Final Fantasy XIII for $27.54(Save 31%, Free Shipping Included)

James Bond 007: Blood Stone for $26.99(Save 46%, Free Shipping Included)
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe for $15.39(Save 49%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for $10.65(Save 47%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)

Red Dead Redemption for $29.99(Save 25%, Free Shipping Included)
Resident Evil 5 for $15.99(Save 47%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
Super Street Fighter IV for $17.59(Save 41%, Ships Free with Orders Over $25)
The Sims 3 for $44.99(Save 25%, Free Shipping Included)
UFC Undisputed 2010 for $19.99(Save 33%. Free Standard Shipping Included)

Xbox 360 Live Subscription Gold Card for $44.99(Save 25%, Free Shipping Included)
Xbox 360 Wireless Controller – Black for $36.99(Save 26%, Free Shipping Included)
Xbox 360 Wireless Controller Play & Charge Kit for $51.99(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)

>FPS Friday – Brothers in Arms: Double Time

January 29, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     Brothers in Arms: Double Time(BiA:DT) was released on September 23, 2008 for the Wii, with a MSRP of $49.99.
     BiA:DT was co-developed by Gearbox Software and Demiurge Studios, and published by Ubisoft.  Brothers in Arms: Double Time received a “Mature” rating from the ESRB for content such as, “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language”.

     A brief description for the game says, “The award winning WWII franchise comes to WIi with all of the action, story and authenticity that has critics and fans eager for more.  Play as Sergeant Matt Baker or Joe Hartsock, leading your squad behind enemy lines through the Normandy invasion in 31 playable levels.”

     How many hours have Wii owners reported playing Brothers in Arms: Double Time in the 854 days from September 23, 2008 to January 24, 2011?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for the United States of America, not world-wide.

Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Brothers in Arms: Double Time has approximately 10,488 Wii owners reporting their game-play data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Brothers in Arms: Double Time has 88,394 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 8 Hours 26 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     BiA:DT’s average play-time per session is just over 1 Hour 37 Minutes.

Sale Rank and Advertised Price:
     Brothers in Arms: Double Time’s Amazon.com sale rank is #7,537, and its current advertised price is $9.15 + 7.99 shipping, from a third party vendor.
     (Sale rank and advertised price recorded around 11:50PM, on 1-28-11)

Review Scores:
     Brothers in Arms: Double Time’s “professional” review score average is 46.47%, based on 15 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     BiA:DT has a 3.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 10 customer reviews.
     Double Time’s customer review score average is 74%, when converted to a 100% review scale.  You can see the customer review scores breakdown in the image below:

     (Review score averages recorded around 11:50PM, on 1-28-11)

Filtered Thoughts:
     I haven’t played Brothers in Arms: Double Time, and actually I haven’t played any of the games from the Brothers in Arms franchise.  It’s probably one of the few war games franchises I haven’t played.
     When I read the game had 31 levels in it, I was very surprised by the number of levels…that’s because before doing this report, I didn’t know Brothers in Arms: Double Time was a compilation of two games from the Brothers in Arms series.
     Brothers in Arms: Double Time is a compilation of the Road to Hill 30 and Earned in Blood games from the Brothers in Arms series.
  
     As for the reported game-play data, I’m surprised to see the average play-time “Per person” is only 8 Hours 26 Minutes.  If the reported hours “Per person” is reflective of the game’s completion time, that means the 31 levels average just more than 16 minutes each, which I would think makes the game have a more arcade feel for the mission structure.

     Knowing that Brothers in Arms: Double Time is really two games in one, actually made me interested in it. Also, considering the game has seen a MSRP drop since it released, and can be purchased for $29.99 or less, is a plus I think.

Questions:
     Have any of you played Brothers in Arms: Double Time on the Wii?  If so, did the game’s levels/missions have a more arcade feel to them, compared to other FPS games where the missions are perhaps longer?


If anybody is interested in Brothers in Arms: Double Time for the Nintendo Wii, you can see prices for the game on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000ME5B44&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  

>Contest/Giveaway Winner!

January 28, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Last Wednesday, I posted about a Coffee with Games contest/give-away.  The time for the contest/give-away has expired, and now it’s time to announce the winner!

How I Chose the Winner:
1)  I kept an empty Maxwell House Dark Roast 270 cup coffee container.

2)  I dropped the entries into the coffee container, then snapped the lid on.

3)  I gave it a good shaking…then, I opened the lid and drew the name…

     Congratulations to Chalgyr on winning the contest!  The package is in the mail, and should arrive probably next Monday or Tuesday!

Filtered Thoughts:
     Thanks to everybody that participated in the contest!  I really do appreciate the time everybody took to enter; and keep an eye out, because there should be another contest/giveaway within the next 2 months!

>NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits – First Look Game-Play Hours Report

January 28, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits was released through Nintendo’s WiiWare service on August 10, 2009 in North America.  NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits was developed and published by Over the Top Games, and is still available for download through the WiiWare service for 1000 Wii Points, which is $10.

     A brief description for NyxQuest reads, “Visit Ancient Greece and rescue Icarus.”  The game is also for one or two players, and with two players, “…one controls Nyx, the other will control the powers from the gods!”
     The ESRB rating for NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits is “E for Everyone” with “Mild Fantasy Violence” being the only content listed for parents to be aware of.
  
     How many hours have Wii owners spent in Ancient Greece with Nyx attempting to rescue Icarus, over the 533 days reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for the United States of America only, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits has 9,273 Wii owners reporting game-play data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Average & Total Hours Reported:
     NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits has 50,765 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average of play-time of 5 Hours 29 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits’ average play-time per session is just over 1 Hour 7 Minutes.

Sales Info:
     While NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits isn’t showing in the top 20 on the WiiWare’s “Popular Titles” section, considering the game does have hours showing, is definitely a good sign for it.
     Based on the approximate number of gamers reporting data, 9,273, and the $10 price point of NyxQuest; Over the Top Games’ net sales on the WiiWare version of NyxQuest would be about $92,730 in the United States, before profit sharing with Nintendo.

Review Score:
     NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits’ “professional” review score average is 81.21%, based on 14 reviews on GameRankings.com.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I played the WiiWare demo for NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits, almost a year ago probably.  While I haven’t played the full game, I think the demo did a good job showing what to expect from the game.
     If you want to get an idea of how NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits plays, here’s a trailer showing some footage from the game:

     If you think you might be interested in the game, but aren’t sure if you want to purchase it as a WiiWare title, the game is also available for PC and Mac.  The PC version is also available on Steam.  I think it’s interesting that the PC and Mac versions of NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits are only $4.99, while the WiiWare version is still $10.  I’m guessing that’s a Nintendo related issue, since I don’t think any WiiWare game has dropped in price since being released..
     You can try a demo for the PC and Mac version of the game, HERE.

     As for the data, I think the average hours reported “Per person” being more than 5 hours is really good for a WiiWare game that costs only $10, and even less now on PCs and Macs.  Considering many $50 and $60 retail games can be beaten in under 10 hours these days, I think the reported hours for this game are encouraging, and I may have to purchase it.

Questions:
     Have any of you played NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits?  If so, which version did you play, and what did you think about the game?  Is NyxQuest a WiiWare title you would recommend to other Wii owners looking for a good 2D platforming game?


You can use a Wii Points card, or a credit card, as pictured below to purchase NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits from the Nintendo Wii’s Shop Channel.
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001TOQ8KC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

>Are Wii Owners Artistic? uDraw Studio’s Debut Game-Play Hours

January 25, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     The uDraw Studio – Game and Tablet bundle was released on November 14, 2010 in North America with a MSRP of $69.99.  The uDraw GameTablet was developed by THQ, while the software, uDraw Studio, was developed by Pipeworks Software.

     The description for uDraw Studio reads, “Discover your inner artist with uDraw Studio.  Utilizing the uDraw GameTablet, players can finally express their own individual artistic creativity on Wii.
     The ESRB rating for uDraw Studio is “E for Everyone“, and there isn’t any “Content” listed for parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent drawing with the uDraw GameTablet and uDraw Studio, in the 72 days reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for the United States of America, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     uDraw Studio has 20,375 Wii owners reporting their game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, for its “hours” debut.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     uDraw Studio has 54,723 Total Hours of game-play reported for its debut, with an average drawing/play-time of 2 Hours 41 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     uDraw Studio’s average play-time per session is just over 1 Hour 5 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     The uDraw Studio – Game and Tablet bundle’s Amazon.com sale rank is #97, and it is currently selling for $60.71.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 4:15PM, on 1-25-11)

Review Score Averages:
     uDraw Studio’s “professional” review score average is 60%, based on just 1 review on GameRankings.com.

     uDraw Studio has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 74 customer reviews.
     uDraw Studio’s customer review score average is 77.29%, when converted to a 100% review scale.
     You can see the customers review scores in the image below:

     (Review score averages recorded around 4:15PM, on 1-25-11)

Filtered Thoughts:
     I don’t own and I haven’t played with the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet, but I like the idea behind it.  With uDraw Studio being on the TV and also being a wireless tablet, I think it is a great option for parents to let their kids draw and save their drawings as digital files, and the parents don’t have to worry with the crayons/markers.
     If you haven’t seen what the uDraw Studio Game and Table bundle is about, here’s a trailer that presents the idea behind it, and an image that shows the GameTablet upclose with a few descriptions on it:

Image courtesy of WorldofuDraw.com

     THQ is expecting the tablet to be a big seller, and many stores sold-out of the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet bundle during the holidays.
     In addition to the uDraw Studio software bundled with the GameTablet, there are currently two more games available that use the GameTablet, Dood’s Big Adventure – uDraw and Pictionary – uDraw.

     As for the game-play hours reported, the one thing I’m most surprised about the uDraw Studio bundle is how quickly its hours debuted.
     You may be thinking, “It took 72 days, is that really fast for a game?”  Well, it’s definitely not as fast as some other Wii games…but the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet bundle debuted faster than Rock Band 3’s game-play hours did.
     Rock Band 3 took 77 days from its release for game-play hours to debut, while the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet took just 72 days.
     Why compare/mention it to Rock Band 3’s debut data?  Because both Rock Band 3 and the uDraw Studio are peripheral based “games”, except Rock Band 3 is an established franchise, while the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet was a brand new idea for the Wii.
     I really did think that uDraw Studio would take longer than an already established franchise, like Rock Band 3, to debut.

     So, does this data show that some Wii owners are artistic?  Well, I do think the data is encouraging to see 20,000+ Wii consoles reporting a little more than 2 hours of time, attempting to draw/paint things with the program.
     If you want to see some of the drawings that have been done with uDraw Studio, check out this gallery, http://www.worldofudraw.com/art-spotlight.

     As for my interest in the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet bundle, being that Mrs. Coffee and I have a little coffee bean, our son, and he enjoys scribbling on a doodle pad, I’m kind of interested in it now, for him.

Questions:
     Have any of you played with the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet bundle?  If so, what do you think about it?  Is this software and tablet helping you to become the next Picasso?
     Also, have any of you played the other two games that are compatible with the GameTablet?

If anybody is interested in the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet bundle, or the two additional games that are compatible with it; you can see prices for them on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003ZTTCBQ&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=B003ZTV9B2&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=B003ZTP95O&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr


>Save $$$! PS3, Wii, & Xbox 360 Games and more!

January 22, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Every link below should take you directly to the described game, accessory, or sales page, such as the “Buy Two Games, Get a Third Free” link.
     Every game listed below has either Free Super Saver Shipping or Free Standard Shipping included with the prices shown, and if it changes this weekend, I’ll update it as I see.
     I’m also including a small Pre-order section, where you can be redirected to a few games/systems available for pre-order, if you want to pre-order before they are released…the 3DS is probably one you want to pre-order, if you’re interested in it.
Buy Two Games, Get a Third Free(Over 350 PS3, Xbox 360, Wii NDS, PSP, PS2 title to choose from)
Pre-orders:

Nintendo 3DS – Aqua Blue for $249.99(Free Shipping Included)

Nintendo 3DS – Cosmo Black for $249.99(Free Shipping Included)
PS3 – Dead Space 2 for $54.96(Free Shipping Included, Bonus Offer – Free Downloadable Game)
PS3 – Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds for $59.99(Get a $10 Video Game Credit for future purchase with pre-order)
Xbox 360 – Dead Space 2 for 54.96(Free Shipping Included, Bonus Offer – Free Downloadable Game)
Xbox 360 – Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds for $59.99(Get a $10 Video Game Credit for future purchase with pre-order)
PS3:
3D Dot Game Heroes for $14.99(Save 63%, Free Standard Shipping)
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood for $39.99(Save 33%, Free Shipping Included)
Call of Duty: Black Ops for $44.99(Save 25%, Free Shipping Included)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for $39.99(Save 33%, Free Shipping Included)
Demon’s Souls Greatest Hits for $14.99(Save 50%, Free Standard Shipping)

DualShock 3 Wireless Controller – Black for $43.99(Fulfilled by Amazon.com, Shipping Included)
DualShock 3 Wireless Controller – Blue for $43.99(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)
DualShock 3 Wireless Controller – Red for $43.89(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)
DualShock 3 Wireless Controller – Silver for $42.99(Save 22%, Free Shipping Included)

EA Sports Active 2 for $59.22(Save 41%, Free Shipping Included)
James Bond 007: Blood Stone for $26.99(Save 46%, Free Shipping Included)
NBA Jam for $29.99(Save 40%, Free Shipping Included)
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for $44.00(Save 27%, Free Shipping Included)
Start the Party for $24.99(PlayStation Move Required Game, Save 38%, Free Standard Shipping)
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 for $42.99(Save 28%, Fulfilled by Amazon with Free Shipping)
Wii Game Deals:
Call of Duty: Black Ops for $39.99(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)
EA Sports Active 2 for $52.10(Save 48%! Free Shipping Included)
EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp for $48.99(Save 51%! Includes Free Shipping)
GoldenEye 007 for $39.96(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)
Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel for $39.99(Save 20%, Includes Free Shipping)
Metroid: Other M for $19.99(Save 60%, Free Standard Shipping)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii for $39.99(Save 20%, Includes Free Shipping)
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor for $25.89(Fulfilled by Amazon, Free Shipping Included)
Super Mario Galaxy 2 for $40.99(Save 18%, Free Shipping Included)
Trauma Team for $29.99(Save 25%, Free Shipping Included)
Find more Nintendo DS and Xbox 360 deals after the JUMP!

DS Deals:
Chrono Trigger for $14.92(Save 25%, Free Standard Shipping)
Cooking Mama for $14.98(Save 25%, Free Standard Shipping)
Final Fantasy IV for $14.99(Save 25%, Free Standard Shipping)
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for $29.96(Save 25%, Free Shipping Included)
Xbox 360 Deals:
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood for $39.99(Save 33%, Free Shipping Included)
Dance Central for $39.99(Save 20%, Free Shipping Included)
Dead Rising for $9.99(Free Standard Shipping Included)
EA Sports Active 2 for $49.99(Save 50%, Free Shipping Included)
Fable III for $46.05(Save 23%, Fulfilled by Amazon with Free Shipping)
Halo Reach for $39.96(Save 33%, Free Shipping Included)
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for $44.00(Save 27%, Free Shipping Included)
Tekken 6 for $13.99(Save 30%, Free Standard Shipping Included)
Xbox 360 Wireless Controller – Black for $36.99(Save 26%, Free Shipping Included)

>FPS Friday – GoldenEye 007 Report

January 22, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     What is “FPS Friday”?  Well, it’s a new feature I’m going to try and stick with, where I report at least one Wii FPS’ game-play hours every Friday, and/or provide general thoughts on any FPS I may have recently played….starting today!
  
     For this first “FPS Friday” feature, I’ll be doing a game-play data report, as well as including a multi-player game-play video, for GoldenEye 007 on the Wii.
     We last looked at GoldenEye 007’s reported game-play hours, as they were recorded on December 20, 2010; just 5 days before Christmas.

     How much has GoldenEye 007 been played in the weeks since the Christmas and New Year’s holidays?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for the United States of America, not world-wide

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     GoldenEye 007 now has 30,975 Wii owners reporting their game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Reported Player Increase:
     How many more players have reported play-time data for GoldenEye since the Christmas and New Year’s holidays?
     GoldenEye 007 has seen an increase of about 15,924 more gamers reporting game-play data, since the hours from December 20.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     GoldenEye 007 now has 496,450 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 259,452 Total Hours in the last 4 weeks.
     The average play-time for GoldenEye 007 has increased to 16 Hours 1 Minute “Per person” reporting data, which is an increase of 16 minutes over the last report.
     GoldenEye 007’s average play-time per session has decreased slightly and is now just over 2 Hours 17 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     GoldenEye 007’s Amazon.com sale rank is #249, and is currently selling for $39.96.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 10:30PM, on 1-21-11)

Review Score Averages:
     GoldenEye 007’s “professional” review score average is now 84.19%, based on 57 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     GoldenEye 007, the software version only, has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 78 customer reviews.
     The Golden Classic Controller Pro bundle also has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, but it’s based on 47 customer reviews.
     GoldenEye 007’s software only version and the Classic Controller Pro bundle have review score averages of 76.92% and 80.85% respectively, when converted to a 100% review scale.  You can see the customer review scores in the image below:

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     (Review score averages recorded around 10:30PM, on 1-21-11)

Filtered Thoughts:
     I have shown a few of the multi-player levels in GoldenEye 007 for the Wii, through different game-play videos.  Here’s a multi-player video of a Team Conflict match that I played on GoldenEye 007’s map, Outpost:

  
     On the reported data, I think the overall number of players reporting data is good so far for GoldenEye 007, though I think it’s going to be interesting seeing how fast it increases over the next few months, now that the holidays have passed.
     The “Total Hours” reported are pretty good, but are actually lower than I expected them to be at this time.  I thought they would have crossed at least 500,000 right around/after Christmas, considering how much Activision talked about this game before it released; but that should happen this next week instead.
     GoldenEye 007’s Amazon.com sale rank is also lower than I thought it would be at this point after its release, especially when compared to some other Wii games released in the last few months.

     If any of you are still playing GoldenEye 007’s online multi-player on a regular basis, please add my friend code 2043-7355-3797 to your list, and leave a comment or email me your code.
     I would love to hop online with some fellow CoffeewithGames readers, and play a few rounds online, and perhaps a few different modes as well.

Questions:
     Have any of you been playing GoldenEye 007 in the last few weeks, and if you received the game over the holidays, have you completed its single-player campaign?
     If you have been playing the game’s online multi-player, what is your Level/Rank so far?  I think I’m around Level 19…I have a long way to go!

If any of you are interested in GoldenEye 007 for the Wii, you can see prices for the game listed and linked on Amazon.com below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6H7X0&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=B003O6FW6E&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr


>Donkey Kong Country Returns – Game-Play Hours

January 20, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     We last looked at Donkey Kong Country Returns’ reported game-play hours last month.  The game-play hours in the last report were recorded on December 13, so we haven’t looked at Donkey Kong Country Returns’ game-play hours since before the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
     If some of you are looking for details on the 2011 Club Nintendo Calendar giveaway, you can check the “Filtered Thoughts” section of this post for the link to the giveaway information.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported playing Donkey Kong Country Returns in the last 5 weeks?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for the United States of America, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns now has 77,002 Wii owners reporting their play-time data through the Nintendo Channel.

Reported Player Increase:
     How many more players have reported game-play data for DKCR in the last 5 weeks?
     Donkey Kong Country Returns has seen an increase of about 62,358 gamers reporting game-play data, since the last report.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns now has 830,360 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 689,786 Total Hours of game-play in the last 5 weeks.
     The average play-time for DKCR is 10 Hours 48 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, which is an increase of 1 Hour 12 Minutes above the average in the last report.
     The average play-time per session(or day) reported for DKCR is just over 2 Hours 4 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns Amazon.com sale rank is #30, and is currently selling for $43.99.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 11:55PM, on 1-19-11)

Review Score Averages:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ review score average is 87.70%, based on 47 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.

     DKCR has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 183 customer reviews.
     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ customer review score average is 90.16%, when converted to a 100% review scale.  You can see the customer review score breakdown in the image below:

     (Review score averages recorded around 11:55PM, on 1-19-11)

Filtered Thoughts:
     You may recall when I mentioned in my “Christmas Gifts & My New Year’s Video Game Resolution!” post that I received Donkey Kong Country Returns as a Christmas gift from Mrs. CoffeewithGames.
     Well, I’m happy to say we have been playing DKCR a good bit, and we are now on World 8.  Just like when we played New Super Mario Bros. Wii, there has been some yelling and screaming at the TV[and each other 🙂], but also cheering when bosses/levels are beaten.
     We are having a lot of fun playing the game together, and I’ll do an update of some sort when we complete it.  If you haven’t seen anything from the game, here are some trailers put together showing off game-play footage:

    As for the data, I think the increase in “Total Hours” and the number of players reporting data, are both very good for the game, and I think both will keep steadily increasing over the next 2 months as more players are completing the game.
     As for the game’s Amazon.com sale rank, seeing it ranking below New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Mario Kart Wii this fast, makes me wonder if it will be like those games for Nintendo and have long sales legs.  If you’re wondering how DKCR has sold already, it’s been reported that Donkey Kong Country Returns has sold over 1.8 copies, though I’m not sure if that number is for North America only, or world-wide; either way, I think it’s a great number.

     Now, I know some of you may be wondering about the 2011 Club Nintendo Contest, and you can find the details for the contest in the “Coffee with Games CONTEST/GIVEAWAY!” post, HERE!

Questions:
     Have any of you been playing Donkey Kong Country Returns in the last few weeks?  If so, what do you think about the game?

If any of you are interested in Donkey Kong Country Returns, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003ZHMMEM&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  

>Pre-Order/Reserve the 3DS Online Now – $249.99

January 19, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     Click on any “Nintendo 3DS” name in the post to jump to the pre-order page!(Or click this now!)
     Well, it has finally been officially announced that the Nintendo 3DS will be priced at $249.99, and will be releasing on March 27 in North America.
     I haven’t seen any other sites announce this yet, so that’s why I’m moving forward with it!

     If you are wanting to pre-order/reserve a Nintendo 3DS before it releases, there is at least one site already taking pre-orders on the system!

     Amazon.com is taking pre-orders on the Blue Nintendo 3DS system, so if you have the $249.99, I would suggest reserving one ASAP if you’re interested in the system.  As usual, it’s being offered with Free Super Saver Shipping, and will ship(as of now) on March 27, when it releases.  Here’s the image and another link to the pre-order page for the Nintendo 3DS system on Amazon.com.
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I090AG&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&m=amazon&f=ifr&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&asins=B002I096AA

     Here are some of the 3DS games available for pre-order, all included with free shipping.  Just clicking on the name of the game should redirect you to the pre-order page:

     Nintendogs + Cats for $39.99

     Baseball 3DS for $39.99
     Contra 3DS for $39.99
     Frogger 3DS for $39.99
     LEGO Star Wars III The Clone Wars 3D for $39.99
     Madden NFL Football 3DS for $39.99
     Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3DS for $39.99
     Pro Evolution Soccer 3DS for $39.99
     Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked for $39.99
     Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition for $39.99
     Winning Eleven 3DS for $39.99

>Coffee with Games CONTEST/GIVEAWAY!

January 19, 2011

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UPDATE:  This contest is over, and you can see the who won at this post, http://www.coffeewithgames.com/2011/01/contestgiveaway-winner.html



Coffee Beans:

     I’ll try to keep this as simple as I can.  The contest/giveaway is open to readers in the 50 United States of America(sorry European and world-wide readers…you’ll see why, I hope).
     You may have read my “December Brewed, January Roasting – Happy New Year” post, in which I talked about how busy December was for me, and us as a family.  It was so busy, that I forgot to have this contest!
     Well, being that we are now in a new year, I was thinking that perhaps a calendar could possibly benefit one of you.  Not just any calendar though, I was thinking this calendar:

     That’s right, I’m giving away the 2011 Club Nintendo Calendar.  Being that January is already halfway over, this contest will run through January 26, that way I can hopefully mail it on January 27 and get it to the winner right around the February 1.  Being that this calendar has basically American holidays listed, that’s the reason the contest is only open to residents in the 50 United States.
     The calendar in the picture above is the one I am using, but the 2011 Club Nintendo Calendar that I’m giving away is still sealed up, and hasn’t been opened by me.

     Enter the Contest by:
     1)  Being a public “follower” of this site.  I need to be able to see your name under the “Followers” section.
     2)  Email me and tell me if you would prefer coffee or tea, if given a choice.
     3)  Include your “Follower” name in the email.
     4)  Send your email to Scott@CoffeewithGames.com

     If you’re not sure how to become a follower of this site, you need to look at the right sidebar, and find the “Follow and Subscribe” section, as pictured below, and click the “Follow” button to start the process.

This is the section to start following the site…look to your right —-> and click the “Follow” button to start
     Bonus Entries:
     I have the current 51 Followers names recorded, and if you are already a follower of the site, and you leave a comment on this post with your “Follower” name saying, “I’m already a follower, and I like COFFEE!“, or “I’m already a follower, I like playing video games!“, or “I’m already a follower, and I like drinking coffee, and playing games!“…any of these three, I will enter your name in the drawing twice.
     If you have been reading my site for a while now, but never joined as a “Follower” until now, in your email that includes your “Follower” name, along with your coffee or tea preference, ask me, “How can I get my name entered in the drawing twice?” and I will send a reply that tells you how!  It’s really simple, nothing difficult or very time consuming.

     Rules:
     1)  You must be a public “follower” of the site.  Currently there are 51.
     2)  Send an email to Scott@CoffeewithGames.com, including your “Follower” name and whether you would prefer coffee or tea, if given a choice.
     3)  Bonus entry awarded to current followers of the site that leave comments on the post, as described above.  New “Followers” can get a chance at a bonus entry by asking, “How can I get my name entered in the drawing twice?” in the email they send to Scott@CoffeewithGames.com.
     4)  No purchase necessary, and the contest is void where prohibited
     5)  The contest is open to residents of the 50 United States of America.
     6)  The contest/giveaway will run from Wednesday, January 19, 2011 through Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:00PM(EST).
     7)  The winner will be selected randomly by a drawing, and the winner should be announced around Thursday, January 27, 2011
     8)  Rules may be adjusted if necessary

Thoughts:
     If anybody has any questions regarding the contest/giveaway, please email them to me at Scott@CoffeewithGames.com.

     Also, if you don’t mind, I would greatly appreciate any feedback and votes I can get on this poll!

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