Archive for August, 2011

Amazon.com Video Game Sales & Pre-order

August 30, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Below are a few Nintendo Wii and Nintendo 3DS video games currently on sale, or for pre-order, on Amazon.com.
     Mrs. Coffee purchased me Donkey Kong Country Returns as a Christmas gift, and we thoroughly enjoyed the game’s cooperative experience.  If you are looking for a challenging and fun platforming game, I definitely recommend Donkey Kong Country Returns.
     Other than DKCR, I have also played and beaten Resident Evil 4 on the Wii, though it’s no longer in my Wii collection.  I enjoyed Resident Evil 4, though I didn’t feel it was very “Resident Evil” compared to the older games in the series, but I would recommend it to Wii owners looking for a lower priced game from the Resident Evil series.

Question
     Are there any games listed below you would, or wouldn’t, recommend to other Wii and 3DS owners?



Wii Deals
Donkey Kong Country Returns for $32.15(Save 36%, Ships Free)
Guilty Party for $12.99(Save 57%, Ships Free on Orders Over $25)
Just Dance 2 for $29.99(Save 25%, Ships Free)
Muramasa: The Demon Blade for $12.63(Save 75%, Free Standard Shipping)
Resident Evil 4 for $12.71(Save 36%, Fulfilled by Amazon, Ships Free on Orders Over $25)
Sonic Colors for $19.93(Save 34%, Fulfilled by Amazon, Ships Free on Orders Over $25)
Zumba Fitness for $29.99(Save 25%, Ships Free)
Pre-order Deal
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword with Music CD for $49.99(pre-order guarantee price)
Nintendo 3DS Game Deals
Dead or Alive Dimensions for $29.99(Save 25%, Ships Free)
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars for $29.99(Save 25%, Ships Free)
Ridge Racer 3DS for $27.99(Save 30%, Ships Free)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for $29.96(Save 25%, Ships Free)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars for $25.27(Save 37%, Ships Free)

Samus’ Corrupt Adventure – 4 Years of Play-Time

August 30, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was released in North America on August 27, 2007 with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game was developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo.
     Metroid Prime 3 received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Animated Blood, Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners played Samus’ corrupt adventure, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, in the last 4 years?  Let’s take a look!

If you are interested in the contest/giveaway for the
coffee, you can find the details HERE!

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption has 516,596 Wii owners that have reported game-play data since the game released.

Number of Players Reporting Data, Increased
     The last report on Metroid Prime 3 was from game-play data reported on August 30, 2010.  Since then, the game has seen an increase of 49,950 Wii owners reporting data through the Nintendo Channel.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Corruption now has 11,577,329 Total Hours of game-play reported, which is an increase of 1,163,793 Total Hours in just the last year.
     The game’s total average hours played is now 22 Hours 25 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, an increase of 6 Minutes since last year.
     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption’s average play-time now is just over 2 Hours 7 Minutes per session.

Amazon.com Sales Information
     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption’s Amazon.com sale rank is #1,639, and it is currently selling for $59.99.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 9:45PM on August 29, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption’s “professional” review score average is 90.16%, based on 66 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 143 customer reviews.
     Corruption’s customer review score average is 86.99%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 9:45PM on August 29, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     If you have not seen any footage of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, below is a brief video for the game.  SPOILER Warning – the video does show a few bosses from the game, though only briefly:

     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is one of my favorite Wii games.  As I have mentioned before, I purchased the game and finished it four complete times, unlocking everything I possibly could in the game.  When I found out Metroid Prime: Trilogy was being released, I traded-in Corruption, and eventually purchased Metroid Prime: Trilogy when it was on sale at Best Buy.
     I think the reported game-play hours for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption are great, especially considering it is only a single-player focused game, and I think Corruption’s one million hours increased over just the last year shows Wii owners are still playing it.

     I think it’s a shame though, that Nintendo has allowed Wii games like Metroid Prime 3: Corruption to become hard to find, instead of releasing them as “Nintendo Selects” titles years ago.  Nintendo has been adding more Wii games to their “Nintendo Selects” lineup of games, but none of Samus’ Wii adventures have made the selection yet.  I think Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, or Metroid Prime: Trilogy, would make a great addition to the Nintendo Selects titles, and allow new Wii owners the opportunity to try the game(s).
     If you have not played Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, but are perhaps interested in it, you can read my full review and thoughts for the game HERE.

Questions
     Have any of you played Metroid Prime 3: Corruption in the last year, and if so, what did you think about it?
     Also, do you think Nintendo should add Metroid Prime 3: Corruption or Metroid Prime: Trilogy to the Nintendo Selects lineup before this coming holiday season?

If any of you are interested in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, you can see new and used 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=B000FQBPDU&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  

CoffeeWithGames Turns Two, Win Two Years Worth of Coffee!

August 29, 2011

Coffee Beans
     On August 29, 2009, I posted my first blog article, “Analyzing the Wii Manufacturing Costs in 2009“.  So today, August 29, 2011, marks the site’s two year birthday of sorts.
     What’s a birthday without a gift though?  Probably just another day of the week!  So, to help celebrate CoffeeWithGames.com’s two year birthday(originally CoffeeWithGames.Blogspot.com), I’m giving away 2 year’s worth of coffee.
     Now some of you might be thinking, “How much is 2 year’s worth of coffee, Coffee?”  Well, I’m glad you asked!

     I’m basing it off of 365 days in a year, and one “cup” of coffee per day.  So, the winner will receive the equivalent to around 730 “cups” of coffee.  Along with the coffee gift, a video game gift might be included as well, though that is to be determined.
     The coffee gifts will be the larger containers of ground coffee, though one whole bean coffee might be included as well.  In the end though, it should be about 730 “cups” of coffee, or slightly more.

How to Enter
     1)  Write a poem about coffee and at least one video game reference, in the comment section below…keep it G, or E for Everyone, rated.
     2)  If you’re a public follower of the blog, through Blogger, that’s a bonus entry…but you must state what your Blogger “follower” name is.
     3)  Bonus entry by “liking” CoffeeWithGames on Facebook, and by stating what your follower name is on Facebook.

Rules
     1)  You must write a poem about coffee and at least one video game reference in the comment section.
     2)  If you want to make sure I have your contact information, send me an email to Scott(@)CoffeeWithGames.com, letting me know which poem/follower name is your’s, that way I have good contact information if you don’t think I have it.
     3)  No purchase necessary, and the contest is void where prohibited.
     4)  The contest/giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States of America.
     5)  The contest/giveaway will run for one month, from August 29, 2011 and close on September 29, 2011 at 11:59PM EST.
     6)  The winner will randomly be selected by a drawing, and the winner will be announced around Friday, September 30, 2011; or as soon as I receive a confirmation reply from the winner.
     7)  The rules may be adjusted/changed as seen fit.

Filtered Thoughts
     If anybody has any questions regarding the contest/giveaway, please email them to me at Scott(@)CoffeeWithGames.com.

The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces Flies Onto the Scene!

August 24, 2011

Coffee Beans
     The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces was released on January 12, 2010 for the Wii with a MSRP of just $29.99.  The game was developed by Access Games, and published by Xseed Games for the North American release.
     The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Mild Language, Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported flying the skies in The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces with 587 days of game-play reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours reported flown are for United States Wii owners only, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces has 5,846 Wii owners that have reported play-time data since the game released.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Innocent Aces has 50,284 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 8 Hours 37 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The game’s average play-time is 1 Hour 43 Minuters per day/session reported.

Amazon.com Sales Information
     The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces has an Amazon.com sale rank of #5,990, and it is currently selling for $19.99.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 11:30PM, on August 23, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     Innocent Aces has a “professional” review score average of 75.31%, based on 35 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 21 customer reviews.
     The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces’ customer review score average is 79.04%, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 11:30PM, on August 23, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     I have not played The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces, but I have read some good opinions and reviews about the game, and the Amazon.com customer reviews seem to confirm the positive consumer reception.  If you are not familiar with The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces, the video below gives you a quick glimpse at how the game’s story is told, and shows off some flying as well:

     I have been tracking/watching The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces data for over a year now.  Each week I would check it and hope to see it debut, but it just decided to take its time and crawl onto the Nintendo Channel…so perhaps the title is a little misleading!
     Considering the game did debut though is definitely a positive, and shows at least some Wii owners are still playing it.

Questions
     Have any of you played The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces, and if so, what do you think about the game?  Is it a Wii game you would recommend to other Wii owners looking for a flight simulator game?

If any of you are interested in The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces, 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=B002HJQSQW&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

5 Million Plus Copies Sold, How Many Hours Danced? Just Dance 2 Report

August 21, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Just Dance 2 released on October 12, 2010 for the Wii with a MSRP of $39.99.  The game was developed by Ubisoft Paris and published by Ubisoft.
     Just Dance 2 received an “Everyone 10+” rating from the ESRB with “Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.
     Nintendo announced just last week, on August 11, that Just Dance 2 had crossed “the 5 million sales mark”, joining seven other Wii titles in the United States with more than 5 million units sold.

     How many hours have Wii owners in the United States spent dancing their nights away with Just Dance 2?  Let’s take a look!

For a point of reference, the “Total Hours” reported for Just Dance 2
are more than Metroid: Other M’s and more than Kirby’s Epic Yarn’s
“Total Hours”, both of which released around the same time last year.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Just Dance 2 has had about 261,918 Wii owners report their play-time data through the Nintendo Channel, since the game released on October 12, 2010.

Number of Players Reporting Data, Increased
     The last report on Just Dance 2 was from game-play data recorded on November 22, 2010.  At that time, Just Dance 2 had game-play hours debut on the Nintendo Channel from approximately 10,067 Wii owners reporting data.
    Just Dance 2 has seen an increase of 251,851 Wii owners reporting data through the Nintendo Channel. This means about 5% of Just Dance 2 owners in the United States use the Nintendo Channel to report their play-time data.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Just Dance 2 now has 2,712,953 Total Hours of game-play reported, which is an increase of 2,653,436 Total Hours since its debut data from November 22, 2010.
     Just Dance 2’s total average hours played is now 10 Hours 21 Minutes “Per person”(or console) reporting data, an increase of 4 Hours 27 Minutes above the game’s debut average.
     The average play-time per dance session now is just over 1 Hour 11 Minutes, which is about a 15 minute decrease from the initial average.  This means that each day/time Just Dance 2 is being played, Wii owners are spending 1 Hour 11 Minutes dancing!

Amazon.com Sales Information
     Just Dance 2’s Amazon.com sale rank is #9 and it is currently selling for $25.00 with free shipping, which is a 37% savings off its MSRP.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 12:15AM on August 21, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     Just Dance 2’s “professional” review score average is 77.25%, based on 16 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 955 customer reviews.
     Just Dance 2’s customer review score average is 90.45%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 12:15AM, on August 21, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     Ubisoft just released Just Dance Summer Party on July 19, and Just Dance 3 will be releasing later this year on October 11, helping keep the Just Dance games series alive.
     I can see how the series has become successful with the marketing behind it, and the audience it has attracted.  I’m not sure though, if the Just Dance series will become like the Tony Hawk or the Guitar Hero series where sales drastically vanish from one year to the next, but as Just Dance and Just Dance 2 have proven successful, I think Ubisoft will continue to support and market the series well in the future.
     The fact that Just Dance 2 has sold more than 5 million copies in less than a year I think is an incredible feat for a game, and one any developer would hope to accomplish.  Though I haven’t played any of the Just Dance games yet, one game from the series might become part of our Wii collection in the near future.

Questions
     Have any of you played the games in the Just Dance series, and if so, what games in the series have you played?
     If you have not played any of the Just Dance games, is it a series you are interested in?

If you are interested in the Just Dance games, you can see several linked on Amazon.com below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002MWSY3O&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=B003O6FV8S&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=B003ZRZVW2&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=B0056GJVQW&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Well Dadgum! Cars 2: The Video Game Races Onto the Scene

August 19, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Cars 2: The Video Game was released on June 21, 2011 for the Wii, and almost every other current generation console/handheld.
     The Wii version was developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Interactive Studios, and it released with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game received an “Everyone 10+” rating from the ESRB, with “Cartoon Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported racing with Mater and Lightning McQueen in Cars 2: The Video Game?  Let’s take a look!

Lightning McQueen and Mater, our oldest son’s toys.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Cars 2 has had approximately 7,874 Wii owners report game-play hours in the 54 days from June 21 to August 15.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Cars 2: The Video Game has 59,613 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 7 Hours 35 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The game’s average play-time is 2 Hours 20 Minutes per day/session reported.

Amazon.com Sales Information
     Cars 2: The Video Game has an Amazon.com sales rank of #125, and it is currently discounted 30% off its MSRP and is selling for $34.99.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 1:30AM on August 20, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     Cars 2: The Video Game has a “professional” review score average of 69.42%, based on 6 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 13 customer reviews.
     Cars 2’s customer review score average is 84.61%, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 1:30AM on August 19, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     I have not played Cars 2: The Video Game, nor have I seen Cars 2 the movie…but I have “watched” Cars, the original movie, probably 100+ times in the last few months with our oldest son.  Lightning McQueen and Mater in the banner and data image above, are actually two of our son’s Cars toys!
     Our oldest son loves the Toy Story movies, and Cars.  I have been tempted to purchase Cars 2: The Video Game to see how he would react to it, and because I’m curious if he could learn to play it…or if he would just continuously crash and run off the courses.
     If you have not seen any information about Cars 2: The Video Game, below is a fun video the developers put together on the game:

     Did you all see the coffee cup!  Okay, there could have been tea in it, but I didn’t see a tea bag string…perhaps, I can find out from the developer.
     I think it’s pretty impressive that Cars 2: The Video Game has had hours debut in less than 2 months since it released, especially considering the Wii version does not feature online multiplayer.
     I think the game’s average time per day/session that it is played, 2 Hours 20 Minutes, is really impressive and shows that the game is not necessarily being played just in short, quick sessions, and perhaps the local multiplayer feature is getting some good use.
     Since I have kept to my “New Year’s Video Game Resolution” so far, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing Cars 2: The Video Game, though a rental of it may happen.

Questions
     Have any of you played Cars 2: The Video Game?  If so, what do you think about the game, good and/or bad, and what system did you play it on?
     Also, are any of your kids seemingly hooked on Toy Story movies and Cars, or just Pixar movies in general, like our two year old son?

If any of you are interested in Cars 2: The Video Game, you can see prices on Amazon.com linked below for several systems:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B004M8K9AW&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=B004M8M2H0&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=B004M8M30G&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

FPS Friday! What Is the Wii’s Most Played FPS?

August 13, 2011



The Roast
     I have enjoyed the FPS genre since GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64, and I have spent thousands of hours playing FPS games over the years.  When the Nintendo Wii was released back in 2006, I was excited about the console because of the new control methods made possible in FPS games.
     I have played many Wii FPS games starting with Red Steel, and I have enjoyed all of them to certain extents.  Now, nearly 5 years into the Wii’s life-cycle the system has seen a decent number of FPS games released for it, some with local multi-player, some with online multi-player, and some just single-player.

     The Wii has more than twenty games I would classify in the FPS genre, but which FPS game is the Wii’s most played per player?  Let’s take a look!

How many bullet holes can you count?

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Call of Duty: Black Ops has had about 108,985 Wii owners report game-play data since the game released this past November.

Reporting Player Increase
     Black Ops has seen an increase of about 44,354 more gamers reporting game-play hours since March 21 this year.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Call of Duty: Black Ops has 7,655,023 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 70 Hours 15 Minutes “Per person”.
     The game’s average play-time is just over 2 Hours 47 Minutes per day/session the game is played.

Sales Information
     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Wii Amazon.com sale rank is #236, and it is selling for $43.82.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 7:30PM on August 12, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     Black Ops’ “professional” review score average on the Wii is 81.47%, based on 17 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 111 customer reviews.
     Black Ops’ customer review score average is 78.73%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 7:30PM on August 12, 2011.)

Coffee Beans
     Call of Duty: Black Ops was developed by Treyarch, and published by Activision.  As the trailers below show, the game received a “Mature” rating from the ESRB with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops is the Wii’s most played FPS game to date, “Per person”.  This means Wii owners that are playing Black Ops, are playing it more hours on average(70 Hours 15 Minutes) per individual, than any other Wii FPS on the system.
     While Call of Duty: Black Ops is the Wii’s most played FPS game to date, “Per person”, it is not the Wii’s most played FPS according to “Total Hours“.

Filtered Thoughts
     While I have not played the Wii version of Call of Duty: Black Ops, I have played and still own the PS3 version of Black Ops, though it has been a few months since I have played it.  If you have not seen anything on Call of Duty: Black Ops, the video below contains two trailers.  The first video portion contains a lot of action clips, most from cinematic scenes in the game, and the second clip is designed to give a hint about how the story unfolds:

     Considering this data reflects just 272 days of game-play possibly reported, I think this should show developers that the Wii is a platform FPS games are enjoyed on, and that it has perhaps been overlooked by other developers/publishers when it should not have been.
     If any of you play Call of Duty: Black Ops on the PS3 still, feel free to add my PSN name to your list.  My PSN name is Hoj_Latte, if you add me to your list, leave a comment letting me know so I can make sure to check and add your invite back!

Questions
     Did any of you purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops the day it released, and find yourself still playing the game?
     If any of you are playing the Wii version, do you know how many hours you have played the game?

If any of you are interesting in Black Ops, 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=B003JVCA9Q&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=B003N3HEU0&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=B003JVKHEQ&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

WiiWare Wednesday: World of Goo’s Reported Game-Play Hours

August 10, 2011

Coffee Beans
     World of Goo was released on October 13, 2008 for the WiiWare service, with a price point of 1,500 Wii Points, which is $15.  The game was developed and published by 2D Boy, and received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Comic Mischief” listed as the only content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent in the “World of Goo” with 1,029 days of game-play reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners
that report game-play data via the Nintendo Channel,
and not for all Wii owners that have played the game.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     World of Goo has about 103,985 Wii owners that have reported data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel in the United States since it released.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     World of Goo has 1,143,596 Total Hours of game-play reported with an average play-time of 11 Hours 0 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The game has an average play-time of 1 Hour 11 Minutes per session played.

Sales Information
     World of Goo is not currently listed in the WiiWare’s “Popular Titles” section, which lists the current “Top 20” popular WiiWare games, as of checking around 5:30PM on August 10, 2011.
     World of Goo’s United States release has made 2D Boy about $1,559,775 in almost the last 3 years since the game released, before taxes and profit sharing with Nintendo.  The amount earned is based on the approximate number of players(103,985) that have reported data and the game’s $15 price point, so the earnings reported here are not reflective of all digital copies downloaded.

Review Score Average
     World of Goo received much critical acclaim when it released, and it has a “professional” review score average of 94.00% based on 22 reviews on GameRankings.com.

Filtered Thoughts
     I have played the WiiWare demo for World of Goo, but not the full version of the game.  I thought the demo did a good job showing what players can expect from the game, though I can imagine how some of the levels further in the game might get crazy.  If you have not seen anything about World of Goo, below is a trailer that shows off a bit about the game:

     I think the reported game-play data for World of Goo is impressive for a WiiWare title, especially when considering it has been released on other platforms, and as of checking Steam just now it can be downloaded through that service for just $9.99, instead of the $15 WiiWare price.
     Also, seeing the game with more than 10 Hours averaged “Per person” reporting data I think is extremely well for a digital game, and I think shows the game has a lot of game-play value, perhaps even more than a lot of $50-60 retail games that are released now.

Questions
     If any of you played the full version of World of Goo, would you recommend it to other gamers, and which version did you play?
     Also, do any of you think the game was perhaps under-priced with the amount of game-play it apparently offers?

If any of you are interested in World of Goo on the WiiWare service you can a Nintendo Points card on Amazon.com linked below:
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  

Surviving High Altitudes & Freezing Temperatures – Cursed Mountain’s Debut Hours

August 10, 2011
I don’t think many would argue with this guy!

Coffee Beans
     Cursed Mountain was released for the Wii on August 25, 2009 with a MSRP of $49.99.
     The game was developed by Deep Silver – Vienna and published by Deep Silver/Koch Media, but the Deep Silver Vienna studio office was closed in early 2010 and I believe Cursed Mountain was the only game developed/shipped from the studio.
     Cursed Mountain received a “Mature” rating from the ESRB with “Blood, Sexual Themes, Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of, and it is described as a “survival horror game“.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent in the freezing Himalayas with Cursed Mountain during the last 713 days reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners
that report game-play data via the Nintendo Channel,
and not for all Wii owners that have played the game.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Cursed Mountain has had about 9,383 Wii owners report their play-time data since the game released on August 25, 2009.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Cursed Mountain has 50,194 Total Hours of game-play reported with an average play-time of 5 Hours 21 Minutes “Per person” that has reported data.
     The game has an average play-time of 1 Hour 33 Minutes per session played.

Sales Information
     Cursed Mountain has two versions available on Amazon.com, a regular version and a “Limited Edition” version that included a “Bonus Disc with 15 tracks of in-game music and a 5-part ‘making of’ DVD.  Interior Art in Steelbook case.”

     Cursed Mountain’s standard edition sale rank on Amazon.com is #1,946 and it is currently selling for $7.40.
     Cursed Mountain’s Limited Edition Amazon.com sale rank is #5,485 and it is currently selling for $8.80.
     (Sales ranks and prices recorded on August 9, 2011 around 11:00PM.)

Review Score Averages
   Cursed Mountain’s “professional” review score average is 68.89%, based on 36 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has about a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 45 customer reviews between both versions of the game.
     Cursed Mountain’s customer review score average is 77.77%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded on August 9, 2011 around 11:00PM.)

Filtered Thoughts
     I remember seeing some of the “behind-the-scenes” videos for Cursed Mountain, and I was glad to see the developers taking time to do them.  Cursed Mountain is a game I can say is on my “interested” games list and I would like to give it a try one day, but I haven’t played the game yet.  If you have never seen anything on Cursed Mountain, the video below is a trailer and “behind-the-scenes” look at the game that should give you an idea about the game:

     As for the reported game-play data, being that it took Cursed Mountain almost 2 full years to debut I think shows the game was definitely a slow/low selling game, but the fact that it has debuted is still better than some other Wii games(Spyborgs) that have not yet debuted.
     Before seeing this reported data, I didn’t recall how long the game was.  Seeing the average hours reported “Per person” being just 5 Hours 21 Minutes is a lot shorter than I was expecting, because for some reason I thought the game was between 8-10 hours long.
     Knowing Cursed Mountain released with a MSRP of $49.99, and now seeing it available for less than $10 on Amazon.com is definitely tempting, but I’ll hold off until I finish some more games on my backlogged list.
     So, while the game definitely did not debut as fast as other Wii titles have, the fact that is has debuted I think shows that Wii owners are surviving(and enjoying) the high altitudes and freezing temperatures the game apparently throws at them.

Questions
     If you have not played Cursed Mountain is it a game you are perhaps interested in like myself?
     If you have played it, is it a game you would recommend to other Wii owners, and did you find yourself playing through the game more than once?  Also, do you remember about how many hours it took you to complete the game?

If any of you are interested in Cursed Mountain, you can see prices for both versions on Amazon.com linked below:
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Meet Our Coffee Maker – Krups

August 7, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Mrs. Coffee and I have moved a lot over the last several years, and we have toted along one coffee machine/pot with us during each move, and it survived all the moves in pretty great condition.
     I believe I received the coffee machine/pot as a Christmas gift either in 2000, or 2001, but I am not 100% positive because I can’t find exact dates for when the series of coffee machines was released.
     About 3 years ago after we moved into our house, Mrs. Coffee(my wife) thought that our coffee pot we had been using took up too much counter space, so she went to the store and purchased us a new one.  You can see the “space saver” coffee machine below:

     My initial reaction was probably something along the lines of, “Why do we need another coffee pot, when the one we have works just fine?“, but I knew in her mind that more counter space = win, so I let it be.
     Well, the “new” Hamilton Beach coffee pot that she purchased for us lasted right around a year, and then guess what, it BROKE!  Horror or horrors for a daily coffee drinker like myself, but luckily for us, I had stowed away our old coffee machine in a cabinet probably with the mindset of “Just in case something happens to this new one, we’ll still have this one.

     So, what does our coffee machine look like that we use basically on a daily basis?  Have a look below!

     So that’s our coffee machine, or “Krups” as I call it.  I know, it’s a very original name I came up with!  As you can probably tell from the image, it’s a dual coffee and espresso machine, though I rarely(if not using it once in the last 3 years is rarely) use the espresso side.
     Our Krups coffee machine is pretty basic compared to some newer models now, as it doesn’t have a clock so there’s no way for me to program it to turn on each morning, but the burner and pump are still working and that’s all that matters…as long as the coffee brews, I’m good to go!

Freshly brewed, quickly consumed!

Filtered Thoughts
     While the Hamilton Beach coffee machine was nice while it functioned, and it did save counter space, I didn’t feel like trying to get a replacement part for it even though it had a clock and could be programmed to turn on.

Krups on the left, the space saver on the right.

     The Hamilton Beach didn’t stop brewing the coffee, but the problem was the spout where the coffee would come out.  For some reason the spout stopped working and wouldn’t close back properly, which resulted in coffee continuously pouring out of the spout when a coffee cup would be removed after filling it.

     As for Krups, while I haven’t used the espresso side in a long-time, I may give it a try in the near future to see if it still works, and possibly start brewing a few espresso drinks at home on a regular basis.

Questions
     Do any of you have a name for your coffee pot?  Do any of you not use a coffee machine as we do, and perhaps you use a French press or an entirely different method for brewing coffee?

P.S.
If you don’t know, I did use the Krups coffee carafe in a photo for the site back in June, HERE.