Archive for June, 2013

Dear Nintendo of America…

June 29, 2013

Coffee Beans
Do you see that image above? It’s an image Nintendo of America just included in an email to everybody signed up to receive promotional emails from them, and this email was specifically for the Wii U. It is titled, “Wii U Games, offers, and news for you“, and I’m glad to see Nintendo of America actually promoting the Wii U. There’s just one problem I have with it…

Do you see what is wrong with that image above? If not, take a look at the image below, as it currently appears on their Club Nintendo site, and see if you can spot it (same exact spot).

Why don’t they like the Y button?

Now take a look at the image below that I have edited in an attempt to fix the one(s) above, using sub-$100 photo editing software. This is how the image should appear.

As it should appear, unless they’re trying to promote the GamePad with a 3D display like the 3DS?

I’m not a billion dollar corporation. I don’t blog for a living. I’m not a professional photo editor, have never taken an art course, and am pretty slow when it comes to editing basic things in Photoshop. BUT, the fact I spotted that image error, makes me wonder how quickly they throw things together at Nintendo of America without proofreading them?

 Perhaps, just perhaps, the employee(s) who edited it and put the email together just didn’t have enough coffee during the day? THAT, I can understand (sort of).

So, in short:
“Dear Nintendo of America,

Please fix the first image above as it is currently seen on the Club Nintendo site (http://club2.nintendo.com/clubn-vc-promo-0613/), and please proofread emails and double check images before possibly sending them out to millions of Nintendo fans.

Thanks,
Scott”

Questions
Did anybody else, perhaps non-artist or non-graphic designer like myself, notice that error in the image? Would anybody like to donate me a few billion dollars?

Here is a newer version of the software I used to fix Nintendo of America’s bad Wii U GamePad image:

It’s Official – Wii’s U.S. Nintendo Channel, Forecast Channel, News Channel & more taken offline.

June 28, 2013
The message you get now when trying to access the Nintendo Channel.

Coffee Beans
If you have read stories around here over the last few years, chances are you have probably seen my data report stories on Wii games. I would gather information from the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, and then create images with the reported play-time on games that showed things like average times played and total hours played. You can even read a data report I did on the Everybody Votes Channel, HERE.

Well, as of now, the Nintendo Channel (seen above), Forecast Channel, News Channel, Everybody Votes Channel, and Check Mii Out Channel have been taken offline on the Wii, to never return again. Perhaps Nintendo will release a News and Weather app on the Wii U, but I doubt they will ever release a Nintendo Channel app that shows play-times of Wii U and Wii games, because that data could provide hints of sales numbers for games as well.

You can see the how the other Wii Channels now appear if you attempt to visit them, in the image below.

Click to enlarge

Caffeinated Thoughts
I have used the Nintendo Channel almost weekly, for the last 3+ years. Even weeks and months when I didn’t post data reports, I would record the data for my records (data nerd). Seeing the Nintendo Channel services discontinued is the biggest disappointment for me out of all the Wii Channels discontinued. There were some newer Wii games I was hoping to get to report on, like Pandora’s Tower, but due to the Nintendo Channel service being stopped that data will now most likely never be known.

While we used the Forecast Channel, Everybody Votes Channel, Check Mii Out Channel, and News Channel, none of them were used anywhere near as much as the Nintendo Channel in our house, and some of them hadn’t been used regularly in years.

The Nintendo Channel was by far my favorite Wii Channel and not just because of the data, but also because Nintendo started things like Nintendo Week on it and it provided a good way to watch trailers of new games coming out as well.

Questions
Did any of you use a Wii Channel (or two) regularly, and perhaps will be disappointed now that these Wii Channel services have been discontinued?

Did all of you know that the Wii Channels in the U.S./Western market were being taken offline? I didn’t see any sites really report on them being discontinued in the U.S., but I did see it mentioned for Europe and Japan.

Mutant Mudds Deluxe, easy enough for kids, hard enough for parents? One big difference between the PC and Wii U versions.

June 14, 2013
Not all images are from Mutant Mudds, but one is inspired by it.

Coffee Beans
Mutant Mudds Deluxe released today on the Wii U and is available to purchase from the eShop for $9.99. The game was developed and published by Renegade Kid, and has an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE” with “Mild Fantasy Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

I purchased the PC version of Mutant Mudds last year when it released, and you can read some of my impressions of that version HERE. Bean 1 (our oldest son) started playing the PC version, after watching me play it, and considering his age he is pretty good at the game using mouse and keyboard controls.

I was planning on buying the Wii U version today so he could play it with a more standard controller and button layout (like what he’s used to with the Mario games); plus, I really enjoyed the PC version and wanted to play the new levels added to the Wii U version.

I saw that Renegade Kid was doing a contest giving away copies of the Wii U game. It was a drawing/art contest, but they even made it possible for a “non-artist” like myself to be able to enter, giving us an option to create a digital image or collage using existing images.

Did we win one of the contest giveaways? Brew yourself some coffee, and hit the jump to see the image I created (if you missed it already) for the contest, and a video of Bean 1 playing one of the levels in Mutant Mudds Deluxe on the Wii U!

The Brew & Caffeinated Thoughts
The image above was the one I created for the contest, using an image from Mutant Mudds as inspiration. Instead of having Max in it though, I decided to involve the Beans, and make it like they were sucked into Max’s world.

Yes, the Sacky Sit-Sits have taken the form of Bean 2, because he has inspired them with the muddy mess he makes along the way. Or, that was the idea, and Bean 1 has to clean up the mess while tracking down his younger brother.

Were we one of the winners though? We were!

Now, is Mutant Mudds Deluxe fun for the entire family, as the first image above says? Well, Bean 1 and I have both enjoyed our time with the game today. If you enjoy the platforming genre, or think you might enjoy the game, I do recommend you give this one a try.

Bean 1 was super excited to play it, and had been looking forward to the Wii U version after watching the trailer several times over the last week. Is Bean 1 any good at it? Here’s a video of him playing through the first level in Mutant Mudds Deluxe:


Some of the levels in Mutant Mudds Deluxe are easy enough for kids to complete on their own, as the first image says, but many are challenging enough to probably require the help of a parent. Bean 1 is able to finish some of the levels without trouble, as you can witness in the video above, but in other levels he does request help.

One big difference between the PC version of Mutant Mudds and Mutant Mudds Deluxe Wii U is the timer in each level. The PC version has a timer that just keeps track of how long it takes you to finish a level, so you can spend 10 minutes in the levels hopping around if you want. The Wii U version of Mutant Mudds Deluxe has a timer that counts down though, and when it runs out you have to start the level over (or, at the last check point).

Having the timer count down makes Mutant Mudds Deluxe like the original Super Mario Bros. games, where each level had a timer counting down and you need to reach the end before it reaches “0:00”. I think the timer might be a good thing though, as it might help Bean 1 to concentrate more on the task at hand of finishing the levels, but I’m not sure if it will be too challenging for him in some of the later stages.

Now, if Renegade Kid patches the Wii U version in the future, I think adding a “Timer Off” option, like turning off the check points is an option, might be a good thing to include.

Questions
Have any of you picked up Mutant Mudds Deluxe already, and if so, what do you think about it?
If you own a Wii U and haven’t purchased Mutant Mudds Deluxe yet, and perhaps have some questions about it, feel free to leave them below!

Animal Crossing: City Folk, how much has it been played? Official Nintendo Channel data report

June 11, 2013
Tom Nook should be used in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U, he could rob
you of your health as he does of bells in the Animal Crossing games.

Coffee Beans
The Animal Crossing games seem to follow the Mario Kart games formula, that formula being where only one game from the series is released per console. Animal Crossing: New Leaf just released for the Nintendo 3DS in the U.S. this week, and is the first 3DS Animal Crossing game. Before jumping to the trailer for the new 3DS game, we’re looking at Tom Nook’s Wii outing.

Animal Crossing: City Folk released for Wii on November 16, 2008. The game was developed by Nintendo’s EAD studio, and it received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE” with “Comic Mischief” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

If you own a Wii, or even a Wii U because of its backwards compatibility with Wii games, you can now get Animal Crossing: City Folk for under $20 as a Nintendo Selects title. How many hours might you expect from the game if you have never played it though? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look at the official U.S. Wii Nintendo Channel data to get an idea!

The Brew
Animal Crossing: City Folk now has approximately 456,147 U.S. Wii owners who have 38,477,386 Total Hours of game-play reported, with about 1,667 days possibly reported. The number of U.S. Wii owners with reported data has increased by just over 150,000 since July 2010, and over 80,000 since May 2011. The Total Hours reported have increased by over 15 million since July 2010, and over 9 million since the 2011.

City Folk players have averaged a total 84 Hours 22 Minutes “Per person” of play time with the game, which averages out to be 1 Hour 59 Minutes played per time reported. Its average reported “Per person” has seen an increase of 6 Hours 9 Minutes, from what was reported in May 2011.

Wouldn’t K.K. Slider be good in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U?
He could have a guitar “smash” special move.

How does Animal Crossing: City Folk’s total hours “Per person” compare to other popular Nintendo Wii games? The 84 Hours 22 Minutes “Per person” actually makes Animal Crossing: City Folk one of the Wii’s most played games in that category. It has a higher reported average “Per person” than games like Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and even Super Smash Bros. Brawl!

How was the game received by critics and customers though? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 73.54%, based on 48 reviews on GameRankings.com. Its customer review score average is currently an 82.70%, based on 288 reviews from Amazon.com for both the regular and Nintendo Selects listings of the game.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I have said before that I purchased Animal Crossing: City Folk because the bundle that included the Wii Speak microphone was discounted when I did, and I wanted the Wii Speak peripheral to use for The Conduit’s online multiplayer. I didn’t think I would really enjoy Animal Crossing very much, but was really surprised by it.

If Animal Crossing: New Leaf is anything like Animal Crossing: City Folk on the Wii, then it should provide you with many, many hours of game-play fun. You have the option to buy the 3DS game either in a digital format, or you can purchase a physical copy of it. There was even a recent post and discussion about this, Animal Crossing – the Digital Push, by a guy that doesn’t complete very many games.

If you haven’t seen anything on Animal Crossing: New Leaf, here’s the launch trailer for the game:

While the digital version might make sense for some, if you base your expected average play time with the new 3DS game, off of the Wii version’s reported data, getting a physical copy might make more sense. Why? Looking again at the average time City Folk has been played per session, it’s nearly 2 hours per session. I doubt I would care about having another game in my 3DS, if I’m dedicating so much time on one like Animal Crossing. This is the type of game, from my experience with it, that can take over your system and not leave the disc drive/cartridge slot for weeks at a time.

We haven’t played Animal Crossing on the Wii in a while, and as of now it’s in retirement on our game shelf, but Mrs. Coffee does get interested in it randomly, so I never know when it’s coming back out of retirement. Also, if you saw the image captions above, it’s because Nintendo revealed a new Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U character from the Animal Crossing games today in their E3 Nintendo Direct. I think K.K. Slider, Tom Nook, and even Brewster could be very interesting and fun characters for Super Smash Bros., and knowing how Nintendo is doing DLC in some games now, perhaps Super Smash Bros. will get DLC characters after it releases?

The Nintendo DS game released in 2005, and while the Wii released in 2006, City Folk wasn’t released on it until 2008. So, if you’re only a Wii/Wii U owner interested in the series, buying City Folk now might make sense when looking at the series’ release history. Seeing how much Animal Crossing: City Folk has been played and enjoyed by Wii owners though, makes me wonder if Nintendo will release an Animal Crossing Wii U title, sooner than later.

If you’re interested in winning The Humble Bundle 8 games, as mentioned in the data image above, simply like this post on Facebook, HERE, to get an entry!

Questions
Are you a Nintendo 3DS owner that has perhaps recently purchased Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the system? If you had never played the series before, what do you think about it?

If you own Animal Crossing: City Folk are you still playing it, or has it been retired to your video game shelf?

You can see Animal Crossing related games and products to buy from Amazon.com linked below:

Interview: Sniper Elite V2 Wii U – What about an eShop digital version, demo, and reasons to play this version?

June 9, 2013
Do armor-piercing rounds work on this, really?

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Did you know that Sniper Elite V2 on the Wii U runs at a higher resolution than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, due to the Wii U’s hardware strengths? If not, you can read where Rebellion’s CEO and Creative Directory, Jason Kingsley, said it in the first interview about the game posted up last week, HERE.

Sniper Elite V2 released last month for the Wii U on May 21st, and it received an ESRB rating of “MATURE” with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of. If you’re looking to buy the game, you should be able to find it now on sites like Amazon.com and in stores like GameStop.

What if you’re a Wii U Deluxe Set owner and like downloading your games to take advantage of the Deluxe Digital Promotion though? While there isn’t a Wii U eShop digital version yet, I did ask 505 Games about it, as well as if they are planning a demo for the game. Brew yourself some coffee, and read on to find out those details as well as what features Wii U owners might enjoy if they have already played another version of Sniper Elite V2!

The Brew
When I asked 505 Games if Sniper Elite V2 will get a Wii U eShop demo of some sort, their response was very straightforward like when I asked them about the DLC for the game.

They answered, “We currently do not have any plans for this.”

What about getting the full game on the eShop for purchase though, so Wii U Deluxe owners might be able to get the game and take advantage of the Deluxe Digital Promotion? The answer to this question wasn’t as clear.

I specifically asked, “While the Wii U version is having a physical retail release, is there a plan to make Sniper Elite V2 available to purchase from the Wii U’s eShop? If so, when can Wii U owners that perhaps like to buy their games digitally look at getting the game? June? July?

505 Games responded with, “We are currently discussing this.”, but didn’t clarify any further on it. So, being that it had been almost 2 weeks since I first asked about, I asked about it again to make sure there hadn’t been any change from the first answer. They responded that there is still, “No news about the Wii U Shop”.

Now, if you’re a Wii U owner and have perhaps already played another version of Sniper Elite V2 (or, have access to another version), what features might you find enjoyable and notice make a difference from the other versions? Being a Wii U and PlayStation 3 owner myself, this is something that I was interested in.

I asked, “If there are Wii U owners that have perhaps already played Sniper Elite V2 on another system, what GamePad features do you think they would really enjoy and notice make a big difference from the other versions?

Rebellion’s Mr. Kingsley, the CEO and Creative Director, answered this saying, “Well firstly there’s obviously the mirroring allowing the game to be played completely on the GamePad. This could be a big thing for gamers who don’t want to disturb partners sharing the TV, or want to try and play Sniper Elite V2 in bed! Being a fiercely adult game, the privacy aspect could be handy too if the player has children and obviously doesn’t want them to watch the game on the TV as they’re playing. I think above all though, the GamePad enhances the tactical elements of the gameplay to help you avoid open firefights as much as possible. Being able to now track the positions of traps and explosives, see your heart rate (important when making precision shots) and other subtle tweaks really help make the stealth and setting up the perfect shot more rewarding.”

The Wii U GamePad showing the weapons on the left/right side, with the map in the middle.

Caffeinated Thoughts
As for Mr. Kingsley’s response, being a parent with young children, I can greatly appreciate the Off-TV GamePad play. I have used it in many Wii U games, and find I often use it the majority of the time to play games if it’s an option. Even Bean 1 uses it for playing some Wii U games.

Personally, I think that having a demo of at least one level from the game would be a great way to let Wii U owners interested in the game (and who perhaps have already played another version of it), see how it plays and the benefits the GamePad adds to it. Sniper Elite V2 has a demo on Steam, so it would be nice to have an option to try the game out, especially considering many other Wii U games have demos available now.

If you missed the launch trailer for the game, you can see it below and some of the Wii U’s features mentioned:

I think having Sniper Elite V2 on the Wii U eShop from the first day it released, along with a demo, might have been the best way to get the game out and create a positive buzz for it, despite it lacking some of the content found in the other versions. The demo could have been tailored around a specific level that took good advantage of the GamePad quick weapon selection and enemy tracking features, as well as giving Wii U owners a good feel for the overall gameplay.

Questions
If you have played Sniper Elite V2 on the Wii U, what do you think about the game? If you have already played and beaten the game, do you know how many hours it took you from start to finish?

You can buy the different versions of Sniper Elite V2, from Amazon.com linked below:

Sonic and the Secret Rings, how much has it been played? Official Nintendo Channel data report

June 7, 2013

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On May 17th, Nintendo announced they had made a deal with SEGA securing the release of the next Sonic the Hedgehog title, known as Sonic Lost World, as an exclusive title for the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. Sonic Lost World is said to be an “action platforming” game, which makes it the first Wii U Sonic game in that genre. Before looking forward at the Wii U’s first Sonic action platforming game though, let’s take a look at the Wii’s first action platforming Sonic game that was released over 6 years ago now.

Sonic and the Secret Rings was Sonic’s first retail outing on the Wii in the “action platforming” genre, the first of many though. The game was developed by SEGA of America, and released for the Wii on February 20, 2007. It received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE” with “Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

If you own a Wii, or even a Wii U, you can find Sonic and the Secret Rings for under $20 now if you’re interested in the game. How many hours can you expect from Sonic’s first action platforming Wii game though? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look at the official U.S. Wii Nintendo Channel data to get an idea!

The Brew
Sonic and the Secret Rings has approximately 707,727 U.S. Wii owners who have 9,108,257 Total Hours of game-play reported, with about 2,295 days reported. U.S. Wii owners have averaged a total of 12 Hours 52 Minutes “Per person” of play time with the game, which averages out to be about 1 Hour 25 Minutes played per time reported. So on average, Wii owners spend about an hour-and-a-half with the game each time they sit down to play it.

How many hours have you played?

How does Sonic and the Secret Rings’ hours “Per person” compare to the other Sonic Wii games? Well, its average reported is actually the lowest out of all the retail Wii Sonic games in the “action” genre. It’s lower than Sonic and the Black Knight, Sonic Colors, and Sonic Unleashed.

What about critic and customer reviews for the game? Its “professional” critic review score average is 70.71%, based on 51 reviews on GameRankings.com. The customer review score average is currently a 62.72%, based on 125 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
The last Sonic game I purchased in the action platforming genre was Sonic Adventure, and I did purchase Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed for our Wii U this last December, and I have enjoyed my time with that game. I was a fan of Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast and really liked the game (could be nostalgia, but I enjoyed it for a number of reasons, one being the VMU usage).

While we have looked at the reported Wii data for several Sonic games over the last few years (herehereherehere, and here), this is the first report on Sonic and the Secret Rings, partly because of the recent Sonic Lost World Wii U news. If you haven’t seen anything on Sonic Lost World since it was announced, here is the reveal trailer for the game:

I am definitely interested to see how this game turns out, especially with Nintendo getting behind it enough to make it an exclusive for the Wii U and 3DS when it releases. I like the brightness and colors of the game seen in the trailer, as it somewhat reminds me of Sonic Adventures. Also, seeing what looks to be 2D/3D gameplay elements mixed together, has me interested to see how it all fits together.

Now, will Sonic Lost World remain as an exclusive for the Wii U and 3DS at least until a Wii U successor releases from Nintendo, or will it just be an “exclusive” for a limited time like other games have been in the past? I think that remains to be seen, but either way, I hope it turns out to be a great Sonic game. Also, for the sake of the game, hopefully it has a release date that is sooner than expected (June or July would be nice), and releases at least 2 months before the first 3D Mario Wii U title, so that it’s not competing against it for sales right away.

Are you interested in winning The Humble Bundle 8 games, as mentioned in the image above (the basic games, seen below)? If so, simply like this post on CoffeeWithGames’ Facebook page, HERE, to get one entry!

These games and soundtracks, Steam key(s) included!

Questions
If you played Sonic and the Secret Rings, what did you think about the game? Would you recommend it to Wii or even Wii U owners who might be interested in picking up a cheap Sonic game until Sonic Lost World releases?

If you consider yourself a Sonic fan (or, even perhaps not), are you excited about Sonic Lost World from what you have seen and looking forward to learning more about the game?

You can buy Sonic and the Secret Rings from Amazon.com below, as well as pre-order Sonic Lost World for the Wii U and 3DS:

Interview: Sniper Elite V2 Wii U – What about the DLC and Miiverse updates?

June 4, 2013
Excellent sniping spot! Behind the planes, behind a tank, and behind sandbags!

Coffee Beans
Sniper Elite V2 released a few weeks ago for the Wii U, and the description for the game on the Wii U’s eShop says, “You are elite US sniper, Karl Fairburne, sent behind enemy lines into besieged Berlin during the final moments of World War II. You uncover a horrifying plot which threatens to kill millions of civilians throughout Western Europe, and which would irreversibly change history as we now know it. Make every single bullet count or the world dies with you.”

If you don’t know, the game was originally developed by Rebellion and published by 505 Games for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 last year. The Wii U version currently has a MSRP of $59.99, and received an ESRB rating of “MATURE” with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

I reached out to Rebellion and 505 Games with some questions about Sniper Elite V2 on the Wii U, such as will the game be updated to allow in-game pictures to be posted to its Miiverse community? Also, what about the DLC for the Wii U version? I did receive answers to these questions about the game, and a few more as well, so brew yourself some coffee and hit the jump to learn more about Sniper Elite V2 for the Wii U!

That’s not a camera lens view, and I doubt they would say “Cheese!”

The Brew
First up, Sniper Elite V2’s Miiverse community is active. Right after the game released, I saw some comments about players not being able to take in-game pictures and post them to the Miiverse community, as well as some Wii U owners wondering if the game will receive the DLC found in the other versions of the game released last year.

I asked specifically about the free multiplayer expansion pack that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions have, and if there is any plan to make the DLC and online multiplayer mode(s) available for the Wii U version.

505 Games’ answer was very straightforward about the DLC. They said, “We currently do not have any plans for DLC.”

Some Wii U owners might not be happy about it, but many of those who have the game and are active in its Miiverse community really seem to be enjoying it, even despite it not having the DLC and multiplayer modes. Here are a few examples:

What about updating the game to make the Miiverse in-game picture functionality work though, like basically every other Wii U game? This question (along with the next) was sent directly over to Rebellion, and their CEO and Creative Director, Jason Kingsley, answered it with: “With the game just launched, it’s probably a bit early to talk about updates or new content yet!”

So, until the game is updated to take advantage of the Miiverse feature for in-game picture posting (or, if it never is), Wii U owners will have to draw their own Sniper Elite V2 X-Ray Kill Cam shots to share with friends and other Wii U owners, to show the cool effect from the game. Some have already done so, as you can see in the two images below.

Drawn by hand on the Wii U GamePad!

While Sniper Elite V2 on the Wii U might be missing out on some of the content found in the other versions, I did ask which version the Wii U port was based off of and if the Wii U version looks and runs better than the other console versions.

Mr. Kingsley replied, “We can’t really go into specifics, but all versions of Sniper Elite V2 are running off our powerful in-house engine – Asura – which is very adaptable. We even use it to power our mobile games. The game also runs at a higher resolution on Wii U than it does on Xbox 360 and PS3 due to the platform’s hardware strengths.”

Mr. Kingsley’s statement about the Wii U version running at a higher resolution does seem to be backed up by some in the Miiverse community, and from at least one comment it seems the Wii U version does not have a screen tearing issue found in the PlayStation 3 version; or, at least not as bad/noticeable.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I can sort of understand Rebellion not including the online multiplayer in the Wii U version, because the online community would probably be small (and it’s apparently almost non-existent now in the other versions from what I have read). I do think that Miiverse can help solve some online community aspects in games though, with players finding other Wii U owners to hop into online matches from Miiverse.

While they don’t have any plans to release the multiplayer, co-op, or DLC for the Wii U version right now, I am glad to know that Rebellion took the time to make the Wii U version run at a higher resolution.

If you missed the trailer for the Wii U version of Sniper Elite V2 released a few weeks back, you can see it below:

The day the Wii U trailer was released, I received a message from a friend who had not seen the trailer, and didn’t even know that Snipe Elite V2 was releasing on the Wii U. I found his message and the timing of it pretty ironic. Why did I find it ironic?

His message said that he was, “playing a cool Xbox game right now…V2 Sniper Elite.” Again, he had not seen the Wii U trailer, and we had not discussed the Wii U version prior to him messaging me. He described the game in the message as, “Tenchu Stealth Assassins meets Call of Duty“, and while I haven’t played Sniper Elite V2 I have played the other games he mentioned.

From some of the footage I have seen of the game and some of the comments I have read about the game since I received the message, I think his description of Sniper Elite V2 seems like a very good way to describe the game.

I have not played the game, but I am interested in it, and I think I would enjoy the Off-TV play feature the most from what I know about it on the Wii U. I do hope that Rebellion/505 Games at least take the time to update the Wii U version to take full advantage of Wii U specific features though, such as posting in-game images to its Miiverse community, and perhaps even adding alternative and custom control options to the game.

Questions
Have any of you had a chance to play Sniper Elite V2 on the Wii U, and if so, what do you think about the game? If you have played another version of the game, as well as the Wii U version, do you like the GamePad controls and the way they are implemented in the game?

You can order Sniper Elite V2 for the Wii U from Amazon.com below:

Announcing the CoffeeWithGames Twitter contest winner…

June 3, 2013

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Did you miss all the posts in May that showed how you could enter for a chance to win Psychonauts, Costume Quest, and Stacking? If so, starting in the middle of May I included in some of my regular Nintendo Channel data posts a way to enter to win the games, by simply using Twitter and tweeting out each post @ a company, and including a post specific hashtag in it as well.

From my count, there were seven chances to enter the giveaway (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7), but even with multiple opportunities to enter, only one person really took advantage of multiple chances to enter.

Congratulations to Jeremy on winning, and a big thanks to him for the multiple tweets and entering the contest! Jeremy is a regular around here (who even won the 2 years’ worth of coffee a few years back), and you can follow him on Twitter, HERE!

If you missed out on entering this giveaway, make sure to keep an eye (or two) open for ways to enter to win more game giveaways, in the very near future!

If you didn’t enter the contest, and are interested in the games, you can see see them on Amazon.com below:

May Brewed! Coffees Consumed & Games Played

June 3, 2013

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It’s already June, and that means E3 is right around the corner and I’m sure this will be a busy month with video game news. If you perhaps skimmed here occasionally during May, here is a recap of some of the posts from the month you may have missed, but possibly find interesting:
1) Do you enjoy FPS games and ever wonder how much FPS games on the Wii are/were played? If so, you may find the Conduit 2 official Nintendo Channel data report interesting, HERE.
2) Are you a Star Wars fan? Then you may find it interesting what the Wii’s “least played” Star Wars game is, according to the average hours reported “Per person” in the United States, HERE.
3) What is the best Metroid game of all time? I don’t know because I haven’t played all of them, but Super Metroid is regarded pretty highly by many, and you can now buy it on Wii U’s Virtual Console until June 13th for just 30 cents. If you wonder how many hours you might expect from the game, check out Super Metroid’s official U.S. Nintendo Channel data, HERE.
4) The Wii U now has two Batman games that you can buy. One is Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, a Wii U launch title, which my neighbor has played and really enjoyed on the system. The other is LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes which released last month for the Wii U. If you’re wondering about how many hours you can get from the game, you can read the LEGO Batman 2 Nintendo Channel data report for the Wii version, HERE.
5) Did you skip Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii, but are perhaps interested in it for the Nintendo 3DS? Are you curious as to how many hours you might expect from the game? You can see the average hours reported for the game, “Per person”, in its official Wii U.S. Nintendo Channel data report from last month, HERE.
6) Did you not own a Wii, but do own a Wii U? I think one big benefit of the Wii U is its backwards compatibility with Wii titles. If you own a Wii U and have a Wii Remote and Nunchuk, you might be interested in the Super Mario Galaxy games. While I only played the original, you can see how many hours you might be able to expect from Super Mario Galaxy 2, HERE, in last month’s Nintendo Channel data report.

Now, what were two new coffee blends I consumed in May, and what was our most played Wii U game during the month? Brew yourself some coffee, let’s take a look at what games I played, and coffees I consumed during May.

Coffees Consumed
May was back to being more “normal”, than April was. In April, we only brewed up one coffee blend during the month, but in May we brewed four blends, plus I had an iced coffee drink as well.

Here’s the short list of the coffees I consumed in May:
1) Maxwell House Gourmet Roast
2) Puroast Dark French Roast
3) Maxwell House Dark Roast
4) Beaumont Coffee Classic Roast
5) Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee

The lowest priced coffee we have purchased…

The Beaumont Coffee Classic Roast was the first completely new coffee blend for us, and Mrs. Coffee purchased it for us from ALDI. It was their store brand coffee blend, which made me wary of it before we even opened it. While I have purchased store brands of other items, we had never tried it with our coffee blends before. The container she purchased was 33.9 OZ (over 2 pounds!), and like the Maxwell House blends she normally buys, it said it can make “…UP TO 270” cups of coffee. So, if I (we) didn’t like it, we would have a backup supply of coffee for a while.

The container even had a coffee roast guide that put this blend as a “MEDIUM” roast coffee, while letting us know the range for the coffee blends is: MILD, MEDIUM, MED-DARK, or DARK. The real question though, is how did it taste?

I was very surprised by it, in a good way, because it had a good solid flavor for a medium roast coffee. If you like your coffees more dark roasted, this might not be for you; but, if you are cheap (I think Merriam-Webster wants my picture for the word’s definition update next year) and enjoy a wide range of coffee blends, I would highly suggest giving this one a try. Not only was this the lowest priced coffee blend Mrs. Coffee has found for us yet (only $5.49 for it!), but it surprised both of us by not being a weak blend. We enjoyed it so much, that after we finished the first container in May, Mrs. Coffee bought us another one that has now started June off for us as well.

This cup image was altered to make it look like my drink,
without cream and/or sugar. Yes, it’s sad, I know.

The second new coffee blend I had in May, at least “new” in a while, was the Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee. This actually was a mistaken coffee order, but I decided to give it a try anyway. We had gone out for ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins location, which just so happened to be a Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin’ Donuts joint location. We asked the employee to add a medium coffee to our order, but with the hustle and bustle of juggling multiple customers, he heard “Medium iced coffee”. He asked if I wanted room for cream and sugar, and after I picked myself up off the floor from laughing, I kindly said no, and told him he could be a stand-up comic. (Only part of that previous sentence is the actual account of what happened.)

So, how was the iced coffee drink? Surprisingly, very strong. I don’t drink iced coffee beverages very often, and actually I can’t remember the last time before this Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee that I had one. If you don’t like strong coffee though, you should definitely leave room for cream and sugar in this one. If you do like your coffee blends strong though, this might be something you can enjoy during the hot days of summer that are probably right around the corner.

Games Played
The following “Instant Coffee” list doesn’t contain all of the games I “played” in May, as I was volunteered to play some by Bean 1, or I would hop on some to play for just a few minutes to help him out if he was having trouble. One of those games for example, was Fluidity, which he plays from time-to-time. While I would help him get through certain sections, I wouldn’t play the entire level/levels.

The “Instant Coffee” list of games I played in May is: Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby Mass Attack, New Super Mario Bros. U, Rayman Legends Challenges App, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Toki Tori 2, Nintendo Land, Trine 2, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart DSNew Super Mario Bros. Wii, and Super Mario 64. Instead of breaking down each individual game like I did last month, I’m going to talk about just a few them in a little more detail.

First, what was our most played Wii U game out those listed? It’s kind of interesting, but between myself and Bean 1, Kirby’s Adventure was the most played game on our Wii U in May. If you missed the video in last month’s post, the following video is footage of Bean 1 playing Kirby’s Adventure on our Wii U:

Bean 1 has really been enjoying Kirby’s Adventure, and Kirby Mass Attack on his DS even more. If you have never played a Kirby game, just from my time with both Kirby’s Adventure and Kirby Mass Attack, I would easily recommend both of them. If you own a DS and/or 3DS, I would highly suggest finding a copy of Kirby Mass Attack, because of the amount of content the game has and the fact you should be able to find it for under $15 now.

Nintendo Land received some decent play-time in May, not only from Bean 1 and me, but also from a cousin of Bean 1 who visited us for a few days. She had never played it before, and she really enjoyed playing Animal Crossing: Sweet Day the most. It was interesting, because she’s a few years older than Bean 1 and she described the mini-game as, “It’s like Easter, and hunting for eggs.” When she said it, I thought it was an interesting description, and thought that Nintendo could have even released some free DLC Easter Bunny costumes for it, and changed the candies to Easter eggs to help promote the game and Wii U during Easter week.

I unlocked Trine 2’s exclusive Wii U level back near the end of April, but I didn’t play it in April. I finally played and beat the Wii U’s exclusive level, the Dwarven Caverns, in the middle of May though. There was one spot where I encountered an audio glitch, and I haven’t played back through the level to see if it happens every time, but it was a bit odd hearing it happen and makes me wonder if perhaps it was missed in QA testing, because it was a new level? The last level is challenging in certain spots though, with trying to figure out the mechanics of certain switches and equipment to progress through it, and I did enjoy my time playing through it despite the weird audio glitch.

While Super Metroid was my only “new” game purchase in May, I still haven’t played it yet, but I didn’t want to pass up its awesome sale price. As for the other games I listed above, if you have any specific questions (even thoughts) about any of them I played in May, feel free to ask me in the comments section below, or by emailing me at Scott(@)CoffeeWithGames.com.

Questions
Did any of you buy any new games in May, or perhaps any new systems like the Wii U Basic Set that I highlighted in a post?

Also, what games did you find yourself playing in May, and did you enjoy any new coffee blends in the month?

Coffee Shop! The best Wii U Basic Set sale yet, and why it might make sense for many to buy it, instead of the Wii U Deluxe Set.

June 1, 2013

Coffee Beans
The White Wii U Basic Set released just over 6 months ago in the U.S. with a MSRP of $299.99. The system doesn’t include Nintendo Land ($59.99 MSRP) and it doesn’t include the Wii U GamePad Stand/Cradle Set ($19.99 MSRP), like the Wii U Deluxe Set ($349.99 MSRP) includes. Also, the Wii U Basic Set has 8 GB of internal storage (really only about 3 GB available for downloads and storage), while the Deluxe Set has 32 GB of internal storage (about 25 GB available for use).

For me, having Nintendo Land, the GamePad Stand/Cradle Set, and the extra memory was enough to justify the $50 price difference at launch for the Deluxe Set, and the Deluxe Digital Promotion was just icing on the coffee cake.

Now though, there is a Wii U Basic Set sale that might make more sense to buy over the Wii U Deluxe Set, for many people. If you have been holding off on getting a Wii U system until a price drop, now might be a good time to grab one. Brew yourself some coffee, and hit the jump to see a sales breakdown between the Wii U Basic Set and Wii U Deluxe Set, and why buying the Wii U Basic Set might make more sense for you right now!

Totals as of current sales prices for individual items with the Basic Set.

The Brew
As the image above shows, right now you can get the Wii U Basic Set, along with a copy of Nintendo Land, the GamePad Stand/Cradle Set, and a 500 GB external HDD for only $334.86! The best thing about it, you can pick and choose which accessories and/or game(s) you want to buy with the Basic Set, and save even more.

Target currently has the Wii U Basic Set on sale for just $239.99, HERE, which is a 20% savings off its MSRP. Right now, you can get Nintendo Land on sale for under $30 and you can get the Wii U GamePad Stand/Cradle Set for under $20 from Amazon.com.

If you are concerned about extra memory for save files and eShop games, Virtual Console games, and perhaps even full digital retail games on the Wii U Basic Set, you can grab a 500 GB external HDD for $50 right now. If you already have an extra external HDD not being used, you can subtract $49.99 from the left total in the image. This means you can get the Wii U Basic Set with Nintendo Land and the GamePad charging cradle for $284.87.

If you aren’t concerned with extra HDD space, you could grab at least one other Wii U retail game at a regular MSRP of $59.99 and get the Wii U console, two games (at the very least), and the GamePad Stand/Cradle Set for under the cost of the Wii U Deluxe Set.

Really though, if you aren’t concerned about the color of the system, the Deluxe Digital Promotion (meaning, you don’t think you will download a lot of games, to take advantage of the offer), and the Wii U console stand doesn’t matter to you (we don’t even use our console stand, just the GamePad Stand/Cradle), then I really do think this is a great deal.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I am very interested in this Wii U Basic Set sale for my parents, because of a certain game that is supposed to be heading to the system, but hasn’t officially been announced yet. My parents wouldn’t probably ever need any extra HDD space, not care about the Deluxe Digital Promotion, and the color of the system wouldn’t matter.

While I have been debating on this Wii U deal for the last week now, I just wanted to make sure everybody around here that might be interested in a Wii U, is aware of the sale that is happening.

Personally, I’m guessing that Target is clearing inventory of the Wii U Basic Set, and Nintendo is allowing them to discount it without actually taking a loss. I think it will be interesting to see what Nintendo does for the Wii U Deluxe Set moving forward, and hopefully we know more about the Wii U’s future with E3 right around the corner.

Questions
If any of you don’t own a Wii U yet, does this sale make you interested in it, perhaps enough to grab it? If you don’t own a Wii U yet, but are waiting on a price drop, what would be the “magic” price for you to grab one?

You can see Nintendo Land, the GamePad Stand/Cradle Set, and the HDD on Amazon.com used for the prices in the image, below: