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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.

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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:

>Nintendo Selects – Animal Crossing: City Folk Data Report

May 25, 2011

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Pictured from left to right:  K.K. Slider, Brewster, and Tom Nook



Coffee Beans:
     Animal Crossing: City Folk(AC:CF) was originally released for the Wii on November 16, 2008.  The game released with two versions: the software only version with a MSRP of $49.99, and a Wii Speak bundle for $69.99 which included the Wii Speak unit and game.
     AC:CF was developed by Nintendo’s Entertainment Analysis and Development studio, and it followed very closely game-play wise in the footsteps of the Animal Crossing games released before it on the GameCube and Nintendo DS.
     The game received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Comic Mischief” listed as the only content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     On Sunday May 15, 2011, Animal Crossing: City Folk joined three other Wii games in America as a Nintendo Selects title, which means it now has a MSRP of just $19.99.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported spending in Animal Crossing: City Folk(probably being ripped off by Tom Nook and his outrageous prices), with 919 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 is not reflective of all Wii owners.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     Animal Crossing: City Folk has 372,876 Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Reporting Player Increase:
     How many more players has Animal Crossing: City Folk seen increased in having reported data since my last report?
     The game has had about 71,606 more players report data since the last report on August 1, 2010.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours:
     AC:CF has 29,167,464 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 7,324,261 Total Hours since the last report.
     The game’s average play-time is now 78 Hours 13 Minutes “Per person” having reported data, which is 5 Hours 42 Minutes higher than the average recorded on July 26, 2010.
     Animal Crossing: City Folk’s average play-time per session is now right at 2 Hours.

Sales Ranks & Advertised Prices:
     Animal Crossing: City Folk’s Amazon.com sale rank is currently #319, and it is listed for $16.96.
     Nintendo Selects: Animal Crossing: City Folk’s Amazon.com sale rank is #2,143, and it is listed for $19.99.

     Sales ranks and prices recorded around 11:30PM on May 24, 2011.

Review Score Averages:
     AC:CF’s “professional” review score average is 73.48%, based on 46 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has about a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 257 customer reviews across all versions of the game.
     Animal Crossing: City Folk’s customer review score average is 82.56%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.

     Review score averages recorded around 11:30PM on May 24, 2011.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I think the reported game-play hours for AC:CF should be encouraging to Nintendo, and I am interested to see if the game being a Nintendo Selects title will cause any significant increase in the number of players reporting data over the next few months.
     The near thirty million “Total Hours” of game-play reported would be equivalent to more than 3,000 years of game-play, and seeing the game increase by more than seven million game-play hours in less than a year is pretty significant for a title this old, I believe.
     Also, many may not know this, but Animal Crossing: City Folk’s reported hours of 78 Hours 13 Minutes “Per person”, I believe makes it the third most-played Wii game in that category.
     The Amazon.com sales ranks actually surprised me a bit, as I was expecting the newer Nintendo Selects AC:CF version to be ranked higher than the older version, but Amazon.com is selling the older version for $16.96 with “Free Standard Shipping”, and the Nintendo Selects title for $19.99 + Shipping, so it makes sense for the older one to have the higher sales rank.
     The review score averages for AC:CF are interesting, as I have read how AC:CF did not change much from the older games, and even seems to have more issues(such as no regenerating grass?!  FIX THAT NINTENDO!).  I think the review score average difference makes sense because I would imagine more “professional” reviewers played the older versions in the Animal Crossing series, and perhaps many Wii owners that reviewed AC:CF never played the other versions so they were not judging AC:CF off of the other titles.

Caffeinated Thoughts:
     I purchased the Animal Crossing: City Folk Wii Speak bundle from Amazon.com on March 31, 2009, and the game arrived a few days later.  The reason I purchased it was because the AC:CF Wii Speak bundle was on sale for $49.98, and I wanted a Wii Speak unit for The Conduit when it released.  At the time, I figured I could make a few dollars back by trading-in AC:CF if I did not like it, and just keep the Wii Speak unit instead.
     Well, little did I know that my wife and I would both play Animal Crossing: City Folk, and soon her and I were competing for play-time with the game.  Tom Nook quickly became a rich man(or raccoon dog!) off of us, and I viewed him as a crook!
     Here we are 2+ years later, and AC:CF is still in our Wii collection.  How many hours have we reported playing Animal Crossing: City Folk as shown on the Nintendo Channel?  Take a look!

     Animal Crossing: City Folk is our most-played Wii game to date, and I had no idea when I purchased AC:CF that it would become our most-played Wii game!
     While I stopped playing AC:CF after about 5 months, Mrs. Coffee kept at it and still plays the game on probably a weekly basis.  The majority of the hours shown above are from her playing the game.  I definitely think she is a “hardcore” AC:CF player, as she has printed off a list of K.K. Slider songs to get, and she has three legal pad pages of notes about stuff in the game!
     If you have not seen anything on Animal Crossing: City Folk, the trailer below may give you an idea about the game:

     AC:CF’s game-play is very simple and easy to learn, but its formula makes for a strangely addicting game.  I know many guys wonder what video games they could purchase to try and get a girlfriend/wife interested in playing games, and I would suggest Animal Crossing: City Folk as one game to try, especially now with its lower MSRP of just $19.99.
     If any of you are playing AC:CF regularly or perhaps looking at purchasing it, and you are looking for other people with the game, feel free to add my friend code for the game.  My Animal Crossing: City Folk friend code is: 0001-9597-5664.
     Also, feel free to leave your AC:CF friend code in the comments section below, or by sending me an email with it.

Questions:
     Have any of been playing Animal Crossing: City Folk on a regular basis like my wife?  If not AC:CF, what about the other Animal Crossing games on the GameCube and DS?
     Also, do you feel Tom Nook is a crook, or just a savvy business man?

If any of you are interested in Animal Crossing: City Folk, you can see links on Amazon.com to all three versions below.  Currently, the cheapest version is the original software release, which includes free shipping with its listed price:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001CM0PR8&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=B004WMM2NA&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=B001HZNR7K&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

This City Is Busy – Animal Crossing: City Folk

August 1, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
     Animal Crossing: City Folk released on the Nintendo Wii on November 16, 2008.  It was the third game in the Animal Crossing game series, with a previous Animal Crossing game released on the GameCube(originally on the N64 in Japan and ported to the GameCube) and Animal Crossing: Wild World was released on the Nintendo DS.
     Animal Crossing: City Folk was released in two versions:  a software version only with a MSRP of $49.99, and a bundle with the Wii Speak accessory with a MSRP of $69.99.  It was the first Wii game to make use of and released with the Wii Speak accessory.

(click image to enlarge)

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Animal Crossing: City Folk has 301,270 players reporting their play-time data, on the Nintendo Channel.

“Total” Game-Play & Average Hours Played Reported:
Animal Crossing: City Folk has 21,843,203 Total Hours reported, with an average play-time of 72 Hrs. 31 Min. per person/console reporting data.

Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
Animal Crossing: City Folk’s Amazon.com sale rank is #380 and the current selling price is $49.95.

Review Score Averages:
Animal Crossing: City Folk’s review score average is 73.48%, based on 46 reviews on GameRankings.com.
The review score average for Animal Crossing: City Folk is about 13% points lower than review score averages for the GameCube and Nintendo DS versions of Animal Crossing.

On Amazon.com, Animal Crossing: City Folk has what appears to be a 4 out of 5 Star rating, based on 178 customer reviews.  The 4 out of 5 Star rating would put the game at about an 80% based on customer reviews, so the customer review score average is slightly higher than the “professional” reviews for the game.

Thoughts:
Last year, I was excited about The Conduit releasing for the Wii and I wanted to have the Wii Speak accessory for The Conduit when it released.
At the end of March(2009), Amazon.com put the Animal Crossing: City Folk and Wii Speak Microphone Bundle on sale, and I decided to purchase it.
I thought that I could use Wii Speak for The Conduit, and if I did not like/play Animal Crossing, I could trade it in.

When I purchased Animal Crossing: City Folk, I was not really sure what to expect from the game, but soon found myself, and my wife, playing the game daily.

Well, 15 months later, I still own Animal Crossing: City Folk and Wii Speak, but traded off The Conduit in October of last year…strange how things work-out sometimes.
My wife is still playing Animal Crossing: City Folk, trying to complete the fossil collection(she just received a fountain for our town on Satuday, July 31)!

With my play-time and Mrs. CwG’s combined, Animal Crossing: City Folk is the most played Wii game on our Wii console.


If you have played the game, you may be wondering if I ever visited Brewster.  I did visit Brewster quite often when I played the game on a more regular basis, and my wife was just in his shop tonight listening to K.K. Slider’s songs.

*Quick update:  I also find it interesting that Animal Crossing: City Folk is currently the second most played Nintendo Wii game based on the average hours per person/console reporting play-time data.

Questions:
Have you played Animal Crossing: City Folk on the Wii?  If so, do you find yourself still playing it?
If you haven’t played Animal Crossing: City Folk on the Wii, have you played the Nintendo DS or the GameCube versions?

If you are interested in Animal Crossing: City Folk, you can see new and used prices on Amazon.com below:
  

>This City Is Busy – Animal Crossing: City Folk

August 1, 2010

>Quick Brew Info:
     Animal Crossing: City Folk released on the Nintendo Wii on November 16, 2008.  It was the third game in the Animal Crossing game series, with a previous Animal Crossing game released on the GameCube(originally on the N64 in Japan and ported to the GameCube) and Animal Crossing: Wild World was released on the Nintendo DS.
     Animal Crossing: City Folk was released in two versions:  a software version only with a MSRP of $49.99, and a bundle with the Wii Speak accessory with a MSRP of $69.99.  It was the first Wii game to make use of and released with the Wii Speak accessory.

(click image to enlarge)

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Animal Crossing: City Folk has 301,270 players reporting their play-time data, on the Nintendo Channel.

“Total” Game-Play & Average Hours Played Reported:
Animal Crossing: City Folk has 21,843,203 Total Hours reported, with an average play-time of 72 Hrs. 31 Min. per person/console reporting data.

Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
Animal Crossing: City Folk’s Amazon.com sale rank is #380 and the current selling price is $49.95.

Review Score Averages:
Animal Crossing: City Folk’s review score average is 73.48%, based on 46 reviews on GameRankings.com.
The review score average for Animal Crossing: City Folk is about 13% points lower than review score averages for the GameCube and Nintendo DS versions of Animal Crossing.

On Amazon.com, Animal Crossing: City Folk has what appears to be a 4 out of 5 Star rating, based on 178 customer reviews.  The 4 out of 5 Star rating would put the game at about an 80% based on customer reviews, so the customer review score average is slightly higher than the “professional” reviews for the game.

Thoughts:
Last year, I was excited about The Conduit releasing for the Wii and I wanted to have the Wii Speak accessory for The Conduit when it released.
At the end of March(2009), Amazon.com put the Animal Crossing: City Folk and Wii Speak Microphone Bundle on sale, and I decided to purchase it.
I thought that I could use Wii Speak for The Conduit, and if I did not like/play Animal Crossing, I could trade it in.

When I purchased Animal Crossing: City Folk, I was not really sure what to expect from the game, but soon found myself, and my wife, playing the game daily.

Well, 15 months later, I still own Animal Crossing: City Folk and Wii Speak, but traded off The Conduit in October of last year…strange how things work-out sometimes.
My wife is still playing Animal Crossing: City Folk, trying to complete the fossil collection(she just received a fountain for our town on Satuday, July 31)!

With my play-time and Mrs. CwG’s combined, Animal Crossing: City Folk is the most played Wii game on our Wii console.


If you have played the game, you may be wondering if I ever visited Brewster.  I did visit Brewster quite often when I played the game on a more regular basis, and my wife was just in his shop tonight listening to K.K. Slider’s songs.

*Quick update:  I also find it interesting that Animal Crossing: City Folk is currently the second most played Nintendo Wii game based on the average hours per person/console reporting play-time data.

Questions:
Have you played Animal Crossing: City Folk on the Wii?  If so, do you find yourself still playing it?
If you haven’t played Animal Crossing: City Folk on the Wii, have you played the Nintendo DS or the GameCube versions?

If you are interested in Animal Crossing: City Folk, you can see new and used prices on Amazon.com below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001CM0PR8&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=B001HZNR7K&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

Drink of Choice when Gaming: 400+ Cups

March 22, 2010

You may have wondered why my blog is named, “CoffeewithGames”.

(one of my first banners I made for the blog)



A Brief History:
I can remember starting to drink coffee in the sixth grade.  My coffee would be fixed up with cream/sweetener.
In high school, some friends and I would go to IHOP late at night, and we would almost always get the “Never Empty Coffee Pot”, sometimes I would use cream/sugar, sometimes I would drink it regular.

In 2003 when I was still living in Louisiana, I started going to a local coffee shop almost on a daily basis.
I would get a cup of coffee and while I was drinking the coffee, I would usually play a game(or two) of chess at the coffee shop.

Many years later, in 2010, I’m still drinking coffee daily!
I ended up making an email address, followed by an account on GoNintendo.com a few years back, and my email/username was/is, CoffeewithChess.
I haven’t played a game of chess in a while, but I do play video games on a regular basis.
When I’m on the computer chatting/commenting on video game stories, I usually have a cup of coffee sitting on the computer desk(as I do now @ 12:58AM on 3-22-10).

When I was setting up this blog last year, I was trying to decide on a name, and ended up replacing “chess” with “games”, from my normal username on different sites.
I created a few banners(one seen in this post) for my blog, using a cup with coffee in it as the center logo.  Then a reader known as, ArakniD, from GoNintendo.com visited my blog one day, and created the current banner used on the site, without me even asking him to do it!  It was/is greatly appreciated!

My Coffee/Game Addiction:
Coffee is my drink of choice most days.
If I don’t have at least one cup of coffee in a 12-24 hour period, I usually end up with a migraine.
I enjoy playing videos games, and reading news about the video game industry.
I remember first getting into gaming, when my dad bought my brother and me the NES system, with the Mario/Duck Hunt bundle.  My “addiction” to the video game world has continued ever since.
Luckily, I don’t get a migraine if I don’t play a game within a 12-24 hour period!

When I’m playing a video game I usually have a pot of coffee on, so if I pause the game or come to the end of a level, I can easily get up and go get another cup.
In my first video I created for the blog using my capture device, my wife and I were playing New Super Mario Bros. Wii, I actually say near the very end of the video, “…I’m gonna go get some coffee.
The line wasn’t planned,  and there really was coffee in the pot.
I didn’t even realize I had said it, until I was putting the video and audio together.

A few weeks ago, my wife decided she was going to start tracking how much coffee we(I) drink.
She had purchased us a container of Folgers “French Roast” coffee(pictured below), that’s a medium-dark roast.

Folgers French Roast Ground Coffee, 27.8-Ounce Units (Pack of 3)

She wrote, “op: 2-14-10“, on the coffee container the day I opened it, but she didn’t tell me she had written anything on it.
A few days later, I noticed it written on the coffee container, and realized what she was doing.
The meaning of it was simple, “Opened on February 14, 2010”.

On Friday, February 26, 2010, the coffee container was empty!
How much coffee was in the container originally?  Well, the coffee case reads, “MAKES UP TO 240 6 FL OZ CUPS” or “1 LB 11.8 OZ” of coffee.
So, in a matter of 12 days, we had gone through 240 cups of coffee!

Now, my wife usually drinks just one cup of coffee per day when she’s leaving for work.
Sometimes, rarely, she’ll have a cup of coffee when she gets home from work.
So, if she had 2 cups of coffee per day, over the 12 day period, that would be 24 cups of coffee.

Also, I know one night I brought some to a friend’s house(Cansecoholic), and he and I drank about 8 cups between the two of us.

What about the other 208 cups of coffee?

Well, our ten month old son doesn’t drink coffee(yet), so I know he didn’t drink any of those cups.

When the first container was emptied on February 26, 2010, I opened the next container of Folgers coffee.  My wife had bought us the “Brazillian Blend“, a medium roast(pictured below).

Again, the container was the same as the first in amount of coffee it made, “…UP TO 240 6 FL OZ CUPS“, containing “1 LB 11.8 OZ” of coffee.
I thought to myself after realizing how much I drank from the first container, “I’m going to slow down with this one.”
Well, on March 11, 2010, the second container was empty.
Just 13 days after I had opened it!  So, 240 cups of coffee in 13 days!  At least it lasted one more day, right?
Again, my wife averaged the same one cup per day, and she even skipped a few days during this time.
So, let’s say she had 26 cups of coffee during the 13 days, that would leave 214 cups of coffee for somebody else to have finished off.
What About Games:
During the 25 day period, I completed Mirror’s Edge on my PS3, and I played a few hours of Rabbids Go Home on the Wii, before I had to return it.
My wife played some Animal Crossing: City Folk, and she also played Rabbids Go Home as well.
In the period of 25 days, I drank about 422 cups of coffee(give or take a few).
Averaging about 16 cups per day.
You may be thinking, “Is that a normal amount to drink?”  I don’t know, but I think it’s on the high side from what I’ve heard from friends and family.
Also, I should probably note that I now drink about 99% of my coffee just freshly brewed, no sugar or cream added in it.
Coffee is my drink of choice when gaming, and just during my normal daily routine.
Questions:
What is your drink of choice when gaming?
If you like coffee, do you drink it regular?  Or do you add cream/sugar to it?
Do you have a favorite brand of coffee(as I know some of you prefer Dunkin’ Donuts)?


As always, I’m posting the links for the games and some of the coffee mentioned in this post:
      






































Picture of the Folgers Brazillian Blend captured from Folgers.com.  The IHOP “Never Empty Coffee Pot” picture captured from IHOP.com.