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FPS Friday! Black Ops II’s multiplayer is addictive! One reason, close battles…

March 8, 2013

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II’s online multiplayer is addictive. I often find myself thinking that I’ll hop on and play one or two matches, then play something else. It ends up though, that I find myself still playing Team Deathmatch battles in Black Ops II an hour (or two, or three) later.

What do I find so addicting about Call of Duty’s online multiplayer? Well, there are a number of things, but one big reason I often find myself staying for “just one more battle”, is how close some of the battles are.

Sure, there are occasional blowout battles, where one team is completely dominating the other, but it’s the battles that are close and down to the last second, that I really enjoy.

Below, you will see a Black Ops II match where my team lost the lead with just over 2 minutes remaining, but we kept on fighting. I think the video shows how battles in Call of Duty: Black Ops II can be really close, with every second counting, and why the multiplayer is so addicting.

I played the match above on just the Wii U’s GamePad, like the majority of my Black Ops II matches. As for my primary weapon in the video, it was the Mk 48 with the Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) and Target Finder attachments. My tactical weapon was the Shock Charge. It is what I was throwing at the very end of the match to help me stun the enemies in the building, which I was able to clear out with my teammate’s help, giving us the win.

Like always, feel free to add my Nintendo Network ID, Coffees, to your Wii U friend list, and if you have Black Ops II, perhaps I’ll see you online!

Have any of you been playing Black Ops II recently on the Wii U (or, other console)? Or, have you perhaps been playing other FPS games, such as the recently released Crysis 3?

You can purchase Black Ops II from directly below:


Drones! What are they good for? Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer & Black Ops II?

February 22, 2013
One UAV down. One to go. 

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Drones! What are they good for?

According to Charles Krauthammer, a Fox News contributor, drones are good for hunting bad guys overseas, but should not be flying overhead in U.S. skies. At least, that’s what he thought last year in a segment he participated in on Fox News.

If you play Call of Duty: Black Ops II, you might find other reasons drones are good.

What do I find drones, or UAVs as they are called in Black Ops II, good for and do I agree with Mr. Krauthammer’s initial statement last year on the issue of drones flying in the U.S.? Brew yourself some coffee, take a look, and watch a video I edited together on the topic!

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Basic drones, or UAVs , in Black Ops II are used to show one team (or, perhaps player) where enemies on the other team are on the radar. There is also a Counter-UAV in the game, which makes the radar fuzzy and not of any use while it is flying. Both UAV types mentioned are visible to players in the skies, if you look for them. What do I find the drones, or UAVs, good for though?

Personally, I find UAVs are good for +75 or +100 Scorestreak points in the game. UAVs are my weakness in the game. I may have the perfect camping spot set up, looking down my sites, just waiting on the enemies to fill it up; then I hear, “Be advised: hostile UAV incoming.”

As soon as I hear that, I switch to my secondary weapon, usually the SMAW or FHJ-18 AA, and look up into the sky and start spinning like a top searching for the UAV. I try to make the UAVs’ flight time short, very short. Like non-existent.

While blasting UAVs out of the skies in Call of Duty: Black Ops II’s online multiplayer is one of my favorite things to do, I personally hope that drones do not become a standard operating use here in the U.S., even other countries around the world, by the government or private companies. Before a few of my own reasons why, here’s the video!

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Why don’t I want drones to become a standard operating use?

Well, one reason, they can crash. Sure, it’s a rare occasion now, but the drone crashing in Maryland is a recent example just in the last year. While that one fortunately didn’t crash in a neighborhood, I can only imagine what might happen if there are 30,000, or more, drones up in the skies; that was the number of drones reported by The Washington Times last year that “could be” flying in the U.S. by 2020. 30,000!

Another reason is that they also apparently can lose communication with the original operator, and/or be hacked, which is possibly how Iran brought one down in their country. Black Ops II’s story actually addresses this issue somewhat, and the idea of them possibly being hacked, and controlled by somebody other than the original operator is a bit crazy to me.

While armed drones are supposedly off limits right now for U.S. airspace, the fact that innocent civilians have been killed by drone strikes is reason enough that I think armed drone strikes should be ruled out everywhere; not just here in the United States. How many accidental drone strikes does it take, to create more enemies? I doubt very many.

One more reason? Basically, I don’t trust U.S. politicians (see: government in general). The politicians in Washington D.C. can’t even balance the budget or bother to read the bills they vote on, and why should we give them the benefit of the doubt with more information possibly gathered by drones? The more I see things happening, the more I’m reminded of 1984 and panem et circenses.

So, in short, I do agree with Mr. Krauthammer’s initial statement about drones flying in the U.S., and I hope it doesn’t happen. Either way, I’ll enjoy shooting down UAVs in Black Ops II for now, and if you have a Wii U and Black Ops II feel free to add my Nintendo Network ID, Coffees, to your Wii U friend list.

You can call the U.S. Capitol’s switchboard, if you don’t know your representatives’ direct numbers, at 202-224-3121 to contact your representatives and let them know your opinion on this issue, and other issues that may be important to you.

Do you think drones should be allowed to fly in U.S. airspace for basic surveillance purposes? Do you have any thoughts on this topic in general, or is this the first you have heard about it?

Have you shot down, or tried to shoot down, any UAV in Black Ops II or other Call of Duty game?

Sources: Krauthammer On Drones Flying In US: “Stop It Here, Stop It Now”, Charles Krauthammer Opposes Drones?, Real Clear Politics

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January Brewed – Coffees Consumed & Games Played

February 7, 2013

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January. Another month, but the one that starts off a new year. With January rolling around, I decided to take the month slower, and do some planning. I like the idea of, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” a lot, but more on that later.

With January now history, what coffees did I consume and games did I play during the month? Can you guess (without looking!) what my most played game was during the month? Brew yourself a nice cup (or two) of coffee, and let’s take a look!

Coffees Consumed
The Folgers Black Silk coffee started us off for the New Year, but didn’t last us very long since it was a smaller container of coffee that we used most of when we went out of town in December. The Folgers Black Silk is a “Dark” roast coffee from Folgers, and if you enjoy bolder coffees, you would probably enjoy it.

After the Folgers Black Silk ran out, we went to our typical 200+ coffee cup container, that being the Maxwell House Daily Brew. It’s more of a medium roast coffee, on the lighter side, but not as light as the Starbucks Blonde Veranda Blend we have brewed in the past.

After we ran out of the Maxwell House Daily Brew, I opened up one of Mrs. Coffee’s Christmas gifts to me, the Café Bustelo Coffee Espresso. It was finely ground, to a powder, dark roast coffee. I believe it was originally aimed at the Hispanic market, after researching it a bit, but in recent years has started trying to grow its brand. I’m not sure if Mrs. Coffee knew about the coffee before buying it, or if she saw it at the store browsing and decided to get it for me on a whim. The coffee is definitely a stronger blend, and we enjoyed it while it lasted.

The last coffee we brewed in the month was Maxwell House French Roast. We have brewed this multiple times over the last few years, as it is one of the regular Maxwell House coffees purchased by Mrs. Coffee. While the description for it is “Medium Dark”, I still tend to feel this is more of a “Medium” roast. Being a “Medium” roast is not a bad thing, and we really enjoy the coffee, but it’s just that if you like the typical French Roast “Dark” roasted flavor, this isn’t as strong as you would probably expect.

Games Played
Here’s the “Instant Coffee” list for the games I played in January: Trine 2: Director’s Cut, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, New Super Mario Bros. U, Mutant Mudds, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, Nintendo LandSuper Mario Bros.Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Mario Kart Wii, Assassin’s Creed IIIRabbids LAND, Rayman Legend Demo, ZombiU Demo, and World of Goo.

Mushrooms, a staple for platforming success since the 80s?

Trine 2: Director’s Cut – Last month I reported I had finished the main campaign, and since then I have been going back through the game attempting to find all the hidden pieces in the levels, and also attempting to unlock the Wii U’s exclusive level (I think). With more than 40 hours in the game, I still haven’t found everything just yet, but am hoping that I can finish it all up this month. If you have a Wii U and Trine 2, please add my Nintendo Network ID to your friend list, Coffees, and hopefully we can play a few levels online sometime.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – Multiplayer. Multiplayer. Multiplayer. I put many hours into Black Ops 2’s multiplayer in January, mainly Team Deathmatch battles. As I commented on the “Black Ops 2 Wii U patch available.” story, I have not had any issue finding a match to join when I hop on playing Team Deathmatch battles. If you enjoy the basic Team Deathmatch battles in FPS games, and particularly the Call of Duty games, I can easily recommend you adding Black Ops 2 Wii U to your collection. I still greatly enjoy using the GamePad to play off just of it, while using our original Wii to “watch” a show on Netflix.

My Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 combat record, as of January 30th.

New Super Mario Bros. U – I beat the single-player campaign in January, after only about 12 hours of play. Now, I didn’t finish the campaign with all the hidden Star coins, but right now there are a few things about New Super Mario Bros. U that I like, and a few things that I don’t like. I’ll give you one of each for now. I like that the game-play is solid as ever for a Mario platformer, and that is a positive. I don’t like that the GamePad cannot be used in multiplayer, except in Boost Mode. That screams of programming laziness and nickel and diming of consumers to me. I can only imagine Christmas morning in some houses, opening up the Wii U and New Super Mario Bros. U with one Wii Remote, only to find out you actually need two Wii Remotes to play multiplayer. It basically makes New Super Mario Bros. U a $140 game to play local multiplayer, because you can’t use the GamePad for it (see: the controller that came with the console). We have multiple Wii Remotes, but the fact that one of us couldn’t use the GamePad for multiplayer and we had to unsync one from the Wii to the Wii U was a bit odd, and makes me wonder why they didn’t just program the Boost Mode to be activated with a button press from the menu, still allowing the GamePad to be used for regular game-play.

Another version of “CoffeeWithGames”, and why physical is better than digital…sort of.

Mutant Mudds – I wrote last month that I had “completed the main levels of Mutant Mudds on December 31st.” Well, on January 8th I tweeted, “@JoolsWatsham @mutantmudds Just finished a little something. “Brewing” reference for the win! #100% #WorthEveryPenny”. I had completed every single level in Mutant Mudds. The V-LAND levels. The G-LAND levels. The CGA-LAND levels. All of them, finally! Even after completing them, I am still being voluntold by Bean 1 to play the game some. Until Mutant Mudds Deluxe releases for the Wii U later this year, and Mutant Mudds 2 sometime later (maybe for the Wii U?), I’m sure I’ll be playing levels randomly on the PC version, and maybe even some on the iOS version I grabbed for free last week on Mrs. Coffee’s iPhone.

“…something new brewing.”? Coffee? Has to be coffee!

NBA 2K13 Demo – I downloaded this demo from the Wii U’s eShop, and played through 2 or 3 demo periods. I lost all of the demo matches I tried. This is not an arcade NBA Jam type basketball game, but I imagine that once you learn the ins/outs of the game-play elements and setting up passes and shots, that it could make for an interesting and realistic simulation of the sport. I have never really gotten into the NBA video games, other than NBA Jam in the 90s, so I can’t see myself picking this up just yet, but I am glad to see Wii U owners with the option to pick it up.
Nintendo Land – This wasn’t played much in January, but I did play a bit of the Yoshi’s Fruit Cart mini-game and made some decent progress in it; the farthest I had made it yet. I still want to finish the Battle Quest and the Metroid Blast mini-games, but I think this will be a slow-burner game over the next several months.
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed – I still haven’t played this one much, but what I have played of it, I have enjoyed. Early in January, Jeremy (from and I hopped online in the game to try out the online races. He beat me soundly in every race, but the game ran well. We even experimented with the Wii U Chat, but didn’t have much fortune getting a solid connection (we found out it apparently requires a higher speed broadband connection, than just the lower end speeds that some ISPs offer). This is a game I’m hoping to get through this month, and possibly provide some video coverage of as well.

Super Mario Bros. – We are still using our Wii. We use it almost daily for Netflix, and we still use it quite often so Bean 1 can play some Virtual Console games when he wants. Super Mario Bros. was one of those games in January. While he attempts different levels, if he gets stuck in a level by falling in a hole or hitting Goombas too many times, I’m quickly voluntold to beat the level. We didn’t finish the game in January, but I did notice something in one of the levels that reminded me of a scene from Finding Nemo
Super Mario Bros. 3 – This is another Virtual Console game I played randomly with Bean 1, or with him watching. I really hope that Nintendo figures out the Wii U Virtual Console quickly, and gets as many of the older Mario titles up on it sooner, rather than later. We didn’t beat Super Mario Bros. 3 in January, as our play sessions usually don’t last very long, but we make decent progress when we play…until Bean 1 resets the save file and we usually have to start over from the beginning. I’m still amazed that this game was released on the NES, and I think it is just one of the many games helps with the “game-play over graphics” debate.
Super Mario World – Another Virtual Console game, and another one Bean 1 would randomly select and I would end up being told I needed to play it. We beat a few levels at a time, like the other Virtual Console Mario games, and then usually move on to something else.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – This is another game that Bean 1 requests to play, or watch me play. He actually gets around the world pretty well, and can attack and kill enemies, and knows where the secret entrance to the dungeon is and how to get into it. We were making decent progress in the game, completing the first dungeon, but then Bean 1 figured out the magic disappearing file act, which he thought was absolutely hilarious. Basically he would delete every single file and say, “It makes it disappear!” This happens quite often, so we have started over from the beginning several times. I’m hoping his magic act will stop soon, and perhaps we can make good progress in the game, because I don’t ever remember beating this one when I was younger!
Mario Kart Wii – This is one Bean 1 requests to play occasionally, and it’s one he enjoys and can now even complete races; sometimes finishing 1st! I actually enjoy the music in some of the levels, A LOT. Moo Moo Meadows is probably one of my favorite levels because of the music in it, at least right now. Bean 1’s favorite level right now is probably Wario’s Gold Mine, because is has “train tracks” throughout the level, which are really the tracks for the mine carts.

Every good assassin needs coffee?

Assassin’s Creed III – What happens when you join GameFly trying to get one game, and they don’t have it? Well, they automatically send you the 2nd game in your queue. This is how Assassin’s Creed III ended up in our Wii U collection, and is still around. I haven’t played it much, just one night really, but I did enjoy what I played of it. There has even been a coffee reference already spotted in the game (seen in the image above), which of course makes this a GOTY contender already, because finishing games doesn’t matter around here, just how many (or any) coffee references are in the game.
Rabbids LAND – I started playing this in January, and so far have put a little over 5 hours into it. This is definitely a different Rabbids mini-game experience from the Wii titles, because of the board game setup. I haven’t had the chance to play it with Mrs. Coffee yet, or Bean 1, so I don’t know how the multiplayer adds to the craziness of it all, but I have enjoyed the ability to play it using just the GamePad with off-TV play.
Rayman Legends Demo – I downloaded this demo when it become available on the Wii U eShop, and have enjoyed it sporadically, as has Bean 1. He has almost completed one of the levels in the demo, twice now. He is close, soooo close, like one jump away from beating it close; but usually gets hit by an enemy right before making the jump.
ZombiU Demo – My neighbor has my copy of ZombiU right now, but I did download and completed the demo for the game. I was interested to see what Ubisoft used from the game for the demo, and I was a little surprised by their choice, but it definitely gives players a good overall feel for the game I think. If you are interested in ZombiU, but not sure about the game-play and style, the demo for the game will give you a good idea of what you can expect.

World of Goo – I decided to try and get Bean 1 interested in another PC game, other than Mutant Mudds. I have had World of Goo on my Steam account for a while now, but never really played it. I fired it up the last day of the month, and showed Bean 1 what it was about. Every time I would beat a level and the container would fill up with goo and the Goo Balls at the end, he would say, “It’s coffee!”; which the goo does have a dark coffee appearance, so I can’t blame him there. We have completed 3-4 levels so far, and if I install it on our PC like Mutant Mudds (I have the file from a Humble Bundle I think), then I think Bean 1 will start playing it more.

As for what my most played game in January was, that would be Black Ops 2 (or II) for the Wii U, as the image below shows!

1. and 2. were not games!

Caffeinated Thoughts & Questions
As always, if any of you have a Wii U feel free to add my Nintendo Network ID, Coffees, to your friend list. If you have any questions, or thoughts, about the games that I played during January feel free to share them below in the comments section, or even email them to me if you prefer.

Were there any coffees you consumed in January that were perhaps new for you, like the Café Bustelo Coffee Espresso blend was for me? Also, what games did you find yourself playing in January, and did any of them stick out to you particularly more than others?

Black Ops 2 Wii U patch available.

January 30, 2013
Black Ops 2’s main multiplayer screen.

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Treyarch had a history of supporting their Call of Duty titles on the Nintendo Wii post launch with patches aimed at fixing certain issues, or just making general improvements. Treyarch’s newest Call of Duty title, Black Ops 2, did not release for the Wii, but it did release for the Wii U.

Do you own a Wii U and a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2? If so, there is now a new patch for the game that is available. The video below provides a few details:

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If you didn’t/can’t watch the video, here are a few bullet points on the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 patch for the Wii U:

  • The patch starts downloading immediately upon trying to launch the game.
  • The patch took (me) less than 10 minutes to download and install.
  • The patch now allows the Wii U GamePad Home button to be pressed while online between matches, or just looking at statistics not during a match.
  • Pressing the Home button will allow you to capture the image on the TV (and GamePad) for posting to Miiverse.
  • Pressing the Home button will back you out of the online server to the main Black Ops 2 multiplayer screen (see: main image above), so if you’re in a party with friends you may want to wait.
  • Treyarch has acknowledged there are “some issues with the version of the patch”, but they are working with Nintendo and have stated they are hoping an update might be provided tomorrow.
My Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 combat record.
Caffeinated Thoughts
I have only played a few matches today since the patch released, and I didn’t experience any issues that I was aware of post-patch. The ability to hit the GamePad’s Home button is a great addition, and I’m really glad to see Treyarch get that worked into this latest patch.
Like I mentioned in the video above, if you have a Wii U and Black Ops 2 or if you’re just looking for additional Wii U friends, feel free free to add my Nintendo Network ID to your Wii U friend list, which is Coffees!
Have any of you been playing Black Ops 2 on the Wii U, if so, have you enjoyed the online multiplayer? Also, are there any particular issues you have experienced since this patch was released that might need to be addressed with another one?
You can purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for the Wii U from below:

Call of Duty? Conduit? GoldenEye? Metroid? What is the most played FPS Wii game in the U.S.?

November 13, 2012

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The Wii has had a variety of first-person shooter (FPS) games released during the last 6 years, some of the more popular Wii FPS titles you can see in the image above. With more than 20 FPS games released for the Wii, at least 10 have had online multiplayer, while some have been more single player focused like Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Red Steel 2.

What is the most played FPS game on the Wii in the United States, according to the overall total hours reported and the average hours reported “Per person” on the Nintendo Channel? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

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Call of Duty: Black Ops is the Wii’s most played game from the Call of Duty series, according to the average hours reported “Per person” and also the total hours reported on the Nintendo Channel for all of the Call of Duty games, as well as all of the other FPS games with data reported through the Nintendo Channel.

Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on November 9, 2010 for the Wii, with a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by Treyarch and published by Activision, and received an ESRB rating of “MATURE” with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

The data shown in the image below is for the gameplay hours reported from U.S. Wii owners, with 734 days possibly report.

Data for U.S. Wii owners.

The Brew
Black Ops now has approximately 200,601 Wii owners from the U.S. that have reported playing the game through the Nintendo Channel, which is about 23,428 more Wii owners that have now reported data for the game, since the data report in June.

The game’s reported average play-time is now 84 Hours 22 Minutes “Per person”, over 2 hours higher than June’s reported average “Per person”, and the average played per day/time is about 2 Hours 36 Minutes. This simply means each time a Wii owner sits down to play Black Ops, they are spending about 2.5 hours playing it each time. It could be zombies. It could be standard online multiplayer. It could be single player. It could be all of them, but whatever it is, the game is still being played a lot.

What about reviews for Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii, has anything changed since June? Well, the game still has a “professional” review score average of 81.47%, based on 17 reviews on It now has a customer review score average of 77.30%, based on 141 customer reviews from

How most Black Ops 2 players are feeling after the last night of gaming?

Caffeinated Thoughts
Millions of gamers are probably playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on their PlayStation 3s, Xbox 360s, and PCs as I’m typing this. While Black Ops 2 is not releasing for the Wii, as confirmed by an Activision representative in October, the Wii was home to every other Treyarch developed Call of Duty game.

I haven’t played my copy of Black Ops on the PS3 in a while, but I did enjoy the online multiplayer when I played it, and the zombie mode as well. I didn’t go out and get a copy of Black Ops 2 for my PlayStation 3, because I’m debating on grabbing the game with my Wii U this Sunday.

If you haven’t seen any footage of Black Ops 2, take a look at the launch trailer below!

I am surprised that Black Ops on the Wii has become the most played FPS for the system, in both the hours reported “Per person” and the overall total hours reported. I thought that Call of Duty: World at War would hold onto the most played according to “Total Hours” reported because of Modern Warfare 3 potentially getting purchased and played by Black Ops players, but the data just over the last few months shows Black Ops is on a steady increase each week.

I’m really glad to see Treyarch releasing Black Ops 2 for the Wii U, and while it’s unfortunate for Wii owners  that want to play Black Ops 2 but won’t be getting a Wii U soon, hopefully the game makes use of the Wii U GamePad in some innovative ways that might even help sell a few more Wii U consoles to Call of Duty fans.

Have any of you been playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii, perhaps while waiting on Black Ops 2 and the Wii U’s release next week? If you have played Black Ops on the Wii, do you know how many hours you have put into the game?

Also, did any of you go to a midnight launch for Black Ops 2, or are any of you planning on buying Black Ops 2 for the Wii U?

If you are interested in Black Ops for the Wii, or the newly released Black Ops 2, you can see links for the games on below:

"Black Ops II will just be on the Wii U", Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 not releasing for the 3DS, DS, or Wii.

October 31, 2012

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be releasing on November 13th, and until now Activision has been quiet about the game releasing for the Nintendo Wii, DS, or 3DS.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has already been confirmed as a Wii U launch title, even pre-launch of sorts, and it will be available to purchase on November 13th. Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release for the Wii, DS, or 3DS this year? Brew yourself some coffee, and hit the jump for a quick Call of Duty games history on the Nintendo DS and Wii, as well as the answers!

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The Nintendo DS was home to Call of Duty games for 5 consecutive years:

  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007
  • Call of Duty: World at War in 2008
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized in 2009
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops in 2010
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in 2011

The Nintendo Wii has had five Call of Duty titles released on it:

  • Call of Duty 3 in 2006
  • Call of Duty: World at War in 2008
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex in 2009
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops in 2010
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in 2011
I contacted Activision earlier this month about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 releasing for the Wii, since I couldn’t remember seeing that information confirmed, or denied, anywhere. I asked, “Also, is Black Ops II going to be releasing for the Wii, or just on the Wii U for the Nintendo side of things?

The initial response I received was, “Black Ops is shipping for 360, PS3, Wii U and PC.

To make sure Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 wasn’t releasing for the 3DS or Wii, I followed up with a second question, “So, just to make sure, there will be no Black Ops II for the Wii or 3DS? Just for the Wii U?

The second response was very clear. They said, “In terms of Nintendo products, Black Ops II will just be on the Wii U.

A picture says a thousand words, a zombie just moans?
Caffeinated Thoughts
I think it’s interesting that Activision isn’t releasing Black Ops 2 for the Wii, because the system does have such a large install base. I imagine the game could have sold decently on the system this holiday season, especially considering the Wii just had another price cut. I believe Nintendo is probably the biggest beneficiary of having Black Ops 2 only on their new Wii U system this holiday season, by using that as a potential selling point for older Wii only owners.
As for not releasing Black Ops 2 on the 3DS, or even DS, I think it’s surprising considering the DS had a new Call of Duty game released every year since 2007, with this year being the first the system isn’t getting one. The Nintendo 3DS has not had any Call of Duty game released for it, and this year makes for the second holiday season the 3DS will be on the market. When the largest FPS franchise in the video game industry is skipping a platform, that does make me question some things about the platform.
If you missed the post on Black Ops 2’s live-action trailer, you can see the trailer that released on Monday below.

I’m still planning on buying a Wii U day one, and Black Ops 2 is on my short list of games I’m debating on to grab with the system. Being that I enjoy Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls in FPS games, thanks to Treyarch and other FPS Wii developers, I’m glad to know that Black Ops 2 Wii U has those control options, as well as the Wii U GamePad control option.

I enjoyed the zombie mode a great deal in Call of Duty: World at War, and played the mode a decent amount in the original Black Ops, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what changes have been made to the mode. With today being Halloween, I think a Call of Duty zombie mode needs another visit!

If you’re a Nintendo fan and have enjoyed the Call of Duty Wii games and want to play Black Ops 2, I think this news is just another reason to buy a Wii U when it releases.

Are any of you planning on buying Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 when it releases? If so, which system are you planning on getting it for?

Does the news of Black Ops 2 not releasing for the Wii, or even 3DS, make you more likely to buy a Wii U system to play the game, if you are a Wii only owner?

If you are interested in Black Ops II, you pre-order the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U editions on below:

"Zombies. Groovy." Black Ops 2 Live Action Trailer

October 29, 2012

Coffee Beans
Call of Duty: Black Ops II will soon land at retailers nation-wide and be available to purchase on November 13th. Treyarch and Activision are busy getting Black Ops II ready for launch, and like last year’s release of a live-action trailer for Modern Warfare 3, that has now been followed up with today’s release of a live-action trailer for Black Ops II. Brew yourself some coffee, and enjoy the trailer (a few times)!

*NOTE! Apparently the beans spilled out of the bag too soon, and someone released the trailer earlier than it was supposed to be release! Coming from a follow up email, “The explosive :60 second high-octane piece, titled ‘Surprise,’ will be unveiled on network television in the U.S. tonight on Monday Night Football and will rollout worldwide across high-profile telecasts including elite European football matches.

Caffeinated Brew
How many main people were in the trailer? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 main characters with *lines* from my count. Some were simple lines like, “Suprise!”, or even “Boom!”, but they were there, helping make the trailer complete.

I did look for coffee references such as, mugs, shops, and coffee pots in the trailer, but I didn’t spot any. While I’m patiently waiting Nintendo’s details on the Wii U’s online features and specifically which launch games will feature online multiplayer, Black Ops II is currently one of the Wii U games I’m looking forward to playing, a lot because of Treyarch’s solid Wii Call of Duty titles.

Are any of you planning on buying Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and if so, which version of the game are you planning on getting?

You can see Black Ops II on below for pre-order, including the pre-order bonuses:

Wii U’s Release Date, Price, Games, & Features – Caffeinated Thoughts

September 16, 2012

Coffee Beans
Nintendo’s Wii U press conferences have come and gone like Bowser and the Princess at the beginning of a Mario game. Nintendo had press events in Japan, North America, and Europe on Thursday to detail the Wii U’s release dates, prices, and games for those regions.

I like to let at least 24 hours pass after events before writing out my “final” thoughts on them, and with this I have allowed more than 72 hours for more details to surface. Being that I grind and brew my coffee in the U.S., this post will mainly be about the U.S. Wii U details.

What does a coffee addict think of Nintendo’s Wii U system details revealed on Thursday (and since)? Brew yourself a few cups of coffee, take a look at the system details, and then some caffeinated thoughts!

The Brew
Nintendo announced the Wii U will release on November 18, 2012 with two console configurations to choose from. The White Wii U Basic Set with a MSRP of $299.99, and the Black Wii U Deluxe Set with a MSRP of $349.99.

A picture says a thousands words I’ve heard, so below are two images from the Wii U Facebook I put together for a side-by-side shot., which will show you the Wii U Basic Set and Wii U Deluxe Set launch bundles. Price, release date, and accessories included with each are shown. Take a look:

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If you want the fully roasted text version of the images, here’s what I have…

First up, the Wii U Basic Set consists of:

  • A White Wii U console.
  • A White Wii U GamePad.
  • 8GB of internal storage memory.
  • An AC adapter for the Wii U and GamePad.
  • A high speed HDMI cable.
  • A Wii U sensor bar.

Again, the White Wii U Basic Set has a MSRP of $299.99, and it should be clearly noted to all Wii U buyers, the Wii U Basic Set does not have a copy of Nintendo Land included.

Second, the Wii U Deluxe Set contains:

  • A Black Wii U console.
  • A Black Wii U GamePad.
  • 32GB of internal storage memory.
  • An AC adapter for the Wii U and GamePad.
  • A high speed HDMI cable.
  • A Wii U sensor bar.
  • A GamePad Charging Cradle.
  • A GamePad stand.
  • A Wii U console stand.
  • A physical copy of Nintendo Land.
  • Deluxe Digital Promotion (only with the Deluxe Set).
As mentioned above, the Black Wii U Deluxe Set has a MSRP of $349.99. If it’s not clear from the image and text (drink some coffee first), the extra $50 will get you a physical copy of Nintendo Land, 24GB of extra internal storage, the GamePad Charging Cradle and GamePad Stand, a Wii U console stand, and the Deluxe Digital Promotion which is a rewards type program for Wii U owners that might be purchasing digital content/games on the Wii U’s eShop.

Caffeinated Thoughts
As the Nintendo event started up Thursday morning, my coffee was just starting to brew. When Reggie said, “Wii U arrives in U.S. stores in another 66 days.”, I did the math super quick and knew November 18th before he even said it. My first thought was something like, “Call me Pachter! My prediction was wrong!”

While I originally thought releasing the Wii U on November 18th would be late and miss one key game launch this holiday season, I don’t see it as a horrible. Why? Well, there was a report of production issues with the Wii U console (GamePad related) that makes me think Nintendo isn’t worried about getting the Wii U out sooner, because more than likely the supply is going to very limited and will probably remain sold out during the holidays.

As for the prices of both Wii U bundles, I think they are $50 too much if they remain at those prices very long. I agree with Michael Pachter though, that Nintendo shouldn’t have a problem at these prices during the holiday season, and it allows them to have some price drop room if they need it. That being said though, if you are planning on buying a Wii U during the launch this year I think the Black Wii U Deluxe Set is the best value, because of what is included with it.

On the games, I thought the demo of Metroid Blast from Nintendo Land was great, and showed good use of the Wii U GamePad’s asymmetric gameplay capabilities. New Super Mario Bros. U, as of now, is already a purchase for me, so it didn’t really matter what they showed.

LEGO City: Undercover was my BEST. OF. SHOW. (More on that later. Deserves its own post.)

Seeing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 officially announced for the Wii U was great. I thought its use of the GamePad for a “splitscreen” multiplayer option was brilliant, and I’m very glad to see Treyarch trying new things with it. Also, I’m glad to know that Michael Pachter was wrong in his statement on Activision demanding the Pro Controller or no Wii U Call of Duty, and I’m glad that Treyarch took the stage and used the GamePad and didn’t simply guitar smash it to the ground, then stand on top of it with the Pro Controller smiling.

The Wonderful 101 looks really interesting to me, and I like how bright and crisp the visuals appear to be. I think the graphical style will remain fresh for years to come, as it appears to have a stylized “cartoon” look to me.

When Bayonetta 2 was announced as a Wii U “exclusive” published by Nintendo, it didn’t really excite me because I didn’t play the first game; but it did give me some hope that Nintendo is willing to work/pay third party developers for exclusive Wii U games, and hopefully content.

The one “new” feature Nintendo talked about that I thought was interesting and certainly bold, but not worth the amount of time dedicated to it, was Nintendo TVii. I would rather there have been a Nintendo Direct conference in October explaining Nintendo TVii in fuller detail, than them spending nearly 20 minutes of the Wii U press conference on it. Especially considering things they didn’t address, that I feel are more important about knowing and seeing how Nintendo has, or hasn’t, improved in certain areas.

Let me get my bitter thoughts out of the way now. Perhaps using bullet points will be the best way to do this, so I don’t go into a 500 page blog post.

So, what things didn’t I like about Nintendo’s Wii U press conference overall? The lack of information about the Wii U console features:

  • The words, “There will be no friend codes on the Wii U” were not spoken.
  • No demonstration of the GamePad’s NFC being used in Wii U launch games (or at all).
  • No mention of online play for Nintendo Land. (No Metroid Blast online mode? Really Nintendo?)
  • No real mention of online multiplayer gaming at all.
  • No mention of Nintendo “Accomplishments” being standard.
  • No details on the Wii U’s use of the “Nintendo Network”.
  • No demonstration of the eShop and interface.
  • No live demonstration of the video chat, or voice chat, Wii U feature.
  • No details/announcements of Virtual Console/WiiWare game transfers during the conference.
  • Nearly 20 minutes on Nintendo TVii.

As for online play in Nintendo Land, I honestly don’t see why that is not in the game, or maybe it is and Nintendo will reveal it in a Nintendo Direct video in October? Call me a skeptic though, because Nintendo has a pretty terrible history of not having online play in their Wii mini-game collections (Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Play). I would love to be proven wrong though.

What I don’t want to see…

So, did the Wii U conference convince me to buy the Wii U on November 18th when it releases? No. But, it did show me Nintendo has taken at least one small step in the right direction in working with third parties to get exclusives (Bayonetta 2), and seeing Black Ops 2 confirmed for the system was great as well.

While I’m not 100% settled on buying a Wii U day one, I was the first customer at my GameStop to reserve the Wii U system, and I chose to reserve the Black Wii U Deluxe Set. What’s that mean? Well, I have 2 months to figure out if I will keep my reservation on the system, or cancel it. I’m really hoping Nintendo addresses the online aspects and Nintendo Network features of the Wii U, and I really hope to hear the words “There are no friend codes on the Wii U system”, before it releases in November.

Are there any of my “Caffeinated Thoughts” you agree with, or disagree with? Do you agree that Nintendo Land should have some form of online functionality?

Was there one Wii U game that stood out to you above the others, for any reason, like LEGO City: Undercover did to me, and that you would give a “Best of Show” award?