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Black Ops 2 Wii U patch available.

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

Coffee Beans
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:

The Brew
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!
Questions
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 Amazon.com 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

Coffee Beans
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!

The Brew
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.

Questions
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 Amazon.com 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.

Questions
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 Amazon.com below for pre-order, including the Amazon.com pre-order bonuses:

Zombies Dominating the Wii? Call of Duty: Black Ops Dominating U.S. Wii FPS Hours

June 24, 2012
How most coffee drinkers look without coffee, or caffeinated energy snacks.

Coffee Beans
     Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on November 9, 2010 for the Wii. 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 parents and games to be aware of.
     This past November, we took a look at Call of Duty: Black Ops’ reported play-time over its first year on the Wii. It had already racked up over 10 million hours, and had become the most played FPS Wii game in the United States, per Wii owner, according to the reported data.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported playing Black Ops in the last 7 months, perhaps spending many of those hours battling zombies? Brew some coffee on this fine day, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Call of Duty: Black Ops now has approximately 177,173 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel, which is an increase of 43,012 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data since November 21, 2011.
     The game has an average play-time per day/session now reported of 2 Hours 38 Minutes, a 6 minute decrease over the last average per session reported. The game’s average hours reported “Per person” now being 81 Hours 53 Minutes is 3 Hours 32 Minutes higher than the last reported average.
     Black Ops’ current 14,506,333 Total Hours of reported game-play data is an increase of nearly 4 million more hours in the last 7 months.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii has a “professional” review score average of 81.47%, based on 17 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     The game’s customer review score average is 76.88% though, based on 135 customer reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I haven’t played my PS3 copy of Black Ops in close to a year now, though I have played some Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii since it released. If you never saw how Activision was marketing Black Ops, the first video below shows two clips they used for helping market the game:

     With Black Ops 2 officially having been revealed, Activision and Treyarch have been busy now talking about the game and showing some of it off. If you haven’t watched anything on Black Ops 2 yet, the video below is a “Behind the Scenes Preview” for the game, which I thought was pretty cool:

     I mentioned in an older post, “Based off the play-time data currently reported for CoD:WaW, I think it will be the Wii’s most reported played FPS game, until the next Nintendo console is released.
     I thought Call of Duty: World at War would be the Wii’s “most played” FPS game with “Total Hours” reported until Nintendo’s next console released, that we now know as the Wii U this holiday season, but seeing the number of hours Black Ops has been increasing, it may very well become the Wii’s most played FPS game “Per person” and with “Total Hours” reported in the U.S., before the Wii U releases later this year.

Questions
     Have any of you been playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii, or even PS3 or 360, regularly since it released? Is the Zombie Mode one reason you keep returning to the game, or just the regular multiplayer?
     If you are a fan of the Call of Duty series in general, but perhaps don’t purchase every single game for the series that releases, do you plan on purchasing Black Ops 2 when it releases later this year?

You can see Black Ops and Black Ops 2 on Amazon.com below:

Monster Hunter Tri: The Game that Eats Time!

June 22, 2010
(The game that eats time)

Quick Brew Info:
Monster Hunter 3 has crossed one million “Total Hours” reported played this week.
It took Monster Hunter 3 approximately 63 days from its release, to cross the one million hours mark.
For comparison, The Conduit took approximately 182 days from its release, to cross the one million hours mark.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex took approximately 105 days from its release, to cross the one million “Total Hours” mark.

(click photo to enlarge)
Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Monster Hunter 3 has 23,260 players reporting their play-time data.
Player Increase Over Last Week:
Monster Hunter 3 had an increase of 4,227 more players reporting their play-time data, since the data was reported 2-weeks ago.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
Monster Hunter 3 has 1,229,209 Total Hours reported, an increase of 389,518 hours over the last 2-week period.
Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
Monster Hunter 3‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #320 and the current selling price is $49.95.
This is the first week I can recall the game’s price not being at least 46.99, and Amazon.com raising the price to $49.95.
GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
Monster Hunter 3‘s review score average is now 85.00%, based on 46 reviews.
Monster Hunter 3 gained one review in its average since 2 weeks ago, lowering its average from 85.33%.

(It will suck your life and your time away!)


Thoughts:
The average number of hours per person being reported already, I still find crazy.



Its average hours played “per person” has now passed games like Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex, Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility, and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
The only Wii games currently ahead of Monster Hunter 3 as of average hours played “per person”, are: Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and Harvest Moon: Animal Parade.
Questions:
Are you still playing Monster Hunter 3?  If so, and I have not hunted with you online, what times do you normally play?
Also, what are your total game-play hours for Monster Hunter Tri?
Currently, mine are 55 Hours 30 Minutes.
If you have not purchased Monster Hunter 3, you can see new and used prices for the game on Amazon.com below.  Join the hunts!

Monster Hunter Tri: The Game that Eats Time!

June 22, 2010
(The game that eats time)

Quick Brew Info:
Monster Hunter 3 has crossed one million “Total Hours” reported played this week.
It took Monster Hunter 3 approximately 63 days from its release, to cross the one million hours mark.
For comparison, The Conduit took approximately 182 days from its release, to cross the one million hours mark.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex took approximately 105 days from its release, to cross the one million “Total Hours” mark.

(click photo to enlarge)
Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Monster Hunter 3 has 23,260 players reporting their play-time data.
Player Increase Since Last Report:
Monster Hunter 3 had an increase of 4,227 more players reporting their play-time data, since the data was reported 2-weeks ago.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
Monster Hunter 3 has 1,229,209 Total Hours reported, an increase of 389,518 hours over the last 2-week period.
Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
Monster Hunter 3‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #320 and the current selling price is $49.95.
This is the first week I can recall the game’s price not being at least 46.99, and Amazon.com raising the price to $49.95.
GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
Monster Hunter 3‘s review score average is now 85.00%, based on 46 reviews.
Monster Hunter 3 gained one review in its average since 2 weeks ago, lowering its average from 85.33%.

(It will suck your life and your time away!)


Thoughts:
The average number of hours per person being reported already, I still find crazy.




Its average hours played “per person” has now passed games like Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex, Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility, and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
The only Wii games currently ahead of Monster Hunter 3 as of average hours played “per person”, are: Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and Harvest Moon: Animal Parade.
Questions:
Are you still playing Monster Hunter 3?  If so, and I have not hunted with you online, what times do you normally play?
Also, what are your total game-play hours for Monster Hunter Tri?
Currently, mine are 55 Hours 30 Minutes.
If you have not purchased Monster Hunter 3, you can see new and used prices for the game on Amazon.com below.  Join the hunts!