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WiiWare Wednesday! Mega Man 9 – How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing?

March 6, 2013


Coffee Beans
Mega Man 9 was released for Nintendo’s WiiWare service on September 22, 2008, in the U.S., at a $10 price point. The game was co-developed by Inti Creates and Capcom, with Capcom publishing it. It received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE” with only “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

How many U.S. Wii owners have reported playing Mega Man 9 since it released, and how many hours have they reported playing it with 1,624 days of data possibly reported? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

Data shown is for U.S. Wii owners, not world-wide.

The Brew
Mega Man 9 has approximately 68,115 U.S. Wii owners that have gameplay data reported through the Nintendo Channel, and the average play-time per day/session is just over 50 Minutes.

As the image above shows, Mega Man 9 has almost 700,000 Total Hours of gameplay reported, which makes it the most played Mega Man game on the Wii, based on the Total Hours reported.

Like all other WiiWare titles, customer reviews are not available for the game directly on the console, but the game does have an 8.1 out of 10 “User Score”, based on 45 ratings on Metacritic.com. The WiiWare version of Mega Man 9 has a “professional” critic review score average of 84.04%, based on 28 reviews on GameRankings.com.

The U.S. WiiWare release of Mega Man 9 has made Capcom about $681,150 (before taxes and profit sharing) over the last 4 years, just based on the number of players that have data reported and the game’s $10 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I mentioned in 2010 that I had never played any Mega Man game for any length of time. Now that we are 2013, that unfortunately still has not changed.

If you are not familiar with Mega Man 9, it is categorized as an “Action, Platformer”, and below you can see a video Capcom used to help promote the game back in 2008:

Being that I really enjoy platforming games, I don’t know why (other than my cheapness) that I don’t own any of the Mega Man games. Hopefully, Nintendo gets the Wii U’s Virtual Console and eShop issue straightened out quickly. Perhaps after they figure it out, I will look at purchasing a Mega Man game and be able to play it on just the Wii U GamePad, as I have come to enjoy that feature for several Wii U games already.

I would buy it for 30 cents, IF that were to somehow magically happen.

Questions
If you have played Mega Man 9, do you know how many hours you played the game? Also, if you’re a fan of the series, do you hope Capcom continues the Mega Man series; perhaps with a retro-styled Mega Man 11, or maybe with a totally different styled Mega Man game?

You can see Mega Man related products and games to buy from Amazon.com linked below!

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Halloween candy laced with the t-Virus making people zombies? Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles Data Report

November 1, 2012

Coffee Beans
Halloween is over, and the only zombies we saw were on a t-shirt! Did you know the Nintendo Wii has had five Resident Evil games released on it? One, two, three, four, and five!

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles released on November 13, 2007 for the Nintendo Wii with a MSRP of $49.95. The game was published by Capcom, and it received an ESRB rating of “MATURE” with “Blood and Gore, Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

How many hours can you expect from Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles if you have never played it? How many U.S. Wii owners have reported playing it, and how many hours have they reported playing the game since it released? You may be feeling like a zombie from all the Halloween candy, so make sure to brew yourself some coffee and let’s take a look!

Data for U.S. Wii owners that have used the Nintendo Channel.

The Brew
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles has approximately 338,852 Wii owners from the U.S. that have reported gameplay data, with 1,812 days possibly reported. The average play-time reported is 10 Hours 47 Minutes “Per person” as the image shows, which averages to be about 1 Hour 32 Minutes played per time/day.

Based on the Resident Evil Wii games with data reported through the Nintendo Channel, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles is the most played Resident Evil Wii game according to its 3,655,110 Total Hours reported.

How did critics and gamers review the game? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 75.12%, based on 55 reviews on GameRankings.com. It has a customer review score average of 67.81%, based on 151 reviews from Amazon.com.

Critics seemed to enjoy the game and were able to get by issues in the game, while some customers have been strongly opinionated about why the game is tough to recommend and seemingly broken according to some.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I have not played any of the Wii’s Resident Evil rail shooting games such as The Umbrella Chronicles, but I did own and beat Resident Evil 4 on the Wii. If you are not familiar with the storyline and gameplay of The Umbrella Chronicles, the video below will give you a good idea of what you can expect.

I don’t think seeing Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles as the Wii’s most played Resident Evil game according to “Total Hours”, is really surprising. It was the Wii’s first original, non-port, Resident Evil game and it was only followed up by just one other original Resident Evil Wii game; Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, which was also a rail shooter. The other three Resident Evil games were all ports of older Resident Evil games.

One thing I am wondering about is Resident Evil on the Wii U. Capcom is currently listed to only have one Wii U title in development and scheduled for release in the system’s launch window, and that game is Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. I’m wondering if Capcom will take a different approach with the Wii U system, like the Wii Resident Evil rail shooters, and create new Resident Evil games for it; or, will they start off by porting over perhaps Resident Evil 5 and the newly released Resident Evil 6, both of which were not released for the Wii?

Questions
If you played Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles would you recommend it to other Wii owners?

Also, is Halloween candy laced with the t-Virus making people zombies? Perhaps, and I think on November 6th, it could be made very clear.

You can see a few Resident Evil Wii games on Amazon.com below:

Mall walkers, or zombies? Probably both? Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop Data Report

October 29, 2012

Coffee Beans
Halloween 2012 is almost here, and over the next few days we will see how many hours Wii owners in the US have reported playing different zombie related games. Do zombies drink coffee? It probably depends on your definition of zombie, but apparently they do like shopping malls.

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop was released for the Wii on February 24, 2009 with a MSRP of $39.99. The game received an ESRB rating of “MATURE” with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

How many hours of gameplay can you expect from Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, and how many more US Wii owners and hours have been reported battling zombies in Colorado with Frank West since the last report? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop now has approximately 67,037 Wii owners in the US that have reported hours of gameplay, with 1,336 days possibly reported. This is an increase of just over 27,000 more Wii owners that have reported gameplay data, in the last 2 years, since the first report on the game. The game has also seen an increase of about 370,955 more Total Hours reported, than was first shown reported.

The reported average play-time is now 12 Hours 30 Minutes “Per person” as the image shows, which is 45 minutes higher than the average just over 2 years ago. which now averages out to about 2 Hours 8 Minutes per day/session played.

What about reviews? Well, the “professional” review score average for the game is 61.23%, based on 26 reviews on GameRankings.com. The customer review score average is 71.87%, now based on 32 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I have never played Dead Rising, any version of it, though after getting in a zombie kick here lately with “The Walking Dead” series, I’m almost tempted to pick this up and see how it plays. If you have seen anything from “The Walking Dead” series, I think the term “mall walkers” is not only very appropriate to describe the zombies in Dead Rising on the Wii, but very ironic since that is a term for people that participate in mall walking.

If you haven’t seen anything about Dead Rising on the Wii, the trailer below should give you a decent look at the game:

I think it’s good seeing the average hours reported “Per person” continue to increase on this game, even if slowly, over the last 2 years. While I’m not in a rush to grab the game, if I’m ever looking for an extra used game in a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” GameStop or even BestBuy used sale, I can remember this one should give me a solid 10 hours of gameplay, at the minimum.

Questions
Did any of you enjoy Dead Rising Chop Till You Drop for the Wii, and would you recommend it now as a cheap buy?

You can see a few zombie related games below:

Is Ōkami for the PS3 worth $20? How many hours can you expect from Ōkami? Data Report

October 1, 2012


Coffee Beans
Should you judge a book game by its cover? Can a video game’s box art help sell it? I have a friend that loves wolves, almost anything to do with wolves. Right after he purchased a Wii he was in Game Stop looking around, when he noticed a white wolf on a game box. The game was Ōkami for the Wii, and he left Game Stop with Ōkami because the box art caught his attention.

Ōkami was originally released for the PlayStation 2, and originally developed by Clover Studio (now closed) and published by Capcom. The game was updated with Wii motion controls, and released for the Wii in North America on April 15, 2008. Both the PlayStation 2 and Wii versions of Ōkami received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Blood and Gore, Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco” listed as content for games and parents to be aware of.

If you’re a PlayStation 3 owner and haven’t played Ōkami yet, but are interested in the soon to be released PS3 version of the game, how many hours can you expect from it? Well, how many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing Ōkami and what is the average number of hours played “Per person”? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
Ōkami has approximately 135,556 U.S. Wii owners that have reported playing it through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, with more than 4 years possibly reported now.

As the image above shows, the players have reported 3,620,159 Total Hours of gameplay since Ōkami was released in the U.S., and the reported average is 26 Hours 42 Minutes “Per person” (or console) that has reported data. The average per day/session played is close to 2 Hours 31 Minutes.

How was the Wii version received by “professional” critics, and by customers though? The Wii version of Ōkami has a “professional” critic review score average of 90.03%, based on 46 reviews on GameRankings.com. Its customer review score average is 88.97%, based on 214 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I have not played either the PlayStation 2 or Wii version of Ōkami and as of now the new PlayStation 3 version of it isn’t on my radar. The video below is a trailer for the new PlayStation 3 version, and will give you a good idea of the graphical style in the game and might give you a good idea of what you can expect from the gameplay in it as well.

When Ōkami HD releases this month on October 30th, it should easily provide PS3 owners with more than 20 hours of gameplay, just based on the reported data from Wii Ōkami players. If you’re a fan of collecting every trophy available in PlayStation 3 games though, I would say you should expect to get more than 30 hours of gameplay from Ōkami HD.

Not only has the game been updated with HD graphics for the PS3 system, but a “full suite of Trophies” and PlayStation Move support have been added as well. I think the best part about Ōkami HD for PS3 owners, is that they will be able to get the game for only $19.99 when it releases.

*If you’re interested in winning a Wii U system? Find the details of a contest for one HERE.*

Questions
Have any of you perhaps played both the PlayStation 2 and Wii versions of Ōkami and if so what did you think of both versions? Did the updated Wii motion controls improve the gameplay over the original gameplay in the PS2 version?

If you own a PlayStation 3, are you thinking about buying Ōkami HD when it releases on October 30th for the system?

If you are interested in Ōkami, you can see the Wii, DS, and PlayStation 2 Ōkami games linked below:

Cybernetic Super Heroes? Spyborgs Debut Hours Report

August 12, 2012


Coffee Beans
     Spyborgs was released for the Wii on September 22, 2009 with a MSRP of $39.99. The game was developed by Bionic Games and published by Capcom, and it received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language” being listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing Spyborgs since the game released? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Spyborgs has approximately 7,756 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel, with 1,049 days possibly reported. The game’s average play-time per day/session is about 1 Hour 17 Minutes, with its overall reported average being 6 Hours 31 Minutes “Per person” as the image above shows.

     How did Spyborgs fare with reviews from critics and customers?
     The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 66.00%, based on 22 reviews on GameRankings.com; and it has a customer review score average of 80.00%, based on 7 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I personally enjoyed Resistance: Fall of Man when I played through it last year, so I was surprised to learn some of the same developers that worked on Spyborgs also worked on the original Resistance. The team at Bionic Games that developed Spyborgs included developers that had formerly developed games at Insomniac Games and High Impact Games.
     I have tracked Spyborgs almost longer than any other game I have tracked on a weekly basis these last few years, just waiting on its hours to debut. I wasn’t even sure if the game was programmed correctly for its hours to be reported and to show up on the Nintendo Channel, as some games aren’t programmed with that functionality; but here we are nearly 3 years after its release with hours showing up.
     While I have not played Spyborgs, I remembered seeing a trailer (or two) for the game when it was releasing and thought it looked interesting at the time. If you haven’t seen anything about Spyborgs, take a look at the trailer below to get an idea of what you can expect from the game.

     As for the debut hours, the average “Per person” being just “6 Hrs. 31 Min.” is really surprising to me, as I thought it would be at least around 10 hours “Per person”.
     Why did I think the average hours would be higher? First, because it was a retail game and not a WiiWare title which usually has lower average hours reported “Per person”; and second, because it had a pretty big emphasis on “2-player co-op” in the descriptions and trailer for the game.

     After searching Amazon.com and GameStop.com, I don’t think the game is still being published by Capcom, so finding it “new” might be difficult in your regular retail stores. I did see the game listed at a crazy low “used” price of just $2.99 on GameStop.com, though it was “unavailable” when I looked. Would it be worth it though? That’s where your feedback is appreciated!

Questions
     Have any of you played Spyborgs, and if so, what did you think about it? Being that the game can now be found for under $20, is it a Wii game you would recommend to others that are perhaps looking for a unique co-operative game?
     Overall, would you rate it closer to the critic review score average, or the customer review score average?

If you are interested in Spyborgs, you can see links to it on Amazon.com and GameStop.com below:
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>Meet Mr. Rathalos and Ms. Rathian – Monsters Hunted

May 26, 2011

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Mr. Rathalos

Coffee Beans:
     I have been playing Monster Hunter Tri more regularly since April(this year).  It is one of the games on my backlogged list, and I am almost finished with the game’s single-player campaign now.
     While I have been slowly monster hunting my way through the single-player campaign, I recently hopped online a few nights and did some monster hunting with fellow monster hunters.
     Below are two monster hunt videos from Monster Hunter Tri.  One video is of a Rathalos hunt, and one is a video of a Rathian hunt.

Meet Mr. Rathalos:

A few spots you may not known, or noticed, what was happening in the Rathalos hunt video above:
     1)  Around the 2:00 mark Mr. Rathalos apparently attempted to dry me off, after my running around in the water…with FIRE!
     2)  At about 2:55 into the video, Mr. Rathalos loses his tail
     3)  Around the 4:00 mark, Mr. Rathalos gets taken out of the air with a flash bomb
     4)  About 6:00 into the video Mr. Rathalos swoops out of the air and pins fellow monster hunter Maxi to the ground, apparently wanting to devour him slowly instead of with one bite…so, I quickly switched to a dung bomb(yes, a dung bomb) and hit Mr. Rathalos with it, allowing Maxi to escape
     5)  Around the 7:35 mark, our hunt with Mr. Rathalos comes to a shocking end, when he is ensnared in a shock trap and quickly hit with tranquilizers putting him to sleep.

Meet Ms. Rathian:

Ms. Rathian

A few spots you may not have known, or noticed, what was happening in the Rathian hunt video above:
     1)  Around the 3:00 mark, Ms. Rathian loses her tail

     2)  Around the 4:30 mark, I get a warm welcome from Ms. Rathian
     3)  Around the 11:20 mark, you can see a replay with slow motion of the warm welcome I received from Ms. Rathian.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I still remember seeing a Rathian for the first time in the Monster Hunter 3 demo, and thinking “There’s no way I will beat that thing!”  Instead of thinking that about the Rathian now, I think that about other monsters in the game when I’m hunting them by myself sometimes; Rathalos being one of those now.
     In the Rathalos video above, I was playing with other monster hunters from NinTemple.com and NintendoWorldReport.com.  In the Rathian video, I was playing with one of the guys from WhoBurnedMyToast.Blogspot.com.
     While these two videos above were of me hunting a male and female from one monster species in the game, I have been hunting a pretty wide variety of monsters, both online and in the single-player campaign.
     If any of you have any questions about anything that was happening in the videos above, feel free to leave it in the comments section below.
     Also, feel free to add my Monster Hunter Tri friend code to your list, if you are still playing the game online any.  My MHT friend code is:  KKJ9F2, and my in-game name you can look up is Coffee.

Questions:
     Have any of you been playing Monster Hunter Tri lately?  If so, is there one particular monster you have been hunting more of recently, than others?


If any of you are interested in Monster Hunter Tri, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
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>Hours of Horror! Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil

April 19, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil was released on the Wii on June 23, 2009 with a MSRP of just $29.99.  The game was developed and published by Capcom, and received an ESRB rating of “Mature”, with “Blood and Gore, Violence” listed as content for parents to be aware of.

     A brief portion of the game’s description reads, “Resident Evil Archives gives Wii gamers the opportunity to play classic Resident Evil games they may have missed at a great value price.  Experience the beginning of the Resident Evil saga with the remake of the game that started the survival horror genre, Resident Evil.”

     How many hours have Wii owners spent exploring the horrific mansion in Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil with 665 days spent at the mansion?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil has 24,078 Wii owners reporting game-play data, through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel with days reported.
     The game saw an increase of approximately 108 new Wii owners reporting game-play data, in the 7 days from April 11 through April 18.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours:
     Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil has 200,809 Total Hours of game-play reported, with its average play-time being 8 Hours 20 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.

     The game’s average play-time per session is just over 1 Hour 41 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil’s Amazon.com sale rank is #1,038, and it is currently selling for only $12.59.
     (Sale rank and advertised price were recorded around 1:00AM, on 4-19-11)

Review Score Averages:
     Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil’s “professional” review score average is 73.43%, based on 7 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 32 customer reviews.
     Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil’s customer review score average is 75%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.  You can see the customer star ranks in the image below:

     (Review score averages recorded around 1:00AM on 4-19-11)

Odd Bean:
     If you don’t know, Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil isn’t the only “remake” or “port” of an older Resident Evil game on the Wii.  Resident Evil 4 is probably the most popular one, but Capcom also ported over Resident Evil Zero from the GameCube, calling it Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero.

Filtered Thoughts:
     If you’re wondering, “Interesting post, but why now?”  Well, I started working this post, with the banner and images, about 4 weeks ago.  Originally, I was going to publish this story up on March 30, which was Resident Evil’s 15 year North American anniversary, but with school and my schedule, I didn’t finish it in time.

     I remember when Resident Evil was re-made for the GameCube, as I purchased it the day it released.  When I got home with the game, I put up an old bed sheet over my window to “Set the mood”, so I was playing the game in a dark setting, even during the day.
     I really enjoyed the game on the GameCube, and even recall a specific moment where I “jumped” with fright, while playing the game.

     If you have never played a Resident Evil game, and are wondering if they would interest you, the trailer below may give you a good idea.  While the trailer does show game-play elements, and some spoiler scares are in the trailer, I think it sets the right atmosphere of the game.

     As for the data, I’m actually surprised the game is as low as it is in “Total Hours” reported, and hours “Per person” reported.  I figured with its price being only $29.99 when it released, as well as having multiple endings, the hours reported would be higher in both of those categories.

Questions:
     Have any of you played Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil on the Wii?  If so, what do you think about the game, good or bad?  With seeing the game on sale on Amazon.com for under $20 with shipping, is it a game you would recommend to other Wii owners?
     If you haven’t played this Resident Evil game, do you happen to have a favorite game from the series?

If anybody is interested in Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
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Are You Still Hunting Monsters? Monster Hunter 3 Data

May 30, 2010
Monster Hunter 3 Play-Time Data, Sales Ranks, and Review Score Average
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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Monster Hunter 3 has 14,958 players reporting their play-time data.
Player Increase Over Last Week:
Monster Hunter 3 had an increase of 4,954 more players reporting their play-time data, since the data shown 2-weeks ago.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
Monster Hunter 3 has 533,055 Total Hours reported, an increase of 284,474 hours over the last 2-week period.
Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
Monster Hunter 3‘s, the game only, Amazon.com sale rank is #108 and the current selling price is $46.99.
Monster Hunter 3 w/ Classic Controller Pro‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #3,547 and the current advertised selling price is $84.98.
The Monster Hunter 3 w/ Classic Controller Pro bundle has been sold-out, each day that I have checked since May 2.
GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
Monster Hunter 3’s review score average is now 85.98%, based on 41 reviews.
Monster Hunter 3 has gained twelve reviews for its average since 2 weeks ago, raising its average from 85.07%.

Thoughts:
As I stated above, the Monster Hunter 3 CCP bundle has been sold-out on Amazon.com each day I have checked, since May 2.  I do not think Amazon.com will be getting anymore bundles with the Classic Controller Pro.
In the last month since Monster Hunter 3 released, I have had the opportunity to play with several readers from the blog; Butcher, DEN, and Seph are the main ones.
Here’s a video introducing my Monster Hunter 3 character, and showing some arm wrestling matches in the game:
As I mentioned in the video, both DEN and Butcher run the gaming blog, WhoBurnedMyToast.Blogspot.com.  They interviewed Shawn Baxter (A.K.A. Snow) from Capcom-Unity.com, and Shawn talked about the things that went into bringing Monster Hunter 3 to North America, and even a few tips for hunting online.  
One thing Shawn mentioned in the podcast, that I thought was crazy, is how many Hunter Ranks there are in Monster Hunter 3.
I am currently Hunter Rank 9.  I think I could play this game for the next year, at my current pace, and never reach the highest Hunter Rank in the game.
You can take a listen to their Podcast: Episode 16 to hear more from the interview with Shawn and about Monster Hunter 3.
Questions:
Are you still playing Monster Hunter 3?  If so, leave your online name/code in the comments, and hopefully we can play some together this next week!
What HR have you reached in the game and what is the highest level monster you have defeated?
The highest level monster that I have defeated is the Barroth with DEN and Butcher.  I attempted a Gobul hunt three times yesterday and was destroyed by it all three times!
If reader CrashMan/Seph is reading this, I apologize for that Gobul hunt!


If you have not purchased Monster Hunter 3 yet, you can see new and used prices for the game on Amazon.com below!  Join the hunts!
  

Are You Still Hunting Monsters? Monster Hunter 3 Data

May 30, 2010
Monster Hunter 3 Play-Time Data, Sales Ranks, and Review Score Average

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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Monster Hunter 3 has 14,958 players reporting their play-time data.
Player Increase Over Last Week:
Monster Hunter 3 had an increase of 4,954 more players reporting their play-time data, since the data shown 2-weeks ago.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
Monster Hunter 3 has 533,055 Total Hours reported, an increase of 284,474 hours over the last 2-week period.
Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
Monster Hunter 3‘s, the game only, Amazon.com sale rank is #108 and the current selling price is $46.99.
Monster Hunter 3 w/ Classic Controller Pro‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #3,547 and the current advertised selling price is $84.98.
The Monster Hunter 3 w/ Classic Controller Pro bundle has been sold-out, each day that I have checked since May 2.
GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
Monster Hunter 3’s review score average is now 85.98%, based on 41 reviews.
Monster Hunter 3 has gained twelve reviews for its average since 2 weeks ago, raising its average from 85.07%.

Thoughts:
As I stated above, the Monster Hunter 3 CCP bundle has been sold-out on Amazon.com each day I have checked, since May 2.  I do not think Amazon.com will be getting anymore bundles with the Classic Controller Pro.
In the last month since Monster Hunter 3 released, I have had the opportunity to play with several readers from the blog; Butcher, DEN, and Seph are the main ones.
Here’s a video introducing my Monster Hunter 3 character, and showing some arm wrestling matches in the game:
As I mentioned in the video, both DEN and Butcher run the gaming blog, WhoBurnedMyToast.Blogspot.com.  They interviewed Shawn Baxter (A.K.A. Snow) from Capcom-Unity.com, and Shawn talked about the things that went into bringing Monster Hunter 3 to North America, and even a few tips for hunting online.  
One thing Shawn mentioned in the podcast, that I thought was crazy, is how many Hunter Ranks there are in Monster Hunter 3.
I am currently Hunter Rank 9.  I think I could play this game for the next year, at my current pace, and never reach the highest Hunter Rank in the game.
You can take a listen to their Podcast: Episode 16 to hear more from the interview with Shawn and about Monster Hunter 3.
Questions:
Are you still playing Monster Hunter 3?  If so, leave your online name/code in the comments, and hopefully we can play some together this next week!
What HR have you reached in the game and what is the highest level monster you have defeated?
The highest level monster that I have defeated is the Barroth with DEN and Butcher.  I attempted a Gobul hunt three times yesterday and was destroyed by it all three times!
If reader CrashMan/Seph is reading this, I apologize for that Gobul hunt!


If you have not purchased Monster Hunter 3 yet, you can see new and used prices for the game on Amazon.com below!  Join the hunts!
  

Monster Hunter 3’s Ironbeard McCullough

April 15, 2010
Monster Hunter 3’s Ironbeard McCullough shares his experience making the first commercial for Monster Hunter 3.
Monster Hunter 3 is releasing on the Nintendo Wii this coming Tuesday, April 20!
Capcom has already started advertising the game, with a commercial starring Ironbeard McCullough.  
I have read the commercial was spotted during a commercial break for the Oprah program, so I think Capcom is attempting to advertise this game to a wider Wii audience.
If you haven’t seen the Monster Hunter 3 television commercial, I’m including it here:
After I watched the Monster Hunter 3 commercial, I sent a message over to Capcom and just let them know I thought the commercial was good, and I also shared a commercial idea I had for the game, not even knowing if I was sending the message to the right place.
Well, I checked my inbox the next day and I had received a reply, again from Ironbeard McCullough.
This was Ironbeard’s reply:
“Ahoy Scott,
Thankee kindly fer yer comments.  And I like yer idea, though I’m not sure I can handle another commercial fer a wee bit(fer that spot, they gave me this “blush” t’ bring out me “cheek bones”.  Itches like a kelbi fur hat!).  So they’ll have t’ stick with me and the Lagi right now.
But who knows what the future’ll hold?!  I guess we’ll see!
And hunt.
Always hunt!  Ahahaha!
Take care, and be sure t’ say ahoy from time t’ time.
Yer mate,
Ironbeard McCullough”
My Thoughts:
I think it is great that Capcom is already advertising Monster Hunter 3, and I think it is very smart to advertise the game on programs like Oprah.  I’m not sure how long Capcom plans on advertising the game, and I really hope they do another commercial perhaps after the game is released, announcing the “opening” of hunting season within the game.
Ironbeard himself wasn’t sure about another commercial, but if he is in another one, perhaps they can let him do it without the blush!
Questions:
Have you seen the Monster Hunter 3 commercial on television?  If so, what station/program was it advertised during?
If you didn’t know anything about Monster Hunter 3, and you saw the commercial, would it pique your interest in the game?
My wife and I don’t have cable tv(or even an antenna hooked up), so I first saw the commercial on YouTube.
I think the commercial may have piqued my interest, because of the use of the crab fishing at the beginning.  I enjoyed the television show, Deadliest Catch, when we had cable, so the commercial would have probably captured my attention with that footage.
I wonder what Oprah viewers think of the commercial if they have no idea what the game is about?
Thanks again to Ironbeard McCullough for his response!
If you missed my first few articles/interviews with Ironbeard McCullough, I’m including the links below:
Monster Hunter 3: No Midnight Release!
Monster Hunter 3’s Ironbeard McCullough: Questions Answered Part 2
Red Steel 2 and Monster Hunter 3: Spokesmen
Monster Hunter 3’s Ironbeard McCullough: Questions Answered
If you’re interested in purchasing Monster Hunter 3, Amazon.com has release day delivery for the game, so you can get it next Tuesday without going to a store: