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Super Metroid! How much has it been played? Official U.S. Nintendo Channel data report.

May 16, 2013

Coffee Beans
Super Metroid originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1994. The game was re-released for the Wii’s Virtual Console service on August 20, 2007, and is available to download for 800 Wii Points, which is $8.

Nintendo just released Super Metroid for the Wii U’s Virtual Console service, and you can currently purchase the Wii U version for only 30 cents until June 13th, and then the game should be available for $7.99. Both the Wii and Wii U versions received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE” with “Mild Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

The software description for the game on the Wii U eShop says, “The Space Pirates, merciless agents of the evil Mother Brain, have stolen the last Metroid from a research station, and once again Mother Brain threatens the safety of the galaxy! Samus Aran must don her awesome array of high-tech weaponry to retrieve the deadly Metroid hidden deep within the cave-riddled planet Zebes. Super Metroid features excellent graphics, with a huge variety of enemies and worlds to explore. The side-view action will be familiar to many players, only now there are new weapons and items, including the Grappling Beam, which allows Samus to swing across large chasms, and the X-Ray Scope, which reveals secret passages.”

If you own a Wii or Wii U, how many hours can you expect from Super Metroid? Also, how many U.S. Wii owners have game-play data reported for the game through the Nintendo Channel, since it released in 2007? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look at the official U.S. Nintendo Channel data for Super Metroid!

How quickly have you beaten it?

The Brew
Super Metroid now has approximately 125,793 U.S. Wii owners with game-play data reported, with about 2,093 days possibly reported. This is an increase of about 23,000 more players with game-play data reported, than when we first looked at the game a few years back.

The game now has 1,329,906 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 381,538 Total Hours since its August 2010 data report. Its average reported now of 10 Hours 34 Minutes “Per person”, seen in the image above, is a 1 Hour 20 Minutes increase from its August 2010 average. Wii owners are spending a little over an hour each time they play the game, according to this reported data.

For some comparison to other Wii Metroid games, Super Metroid’s reported average “Per person” is about 6 hours lower than Metroid: Other M’s and almost 12 hours lower than the reported average for Metroid Prime 3.

Super Metroid has a “professional” critic review score average of 95.50%, based on 11 reviews on Its customer review score average is a 90.00%, based on just 6 reviews of the Virtual Console version. BUT, the reviews average for the Super Metroid SNES cartridge Amazon page is at a 97.05%, based on 95 customer reviews.

How much has Super Metroid’s Wii Virtual Console release in the United States made for Nintendo? The game has made Nintendo just over $1,000,000, at least according to the approximate number of players with data reported and the game’s $8 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I played the SNES version many years ago, but I never purchased it on the Wii’s Virtual Console service. I have already purchased Super Metroid from the Wii U’s eShop though, for the awesome price of only 30 cents. If you own a Wii U or a Wii and haven’t seen anything on the game, here’s a trailer for the Wii U version:

It’s probably been 15+ years since I last played Super Metroid, and while I haven’t given the Wii U version a try just yet, I am looking forward at seeing how it has held up over the years. I know in the last Super Metroid post, there was one person that thought the Wii Virtual Console version was not very good at all, but they had never played it on the SNES. While I think I remember watching my brother play the last boss battle multiple times in the game, I’m not sure if I ever played through and beat the game completely by myself. I hope the game lives up to what I remember about it, at the very least.

While I mentioned in “The Brew” section that Super Metroid’s reported average “Per person” is lower than Metroid: Other M’s and Metroid Prime 3’s, I think it should be noted that those two games were full retail releases, not available through (just) the Wii’s Shop Channel. But, I think it shows how lower priced digital titles, even if older in this case, can really be a great value.

Now, you may be wondering how can you enter to win the games mentioned in the data image above, right? If you want to be entered in a drawing for those games make sure you’re following me on Twitter, HEREand make sure to tweet this post out using the Twitter button below (pointed out in the image below if you’re unsure) AND include the hashtags #SuperMetroidCoffee and #WiiU and also @coffeewithgames in it (should be enough room for all!). This will run for a few weeks, so there should be multiple opportunities to get entered in the giveaway. The winner has been announced, HERE.

Have any of you already downloaded and played the Wii U version? If so, what do you think about it if you had never played it before?

If you played and beat the Wii Virtual Console version of Super Metroid, do you know how many hours you have played the game? Also, if you were a fan of the game back on the SNES, do you think it has held up well over the years?

You can buy (or, look at) a few Metroid related items from below:

The "Free Games Giveaway" winner is…

September 1, 2012

Coffee Beans
Last Saturday, I posted up the “Free Games Giveaway! Connect With Coffeepost. It contained details of how to enter a contest/giveaway for the PC games BIT.TRIP BEAT, Fieldrunners, SpaceChem, and Uplink. The contest/giveaway ended Thursday, and the picture above shows that I did the drawing for the winner as I have done in past contests. Empty coffee container, drop the names in it, shake it up, pull one out. The coffee container used for the drawing was a 33 oz. Maxwell House Gourmet Roast container that “MAKES UP TO 270 6 FL OZ CUPS” of coffee.

Who was the winner of the games? Jump past the break below to find out!

Caffeinated Thoughts
Thanks to everybody that entered the contest/giveaway. I laughed when I drew Robert’s name out of the coffee container, because if you don’t know, Robert has his own video game site titled IncompleteGaming. I thought it was funny he was the one that won the four games, helping him keep his site name legitimate!

If you missed the contest/giveaway post, you can see the original post HERE. Not only did the original post provide three ways to get entered into it, but with the additional data reports over the last week I provided an extra nine possible chances to be entered into the contest/giveaway, for a total of 12 possible entries.

Congratulations to Robert on winning the contest/giveaway!

Free Games Giveaway! Connect With Coffee

August 26, 2012

Coffee Beans

Do you like free games? Here’s a chance for you to win not just one game, but four games! Fieldrunners, BIT.TRIP BEAT, SpaceChem, and Uplink are up for grabs, and each is compatible with Android, Windows, MAC OS X, and Linux platforms.
Not only will you get the games, but you will also get the official soundtracks for each as well. Now, how do you go about entering? Brew yourself some coffee, and take a look below!

The Brew
Okay, so you have the chance to enter the giveaway multiple times. That’s right…four games, multiple entries, but only one winner!
Here are a few ways of how to get entries for the contest/giveaway right now:
1) Follow the CoffeeWithGames Twitter account HERE, and tweet out this page link adding/including @CoffeeWithGames using the “Tweet” button at the bottom of this post.
Look for “Tweet” button at the bottom of the page.
2) Follow, or “Like”, the CoffeeWithGames Facebook page HERE, and like this post on the Facebook page.
3) Leave a comment in the comment section below that says something like, “I want Fieldrunners, BIT.TRIP BEAT, SpaceChem, and Uplink more than my daily cup(s) of coffee!”, or leave feedback for the questions I have below, in the comment section as well. If you leave a comment, make sure there is a way I can contact you, and it’s not simply an “anonymous” comment. You can email me your contact information HERE, if you wish to comment without a Disqus and/or Twitter account.
There will be chances for more entries in other posts before the contest/giveaway ends, so make sure to check out any other posts that may be popping up. The contest/giveaway will run through next Thursday, August 30th.
Caffeinated Thoughts
I noticed a while back over on Chalgyr’s site,, the “Social Profiles” section he put up, and I liked how simple and neat the buttons were. I have had trouble with getting the Facebook box to show up properly in my Google’s Chrome browser in the past, and after doing some research this past week, I finally experimented with and added the “Connect With Coffee” section at the top right of the site. If you click on the individual coffee cups, the first two will direct you to the Twitter and Facebook pages, while the third is the email contact.
If you are interested in the games for the contest/giveaway, but don’t want to wait and see if you win, you can currently purchase them for yourself in the latest Humble Bundle sale, HERE. As for the games being given away, there is a Steam key included with them, so if you have a Steam account they will be synced up with your account.
Have any of you played any the games included in the contest/giveaway? If so, what do you think of them?
If there was one new feature on CoffeeWithGames, that was consistent (once a month?), what would you like that to be?

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Instant "Coffee" Video Game Award!

July 26, 2012

Coffee Beans
     What is an “Instant ‘Coffee’ Video Game Award”? I’m glad you asked! I write many data posts and usually put many hours into each one reading about the games, looking for a trailer and/or game-play video, and often getting distracted reading about the developers and publishers of the games.
     While I do use older data reports as templates and to keep the layouts similar, every word and number in each data post is typed out and not copied and pasted from older data posts.

     So, back to this “Instant ‘Coffee’ Video Game Award”. According to, instant coffee is, “dehydrated coffee that can be made into a drink by adding hot water; ‘the advantages of instant coffee are speed of preparation and long shelf life.'” While instant coffee isn’t part of this instant giveaway, it might be in future giveaways.

     What about the “Video Game Award” part of the title? It simply means this award is video game related.
     Being that some have defaulted to referring to me as “Coffee” or “Mr. Coffee”, that’s where the “Coffee” part comes from in the title with quotes around it.
     I have done a few contests and giveaways over the last few years and the winners have usually been selected by dropping the entry names into a coffee container, shaking it up, and then drawing the winner outWith an “Instant ‘Coffee’ Video Game Award” though, the award is instantly awarded to the first person that responds either knowingly/unknowingly, with no coffee container drawing necessary.

     Who is the winner of the first “Instant ‘Coffee’ Video Game Award” and what did they win, and more importantly how did they win it? Make yourself some coffee, instant or not, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
     In a past data report, I posted a comment about giving an item away to the first person that sent me the game’s professional review score average, but I did not specifically highlight the giveaway in the post. Most recently I put a repeat error in a data post. Why?
     Being that I put a lot of time into each data post, I’m always interested how much each posts is actually read by readers, versus how much of them are just skimmed. So, to check how much attention is paid to what I write, I decided to try something new as a test. If you missed the “Is Gotham City falling to pieces? LEGO Batman: The Videogame Hours Report” post from last Thursday, or if you read it after last Thursday, you probably missed a repeat spelling mistake in the post.

     What was the repeat error in the post? Instead of spelling Gotham City as it should have been throughout the story, I spelled it incorrectly as “Ghotham City” throughout the entire post including the title line (which you can still see the html link shows it as), except in one spot, the highlighted yellow section. I even mispelled it in the initial data image, with a backup image in waiting if/when somebody pointed it out either here on CoffeeWithGames, or on other sites that post up my stories.

     One CoffeeWithGames regular reader/commenter did not miss the repeated spelling mistake though, and made a point to bring it up in the comments in a nice, civil, simple manner within 12 hours of the story being posted. That reader was KnucklesSonic8, who has writes for his own site
     What does KnucklesSonic8 get for telling me about a mistake that was repeated throughout a data report, that probably appeared to be just a simple, stupid, repeat mistake? He gets his choice of a video game, either Space Pirates and Zombies or World of Goo through the Steam service.

Caffeinated Thoughts & Questions
     Just remember that if you are going to enter the darkened coffee story waters, you should skim at your own risk of missing free stuff; but definitely read for your own reward! If you ever see another mistake in a post that may be honest (or not), feel free to leave a comment about it, or email me at
     Did any of you perhaps notice the mistake in the LEGO Batman post before his comment showed up, but just didn’t say anything? Also, he hasn’t picked which game he wants yet, so if you have played both Space Pirates and Zombies and World of Goo, would you recommend him one more than the other?

Charity, Contest, & CoffeeWithGames – Notes

October 15, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Okay, so here are some notes about things happening.

     1)  First, Knuckles Sonic8, who comments here on CWG some, also runs his own video game related site,
     Today, Saturday, is partcipating in an Extra Life charity event, which is a cause setup to raise money for children via donations, in which the participants play video games for 24 straight hours…or at least 24 hours total for the event.
     You can read/see more about WiiLoveIt’s participation with the Extra Life charity event HERE; and you can read more about Extra Life HERE, and if you feel like donating to WiiLoveIt’s cause, 100% of the proceeds go to the foundation, you can do so HERE

     2)  Jeremy, who won my contest/giveaway of two years’ worth of coffee, also has his own site he helps out with,  He wanted me to help spread the word that they are doing a contest/giveaway of some great Wii and 3DS games: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land, and Mario Kart 7.  You can read about how to enter the contest HERE

     3)  Just a quick couple of site notes now.  Jeremy has received the first package of coffee I mailed out last week, and he wrote about it HERE.  Second, I have started sending out the “Reader Point” awards for the first year, but I have not received confirmation that the first package arrived yet…which has me a little concerned, because I mailed it the same day as the other package, which only took two days to arrive.  So, if you’re reading this, and you received a package, if you can send me a confirmation email letting me know you got it, I would greatly appreciate it.  Other “Reader Points” awards will be mailed, with another package being mailed this coming week; so just be keeping an eye out if you placed first any month.  This is all for now, I’ll have another “site notes” post shortly.

The Winner of 2 Years’ Worth of Coffee Is…

September 30, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Last month, I posted up a contest/giveaway for 2 years’ worth of coffee, and that contest/giveaway is now over!  To enter the contest, the entrants had to write a poem about coffee, with at least one video game reference in it.
     If you have entered any of my contests/giveaways in the past, you know how I usually randomly select the winner; but for those of you that don’t know how I select the winner, the images below explain it(you may remember the first two images):

     So, who won the contest/giveaway and what was their poem?  Let’s take a look!

     Congratulations to JHardin1112 on winning the 2 years’ worth of coffee contest/giveaway!
     While many of you, like myself, have a website/blog, JHardin1112 also has his own website dedicated to video game news, mainly Nintendo news.  The website he helps operate is WiiNintendo).

     JHardin1112’s poem to enter the contest/giveaway was:
     I awaken, all alone in a field,
     surrounded by mountains
     Defenseless, having no sword nor a shield

     What is that I hear?
     My ears do they deceive?
     Strange music abounds,
     Reminiscent of classic, 8-bit sounds.

     I look yonder, a cave is what my eyes perceive!
     As I approach the entrance I see light from a flame,
     Briefly, I am reminded of a magical old game.
     Upon entering I see a bearded old man,
     standing between two flames with something in his hand.

     As I approach, he speaks,
     “It is dangerous to go alone. Take this!”

     I am jarred by those familiar words
     Hesitantly, I reach for the sword.

     Then he hits me on the top of my head and
     says “Wake up Jeremy, time to get out of bed.”

     Oh boy, it’s Monday morning, back to the grind.
     I roll out of bed, and leave my dreams behind.
     I step into the kitchen, right up to the pot,
     grab a filter, measure out some of the grounds and whatnot.

     Then I sit at the table as I wait for my brew,
     Flip open my 3DS, to play for a few.

     What game you ask? Why Legend of Zelda, of course.
     I got it for free as an early adopter, and I have no remorse
     For spending 249 plus tax on day two
     Now excuse me please as I enjoy some of that brew.

Filtered Thoughts
     A huge thanks to everybody that participated in the contest, but if you didn’t win the drawing, don’t lose heart; there may be another announcement in that regards soon!
     If you did not enter the contest, but found JHardin1112’s poem fun and entertaining, and you would like to read the other entries, you can read all the other poems from the contest HERE!

Mrs. Coffee’s Poem – Kirby’s Epic Ode to Joe (Contest/Giveaway Deadline Reminder!)

September 28, 2011

Coffee Beans
     So, last month the site turned two, and to celebrate I decided to do a contest/giveaway of two years’ worth of coffee.  The deadline to enter the contest is tomorrow night:  Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 11:59PM EST.  You can read the simple rules and enter the contest/giveaway HERE!

     If you are wondering what you have to do to enter, all that is required is to write a poem about coffee and at least one video game reference in the comment section of THAT post.

     If you have not seen the entries for the contest/giveaway so far, you can read them HERE.  They have all been really good, and Mrs. Coffee and I have enjoyed reading them.
     My wife, Mrs. Coffee, wrote a poem as an example/inspiration for the contest/giveaway.  So, again, if you have not entered the contest/giveaway to win two years’ worth of coffee, do so now HERE!  If you haven’t entered yet, but are needing some inspiration, perhaps Mrs. Coffee’s poem can help.

Her poem is titled, “Kirby’s Epic Ode to Joe”:

I like my dark roast nice and warm
while I play Kirby’s Epic Yarn.
The subtle flavor on my tongue
helps me beat level one.
And while my enemies run in fear
my happy mouth grins ear to ear.
As I gather beads to advance
my taste buds do a happy dance.
The smooth brew goes down easy
while I am fighting King Dedede.
When the last drop of the pot is gone
my game is 100% done.
So it’s back to the coffee pot
turn on the percolator.
As I start a new file
of Rage of the Gladiator.

CoffeeWithGames Turns Two, Win Two Years Worth of Coffee!

August 29, 2011

Coffee Beans
     On August 29, 2009, I posted my first blog article, “Analyzing the Wii Manufacturing Costs in 2009“.  So today, August 29, 2011, marks the site’s two year birthday of sorts.
     What’s a birthday without a gift though?  Probably just another day of the week!  So, to help celebrate’s two year birthday(originally, I’m giving away 2 year’s worth of coffee.
     Now some of you might be thinking, “How much is 2 year’s worth of coffee, Coffee?”  Well, I’m glad you asked!

     I’m basing it off of 365 days in a year, and one “cup” of coffee per day.  So, the winner will receive the equivalent to around 730 “cups” of coffee.  Along with the coffee gift, a video game gift might be included as well, though that is to be determined.
     The coffee gifts will be the larger containers of ground coffee, though one whole bean coffee might be included as well.  In the end though, it should be about 730 “cups” of coffee, or slightly more.

How to Enter
     1)  Write a poem about coffee and at least one video game reference, in the comment section below…keep it G, or E for Everyone, rated.
     2)  If you’re a public follower of the blog, through Blogger, that’s a bonus entry…but you must state what your Blogger “follower” name is.
     3)  Bonus entry by “liking” CoffeeWithGames on Facebook, and by stating what your follower name is on Facebook.

     1)  You must write a poem about coffee and at least one video game reference in the comment section.
     2)  If you want to make sure I have your contact information, send me an email to Scott(@), letting me know which poem/follower name is your’s, that way I have good contact information if you don’t think I have it.
     3)  No purchase necessary, and the contest is void where prohibited.
     4)  The contest/giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States of America.
     5)  The contest/giveaway will run for one month, from August 29, 2011 and close on September 29, 2011 at 11:59PM EST.
     6)  The winner will randomly be selected by a drawing, and the winner will be announced around Friday, September 30, 2011; or as soon as I receive a confirmation reply from the winner.
     7)  The rules may be adjusted/changed as seen fit.

Filtered Thoughts
     If anybody has any questions regarding the contest/giveaway, please email them to me at Scott(@)

>5 Years Ago, This Day…and GIVEAWAY!

April 13, 2011


Coffee Beans:
     Before we knew it as the Wii, we knew it as the Revolution.  In March of 2006, there were rumblings of a FPS being developed for Nintendo’s next console.  Screenshots were even leaked/scanned from magazines, and it was said that Ubisoft was developing it.
     Well, on April 11, 2006, 5 years this day(Tuesday), not today, Ubisoft officially made the announcement, with a press release, that they were developing Red Steel for the Revolution.

     A portion of the press release said, “Today Ubisoft…announced the development of Red Steel, an exclusive first-person action title for the Nintendo Revolution(working name of the new Nintendo platform).  Red Steel is set in modern-day Japan.  Players will master both the ancient art of the katana and the sophisticated technology of modern firearms taking advantage of the emotion and immersive gameplay possible only with the Revolution’s remarkable controller.”

Filtered Thoughts:
     Red Steel seems to be one of those games with a very love/hate type of relationship with gamers.  I rented the game first, because of the wide range of review scores.  I found that even with some control issues, the game was fun and I enjoyed it enough to play through it at least twice.  I would say at its current prices, used or new, the game is worth a try…or at the least, a rental.

Does that “Drinks” machine have any coffee!

     So, to put money where my mouth is, I’m giving away a copy of Red Steel for the Wii.
     Now, I know some of you may be thinking, “Well, if you enjoyed it, why are you giving it away?”  Well, it’s actually an extra used copy I picked up just to giveaway on the site, as I’ll be keeping my copy of the game.
     If you just started following my blog within the last year, you may have missed my Red Steel videos I put together in February 2010, and three things I liked about the original I was hoping Red Steel 2 would keep.
     You can see those videos by clicking the links below, but if you want to play the game without perhaps seeing some spoilers, you probably want to wait:
     1)  Red Steel 2: What It Should Keep from the Original Red Steel
     2)  Red Steel 2: What It Should Keep from the Original Red Steel, Part 2
     3)  Red Steel 2: What It Should Keep from the Original Red Steel, Part 3

Trying to give this guy another “permanent” marking.

     From my research, I think Red Steel was the first FPS announced for the Wii, and it garnered much attention due to the fact it was an “exclusive” title for Nintendo’s new system.

    When the game released though, it was met with a wide range of critical reception.  Red Steel has a “professional” review score average of 65.83%, based on 59 reviews on
     I converted the 92 customer review scores to a 100% review scale, and the average for it was 68.47%.
Contest Details:
     What must you do to enter this giveaway?  Well first, it’s open to U.S. residents(unless the game will play on all North American Wiis), then I’ll open it up to Canadian readers as well.  So, if you’re in Canada, and you know Red Steel will play on your Wii, you can enter also.
     Enter by:
     1)  Being a public follower of this blog.  You can register for that on the right sidebar.  I’ll contact you through the email address you’re registered with, unless I already have an alternate email for you.
     2)  Leaving a comment on this post, saying something like, “I want Red Steel more than my morning cup of coffee!”
     3)  Get a Bonus Entry by – retweeting this on your Twitter account(there’s even a little button below this post for Twitter tweets) AND/OR, “LIKING” the CoffeewithGames Facebook Page…found HERE.  Once you retweet this page, or “Like” the CoffeewithGames Facebook Page, leave a comment saying, “I retweeted this page, I want my Bonus Entry more than a cup of coffee!” or, “I ‘liked’ Facebook page, I want my Bonus Entry more than a cup of coffee!”
     If you aren’t sure how to become a follower of this site, you need to look at the right sidebar and find the “Follow and Subscribe” box, pictured below; then just click the “Follow” button to start the process.
     The contest will run from today, April 12, 2011, through April 26, 2011 and close on April 26 at 11:59PM EST.  I’ll contact the winner after the drawing, and post it up probably sometime on Wednesday April 27.
     The rules may change if necessary, though I always try to keep them pretty simple.

     If any of you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments on this post, or by emailing me at Scott(@) remove the ( ) from around the @ symbol).

     Have any of you perhaps played Red Steel recently?  If so, what are your thoughts on the game?
     Also, if you have played Red Steel 2, and you watched my videos linked above, did the game keep any of those things I was hoping it would keep from the original?  I still haven’t played Red Steel 2 yet, so I don’t know.

     If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway to end, you can find the game on right now for less than $10, just click the image/link below:  

>Contest/Giveaway Winner!

January 28, 2011


Coffee Beans:
     Last Wednesday, I posted about a Coffee with Games contest/give-away.  The time for the contest/give-away has expired, and now it’s time to announce the winner!

How I Chose the Winner:
1)  I kept an empty Maxwell House Dark Roast 270 cup coffee container.

2)  I dropped the entries into the coffee container, then snapped the lid on.

3)  I gave it a good shaking…then, I opened the lid and drew the name…

     Congratulations to Chalgyr on winning the contest!  The package is in the mail, and should arrive probably next Monday or Tuesday!

Filtered Thoughts:
     Thanks to everybody that participated in the contest!  I really do appreciate the time everybody took to enter; and keep an eye out, because there should be another contest/giveaway within the next 2 months!