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Movie Magic Monday! Disney’s Alice in Wonderland data report.

March 12, 2013

Coffee Beans
What is Movie Magic Monday? When I was younger (about 20 years younger), I really enjoyed a show on the Discovery Channel called “Movie Magic”. It was a behind-the-scenes type series, that showed how special effects in movies were made. Usually, each episode would cover a specific special effect done in movies, such as model makers building miniature models for movies.

So, this new Movie Magic Monday feature will be about video games, that are based around movies, posted on Mondays. If you have ever wanted to tumble down the rabbit hole, you might enjoy this first Movie Magic Monday.

Alice in Wonderland was released for the Nintendo Wii on March 2, 2010. The game was developed by Étranges Libellules (now closed) and published by Disney Interactive Studios, and it received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE 10+” with “Fantasy Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of. The game’s development was “inspired by Tim Burton’s” movie, Alice in Wonderland, which released in theaters on March 5, 2010.

How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing Alice in Wonderland, since it released just over 3 years ago? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

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

The Brew
Alice in Wonderland has approximately 28,301 U.S. Wii owners that have reported gameplay hours through the Nintendo Channel. U.S. Wii owners have reported playing close to 300,000 hours, as the image above shows, with 1,105 days possibly reported.

The game’s average reported play-time is 10 hours 13 minutes “Per person”, as the image above shows, which averages to be about 1 hours 19 minutes played per time/day reported. The movie has a runtime of 1 hour 49 minutes.

What about critic and customer reviews for Alice in Wonderland? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 70.50%, based on 10 reviews on It has a customer review score average of 84.00%, based on 30 reviews from

Caffeinated Thoughts
While I have not played the game, Alice in Wonderland, Mrs. Coffee and I did see the movie when it was in theaters, and we saw the “3D” version. We enjoyed the movie, but we haven’t purchased it on DVD or Blu-ray yet (it will probably be Blu-ray, once we decide on a player!).

If you haven’t seen anything from the game, the video below contains a few clips from the game and was a promotional trailer released for it:

Seeing the game with an average time of more than 10 hours “Per person”, really surprised me for a movie based game! Alice in Wonderland has a higher average play-time reported “Per person”, than some Wii exclusive games, like Red Steel 2 and Deadly Creatures.

If you didn’t see the movie, here are two statistics I learned about it, while researching information for this post. According to Box Office Mojo:
1) Alice in Wonderland is currently ranked 13th overall, for worldwide grosses with movies.
2) It is currently ranked as having the 2nd best opening weekend, for March movie releases, only behind The Hunger Games (the newly released Oz The Great and Powerful is close behind though!).

You can learn more interesting information about the movie, by visiting its Box Office Mojo page, HERE.

Have any of you played Alice in Wonderland (any version), and if so, what did you think about it? Even if you haven’t played the game (like me), did you perhaps watch Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, as Mrs. Coffee and I did? If so, what did you enjoy it?

Also, did any of you watch the Discovery Channel “Movie Magic” series like I did, and perhaps greatly enjoy it as well? (If you didn’t watch it, but are interested in what it might have been like, you can find entire episodes on YouTube.)

You can purchase Alice in Wonderland related game and movie products below:

>The Best Video Game Pirate, Jack Sparrow – A LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Report

June 23, 2011


Coffee Beans:
     LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean was released on May 10, 2011 for the Wii, as well as every other current console/handheld video game device.
     LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean was developed by Traveller’s Tales, and published by Disney Interactive Studios.  The Wii version, along with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, has a MSRP of $49.99, and the game received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported pirating with Captain Jack Sparrow in the Caribbean, since the game released?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners that
report game-play data via the Nintendo Channel.  The hours
shown are not for all Wii owners that have played the game.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     Lego Pirates of the Caribbean has had about 4,241 Wii owners report play-time data, with 42 days of game-play reported since it released.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours:
     Lego Pirates of the Caribbean has 65,183 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 15 Hours 23 Minutes “Per person”(or console) that has reported data for the game.
     The game has an average play-time per session right about 2 Hour 53 Minutes.

Sales Information:
     According to the NPD data for May 2011, the Wii version of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean sold the best out of all the versions.

     Lego Pirates of the Caribbean’s sale rank is #61, and it is currently selling for $45.99.
     Sale rank and advertised price were recorded on June 23, 2011 around 2:00AM.

Review Score Averages:
     LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean’s “professional” review score average is 72.93%, based on 14 reviews on

     The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on, based on 24 customer reviews.
     Lego Pirates of the Caribbean’s customer review score average is 82.50% when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     Review score averages recorded on June 23, 2011 around 2:15AM.

Our son!  He would be a fine scallywag
in the crew of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Filtered Thoughts:
     While I have not played any version of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, I do think the game looks like good, typical, LEGO video game fun.  If you are not familiar with any of the LEGO video games and the humor they use, the video below is a compilation of three trailers for LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean and it should give you a good idea of the humor you can expect from this game.

     As for the reported game-play data, seeing the game debut in just over a month is pretty good for game I believe.  While it’s not as fast of a game-play hours debut as some other games, it is a solid and quick start compared to most third party games on the Wii.
     With the average play session being almost 3 hours, I think that shows gamers are sitting down and really enjoying this game each time they are playing it.

     One thing I’m really surprised by is that it took nearly 6 years for Disney and Traveller’s Tales to get a “LEGO” Pirates game released, considering the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie released back in 2003, and the first LEGO Star Wars game was released in 2005.  While Traveller’s Tales was probably busy with developing the many other “LEGO” games between 2005 and the release of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean last month, I just figured a “LEGO” Pirates game would have happened sooner knowing the success the LEGO Star Wars games, and the box office success of each Pirates movie.
     Anyway, I’m glad to know that Captain Jack Sparrow’s latest video game pirate adventure seems to be a success, because in my opinion, he’s the best type of pirate there is and he’s a video game pirate I don’t mind talking about.

     Have any of you played any version of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, and if so, what do you think about the game?  Do you think the game follows the “LEGO” video game formula well enough, and follows the Pirates movies, as fans of the movies may expect?
     Would you recommend LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean to other gamers at it’s current MSRP of $49.99, or would you suggest waiting on a price drop for it?

If any of you are interested in LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, you can see prices on linked below for a few of the different versions, as well a LEGO Captain Jack Sparrow! 

Disney Epic Mickey’s Debut Game-Play Hours

December 28, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Disney Epic Mickey was released on November 30, 2010, in North America with a MSRP of $49.99.  Disney Epic Mickey was developed by Junction Point Studios, and published by Disney Interactive Studios.  The game has an ESRB game rating of “E” for “Everyone”, with the only content listed for parents to be aware of being “Cartoon Violence”.

     It has taken Disney Epic Mickey 28 days for its game-play hours to appear on the Nintendo Channel since it released.
     How many hours have Wii owners reported spending in Mickey Mouse’s new adventure in those 28 days?  Let’s take a look!

Does Mickey drink coffee?  I have no idea!
Hours shown above are for the United States only, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Disney Epic Mickey has 9,640 Wii owners reporting their game-play hours on its debut, on the Nintendo Channel.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Disney Epic Mickey has 78,084 Total Hours of game-play hours reported on its debut, with an average of 8 Hours 7 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     Disney Epic Mickey’s average reported play-time per session is just over 2 Hour 24 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Disney Epic Mickey’s sale rank is #22, and it is currently selling for $39.99.
     (Sale rank and advertised price recorded around 9:15PM on 12-27-10)

Review Score Averages:
     Disney Epic Mickey’s review score average is 71.83%, based on 40 “professional” reviews on
     (Review score averages recorded around 9:15PM on 12-27-10)

     Disney Epic Mickey has a 3.5 out of 5 Stars rating on, based on 75 customer reviews.
     You can see the customer review score breakdown in the picture below:

What would you rate it?

Filtered Thoughts:
     I haven’t played Disney Epic Mickey, and I didn’t receive it for Christmas, but I really do want to play it.
     I read and watched many of Warren Spector’s interviews on Disney Epic Mickey, and he always seemed to really be enjoying the development of the game and talking about it.
     A lot of the “negatives” on the game seem to be issues with the game’s camera controls, but it does seem some players can adjust to them, and still find Disney Epic Mickey very enjoyable.
     I was honestly surprised to see Disney Epic Mickey have so many varying “professional” review scores, especially considering how open Warren Spector seemed to be talking about the game.
     I have a few games I’m going to try to get caught up on from my backlog, but hopefully I’ll give Disney Epic Mickey a try sometime in 2011.
     If any of you haven’t seen any videos on Disney Epic Mickey, here’s a trailer for the game:

     Have any of you played and completed Disney Epic Mickey?  If so, about how many hours of game-play did it take you to complete Disney Epic Mickey’s story mode?
     If you have played it, but even perhaps not completed it, do you think the camera controls in the game are a big issue that should be fixed for any possible sequel?

If anybody is interested in Disney Epic Mickey, you can see prices for the game and Collector’s Edition on linked below: