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

March 12, 2013

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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 GameRankings.com. It has a customer review score average of 84.00%, based on 30 reviews from Amazon.com.

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.

Questions
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:

Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension – Hours Report

October 6, 2011
Does Perry the Platypus drink coffee?  Find out HERE!

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     Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension was released on August 2, 2011 with a MSRP of just $39.99.  It was developed by High Impact Games, and published by Disney Interactive Studios.
     The game received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents/gamers to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported battling Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his evil thingaminators in the last 2 months?  Let’s take a look!

Does Perry the Platypus drink coffee?  Find out HERE!

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension has about 5,830 Wii owners that have reported play-time data since the game released in August.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     The game has 50,573 Total Hours of game-play reported on its debut, with an average play-time of 8 Hours 40 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension’s average play-time per day/session reported is 2 Hours 49 Minutes.

Sales Information
     The game’s current Amazon.com sale rank is #365, and it is selling for $39.96.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 11:00PM on October 5, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     Across the 2nd Dimension’s “professional” review score average is 74.75%, based on 4 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 14 customer reviews.
     Phineas’ and Ferb’s latest game adventure has an 81.42% customer review score average, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 11:00PM on October 5, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     Phineas and Ferb was another show we started watching through Netflix’s streaming service with our oldest son.  While he probably couldn’t follow what was happening in the show when we started watching it, the show provided a good distraction and background noise; but like another show, soon I found we had watched all of the available episodes, some two or three times.  Our oldest little bean will request to watch the show by saying, “Ferb!”, so I think he’s understanding it more now.
     Like that other show, I also learned the theme song for Phineas and Ferb and have come to enjoy some of the characters on the show; specifically I enjoy the running relationship between Perry and Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

     While I have not played Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension, I am surprised to see the game’s average hours “Per person”, or console, at more than 8 hours.  Tony, from Nintendo-Okie.com, reviewed it and clocked about 3.5 hours with the game, so I think the reported game-play hours show the game is definitely being played more often, and/or by more than one person; compared to Tony’s time with the game.
     If you have not seen any footage of the game, below is a video containing two trailers from the game that I compiled together:

Questions
     Have any of you played Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension, and if so, what do you think about the game?
     Have any of you watched the Phineas and Ferb show, and perhaps are fans of it also?

If any of you are interested in the game you can see prices on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B004OQGXX4

Well Dadgum! Cars 2: The Video Game Races Onto the Scene

August 19, 2011

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     Cars 2: The Video Game was released on June 21, 2011 for the Wii, and almost every other current generation console/handheld.
     The Wii version was developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Interactive Studios, and it released with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game received an “Everyone 10+” rating from the ESRB, with “Cartoon Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported racing with Mater and Lightning McQueen in Cars 2: The Video Game?  Let’s take a look!

Lightning McQueen and Mater, our oldest son’s toys.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Cars 2 has had approximately 7,874 Wii owners report game-play hours in the 54 days from June 21 to August 15.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Cars 2: The Video Game has 59,613 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 7 Hours 35 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The game’s average play-time is 2 Hours 20 Minutes per day/session reported.

Amazon.com Sales Information
     Cars 2: The Video Game has an Amazon.com sales rank of #125, and it is currently discounted 30% off its MSRP and is selling for $34.99.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 1:30AM on August 20, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     Cars 2: The Video Game has a “professional” review score average of 69.42%, based on 6 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 13 customer reviews.
     Cars 2’s customer review score average is 84.61%, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 1:30AM on August 19, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     I have not played Cars 2: The Video Game, nor have I seen Cars 2 the movie…but I have “watched” Cars, the original movie, probably 100+ times in the last few months with our oldest son.  Lightning McQueen and Mater in the banner and data image above, are actually two of our son’s Cars toys!
     Our oldest son loves the Toy Story movies, and Cars.  I have been tempted to purchase Cars 2: The Video Game to see how he would react to it, and because I’m curious if he could learn to play it…or if he would just continuously crash and run off the courses.
     If you have not seen any information about Cars 2: The Video Game, below is a fun video the developers put together on the game:

     Did you all see the coffee cup!  Okay, there could have been tea in it, but I didn’t see a tea bag string…perhaps, I can find out from the developer.
     I think it’s pretty impressive that Cars 2: The Video Game has had hours debut in less than 2 months since it released, especially considering the Wii version does not feature online multiplayer.
     I think the game’s average time per day/session that it is played, 2 Hours 20 Minutes, is really impressive and shows that the game is not necessarily being played just in short, quick sessions, and perhaps the local multiplayer feature is getting some good use.
     Since I have kept to my “New Year’s Video Game Resolution” so far, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing Cars 2: The Video Game, though a rental of it may happen.

Questions
     Have any of you played Cars 2: The Video Game?  If so, what do you think about the game, good and/or bad, and what system did you play it on?
     Also, are any of your kids seemingly hooked on Toy Story movies and Cars, or just Pixar movies in general, like our two year old son?

If any of you are interested in Cars 2: The Video Game, you can see prices on Amazon.com linked below for several systems:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B004M8K9AW&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B004M8M2H0&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B004M8M30G&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr