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Donkey Kong Country Returns! How much have U.S. Wii owners reported playing? Official U.S. Nintendo Channel data report.

May 27, 2013

Coffee Beans
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have been platforming buddies since the 90s. Sometimes they work together, other times they work to help the other out. It just depends which adventure you play.

Donkey Kong Country Returns was one of Nintendo’s surprise Wii games at E3 2010, and the game released on November 21, 2010 that same year with a MSRP of $49.99. It was developed by Retro Games (known for developing the Metroid Prime games), and of course published by Nintendo.

Donkey Kong Country Returns is now available for the Nintendo 3DS system with a MSRP of $34.99, and like the Wii version, it also received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE” with “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

If you own a Wii or Wii U, or now even a Nintendo 3DS, and are interested in Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D), how many hours can you expect from it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look at the official U.S. Wii Nintendo Channel data and the average hours reported!

The Brew
Donkey Kong Country Returns now has approximately 406,053 U.S. Wii owners with nearly 10 million Total Hours of game-play data reported, with about 911 days reported. This is an increase of almost 400,000 more U.S. Wii owners that have had game-play data for the game reported, than when it first debuted in December 2010.

The game’s average reported play time of 22 Hours 54 Minutes “Per person”, seen in the image below, averages out to be about 1 Hours 47 Minutes played per time reported.

For comparison to other Nintendo Wii platforming games, Donkey Kong’s reported hours “Per person” are lower than New Super Mario Bros. Wii’s, but slightly higher than Kirby’s Epic Yarn’s.

What about critic and customer reviews for the game? The last time we looked at the reported data, DKCR had a “professional” critic review score average of 87.79%, based on 53 reviews on GameRankings. Now, the game has a critic review score average of 87.87%, based on 55 reviews on GameRankings.com.

Its customer review score average was 89.86%, based on 306 reviews from Amazon.com. Donkey Kong Country Returns now has a customer review score average of 89.69%, now based on 427 reviews on Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
It’s been a while since I last played Donkey Kong’s platforming Wii adventure, but as I have stated before, I really did enjoy my time with the game. I have done several Nintendo Channel data reports on the game over the last few years, and you can take a look at the different times reported for the game over the years: HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

While I haven’t played through the game just by myself, Mrs. Coffee and I play through the entire game together, just like we did with New Super Mario Bros. Wii. If you haven’t seen anything on Donkey Kong Country Returns, here’s a video of Mrs. Coffee and I playing through one of the levels in the Wii version:

I believe that Monster Games (probably best known for Excite Truck, ExciteBots, and PilotWings Resort to Nintendo fans) is the company Nintendo hired to port Donkey Kong Country Returns from the Wii to the 3DS. While I’m really glad to see Monster Games continuing to work with Nintendo, I do hope that they have been working on another, newer, game for either the Wii U or 3DS.

I think it would be interesting to see what Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D’s average hours “Per person” end up being, and specifically what the average hours reported per time would be. Unfortunately though the 3DS, like the Wii U, doesn’t have a Nintendo Channel where all the game-play data is reported. I think it would be interesting because of the portability of the game on the 3DS now, if it would end up having a higher or lower average overall.

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Questions
Have any of you played through Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii in the last year, and if so, what did you think about the game? If you own a Nintendo 3DS, have you already purchased Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the system, and if you have had a chance to play it, what do you think about it?

If you have played both the Wii and 3DS versions, do you prefer one more than the other; assuming you have had the chance to play the 3DS version a decent amount already?

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Ape & Monkey Together = Awesome Game! A Year’s Worth of Donkey Kong Country Returns

December 6, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Donkey Kong Country Returns was released on November 21, 2010 at a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by Retro Studios, and published by Nintendo. It received an ESRB rating of “Everyone“, with “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent hoarding bananas over the last year in Donkey Kong Country Returns? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Donkey Kong Country Returns now has 259,963 Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel with 372 days possibly reported. The game has seen approximately 249,460 more Wii owners report data through the Nintendo Channel, compared to the number on its debut from December last year.
     DKCR has almost 5 million “Total Hours” of gameplay reported in just over a year, and the game’s average play-time per day/session is now 1 Hour 50 Minutes.
     DKCR’s “professional” review score average is now 87.79%, based on 53 reviews on GameRankings.com. The game still has 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, but now it is based on 306 customer reviews.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     Mrs. Coffee and I beat Donkey Kong Country Returns together earlier this year, but we haven’t really played it since. As a matter of fact, it is not currently in our game “collection”, as we traded our neighbors it back in July in exchange for Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Wii Sports Resort. Before we traded off Donkey Kong Country Returns though, how many hours did we put into the game?

     Our 65 hours reported are nearly all of just the two of us playing through the game together, with maybe an hour or two of the total being from us playing our own files in the game.
     If you have played Donkey Kong Country Returns cooperatively, you can probably relate to the frustration from the infuriatingly awesome level designs when trying to survive through a level with another player.
     Somehow, Mrs. Coffee and I survived the entire game together though, and we may have to give it another run in the future. Below is a video of Mrs. Coffee and me playing through DKCR’s World 5’s, Level 5-K Blast and Bounce. SPOILER WARNING – If you don’t want to see where at least one hidden puzzle piece is, don’t watch the video; but if you want to see us attempt a level together, just click play! I play as Donkey Kong, she plays as Diddy Kong:

     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ first year of reported data places it behind Mario’s games, but ahead of Kirby. Seeing the play-time that Mrs. Coffee and I reported, over 60 hours, compared to the average reported on the Nintendo Channel being under 20 hours, is really surprising to me. It makes me wonder if perhaps Donkey Kong Country Returns is so much of a challenge, that many of the players aren’t finishing it?
     I think DKCR is an excellent Wii game, and an excellent cooperative 2D side-scrolling platforming title in general. I really hope that Nintendo announces very soon Donkey Kong Country Returns is becoming a Nintendo Selects title so many more Wii owners can experience it.
     If you are looking for a new Wii game for Christmas that you can play with just one other person locally, I can recommend Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Questions
     Have any of you recently acquired and/or been playing through Donkey Kong Country Returns? If so, have any of you completed the game 100% cooperatively and, have you or anybody know you completed everything in the game, “Time Trials” and all?
     If you don’t own Donkey Kong Country Returns is it on your Christmas list, or would you purchase it almost immediately if it became a Nintendo Selects title with a MSRP of only $19.99?

If any of you are interested in Donkey Kong Country Returns, you can see prices for it and some Donkey Kong toys 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=B003ZHMMEM 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=B0038G5KFS 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=B003HOBM1M

>The Donkey Kong Island Report – Hours of Pain, or Hours of Pleasure?

February 15, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     First, happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!  I hope you all had a great day, and perhaps had the chance to spend it with others.  For this report, we’re taking another look at Donkey Kong Country Returns!
     Donkey Kong Country Returns was released 86 days ago, and we last looked at the game-play hours as they were reported on January 17.
     I’m including a video of my wife and I playing World 1-1, Jungle Hijinxs, with this week’s data report, and you can find the game-play video in the “Filtered Thoughts” section down below.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent on Donkey Kong Island in the last 29 days, and were those hours of pain, or pleasure?  Let’s take a look!

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

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     How many players does Donkey Kong Country Returns have reporting their play-time data?
     Donkey Kong Country Returns now has 111,906 Wii owners reporting their game-play data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Reported Player Increase:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns has seen an increase of about 34,904 gamers reporting game-play data, since the data reported on January 17.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns now has 1,523,884 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 693,524 Total Hours of game-play in the last 29 days.
     The average play-time for DKCR is 13 Hours 37 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, which is an increase of 2 Hours 49 Minutes more than the last average reported.
     The average play-time per session(or day) reported for Donkey Kong Country Returns is just over 1 Hour 59 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ Amazon.com sale rank is #43, and it is currently selling for $43.99.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 11:45PM, on 2-14-11)

Review Score Averages:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ “professional” review score average is 87.69%, based on 48 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     DKCR has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 215 customer reviews.
     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ customer review score average is now 90.41%, when converted to a 100% review scale.  You can see the customer review score breakdown for DKCR in the image below:

     (Review score averages recorded around 11:45PM, on 2-14-11)

Filtered Thoughts:
     Since the last report, Donkey Kong Country Returns has crossed 1,000,000 Total Hours of game-play reported, in 65 days reported.  I think it’s interesting, though not unexpected, that Donkey Kong Country Returns took 65 days to cross one million Total Hours of game-play reported after it released, while New Super Mario Bros. Wii took just 44 days to cross one million Total Hours reported after it released.
     As for the play-time with the game in our house, my wife and I have completed Donkey Kong Country Returns 100%(102% now!), since I did the last report, and we had a blast with the game…even though we aren’t “officially” done yet.
     The video below is of my wife and I playing through World 1-1, Jungle Hijinxs, in Donkey Kong Country Returns.  I’m playing as Donkey Kong and she’s playing as Diddy Kong in the video.
     SPOILER ALERT – Also, if you don’t want to know how to get all the K-O-N-G letters or where all the puzzle pieces are in World 1-1, you shouldn’t watch the video, as we do collect them all in the video.  Here’s the video:

     I think DKCR will continue to see a steady increase in game-play hours, but like I stated in the last report, Donkey Kong Country Returns’ Amazon.com sale rank is still lower than New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Mario Kart Wii.  While DKCR has definitely sold well for Nintendo, I wonder how the game is going to end up with sales in a year’s time.

     While we enjoyed our overall time with DKCR, many of the hours/levels were agonizingly painful(in a video game difficulty sense!)!  
     Being today was Valentine’s Day though, if you’re looking for a video game to spend time with a “special” someone in your life, I would highly recommend Donkey Kong Country Returns…just beware the game is challenging, but it will give you many hours of pleasure.

Questions:
     Have any of you been playing Donkey Kong Country Returns in the last few weeks, and if so, have any of you beaten it?  Also, have any of you perhaps played through the entire game co-op with another person, like my wife and I, and found it to be really enjoyable?  Or, was your experience more “pain”, than “pleasure”?

If anybody is interested in Donkey Kong Country Returns, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003ZHMMEM&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  

>Donkey Kong Country Returns – Game-Play Hours

January 20, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     We last looked at Donkey Kong Country Returns’ reported game-play hours last month.  The game-play hours in the last report were recorded on December 13, so we haven’t looked at Donkey Kong Country Returns’ game-play hours since before the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
     If some of you are looking for details on the 2011 Club Nintendo Calendar giveaway, you can check the “Filtered Thoughts” section of this post for the link to the giveaway information.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported playing Donkey Kong Country Returns in the last 5 weeks?  Let’s take a look!

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

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns now has 77,002 Wii owners reporting their play-time data through the Nintendo Channel.

Reported Player Increase:
     How many more players have reported game-play data for DKCR in the last 5 weeks?
     Donkey Kong Country Returns has seen an increase of about 62,358 gamers reporting game-play data, since the last report.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns now has 830,360 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 689,786 Total Hours of game-play in the last 5 weeks.
     The average play-time for DKCR is 10 Hours 48 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, which is an increase of 1 Hour 12 Minutes above the average in the last report.
     The average play-time per session(or day) reported for DKCR is just over 2 Hours 4 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns Amazon.com sale rank is #30, and is currently selling for $43.99.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 11:55PM, on 1-19-11)

Review Score Averages:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ review score average is 87.70%, based on 47 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.

     DKCR has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 183 customer reviews.
     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ customer review score average is 90.16%, when converted to a 100% review scale.  You can see the customer review score breakdown in the image below:

     (Review score averages recorded around 11:55PM, on 1-19-11)

Filtered Thoughts:
     You may recall when I mentioned in my “Christmas Gifts & My New Year’s Video Game Resolution!” post that I received Donkey Kong Country Returns as a Christmas gift from Mrs. CoffeewithGames.
     Well, I’m happy to say we have been playing DKCR a good bit, and we are now on World 8.  Just like when we played New Super Mario Bros. Wii, there has been some yelling and screaming at the TV[and each other 🙂], but also cheering when bosses/levels are beaten.
     We are having a lot of fun playing the game together, and I’ll do an update of some sort when we complete it.  If you haven’t seen anything from the game, here are some trailers put together showing off game-play footage:

    As for the data, I think the increase in “Total Hours” and the number of players reporting data, are both very good for the game, and I think both will keep steadily increasing over the next 2 months as more players are completing the game.
     As for the game’s Amazon.com sale rank, seeing it ranking below New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Mario Kart Wii this fast, makes me wonder if it will be like those games for Nintendo and have long sales legs.  If you’re wondering how DKCR has sold already, it’s been reported that Donkey Kong Country Returns has sold over 1.8 copies, though I’m not sure if that number is for North America only, or world-wide; either way, I think it’s a great number.

     Now, I know some of you may be wondering about the 2011 Club Nintendo Contest, and you can find the details for the contest in the “Coffee with Games CONTEST/GIVEAWAY!” post, HERE!

Questions:
     Have any of you been playing Donkey Kong Country Returns in the last few weeks?  If so, what do you think about the game?

If any of you are interested in Donkey Kong Country Returns, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003ZHMMEM&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  

Donkey Kong Country Returns’ Hours Played

December 17, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Last week, we looked at Donkey Kong Country Returns’ debut game-play hours, as reported on the Nintendo Channel.  Wii owners in the United States had reported more than 80,000 Total Hours of game-play, with an average “Per person” play-time of 8 Hours 6 Minutes.  You can see the full debut data report for Donkey Kong Country Returns HERE!

     How many more hours of game-play have Wii owners reported for Donkey Kong Country Returns, from December 6 to December 13?  Let’s take a look!

Game-Play hours shown are for the United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
      Donkey Kong Country Returns now has 14,644 Wii owners reporting their play-time data, through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Reported Player Increase:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns saw an increase of 4,141 gamers reporting game-play data, since the report last week.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns now has 140,574 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 55,575 Total Hours of game-play since last week.
     The average play-time for DKCR is 9 Hours 36 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, and the average play-time per session for Donkey Kong Country Returns is just over 2 Hours 16 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ Amazon.com sale rank is #3, and is currently selling for $39.54.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 10:00AM on 12-17-10)

Review Score Averages:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ review score average is now 88.05%, based on 38 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.
     (Review score averages recorded around 10:00am on 12-17-10)

     Amazon.com shows DKCR still with a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating, still a 90%, but now based on 57 customer reviews.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I still haven’t played it, but Donkey Kong Country Returns is on my Christmas list.  The few people I have talked to that have played DKCR, really enjoyed it and found it challenging(in a good way).
     When I posted the debut hours last week, the NPD numbers for November had not been released yet.  On December 9, reports started filtering out that Donkey Kong Country Returns sold 430.5K units during November.
     While the number is pretty good, I think it will be interesting to see how DKCR performs in December, and if it turns into another New Super Mario Bros. Wii type game, that is repeatedly in the NPD’s “Top 10” games list for several months.
      With last week’s hours report, I posted the Donkey Kong Country Returns commercials that Nintendo has been running for the game; and with this week’s report, I’m including a video compilation of four different trailers showing off footage from Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Questions:
     If you have played it, about how many hours did it take you to complete the main story mode for Donkey Kong Country Returns?  Last week reader Jonath said, “I actually beat the final boss…after playing for 8 hours.”  Is that about how many hours the average player should take to complete Donkey Kong Country Returns?  If you have finished the game, and the bonus areas, how many extra hours of game-play do the bonus areas provide?


If anybody is interested in Donkey Kong Country Returns, and you haven’t purchased it yet; Amazon.com now has the game on sale for $39.54, as shown and linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003ZHMMEM&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  

Donkey Kong Country Returns’ Hours Played Debut – Gamers Going Ape?

December 6, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns was released on November 21, 2010, in North America; with a MSRP of $49.99.  Donkey Kong Country Returns(DKCR) was developed by Retro Studios, and published by Nintendo.

     It took 16 days for Donkey Kong’s new game to have game-play data appear on the Nintendo Channel.
     How many hours have Wii owners reportedly spent helping Donkey Kong get his stolen banana hoard back?  Let’s take a look!

The debut game-play hours shown are for the United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns has 10,503 Wii owners reporting their play-time data, on its debut through the Nintendo Channel.

Average Hours & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns has 84,999 Total Hours of game-play reported for its debut, with an average play-time of 8 Hours 6 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The debut average play-time per session for Donkey Kong Country Returns is just over 2 Hours 21 Minutes.
     Wii owners have averaged about 5,312 game-play hours each day playing DKCR, over the 16 days reported.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ Amazon.com sale rank is #2, and is currently selling for $43.54.
     (Sale rank and price captured around 3:00PM EST, on 12-6-10)

Review Score Averages:
     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ review score average is 88.03%, based on 32 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.
     (Review score averages recorded around 3:00PM EST, on 12-6-10)

     Amazon.com shows DKCR with a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating, basically a 90% average; based on 43 customer reviews.

How many “Stars” would you give it?

Filtered Thoughts:
     I haven’t purchased or played Donkey Kong Country Returns.  It is on my radar though, because of the cooperative mode it offers; and I think it’s a game Mrs. CoffeewithGames and I would enjoy together.
     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ 10,503 players reporting game-play data on its debut, is the third highest number for a Nintendo published Wii game this year.  I’m actually surprised the number is not slighty higher, considering it is Nintendo’s big holiday release title; but perhaps DKCR will see a significant increase in the number of players reporting data after Christmas this year.
     I definitely don’t think the initial number of players reporting data will be a reflection of long-term sales for the game; as the current Amazon.com sale rank is encouraging considering how many other high profile games were released in November.
     Also, Nintendo has promoted Donkey Kong Country Returns with at least two commercials so far, and you can see them in the YouTube video below:

Questions:
     Have any of you already played Donkey Kong Country Returns?  If so, what do you think of what you have played of DKCR?  If you haven’t played Donkey Kong’s new game, are you expecting to play it soon?


If anybody is interested in Donkey Kong Country Returns, and you haven’t purchased it yet; you can see prices listed on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003ZHMMEM&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  

Donkey Kong’s Countries Data

June 25, 2010
(Retro Studios’ new entrance page)

Thoughts:(first this time)
When the original Donkey Kong Country was announced for the SNES, I remember being really excited for the game, and I even received the VHS tape Nintendo mailed out to help promote the game.


The game released in November of 1994, and it was on my Christmas list that year. I knew I was getting it, because I was at Toys R’Us when my mom purchased(I knew Santa wasn’t real!).
Instead of waiting patiently for Christmas day, I was super excited about the game and ran around the house acting ape like, begging my parents to let me open it early.


There was some stipulation to opening it early, but the running around like an ape helped; and I was able to open it early.


Last week at E3, Nintendo announced that Retro Studios was working on Donkey Kong Country Returns.  I was glad to see it, and after watching the trailer(multiple times) it looks like the game is coming along nicely; and should be a great return for the Donkey Kong Country series.


If you have not seen the trailer for Donkey Kong Country Returns, the following video is one I compiled of game-play from the original Donkey Kong Country(nostalgia), and the new Donkey Kong Country Returns:



Now, let us look at some data!




Quick Brew Info:

Donkey Kong Country was originally released for the SNES on November 21, 1994.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest was released for the SNES in December of 1995; it was released.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble! was released for the SNES on November 22, 1996.
All three Donkey Kong Country games are still available for download on the Wii’s Virtual Console service for 800 Wii Points each.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Donkey Kong Country has 138,354 players reporting their play-time data.
Donkey Kong Country 2 has 57,322 players reporting play-time data.
Donkey Kong Country 3 has 32,697 players reporting play-time data.

Sales Info:
I checked the Virtual Console’s “Popular Titles” section, at 11:55PM on 6-24-10.
The original Donkey Kong Country was the only game I saw listed, and it was at the #7 spot.
The “Popular Titles” section shows the “Top 20” Virtual Console titles that Wii owners are downloading, I believe for that day.
I also find it interesting that from the data collected, as of June 21, Nintendo has made approximately $1,826,984 off of the three Donkey Kong Country games on the Virtual Console.

Number of Days Released on the Virtual Console:
Donkey Kong Country was released through the Virtual Console on February 19, 2007.  The data pictured/written above was totals, from February 19, 2007 through June 21, 2010.
1219 days; or 3 years, 4 months, 3 days including June 21.

Donkey Kong Country 2 was released again through Nintendo’s Virtual Console service on May 21, 2007.
The data totals above are reported for 1128 days; or 3 years, 1 month, 1 day including June 21.

Donkey Kong Country 3 was re-released for the Virtual Console on December 24, 2007.
Total days it has been on the Virtual Console, including June 21, are 911 days; or 2 years, 5 months, 29 days.

Questions:
Did you play the original Donkey Kong Country games?  If you didn’t play all of them, which ones did you play?
I owned the original, Donkey Kong Country, but I didn’t own the DKC2 or DKC3; though I did play DKC2 and I think I played a bit of DKC3.

Do you think the review score averages for the games are correct, with Donkey Kong Country 2 being slightly better than the original?
I would have to play them again before deciding, as it has been YEARS since I have played/completed Donkey Kong Country.

Last, but definitely not least, are you excited about Donkey Kong Country Returns?
Is it a “day one” purchase now, or are you taking a “wait and see approach” as I am?

As for Donkey Kong Country Returns, the game doesn’t have a solid release date yet, but Amazon.com is taking pre-orders on it.  If you want to download any of the original Donkey Kong Country games off the Virtual Console, you can purchase them directly from the Virtual Console or use a Nintendo Wii Points card.

Donkey Kong’s Countries Data

June 25, 2010
(Retro Studios’ new entrance page)

Thoughts:(first this time)
When the original Donkey Kong Country was announced for the SNES, I remember being really excited for the game, and I even received the VHS tape Nintendo mailed out to help promote the game.


The game released in November of 1994, and it was on my Christmas list that year. I knew I was getting it, because I was at Toys R’Us when my mom purchased(I knew Santa wasn’t real!).
Instead of waiting patiently for Christmas day, I was super excited about the game and ran around the house acting ape like, begging my parents to let me open it early.


There was some stipulation to opening it early, but the running around like an ape helped; and I was able to open it early.


Last week at E3, Nintendo announced that Retro Studios was working on Donkey Kong Country Returns.  I was glad to see it, and after watching the trailer(multiple times) it looks like the game is coming along nicely; and should be a great return for the Donkey Kong Country series.


If you have not seen the trailer for Donkey Kong Country Returns, the following video is one I compiled of game-play from the original Donkey Kong Country(nostalgia), and the new Donkey Kong Country Returns:



Now, let us look at some data!




Quick Brew Info:

Donkey Kong Country was originally released for the SNES on November 21, 1994.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest was released for the SNES in December of 1995; it was released.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble! was released for the SNES on November 22, 1996.
All three Donkey Kong Country games are still available for download on the Wii’s Virtual Console service for 800 Wii Points each.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Donkey Kong Country has 138,354 players reporting their play-time data.
Donkey Kong Country 2 has 57,322 players reporting play-time data.
Donkey Kong Country 3 has 32,697 players reporting play-time data.

Sales Info:
I checked the Virtual Console’s “Popular Titles” section, at 11:55PM on 6-24-10.
The original Donkey Kong Country was the only game I saw listed, and it was at the #7 spot.
The “Popular Titles” section shows the “Top 20” Virtual Console titles that Wii owners are downloading, I believe for that day.
I also find it interesting that from the data collected, as of June 21, Nintendo has made approximately $1,826,984 off of the three Donkey Kong Country games on the Virtual Console.

Number of Days Released on the Virtual Console:
Donkey Kong Country was released through the Virtual Console on February 19, 2007.  The data pictured/written above was totals, from February 19, 2007 through June 21, 2010.
1219 days; or 3 years, 4 months, 3 days including June 21.

Donkey Kong Country 2 was released again through Nintendo’s Virtual Console service on May 21, 2007.
The data totals above are reported for 1128 days; or 3 years, 1 month, 1 day including June 21.

Donkey Kong Country 3 was re-released for the Virtual Console on December 24, 2007.
Total days it has been on the Virtual Console, including June 21, are 911 days; or 2 years, 5 months, 29 days.

Questions:
Did you play the original Donkey Kong Country games?  If you didn’t play all of them, which ones did you play?
I owned the original, Donkey Kong Country, but I didn’t own the DKC2 or DKC3; though I did play DKC2 and I think I played a bit of DKC3.

Do you think the review score averages for the games are correct, with Donkey Kong Country 2 being slightly better than the original?
I would have to play them again before deciding, as it has been YEARS since I have played/completed Donkey Kong Country.

Last, but definitely not least, are you excited about Donkey Kong Country Returns?
Is it a “day one” purchase now, or are you taking a “wait and see approach” as I am?

As for Donkey Kong Country Returns, the game doesn’t have a solid release date yet, but Amazon.com is taking pre-orders on it.  If you want to download any of the original Donkey Kong Country games off the Virtual Console, you can purchase them directly from the Virtual Console or use a Nintendo Wii Points card.