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What is the Wii’s most played Need for Speed game, based on "Total Hours" reported played?

March 19, 2013
Can you guess which one is the most played by total hours reported?

Coffee Beans
Did you know the Wii had six Need for Speed games released for it? Well, at least six in the United States. Six. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6! I didn’t realize there were so many Need for Speed games within 6 years, much less six Need for Speed games on one console!

The image above shows the six Need for Speed games that released on the Wii in the United States, at least that I’m aware of. They were: Need for Speed CarbonNeed for Speed: Pro StreetNeed for Speed: UndercoverNeed for Speed NITRONeed for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and Need for Speed: The Run. There could have been another that I missed, but these are what I found in my research.

Now, if you’re a Wii U owner, like myself, you may be aware (or not) that Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is releasing for the system today, March 19th. While it will be the Wii U’s first Need for Speed game, if the number of Need for Speed games on the Wii is any clue, Most Wanted U won’t be the Wii U’s last.

Before you go off and start playing Need for Speed: Most Wanted U though, what is the Wii’s most played Need for Speed game based on the total hours reported played from U.S. Wii owners? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
If you guessed Need for Speed Carbon as the most played Need for Speed Wii game, at least according to total hours reported from U.S. Wii owners, you guessed right!

Need for Speed Carbon was the first Need for Speed game on the Wii, releasing on November 20, 2006. It was published by Electronic Arts (EA), and the game received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE 10+“with “Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of when it released.

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

Need for Speed Carbon has approximately 218,258 U.S. Wii owners that have reported almost 5 million “Tota Hours” of gameplay, through the Nintendo Channel with 2,310 days possibly reported.

The 4,912,413 Total Hours reported, makes Need for Speed Carbon the Wii’s most played Need for Speed game according to total hours reported on the Nintendo Channel. The game’s average reported play-time is 22 Hours 31 Minutes “Per person”, as you can see in the image above, which averages out to be about 1 hour 42 minutes played per day/time reported.

How was the Wii’s first Need for Speed game received by critics and customers? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 65.39%, based on 23 reviews on GameRankings.com. It has a customer review score average of 76.96%, based on 79 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I never played any of the Need for Speed Wii games, but I did play one of the older titles. I think it was maybe the original Need for Speed that released on the original PlayStation (yes, that many years ago!).

Again, Need for Speed Carbon is the Wii’s most played game from the series according to the total hours reported, and while it was the first Need for Speed game on the system, *it should be noted that just being the first game released in a Wii series, doesn’t always make it the most played. There is another Need for Speed Wii game that is most played, at least according to hours played/averaged “Per person”, that we may take a look at later this week!

If you have started reading the data reports on CoffeeWithGames just in the last year or so, you may have missed how my data images used to look before I had a capture device. I did a data report on Need for Speed Carbon back in 2009, which you can read HERE.

Since that first data report over 3 years ago, the game has had over 70,000 more Wii owners with data reported for it through the Nintendo Channel, almost two million more “Total Hours” reported, and its average “Per person” has increased by just over an hour. I think this shows that the game was/is being played a good amount these last several years, including a good amount by late Wii adopters that bought it.

As I mentioned in the “Coffee Beans” section above, if you own a Wii U and have enjoyed the Need for Speed games in the past, you may be interested in Need for Speed: Most Wanted U. The game is releasing for the system in the U.S. today, and the Wii U version has a MSRP of $59.99, includes some DLC content, and it is one of the Wii U titles included in Target’s “Buy Two, Get One Free” sale I posted about yesterday morning.

If you haven’t seen any footage or the features in Need for Speed: Most Wanted U, the trailer below should give you an idea of what you can expect:

Again, while I haven’t played any of the Wii’s Need for Speed games, I am interested in Need for Speed: Most Wanted U, because I was a big fan of the Burnout games. The developer behind this Wii U Need for Speed title is the same developer behind the Burnout games. Depending if I head out to Target this week, and what games they have available, may determine if Need for Speed: Most Wanted U joins our Wii U collection.

Seeing Need for Speed Carbon on the Wii with so many “Total Hours” reported and the average “Per person”, I can only imagine that Need for Speed: Most Wanted U will give Wii U owners many hours of fun, especially with the included DLC and extra Wii U features such as Off-TV play.

Questions
Have any of you played Need for Speed Carbon on the Wii (or, maybe other console), and if so, did you enjoy the game? If you are a big fan of the Need for Speed series in general, and have played several titles, do you have a favorite game from the series?

Also, with Need for Speed: Most Wanted U getting released this week for the Wii U, are any of you planning on picking it up? If you do purchase it, feel free to come back and leave feedback on what you think about it, after you have played it a while!

*Link was added after story was originally posted
You can purchase a few of the Need for Speed Wii games linked below, as well as Need for Speed: Most Wanted U:

Panem et Circenses! Football is back, pass the chips! Madden NFL 12 Data Report

September 6, 2012


Coffee Beans
Madden NFL 12 was released on August 30, 2011 for the Wii at a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by HB Studios and published by the EA Sports division of Electronic Arts. The game received an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with no content descriptors listed for gamers and parents to be aware of.

With the college football season having started last weekend, and now the NFL season officially starting up tonight, I figured now would be a good time to look at how many hours U.S. Wii owners have reported playing Madden NFL 12 since it released last year. So, brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
Madden NFL 12 has 618,000 Total Hours of game-play reported, from approximately 19,290 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel since the game released last year. The average play-time per day/session is 2 Hours 2 Minutes, with the overall average play-time being 32 Hours 2 Minutes “Per person” as shown above.

What about critic and customer review scores for Madden NFL 12? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 75.00%, based on just 3 reviews on GameRankings.com. The customer review score average is 74.44%, based on 36 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
The 2012 NFL season has officially kicked off tonight (just about 45 minutes ago now), with the Giants playing the Cowboys. The last NFL video game game I purchased was in July 2004. After that purchase, due to EA signing the exclusivity contract with the NFL, I have not purchased another NFL video game since; though I have played a few and I believe I have Madden NFL 09 in my PlayStation 3 collection that a friend gave to me.

If you have not seen what Madden NFL 12 looked like for the Wii last year, the video below will give you a look at the different graphical style the developer went with for the Wii version:

Though Mrs. Coffee and I don’t have cable television, I do play in an ESPN NFL Fantasy Football league and have done so for about the last 4 years. While I won’t watch many (if any) of the games this NFL season, I will keep track of most of them each week because of the league.

As for the reported data, seeing Madden NFL 12 having more than 30 hours averaged “Per person” in just over a year I think is pretty good, especially considering it was the 6th Madden NFL Wii game to be released for the system.

If you’re wondering about the title, have you read The Hunger Games book series? If not, I suggest giving them a read. You can buy the entire book series HERE, so there’s no need to delay anymore, then the title might make a little more sense.

Questions
Did any of you play Madden NFL 12 for the Wii, or even other consoles, and did you think it was a solid Madden game? Did it do anything better, or worse, than previous games in the Madden series? If you played Madden NFL 12, or perhaps even just purchased Madden NFL 13, is the Madden NFL series one that you purchase every single year?

Also, if you’re a football fan, do you have a favorite NFL team you are cheering for and hoping makes it to Super Bowl XLVII?

If you are interested in the Madden NFL games, you can see a few linked below on Amazon.com: