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Walk It Out’s Debut – The Game, Not Unk’s Song

December 14, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Walk It Out was released on January 12, 2010.  It was developed by Hudson Soft, and published by Konami; and Walk It Out currently has a MSRP of $29.99.
     The description for Walk It Out reads, “Experience a revolutionary and unique workout where walking to the beat of great music unlocks an exciting in-game world.  Keep movin’ to the beat of all your favorite in-game tracks as you extend your workout in bonus minigames.  Compatible with the Wii Balance Board and the Wii DanceDanceRevolution Controller, Walk It Out will have you groovin’ your way to a healthier you!”

     It has taken Walk It Out 336 days for its game-play hours to appear on the Nintendo Channel, since it released on January 12.  In those 336 days, how many hours have Wii owners reported using Walk It Out to walk for a healthier life?  Let’s take a look!

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

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Walk It Out has 3,377 Wii owners reporting play-time hours on its debut, on the Nintendo Channel.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Walk It Out has 50,582 Total Hours of game-play reported on its debut, with an average of 14 Hours 58 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The average play-time per session for Walk It Out is just over 1 Hour 19 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Walk It Out’s Amazon.com sale rank is #397, and is currently selling for $29.99.
     (Sale rank and advertised price recorded around 12:30AM on 12-14-10)

Review Score Averages:
     Walk It Out’s review score average is 58.33%, based on just three “professional” review scores on GameRankings.com.

     Walk It Out has a 4.5 out of 5 Star rating, basically a 90%, based on 279 customer reviews on Amazon.com. (recorded around 12:30AM on 12-14-10)
     Take a look at the Amazon.com customer review scores breakdown:

Thoughts:
     First, if you wondering about the title, I didn’t know until doing research for this post, that there is a song by the rapper Unk with the same name of the game.  His song was out first though, so I guess the ! at the end of Walk It Out’s box title is the difference.
     Walk It Out’s customer review score average is noticeably higher in the overall percentage and number of reviews, than the “professional” review score average.  I would say Walk It Out falls into the category of Wii games where most “reviewers” just weren’t the target audience for the game; which could explain the low “professional” review score average, and the low number of “professional” reviews averaged.
     Trying to get more than one decent “professional” review for Walk It Out with today’s video game “reviewers”, would probably be like trying to sell a steak to a vegetarian…or, getting me to switch to decaf coffee on a regular basis; it just likely wouldn’t happen.
     If you don’t know what Walk It Out is even about, here is a trailer showing some of the game-play:

     Considering Walk It Out has had its game-play hours debut in under a year, and it was designed to get players active; I would say it’s another game to add to the list that is helping gamers and families become active.
     Just based on the 50,582 “Total Hours” reported, that would be equivalent to about 5.77 years(rounded down) of walking non-stop 24/7.
     I haven’t played Walk It Out, and I don’t think I will; but I’m glad to see another game with a focus on helping gamers/families get fit, having data reported showing its use.

Questions:
     Have any of you played Walk It Out?  If so, what did you think about it?  Is it a game you find yourself using on a regular basis?

If anybody is interested in purchasing Walk It Out, you can see sale prices listed on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002CZ7P04&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops – Hours Played Debut

November 30, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops(Black Ops) was released on November 9, 2010, in North America; with a MSRP of $49.99, for the Wii version.  Call of Duty: Black Ops was developed by Treyarch, and published by Activision.

     It took 21 days for Call of Duty: Black Ops’ game-play data to appear on the Nintendo Channel, as shown below.
     How many hours have Wii owners reportedly been involved in “black ops” over the last 21 days, while I’m sure claiming they were just answering their call of duty?  Let’s take a look!

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

Appoximate Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops has 6,181 Wii owners reporting their play-time data, on its debut through the Nintendo Channel; 21 days after its release.

Average Hours & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Black Ops has 120,608 Total Hours of game-play reported for its debut, with an average of 19 Hours 31 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The debut average play-time per “Black Ops” session, for Call of Duty: Black Ops, is just over 3 Hours 17 Minutes.
     Over the 21 days reported, Wii owners have averaged about 5,743 game-play hours each day playing Black Ops.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Amazon.com sale rank is #78, and is currently selling for $49.99. (recorded around 11:15PM on 11-29-10)

Review Score Averages:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ review score average is 84.22%, based on 9 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.  (recorded around 11:15PM on 11-29-10)

     Amazon.com shows Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii with a 4 out of 5 Star rating, basically an 80% average; based on 24 customer reviews.
     You can see the Amazon.com customer review score average for the Wii version of Black Ops pictured below:

Thoughts:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops is off to a tremendous start with its reported game-play data.  I don’t own Black Ops on the Wii, but purchased it on my PS3 instead….and I really do miss the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls offered in Wii FPS games.
     Treyarch has established themselves as being an extremely capable developer of FPS games for the Wii.  Every Call of Duty game released on the Wii so far: Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex, and Call of Duty: Black Ops; has been developed/ported by Treyarch, and published by Activision.
     Call of Duty: World at War was the first game of the series on the Wii, to implement online multi-player.
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex was a port of the original Xbox 360 and PS3 game developed by Infinity Ward, and it was the first game of the series to implement more fully customizable Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops is the first game of the series on the Wii, to implement voice-chat with a headset, as well as including the online co-op Zombie Mode.

     If you’re wondering, “Is Black Ops really doing that well compared to other games’ debuts?” Well, here is what Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex’s debut game-play data looked like when it debuted, just 21 days after it released:

The old way I did data stories!

     If you’re interested, you can see the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex data debut post HERE.  Call of Duty: Black Ops has almost double the amount of “Total Hours” reported, compared to what Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex did.
     I think with the addition of Zombie mode this year, Call of Duty: Black Ops could be a serious contender for becoming the “Most Played Wii Game” in the “Per person” category.

Questions:
     If you purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops for the Wii, what do you think of it?  If you played the other Call of Duty Wii games, do you think Black Ops is a step forward for the series, or is it more like moving sideways, just maintaining the status quo?


     If anybody is interested in Call of Duty: Black Ops, you can see prices for the console versions on Amazon.com linked below:
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