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Wario has smooth moves? WarioWare: Smooth Moves Data Report

October 12, 2012

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Are you ready for Game & Wario on the Wii U? Before looking forward, we’re looking back!

WarioWare: Smooth Moves released for the Wii on January 15, 2007 with a MSRP around $49.99. The game was developed by Nintendo’s Intelligent Systems, and received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for games and parents to be aware of.

The game features “more than 200 lightning-quick microgames”, and its “Game Type” is listed as “Mass Microgrames” from Nintendo via the press page.

How many U.S. Wii owners have reported playing the craziness that is WarioWare: Smooth Moves, and how many hours have they reported playing it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
WarioWare: Smooth Moves has approximately 505,899 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel, with 2,093 days possibly reported. Players have reported 6,205,658 Total Hours of gameplay since the game released, almost 6 years ago now. The total average play-time is 12 Hours 16 Minutes “Per person”, with the average time played per day/session being about 1 Hour 10 Minutes.

How was Wario’s first Wii game received by critics and customers? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 82.04%, based on 63 reviews on It has a customer review score average of 79.41%, based on 171 reviews on

Caffeinated Thoughts
Mrs. Coffee and I have played WarioWare: Smooth Moves, and it definitely left an impression on us. We were out of town visiting friends, and they rented the game while we were visiting. Mrs. Coffee played the game more than the rest of us, but we watched a lot of it.

I remember thinking, and saying something like, “How does Nintendo come up with these crazy ideas?”, referring to some of the microgames in Smooth Moves. If there was an odd game idea floating around Nintendo before the Wii released, it probably ended up in Smooth Moves. If you haven’t seen anything from the game before, the video below is the first trailer for the game that should give you a decent, not great, idea of what you can expect from it:

Knowing how bizarre, crazy, odd, and original some of the microgames are in WarioWare: Smooth Moves makes me wonder if the Wii U GamePad is going to perhaps limit the number of bizarre, crazy, and even odd microgames there will be in Game & Wario for the Wii U. After having played Smooth Moves, I’m just having trouble imagining the game keeping its craziness, with more standard controls.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves has not had an “official” price drop in North America yet (unless I missed it), and the game can be difficult to find “new” in stores now. Like other early Wii titles, I think Smooth Moves would be a great game for the Wii’s Nintendo Selects lineup of games, especially considering its crazy use of the Wii Remote.

(If you’re looking for the link to the Wii U giveaway, via a Mario Kart 7 competition, click HERE.)

Did any of you play WarioWare: Smooth Moves, and perhaps try all of the 200+ microgames in it? Do you think Game & Wario will benefit from a more standard type of control setting with the GamePad, or do you think the Wii U title should also have optional Wii Remote controls as well?

If you are a fan of Wario in general, do you have a favorite Wario game you would recommend to others?

If you are interested in Wario games, you can see a few linked below:

Did Wii Owners Enjoy Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn? Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn’s Hours Report

June 27, 2012
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     Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn was released for the Nintendo Wii on November 5, 2007 with a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by Nintendo’s Intelligent Systems studio and published by Nintendo, and it received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Fantasy Violence, Mild Language” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.
     Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn was the tenth game for the Fire Emblem series overall, and it was the first, and only, Fire Emblem game released for the Wii.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent with Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn over the last four and a half years since the game released in the U.S., and does it appear Wii owners enjoyed the game? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

How many hours have you played?

The Brew
     Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn has approximately 122,500 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel, and the game has an average play-time per day/session of 2 Hours 42 Minutes.

     How was Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn received by critics and customers?
     The game has a “professional” review score average of 78.48%, based on 32 reviews from GameRankings.comRadiant Dawn has a customer review score average of 89.68%, based on 64 reviews from
     As with many Wii games I have reported on, the customers have rated Radiant Dawn higher than the “professionals”, which I always find interesting. Overall, the “professional” review score average places Radiant Dawn as the lowest ranked Fire Emblem game, that has a review score average listed on

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I have never played Radiant Dawn, nor any other game from the Fire Emblem series. I didn’t even realize what type of game-play the series offered, until I watched a trailer for Radiant Dawn. If you, like me, have never seen any footage of the Fire Emblem games, the trailer below is from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn and may give you a decent idea of what you can expect from the game:

     Seeing Radiant Dawn with more than 50+ hours reported “Per person” as its average probably makes it one of the top 20 most played Wii games “Per person”, at least from the games I have tracked. There aren’t many games I have seen with more than 50 hours of gameplay reported “Per person” as its average.
     I would say based on the reported gameplay hours for Radiant Dawn, as well as the customer review score average for the game being nearly 90%, that Wii owners have greatly enjoyed their time with Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

     Have any of you played and beaten Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn? If so, do the hours reported “Per person” in the U.S. reflect about how many hours it should take to complete the game? Or, do the hours reported show the game is being played through more than once?
     Also, if you are a fan of the Fire Emblem series in general, are you excited about Nintendo finally confirming a new Fire Emblem game for the 3DS?

If you are interested in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, you can see it linked on and below. has the game cheaper used, since apparently Nintendo isn’t widely publishing/distributing the game anymore, and it is more difficult to find new: