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Kirby Turns One, A Sibling Is Born – Unwinding, Before Moving Forward

October 29, 2011



Coffee Beans
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn was released on October 17, 2010 for the Nintendo Wii, with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game took about 2-weeks for its game-play hours to show up on the Nintendo Channel, and I did its initial data report last November which you can read HERE.
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn was developed by Good-Feel and HAL Laboratory, and published by Nintendo.  The game received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents/gamers to be aware of.

     Kirby’s Epic Yarn is barely a year old now and this past Monday, October 24, Nintendo released a new 2-D Kirby Wii game, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land.  
     So, before we head into Kirby’s new Dream Land, how many hours Wii owners have spent with Kirby’s Epic Yarn over the last year?  Let’s unwind one more time and take a look!

How many characters from Kirby’s Epic Yarn can you spot in the image above?
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The Brew
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn has about 135,945 Wii owners that have now reported game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel, with 372 days possibly reported.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 1 Hour 58 Minutes, which means each time Wii owners are sitting down to play Kirby’s Epic Yarn they spend about two hours playing the game.
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn has a “professional” review score average of 88.75%, based on 44 reviews on GameRankings.com.  The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com based on 160 customer reviews, which is 89.63% when they are converted to a 100% review scale.

Lots of 5 out of 5 Star customer reviews!

Filtered Thoughts
     Earlier this summer, Mrs. Coffee and I traded/loaned our neighbors Donkey Kong Country Returns for Kirby’s Epic Yarn(and I also got Wii Sports Resort).  Mrs. Coffee and I played through Kirby’s Epic Yarn cooperatively, and we enjoyed playing through the game together.  While we completed the game together and saw the credits roll, we didn’t go back and complete every single level that is unlocked through the campaign, cooperatively.  The game gives players an overall percentage “complete”, and Mrs. Coffee and I finished with more than 50% of the game “complete” when we saw the credits roll.
     We both thought the level designs improved the further we made it in the game, and Mrs. Coffee enjoyed the game so much that she started and completed her own save file in the game.  How much did Mrs. Coffee complete of Kirby’s Epic Yarn on her own save file?  The image below shows all of our percentages, with the top save file my own personal file(FAIL), the middle save file of 58% was our cooperative save file, and the third save file was Mrs. Coffee’s by herself:

     So, as the image above shows, you can probably expect between 7-10 hours of game-play to complete the game’s campaign with around 50% of it finished.  As Mrs. Coffee’s file shows, if you want to complete the game with 100% of the items found, and all of the levels completed, your hours can be a lot higher if you take your time and play through some of the levels multiple times.
     If you missed how Nintendo advertised Kirby’s Epic Yarn when it released last year, below is the television commercial for the game:

     Overall, I would recommend Kirby’s Epic Yarn to families that are looking for a fun 2-player 2-D platforming experience.

Questions
     Have any of you played Kirby’s Epic Yarn?  If so, do you know what percentage of the game you had completed when you saw the credits roll, and did you perhaps go back to try and complete it with 100% as Mrs. Coffee did?

If any of you are interested in Kirby’s Epic Yarn, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com and GameStop.com linked below.  Also, you can see Kirby’s newest Wii adventure below, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land:
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>Time To Unwind! Kirby’s Epic Yarn Data Report

March 18, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     We last looked at a full data report for Kirby’s Epic Yarn from data that was recorded on December 6, you can read that full report HERE.
     Since my last report, Kirby’s Epic Yarn was released in Australia, and also in Europe.
     Also since the last report, Nintendo released a financial statement that showed Kirby’s Epic Yarn had sold 1.38 million copies by the end of December 2010.  Of the 1.38 million reported sold, approximately 900,000 of those units were sold “overseas”, being North America.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent in Dream Land playing Kirby’s Epic Yarn, with 149 days reported?  Let’s take a look!

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

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn now has 83,036 Wii owners reporting their game-play data, through the Nintendo Channel.

Reporting Player Increase:
     How many more players are reporting their play-time data for Kirby’s Epic Yarn since the December 2010 report?
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn has seen an increase of about 60,415 more players reporting game-play data, since December 6.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn now has 1,205,283 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 921,945 Total Hours in the last 99 days reported.
     The average play-time for K.E.Y. is now 14 Hours 31 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, which is 1 Hour 59 Minutes higher than its average in the December report.

     Kirby’s Epic Yarn’s average play-time per session is just over 2 Hours 4 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn’s Amazon.com sale rank is #255, and is currently selling for $39.54.
     (Sale rank and advertised price recorded around 1:15AM on 3-18-11)

Review Score Averages:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn now has a “professional” review score average of 89.53%, based on 40 reviews on GameRankings.com.  This is a slight increase of .08%, over what the “professional” review score average was for the game in early December.

     Kirby’s Epic Yarn still has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, now based on 123 customer reviews.
     K.E.Y.’s customer review score average is 88.78%, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.  You can see the breakdown of the customer reviews in the image below:

     (Review score averages recorded around 1:15AM on 3-18-11)

Filtered Thoughts:
     I still haven’t played Kirby’s Epic Yarn, but our neighbors purchased it and as of 2 weeks ago they were playing through it.  I think we may do a trade, and exchange Donkey Kong Country Returns for Kirby’s Epic Yarn, just for a little while(neighbors, if you read this, let me know if/when you want to trade!).
     I didn’t recall hearing/seeing a commercial for Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and when I searched for one when putting this post together, I found the video below as the only commercial for Kirby’s Epic Yarn.

     If you didn’t see the commercial, I think it’s actually pretty good.  After I watched it, I thought I remembered seeing it, but that would have been back in October probably when it was first uploaded.
     I’m not sure how long Nintendo ran that on television for the game, but I can definitely see that commercial catching a child’s attention, and/or couples with children.

     As for the reported game-play hours, I think seeing Kirby’s Epic Yarn already with more than a million “Total Hours” reported is really great for the game, especially when considering it released with so many other games during the holidays, and considering it doesn’t even have online multi-player or leaderboards of any sort.
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn was Kirby’s first console outing since the N64, and with the game selling more than a million copies relatively quickly, I hope it encourages Nintendo to revisit past games, and explore new ideas with them like they did with Kirby’s Epic Yarn.

Questions:
     Have any of you played Kirby’s Epic Yarn since my last report in early December?  If so, what do you think of the game, good or bad?  If you haven’t played it, are you interested in playing the game?

If anybody is interested in Kirby’s Epic Yarn, 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=B003ZCH7DI&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  

Kirby’s Epic Yarn – Hours Played in Dream Land

December 13, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn took just 16 days for its game-play hours to show up on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.  We last looked at Kirby’s Epic Yarn’s game-play data on November 2, after its play-time hours debuted on November 1.

     How many hours have gamers spent crafting in Kirby’s Dream Land, in the 36 days from November 1 to December 6?  Let’s take a look!

Game-play hours shown are for United States of American Wii owners, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn now has 22,621 Wii owners reporting their play-time data.

Player Increase Since Last Report:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn has seen an increase of about 16,030 gamers reporting game-play data, since the last report.

Average Hours & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn has seen an increase of 227,733 Total Hours of game-play, since November 1.  K.E.Y. now has 283,338 Total Hours of game-play reported.
     The average play-time “Per person” for Kirby’s Epic Yarn is now 12 Hours 32 Minutes, an increase of 4 Hours 6 Minutes “Per person” since the last report.
     K.E.Y.’s average play-time per session is now just over 2 Hours 14 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn’s Amazon.com sale rank is #23, and it is selling for $39.99.
     (sale rank and price recorded around 11:55PM on 12-12-2010)

Review Score Averages:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn currently has a review score average of 89.45%, based on 31 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.  K.E.Y.’s review score average has slightly decreased since the last report, with an increase of 8 more “professional” review scores in its average.

     K.E.Y. still has a 4.5 out of 5 Star rating on Amazon.com, now based on 44 customer reviews.
     (review score averages recorded around 11:55PM on 12-12-2010)

Thoughts:
     In the comments on the last report for Kirby’s Epic Yarn, reader SuperPhillip said he completed the game in 13 hours, and 100%.
     For those of you that don’t know, reader SuperPhillip runs his own video game blog, SuperPhillipCentral.Blogspot.com.  He does a lot of different posts, such as favorite video game music, news, and reviews.  You can read SuperPhillip’s thoughts on Kirby’s Epic Yarn in his review, at: http://superphillipcentral.blogspot.com/2010/10/kirbys-epic-yarn-wii-review.html.
     SuperPhillip’s play-time hours to complete Kirby’s Epic Yarn are very close to what are now being reported as the average play-time “Per person”, so I wonder if the gamers reporting their data are completing Kirby’s Epic Yarn 100%?
     I still haven’t played Kirby’s Epic Yarn, but I think the review scores continue to show the game was well made; and I hope to play it one day.

Questions:
     Have any of you played Kirby’s Epic Yarn since my last report?  If so, have you completed the game and how long did it take you to complete it?

     If anybody is interested in buying Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Amazon.com currently has the game on sale for $39.99, which is linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003ZCH7DI&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

Gamers Enjoy Crafting – Kirby’s Epic Yarn Data Debut

November 3, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn(K.E.Y.) was released on October 17, 2010, in North America; with a MSRP of $49.99.  K.E.Y. was developed by Good-Feel and HAL Laboratory, and published by Nintendo.

     The game-play hours below are for the United States of America, not world-wide.  So, from October 17 through November 1, how many hours have Wii owners weaved into the kingdom of Patch Land, with Kirby and possibly also with Prince Fluff?  Let’s take a look…

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn has 6,591 Wii owners reporting their play-time data, for its debut on the Nintendo Channel 16 days after it released.

Average Hours & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     K.E.Y. has 55,605 Total Hours reported for its debut, with an average of 8 Hours 26 Minutes per person reporting data.

     The average play-time per session for Kirby’s Epic Yarn is just over 2 Hours 25 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn’s Amazon.com sale rank is #10, and is selling for $49.99. (recorded around 10:15PM on 11-2-10)


Review Score Averages:
     K.E.Y.’s review score average on GameRankings.com is 90.48%, based on 23 “professional” reviews.

     On Amazon.com, Kirby’s Epic Yarn has a 4.5 out of 5 Star rating, based on 16 customer reviews. (review score averages recorded around 10:15PM on 11-2-10)

     You can see the customer review score breakdown in the picture below:

Thoughts:
     For comparison: Kirby’s Epic Yarn had its game-play hours debut faster than Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, and also faster than the recent Wii release, Wii Party.
     I have not played Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and due to reading that it’s a shorter gaming experience, I’ll probably just end up renting it one day; or waiting for a price-drop on it.  I don’t know if the game-play hours reported “Per person” correctly reflect about how long the game completes, but from what I have read it seems like it would be about right.
     The Amazon.com sale rank for K.E.Y. actually surprised me when I checked it.  I wasn’t expecting the game to even be in the “Top 20” on Amazon.com, much less the “Top 10”; but perhaps the overall positive reviews and the “newness” of Kirby’s adventure is helping the game’s sales, and I think it’ll be interesting to see how it performs throughout the Christmas holiday, compared to other Nintendo Wii games.
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn has been reviewed really well overall, and it seems that the biggest “complaint” against the game is that it’s to easy.  I found the 2 star rating customer review on Amazon.com really interesting, as it was a mom writing her son’s experience with the game.
Questions:
     Have any of you played Kirby’s Epic Yarn, or plan on picking it up over the next few months?  If you have played K.E.Y., what do you think about it; and if you have beaten it, how long did it take you to finish it?
     If you are interested in Kirby’s Epic Yarn, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:

K.E.Y. Thoughts: Kirby’s Adventure & Kirby 64 Data

June 26, 2010

>K.E.Y. Thoughts: Kirby’s Adventure & Kirby 64 Data

June 26, 2010