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Ocarina of Time’s Hours Played, Money Made – Virtual Console Report

November 21, 2011

Coffee Beans
     The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the best Zelda game ever released, at least according to the professionals’ review score average for the game.  It was the first 3D Zelda game(in two ways), and it was the first Zelda game I can remember playing through to completion.  I digress!

     The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time originally released for the Nintendo 64 on November 23, 1998 in North America.  The game was developed at Nintendo’s EAD studio, and published by Nintendo.
     It was re-released on the GameCube, the Wii’s Virtual Console, and the 3DS this past June.
     The Virtual Console release received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of, and it is available for just 1,000 Wii Points, which is only $10.

     How many Wii owners have reported playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Virtual Console, and how many hours have they spent with the game?  Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has 240,177 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel in the United States, with 1,722 days possibly reported.  Can you imagine playing Ocarina of Time every single day, 24/7, just for 10 years, well the “Total Hours” reported are equivalent to more than 780 years of game-play!
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 1 Hour 53 Minutes.  This simply means that when Wii owners are sitting down and playing the game, they are playing it for nearly 2 hours before stopping and picking it up again at a later time.
     How much has Nintendo made from the game’s Virtual Console re-release?  Ocarina of Time’s Virtual Console release, just in the United States, has made Nintendo about $2,401,770 based on the number of Wii owners having reported data and the game’s $10 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I still have The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in my Nintendo 64 collection, though I have not played it in a very long time.  The video below is the menu video that plays for the game when the N64 is turned on:

     I remember enjoying my time with the game, specifically fishing a lot, but I remember being very disappointed with the ending.  It was a shallow reason that I didn’t like the ending, but at the time I remember being very disappointed with it.
     What was I disappointed with?  For some reason, I thought the ending of Ocarina of Time was very much like the ending from Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi with the dancing Ewoks and celebration; and it just felt like a ripoff from the movie.  Perhaps I should give the game another try now that a decade has passed?

     I think the average hours “Per person” and the game’s $10 price point, probably make this the best Zelda game on the Virtual Console for Wii owners to purchase.  While the game takes more time/dedication to complete, the fact that the game provides so many hours of game-play at such a low price I think is a great value.

Questions
     Have any of you been playing any version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time lately, in preparation for Skyward Sword’s release today?  If you own the 3DS version and you have completed it, do you know how many hours it took you to finish?

If you are interested in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and the Zelda universe in general, you may find the items linked below to be of interest:
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Money Made, Hours Played

November 18, 2011

Coffee Beans
     The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System on April 13, 1992.
     The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was re-released for the Wii’s Virtual Console service on January 22, 2007.  The Virtual Console version can still be purchased for just 800 Wii Points, which is $8.00.  If you are a serious video game collector though, and you want the original SNES version brand new, you can purchase it for about $300.00 on Amazon.com, HERE!
     The Virtual Console release received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Mild Animated Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     How many Wii gamers have reported playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past through the Virtual Console, and how much money has Nintendo made from the game with 1,757 days possibly reported?  Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past has 164,960 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel, just in the United States.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 1 Hour 14 Minutes.
     The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past’s United States release has made Nintendo about $1,319,680, just based on the number of Wii owners that have reported data and the game’s $8.00 price point, since it was released.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     If you have never seen what The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past looks like, below is a brief video from the Nintendo Channel showing off some game-play from it:

     Have I played the game?  Well, we own this one on our Wii, but I can’t remember playing it since the 90s, and I don’t even remember beating it.  Now you may be thinking, “Coffee, how do you own it on the Wii, but you haven’t played it?
     Well, I wasn’t the one that downloaded the game on our Wii system, it was Mrs. Coffee.  She was a big fan of the original game, and can remember her and her brothers playing the game a lot when they were little.  How much has Mrs. Coffee played our Virtual Console version of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past?  The image below shows her reported hours with the game:

     She hasn’t finished the game and hasn’t played it in a while, but she picks it up every once in a while.

     Seeing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past with more than a 10 hour average “Per person” reporting data I think is really great for the game, and I think that average play-time, along with seeing how well received this game was, shows it is definitely worth the $8.00 price.

Box art for the SNES version.

Questions
     Have any of you played through The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past recently, perhaps playing even the original SNES version or Game Boy Advance version?
     If you are a fan of the Zelda series and have played many of the games, where would you rank The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past compared to the other titles?


     If you are interested in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, you can purchase it from the Wii’s Shop Channel for $8.00, which is 800 Wii Points; or if you own a Super Nintendo Entertainment System, you can buy the SNES version from third party vendors on Amazon.com linked below as well:
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"That’s like a dollar an hour!" – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Report

November 11, 2011



Coffee Beans
     Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America on December 1, 1988.  The game was re-released for the Wii’s Virtual Console service on June 4, 2007, and can still be purchased for just 500 Wii Points, which is only $5.  The Virtual Console version received an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with “Mild Fantasy Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many Wii owners have reported playing Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and how many hours have they reported playing it, since it was released on the Virtual Console?  Let’s take a look!

Can you name the boss in this image?

The Brew
     Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has 71,481 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel in the United States, with 1,617 days possibly reported.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 54 Minutes.
     The United States’ Virtual Console release of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has made Nintendo about $357,405, based on just the number of players that have reported data in the United States and the game’s $5 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     If you never played the game, the video below shows off some brief game-play from it:

     I can’t remember playing Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, but seeing the game with more than 5 hours of game-play averaged “Per person” I think is good, especially with an asking price of only $5(That’s like a dollar an hour!).
     Considering the reported average hours for The Legend of Zelda that we looked at last week, Wii owners can get two Zelda games, The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, that will give them 12 hours of game-play for just $10.  I think that’s a pretty great bargain, especially if you have been interested in the original Zelda NES games, but have never had the chance to play them.

Questions
     With The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword releasing in just another 10 days, are any of you playing through the older Zelda games like Zelda II: The Adventure of Link?
     If you have played the Virtual Console version of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, is it a Virtual Console game you would recommend to other Wii owners?

If you are interested in downloading Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, you can do so by using a Wii Points card or a credit card directly on the Wii’s Shop Channel.  Also, if you have not pre-ordered The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword you can do so on Amazon.com below:
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>The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s Reported Game-Play Hours

June 21, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (TLoZ:OoT) was originally released on the Nintendo 64 system in North America on November 23, 1998.
     TLoZ:OoT was developed by Nintendo’s EAD, and of course directly published by Nintendo.  The game had a MSRP of $49.99 when it released on the Nintendo 64, but has since been “re-released” multiple times.
     The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was re-released on the Nintendo GameCube as a bonus disc with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and then on February 26, 2007, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Wii’s Virtual Console service for just $10.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Virtual Console, since the game released?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners that
report game-play data via the Nintendo Channel.  The hours
shown are not for all Wii owners that have played the game.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has had about 227,654 Wii owners report their play-time data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, with days reported.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours:
     The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has 6,231,484 Total Hours of game-play reported, with the average play-time being 27 Hours 23 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The game’s average play-time per session is 1 Hour 52 Minutes.

Sale Information:
     TLoZ:OoT is currently listed in the #3 spot in the Virtual Console’s “Popular Titles” section, as of checking around 2:00AM on June 21, 2011.  The “Popular Titles” section lists the top 20 most popular Virtual Console titles.  Not only is TLoZ:OoT in at the #3 spot, but two other Zelda titles are in the “Top 10” section along with it: The Legend of Zelda and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
     The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s American Virtual Console version has made Nintendo about $2,276,540(before taxes), based on the approximate number of players that have reported game-play data and the game’s $10 price point.

Review Score Averages:
     TLoZ:OoT’s “professional” review score average is 97.48%, based on 25 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     “Professional” review scores recorded around 2:15AM on June 21, 2011.

Filtered Thoughts:
     While I do own The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64, I have not played it in a long time.  If you played the game on the Nintendo 64, but have forgotten what it was like, the following video is the brief introduction clip that plays when the game is turned on.  WARNING:  Flashbacks to the 90s may occur!

     If you are a Nintendo 3DS owner and have been looking for a “new” game to purchase, Nintendo just yesterday(Sunday) released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for the system, which is described as, “a fully re-mastered version” of the original game.
     As for the reported game-play hours of the Virtual Console version, I think the average hours “Per person” show TLoZ:OoT is being completed at least once all the way through by most Wii owners reporting their game-play data, but not much more than that.

Questions:
     Have any of you played The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64, and the Virtual Console?  If so, do you think the Virtual Console version is a direct port of the N64 version, or does the Virtual Console version have some things left out from the original N64 version?
     Also, if you’re a Nintendo 3DS owner did you purchase the game on Sunday, or do you plan on purchasing it in the near future?

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