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June Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played!

July 3, 2012

Coffee Beans
     Good morning! June marked the start of summer, and I think the temperatures outside confirm that it has officially arrived!  E3 2012 came and went. We now know a little bit more about the Wii U and some of the games for it; Sony showed off two new IPs at E3, and both seem interesting and a bit “different” if that’s the word I’m looking for; and Microsoft showed off many of the core games and franchises the Xbox 360 I think has become known for.
     With June having wrapped up, here are a few posts from the month I enjoyed putting together, that you might have missed:
     Zombies Run Nintendo – Zombie Iwata & Zombie Reggie?
     Caffeinated Thoughts on the E3 Conferences – Microsoft’s, Nintendo’s, and Sony’s
     God of War & Punch-Out!! Mixed = Rage of the Gladiator? Arena Hours Debut!
     MarioCare, or ObamaCare? Dr. Mario Online Rx’s Reported Hours
     THIS is what the 3DS XL should have looked like.
     A TKO Father’s Day Gift! Nintendo Selects: Punch-Out!!

     With July now upon us, what games did I play and coffees did I consume in June? Brew a pot of coffee, and read on!

Coffees Consumed
     June, like May, was pretty simple for the coffees I consumed. All the coffee blends brewed in June were Maxwell House, and the month started us off with the Maxwell House Dark Roast blend continued from May. After we ran out of the Dark Roast, Mrs. Coffee purchased us a container of the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast, and that lasted almost to the end of June. Then there was a coffee emergency, and we ran out of coffee!
     It was last week, I believe Thursday, that I got up and brewed the morning pot of coffee like normal. That afternoon, I brewed another pot like normal, and ended up using all of the remaining coffee for that pot. I brew Mrs. Coffee a cup each night before she leaves for work, but when I used it all that afternoon, it meant no more coffee for that night. It also meant there would be no coffee before I would left for work the next morning.

     What did I do? After getting the little Beans off to bed, I sped to Wal-Mart in a mad coffee purchase run. We fortunately live very close to a Wal-Mart, and I was able to make it back to the house and brew the nightly pot of coffee before Mrs. Coffee left. I ended up grabbing Maxwell House’s French Roast in the coffee run.

Do you know what this image shows? I spend too much time on images!

Games Played
     Mario Kart Wii – I played this early in June, racing . While I didn’t race but one or two races, our oldest Bean took notice of the game, and I decided to let him give it a try. He was pretty successful at driving backwards, and doing backwards circles, but rarely driving forward.

     PAYDAY: The Heist – I have enjoyed my short time with PAYDAY again, playing it just over an hour on my PC. I really like how Steam shows the amount of time played, and the last date the game was played, as well as any “Achievements” gained in the game. So far, I have 2/51 Achievements on my Steam copy of PAYDAY: The Heist with 75 minutes played.

     Red Steel 2 – I purchased Red Steel 2 in May from Game Stop, after I published the “Did Wii Owners Enjoy Red Steel 2? What Do the Hours Say?” post. I finished the game’s story mode on Thursday, June 7. The reported average “Per person” was just under 10 hours, but my Nintendo Channel data was showing my play-time as just over 13 hours. While the game’s setting and graphics were well done, and even the game-play was enjoyable, I just don’t think the game should have had “Red Steel” in its title. It wasn’t a perfect game, with the ending feeling kind of rushed, and I wish there was a way to go back into the main story mode to walk around and complete other missions, but considering I purchased and completed it within 2 weeks, I think shows I enjoyed it enough while it lasted.

     Rage of the Gladiator – I played a few more battles in Rage of the Gladiator during June, using the Wii MotionPlus controls in the game. I created a new file, and am working my way through it using only the Wii MotionPlus controls to see how it goes. So far, I’m enjoying the Wii MotionPlus controls in the game, and appreciate the efforts with the new Wii MotionPlus attack animations put in by the developers. It wasn’t something they had to do, but they took the time and made it an option, which I think is great.

     Super Mario Bros. 3 – What happens when I didn’t want our oldest Bean playing Mario Kart Wii, because of mainly being paranoid about the game running our system’s disc drive? He quickly becomes an expert at navigating the Wii menu, and discovering WiiWare and Virtual Console games, and of course recognizes Mario. So, he fired up Super Mario Bros. 3, and while he can’t advance very far in the levels on his own, it has been a BLAST playing through the game with him watching/participating. He instructs me well, and has repeat requests for me to go to the “Dark Castle” and “Castle” in general. He identifies the enemies in the game pretty well, but the default “Castle” boss enemies are all “Koopas”, because of the Mario cartoon series on Netflix. So far, we have made it to World 4.

     Groovin’ Blocks – This is referred to as “The puzzle game.”, by the oldest Bean. I played a few rounds of it, and beat one or two of my older high scores, but I’m not very good with keeping the beats in the game, and getting the “points multiplier” to go/stay higher.

     Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – This was a game Keith, of the now semi-retired RespawnAction.com, gifted me. I had played through I believe the first six chapters in the game last year, and wasn’t sure how much more I had to go. I randomly decided to give it another go in June, and not only stuck with it, but finished the game on June 20th. If you have a PS3 system, or are looking at getting a PS3 system, I would highly suggest picking up Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. I have now added the sequels of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune to my “Video Games Wish List”. I watched the credits all the way through the night/morning I completed the game, and was very surprised to re-learn the game was originally released in 2007. I guess because I didn’t get my PlayStation 3 until 2009, I didn’t really pay attention to when it was originally released before, but was very impressed with the game considering it was released that early in the PS3’s “life”.

     Punch-Out!! – This was one of my Father’s Day gifts this year, and I have been enjoying my time with the game. I actually won the belts from the Minor, Major, & World Circuits in June, completing the World Circuit on June 30th. My reported time for the game was showing up as 5 Hours 32 Minutes, but that was without starting the Title Defense mode, and only completing two Challenges against Glass Joe in the game’s Exhibition mode. You can see me box against Glass Joe in the game’s Exhibition mode, in a video from the June post on the game. I have started the game’s Title Defense mode now, and getting laughed at by Glass Joe is absolutely hilarious, and almost humbling!

     Bit.Trip Runner – If there is a case for free demos helping “sell” a game, this could possibly be one. I had downloaded the Bit.Trip Runner WiiWare demo last year, but never really gave it a chance. After our oldest and I started our SMB3 adventure, I thought, “I wonder if he only had to push a button to jump, and not concentrate on running also, it would be easier for him?”, and that’s how I ended up giving Bit.Trip Runner another try. Our oldest knows the name, and now recognizes the menu screen, for Bit.Trip Runner, and Commander Video is known as a “ninja” in our house. While I have not downloaded the FULL version of Bit.Trip Runner, I did look it up on Steam, and I also have been thinking about just adding the entire collection on the Wii, Bit.Trip Complete, to my “Video Games Wish List”. Our oldest Bean has given the game a few tries, and can hop over at least the first obstacle, though not every time.

Questions/Thoughts
     What video games did you play in June, and did you perhaps try any new coffee blends/roasts in June (like our French Roasts blend), or just stick with the regular coffee blends? Out of the games you played, would any of them come highly recommended from you, like I would definitely recommend at least Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune?
     With me writing out more thoughts on the games I played during the previous month, and the ones I have completed, I may start breaking these posts up into a “Coffees Consumed” and a separate “Games Played” post, so there isn’t as much of a WALL-O-TEXT. Also, if anybody has any questions about the games I played in June, or even the coffees I consumed, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me by emailing me at, Scott(@)CoffeeWithGames.com.

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Nintendo’s November 2009 NPD Game Data

December 15, 2009
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As the comic attempts to show, New Super Mario Bros. Wii ranked first out of all Wii games sold in November.
The NPD just released their sales numbers for November, and Nintendo had nine games in the “Top 20”.
The Nintendo games that were in the “Top 20” that had reported sales numbers were:

New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which sold 1.39 Million copies.
Wii Sports Resort, which sold 720.2K copies.
Wii Fit Plus, which sold 679.0K copies.
Mario Kart Wii w/ Wheel, which sold 315.0K copies.
The other four Wii titles in the “Top 20” were:
Wii Play.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.
Value Game Bundle.
Value Game Bundle.
The Nintendo DS had one title make the NPD “Top 20”, and that title was Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.
The odd game listing in the NPD “Top 20” was the “value game bundle” on the Wii, which appeared twice on the list.  The NPD hasn’t provided any further data on the “value game bundle“, so unless they do, there is just speculation as to what games those may have been.
Out of the eight Wii games in the November “Top 20”, the only one that was actually released in November, was New Super Mario Bros. Wii which was released on November 15.

How have these games performed game-play wise?  Well, with data from the Nintendo Channel and MetaCritic.com, we can see how many reported hours these games have been played and also how they’ve been reviewed by the gaming community at large.  Let’s take a look:

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The Nintendo Channel/NPD Data Breakdown:

Wii Sports Resort was released in July of this year, and has 157,400 players reporting data so far.
Wii Sports Resort was ranked 6th overall in the NPD “Top 20”.
Wii Fit Plus was released in October, and has 24,759 players reporting data.
Wii Fit Plus was ranked 7th in the NPD “Top 20”.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii was just released last month, on November 15, and already has 40,538 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii was ranked 3rd in the NPD “Top 20”, behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Mario Kart Wii was released in April of 2008 and since then has had 1,332,046 players report play-time data on the Nintendo Channel.
Mario Kart Wii was ranked 10th in the NPD “Top 20”.
Wii Play was released on February 12, 2007 and has had 1,660,939 players report their play-time data since it released.
Wii Play was ranked 11th in the NPD “Top 20”.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games was just released in October, and has 9,920 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel…maybe more people are waiting for the Olympic Winter Games ti start before they buy this game and actually play it?
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter games was ranked 12th in the NPD “Top 20”.
Reviews:
As the pictures show, New Super Mario Bros. Wii is currently the highest rated game out of these, sitting at 87% out of 100%Wii Play, the game that has sold the most of all games this console generation, is sitting at the lowest review score average, 58% out of 100%.  I think I would rather pay $50 for Wii Play, and get an extra controller that actually functions, than to pay $120 for Tony Hawk: RIDE and a controller(board) that doesn’t seem to function well at all.
Of the other games, Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort both average 80% out of 100% and Mario Kart Wii is at 82% out of 100%.
I do find it interesting, that out of the “main” games, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games has the lowest average review score and also has the lowest reported play-times.
Thoughts/Questions:
I think it’s pretty crazy how well some of these games are still selling, and how poorly some other games are selling(games like Uncharted 2 on the PS3 falling off after one month!).  Out of the six Wii games shown here, I actually don’t own any of them(and I don’t know what the “value game bundle” consisted of).  I also don’t own Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.
Do you own any of these games?  If so, did you purchase them recently, or did you get them right after they were released?

Nintendo’s November 2009 NPD Game Data

December 15, 2009
(click individual slides to enlarge)

As the comic attempts to show, New Super Mario Bros. Wii ranked first out of all Wii games sold in November.
The NPD just released their sales numbers for November, and Nintendo had nine games in the “Top 20”.
The Nintendo games that were in the “Top 20” that had reported sales numbers were:

New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which sold 1.39 Million copies.
Wii Sports Resort, which sold 720.2K copies.
Wii Fit Plus, which sold 679.0K copies.
Mario Kart Wii w/ Wheel, which sold 315.0K copies.
The other four Wii titles in the “Top 20” were:
Wii Play.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.
Value Game Bundle.
Value Game Bundle.
The Nintendo DS had one title make the NPD “Top 20”, and that title was Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.
The odd game listing in the NPD “Top 20” was the “value game bundle” on the Wii, which appeared twice on the list.  The NPD hasn’t provided any further data on the “value game bundle“, so unless they do, there is just speculation as to what games those may have been.
Out of the eight Wii games in the November “Top 20”, the only one that was actually released in November, was New Super Mario Bros. Wii which was released on November 15.

How have these games performed game-play wise?  Well, with data from the Nintendo Channel and MetaCritic.com, we can see how many reported hours these games have been played and also how they’ve been reviewed by the gaming community at large.  Let’s take a look:

(click photo to enlarge)
(click photo to enlarge)

The Nintendo Channel/NPD Data Breakdown:

Wii Sports Resort was released in July of this year, and has 157,400 players reporting data so far.
Wii Sports Resort was ranked 6th overall in the NPD “Top 20”.
Wii Fit Plus was released in October, and has 24,759 players reporting data.
Wii Fit Plus was ranked 7th in the NPD “Top 20”.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii was just released last month, on November 15, and already has 40,538 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii was ranked 3rd in the NPD “Top 20”, behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Mario Kart Wii was released in April of 2008 and since then has had 1,332,046 players report play-time data on the Nintendo Channel.
Mario Kart Wii was ranked 10th in the NPD “Top 20”.
Wii Play was released on February 12, 2007 and has had 1,660,939 players report their play-time data since it released.
Wii Play was ranked 11th in the NPD “Top 20”.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games was just released in October, and has 9,920 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel…maybe more people are waiting for the Olympic Winter Games ti start before they buy this game and actually play it?
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter games was ranked 12th in the NPD “Top 20”.
Reviews:
As the pictures show, New Super Mario Bros. Wii is currently the highest rated game out of these, sitting at 87% out of 100%Wii Play, the game that has sold the most of all games this console generation, is sitting at the lowest review score average, 58% out of 100%.  I think I would rather pay $50 for Wii Play, and get an extra controller that actually functions, than to pay $120 for Tony Hawk: RIDE and a controller(board) that doesn’t seem to function well at all.
Of the other games, Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort both average 80% out of 100% and Mario Kart Wii is at 82% out of 100%.
I do find it interesting, that out of the “main” games, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games has the lowest average review score and also has the lowest reported play-times.
Thoughts/Questions:
I think it’s pretty crazy how well some of these games are still selling, and how poorly some other games are selling(games like Uncharted 2 on the PS3 falling off after one month!).  Out of the six Wii games shown here, I actually don’t own any of them(and I don’t know what the “value game bundle” consisted of).  I also don’t own Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.
Do you own any of these games?  If so, did you purchase them recently, or did you get them right after they were released?