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Super Mario Galaxy 2, how much has it been played? U.S. Wii Nintendo Channel data report

May 30, 2013

Coffee Beans
E3 is right around the corner and while Nintendo won’t be holding their typical E3 press conference, they will be doing a Nintendo Direct for the Wii U on June 11th, and smaller conferences at E3 as well. The Wii U’s first 3D Mario game is supposed to be shown this year, and even be at E3 in playable form (maybe even at the Best Buy E3 Wii U demo stations?).

Before looking forward at the Wii U’s first 3D Mario title, with whatever trailer and news Nintendo shares at E3, let’s take a look at one of the Wii’s 3D Mario action/platforming games: Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 released for the Wii on May 23, 2010 with a MSRP of $49.99, and received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE” with “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of. The game was developed by Nintendo’s EAD studio, like the original Super Mario Galaxy was as well.

If you own a Wii or Wii U and haven’t played Super Mario Galaxy 2, but are interested in it, how many hours can you expect from it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look at the official U.S. Wii Nintendo Channel data to see how many hours Wii owners have reported playing the game, and the average hours reported so far!

The Brew
Super Mario Galaxy 2 now has approximately 660,796 U.S. Wii owners with over 23,000,000 Total Hours of game-play reported, with about 1,100 days reported. This is an increase of nearly 650,000 more U.S. Wii owners with game-play data reported for SMG2, than were reported when its data first debuted in May 2010.

The 23+ million Total Hours of reported game-play is more than half the time span of the world’s recorded history. If you’re not sure what that is, it means Super Mario Galaxy 2 has been played for more than 2,500 years worth of time.

From the Nintendo Channel data reported, U.S. Wii owners have averaged playing the game 35 Hours 28 Minutes, which averages out to about 2 Hours 2 Minutes played per time reported.

For some comparison, Super Mario Galaxy 2’s reported average hours “Per person” are now higher than the original Super Mario Galaxy’s, but lower than its 2D competitor’s, that being New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In short, based on the averages reported “Per person”, you can expect more replay value from Super Mario Galaxy 2, than the original Super Mario Galaxy.

How have the critic and customer reviews changed for the game since we looked at the game in May 2011? Well, Super Mario Galaxy 2 still ranks in the Wii’s “Top 10” games according to critics’ reviews averages on GameRankings.com, and its review score average is slightly higher now at a 97.35%, based on 56 reviews on GameRankings.com.

The game’s Amazon.com customer review score average has increased slightly as well, and is now sitting at a 92.85%, based on 400 customer reviews; compared with having 284 customer reviews in 2011.

Caffeinated Thoughts
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is not a game in our Wii/Wii U collection, and it’s one I still haven’t played. If we did end up getting it now, I would play it on our Wii U in the system’s Wii mode though, due to me trying to limit the disc drive use in our Wii.

If you have never seen any footage from the game, here’s a trailer for it that might get you interested, especially if you’re a fan of Luigi and are happy about the “Year of Luigi”:

Nintendo made the original Super Mario Galaxy, which released in 2007, a “Nintendo Selects” title in 2011. Surprisingly, or perhaps not knowing Nintendo recently, Super Mario Galaxy 2 has still not made it in the Nintendo Selects lineup of Wii games, and finding the game online for under $50 new, is a bit challenging on the world’s largest online retailer. Even GameStop doesn’t have the game available to be purchased new online. Which, makes me wonder if Nintendo is about to expand the Wii’s Nintendo Selects lineup of games, and add Super Mario Galaxy 2 to it? I don’t know, but I do find it interesting Amazon.com  and GameStop.com don’t currently have the game in stock to sell directly.

If you are a Wii U owner and didn’t own a Wii, you probably know by now that the Wii U is backwards compatible with Wii games (unlike the Xbox One and PlayStation 4?). So, if you haven’t played Super Mario Galaxy 2, you can play it on your Wii U if you have the proper Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers.

I know many consider the Super Mario Galaxy Wii games to be the best looking games for the system. I think it will be interesting to see if the Wii U’s 3D Mario keeps the same graphical art style as those, and really shows what the system can do (I hope), or if Nintendo will change it up like what has been done with the Zelda games over the years.

I’m thinking the Wii U’s first 3D Mario game might even be titled Super Mario Universe, continuing off the “Galaxy” theme; but Nintendo could just throw a “U” on the end like they did with New Super Mario Bros. U, and call it Super Mario U. No matter what they call it though, I am interested to see the art style of the game and what direction they have gone with it.

While I’m thinking the setting will be more like the Super Mario Galaxy games, I kind of hope they do a throwback to Super Mario 64’s setting with Princess Peach’s Castle being where you run around and select levels from.

Now, if you want a chance to win Psychonauts, Costume Quest, and Stacking as the image above mentions, here’s what to do. Make sure you are following me on Twitter, HERE. Then, tweet out this post using the Twitter button beneath the post (seen in the image below if you’re not sure), and include the hashtag #SuperMarioGalaxyCoffee and tweet it to @NintendoAmerica. The winner has been announced, HERE.

Questions
Have any of you perhaps recently played and beaten Super Mario Galaxy 2, if so, what’d you think about the game? If you played the original SMG and SMG2, which one did you enjoy more?

Also, with Nintendo revealing the Wii U’s first 3D Mario action title in just a few weeks (12 days really!), is there anything you’re hoping to see from the game?

You can buy Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, and a few other Mario related items from Amazon.com below!

If you’re interested in reading/seeing older data reports on Super Mario Galaxy 2, you can find them linked here, here, here, here, herehere, and also here.

October Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played, & Site Notes

November 2, 2012

Coffee Beans
October has vanished like Halloween candy from a kid’s basket! If you skimmed here occasionally during October, here are some posts you might have missed:
     1) Is Okami for the PS3 worth $20? How many hours can you expect from Okami? Data Report
     2) Can the Wii U GamePad be charged with a USB port on the console? Nintendo answers, sort of…
     3) Nintendo says no, then yes, now no AGAIN on LEGO City: Undercover’s multiplayer feature.
     4) New Super Mario Bros. U to have online multiplayer? “Online Interactions Not Rated…”
     5) What is the most played Just Dance Wii game?
     6) STAY CALM! Wii U’s Miiverse details before launch, & all Wii U features and functionality ready at launch? Nintendo’s Bill Trinen and Scott Moffitt
     7) “Black Ops II will just be on Wii U”, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 not releasing for the 3DS, DS, or Wii.

November is now brewing, and what coffees did I consume and games did I play during October? Brew yourself some coffee and let’s take a look!

Coffees Consumed
Maxwell House coffees were the main coffee blends for us in October, with us finishing off a Maxwell House Gourmet Roast blend container, as well a Maxwell House 100% Colombian blend.

Another coffee that we brewed quite often in October, one Mrs. Coffee gave me as one of my birthday gifts, was the Gevalia Espresso Roast. The name says it all really, “Espresso Roast” and it is a nice, super dark, roast. I enjoyed it a great deal, but it was a tad too strong for Mrs. Coffee’s liking.

Games Played
The skimmer list for games I played in October is: Super Mario 64, Super Mario World, Rage of the Gladiator, New Super Mario Bros. DS, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Mutant Mudds, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Double Dragon Neon, Punch-Out!!, Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, BIT.TRIP COMPLETE, Mario Kart Wii, and LittleBigPlanet.

All Super Mario Games – I’m still playing these with Bean 1, randomly. The Mario game(s) he selects to play can vary each day, but in October Super Mario 64 was a favorite of his, as well as New Super Mario Bros. Wii. We have made decent progress in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and when he requests me to play through a level with him, I am instructed to carry him through the entire level. He doesn’t want to bubble necessarily (he did enjoy doing that for a while), he just wants me to carry Toad, Luigi, or Mario (depending who I’m playing as) through the level and survive. He recognized and called out New Super Mario Bros. U in the first Wii U system commercial Nintendo released yesterday, then went back to his snacks.

Rage of the Gladiator – I’m just going to leave the following link for a site that covers a lot of digitally downloaded titleshttp://www.facebook.com/RageOfTheGladiator.
Batman: Arkham Asylum – Our neighbors are gamers, and we have loaned/traded games over the last few years. The last loan-trade was me giving him Metroid: Other M, and me getting Batman: Arkham Asylum in return. I completed Arkham Asylum in October, and I enjoyed my time with the game. Being that the game can be found for under $20 new, if you have been interested in this title but not played it, I can easily recommend the game.
Mutant Mudds – I’m still playing through Mutant Mudds, and enjoying it. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, if you enjoy challenging platformers, I recommend you give the game a try. Bean 1 had discovered the start menu on my PC and I have randomly found him attempting to play the game a few times, and he will tell me sometimes to play “Mutant Mudds” so he can watch me. I’m waiting to learn more about Mutant Mudds Deluxe for the Wii U, before I worry with buying the Xbox 360 controller to make it easier for Bean 1 to play it on my PC.
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean – Mrs. Coffee gave me this as a gift a few months back, but it wasn’t until October that I actually opened it up. I have completed the first movie’s levels so far, and have enjoyed my time back in a LEGO video game world. I think the developers did a great job making LEGO Captain Jack run/walk like he does in the movies, and I like how in certain levels there aren’t hidden/invisible walls to keep you from venturing further than they want, but an actual LEGO shark in the water to help keep you where they want you.
Double Dragon Neon – I won this in a contest/giveaway over on Chalgyr’s Game Room, and played through the first level, and almost finished the second level (maybe third?). The game plays well so far, and the boss I’m currently on though was giving me quite the challenge my first night, and after a few attempts I had to get that thing some call sleep. I haven’t been back to it since, but I do plan on trying to finish it up this month.
Punch-Out!! – I’m slowly making my way through the game’s Title Defense Mode, and I believe Bear Hugger was the last boxer I was able to get my belt back from. Yes, he pummeled so many times while I was trying to figure out the new timing of his attacks.

Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 – Did you miss the Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 data report post? If so, you can see how many hours the game has been played, as well as gameplay video I uploaded from one of the FPS minigames in it. Bean 1 enjoys one of the plunger FPS levels a lot (the one in the video), and can make his way through it. Every time the Rabbid shows up with a camera, he says, “Cheese!” Bean 1 also found the Rabbids LAND trailer on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel earlier this week, and played it 3-4 times in a row laughing at the Rabbids in the trailer. I’m interested in Rabbids LAND on the Wii U, as I mentioned in the data post, because of Ubisoft’s history/support on the Wii.
BIT.TRIP COMPLETE – If you missed my birthday post, Mrs. Coffee gave me this game(s) as a gift. I have just played BIT.TRIP RUNNER on it, but I have enjoyed the game so far. I’m up to world 1-11, I think? Considering I burned through almost the first world my first night with it, I may finish this one sooner than I was expecting. I am looking forward to hearing more about Runner2 on the Wii U, so hopefully I finish this one up soon, and perhaps be ready for more endless running when the Wii U launches.

Screen grab from Bean 1 playing.

Mario Kart Wii – Bean 1 randomly, out of nowhere, asked to play the, “Mario Wii Racing” game one day. I was surprised he remember the game from his time with it from over a month ago, and broke it out for him to try. We have both played the game, sometimes together, but often times with me watching him, or him watching me. He surprised me earlier in the week when he finished 2nd in a race, which means he’s made some great improvements since he first started off by driving in circles and often in reverse.
LittleBigPlanet – This is Bean 1’s final game delay tactic at night. The PlayStation 3 is the console closest to his room, and to play LittleBigPlanet is his last request/delay tactic. He enjoys finding a lot of the user created levels, and just running around in them. He completes many of them though, and I’m impressed with how he has learned to grab and hold onto items since he first started playing the game not that long ago.

Site Notes
Changes are brewing! If you haven’t noticed, there’s a tab that has now been removed from the top section. The “Reader Points” tab has been removed, but the “Reader Points” that were there are stored (across three emails!), and if I can get over my reluctance to go to the Post Office again, I can mail the rest…yes, they are sitting on the table, and Bean 1 has been looking at them this last week.

Also, gameplay videos (of myself playing and even Bean 1, and Mrs. Coffee occasionally) and impressions of games will become more standard on the site, and the “Critics vs. Consumers” posts will continue. Data posts will continue, but probably slow down once the Wii U releases, unless the Wii U provides the same type of data for Wii U games…PLEASE NINTENDO! I have even been experimenting, a little, with a podcast idea…

There’s a few other features/ideas/changes I have been roasting for a while now, and one should be popping up at the end of next week.

Questions
What video games did you play in October, and are there any you would recommend to others? Also, were there any new coffee blends or drinks of choice in October, perhaps even while gaming?

As always, if you have any questions about the games I played, or the coffees I consumed in October, please me in the comment section below, or by sending me an email.

How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing Super Mario Bros.? Data report

August 10, 2012

Coffee Beans
     How does a 3 year old beat Super Mario Bros. World 1-1? Skip to the “Caffeinated Thoughts” section below to see the video play-through.

     Super Mario Bros. was originally released for the NES system in North America in 1985. It was re-released on the Wii’s Virtual Console on December 25, 2006 at a price point of 500 Wii Points, which is $5.
     The Virtual Console release of Super Mario Bros. was given an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with no content listed for gamers and parents to be aware of. I guess jumping on Goombas and Koopas and shooting them with fireballs can’t be described in a proper context?

     How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported trying to rid the Mushroom Kingdom of Bowser and his minions in Super Mario Bros.? Brew yourself a fresh pot of coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Super Mario Bros. has approximately 618,052 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel, with 2,051 days possibly reported. The game has an average play-time per day/session of about 31 Minutes, with its overall average time reported being 8 Hours 55 Minutes as the image above shows.

     What about critic and customer reviews for the game? Well, like many older re-released games there is no “professional” critic review score average on GameRankings.com, or MetaCritic.com.
     Fortunately, Amazon.com has a decent number of customer reviews for the game. Amazon.com’s customer review score average for Super Mario Bros. is currently 90.95% based on 42 reviews. While the reviews aren’t necessarily for the Virtual Console version of the game, the game-play from the original game to the Virtual Console version is basically identical, with the Virtual Console version even having the “Minus World” glitch.

     Surprisingly, Super Mario Bros. has made Nintendo about $3,090,260 from its Virtual Console release in the United States, just based on the approximate number of U.S. Wii owners that have reported data and the game’s $5 price point.
     Why do I find it surprising? Well, Super Mario Bros. has earned about one million less than another Super Mario Bros. NES Virtual Console title, at least according to the reported data.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     If you don’t know who Bean 1 is, he is my 3 year old son and he has been on a huge Mario games “marathon” of sorts since early June. I don’t remember how young I was when I beat my first Mario level, but I don’t think I was 3 years old. If you are looking for the video of Bean 1 beating Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 in the game, you can watch it below:

     We are having a blast playing through different Mario games together, and he is currently really enjoying New Super Mario Bros. on the DS. He has completed a few of the levels in that game by himself as well, and we actually finished the game (minus the two optional Worlds) not even 48 hours ago.

     As for the reported game-play data on Super Mario Bros., knowing the game is only $5 and the average Wii owner has gotten over 8 hours of game-play from it I think is great. Many of the hours reported are probably players just attempting to beat the game a single time, based on my own history with it and some friends’ as well. While the game is short from start to finish, especially if you know the warps, I find the platforming elements and difficulty to be challenging enough, and well worth the $5 asking price.
     If you have wondered what the original Super Mario Bros. game is like and have never played it, I would highly suggest purchasing the Wii’s Virtual Console version for only $5. If you are a fan of getting games in their original format though, you can currently purchase Super Mario Bros. “new” from a seller on Amazon.com for only $2,999.99.

Questions
     If you have never played Super Mario Bros. is it a game you are interested in?
     If you have played Super Mario Bros., do you have any great memories of playing the game by yourself, or perhaps watching a friend and/or family member play it?
     Also, if there are any parents out there reading this with little ones that play Mario games, do you perhaps remember how young your child was when they beat their first Mario level?

See Super Mario Bros. and a few other Mario related items below:

Michael Phelps, or Mario? Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Hours Report

August 1, 2012

Coffee Beans
     The London 2012 Olympic Games are now officially underway and many exciting competitions have already taken place. Mrs. Coffee and I have been watching a few of the events since they started up last week. Watching Michael Phelps race for more Olympic medals tonight was pretty exciting and the swimming events are probably my favorite right now, though we have also enjoyed several other events as well.
     Being that I enjoy video games though, would I rather play with Mario in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, or would I rather watch Michael Phelps in the real London 2012 Olympic Games?

     Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games released in North America on November 15, 2011 at a MSRP of $49.99. It was developed by Sega Sports and published by Sega for its North American release.
     The game received an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games since it released? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games now has approximately 74,954 U.S. Wii players that have reported game-play data. This means the game has seen an increase of 67,400 more Wii players reporting data since the game’s initial report in January.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session was originally 2 Hours 45 Minutes when it debuted, and the game now has an average play-time of 2 Hours 5 Minutes per day/session reported.

     What about reviews for the game though? How have critics and customers reviewed the latest Olympic outing by Mario and Sonic?
     The game now has a “professional” critic review score average of 67.55% based on 21 reviews on GameRankings.com, while the game’s customer review score average is now 79.53% based on 43 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I still haven’t played Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, but as I mentioned in the “Coffee Beans” section I have been watching some of the Olympic events over the last several days.
     If you haven’t seen any footage for the game though, the trailer below is of two commercials that were released for the game:
   

     Seeing the average reported play-time for Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games nearly double since the debut data report, I think is very good for the game. With the game having more than one million “Total Hours” now reported, it makes me wonder how many digital Olympic gold medals have been awarded since the game released.
     While the game released with a MSRP of $49.99, you can now find it new for just $29.99 at most stores and online sites. Fair warning though, be careful if you’re shopping for it on Amazon.com right now, because they have a third party vendor listed as the main seller for the game at a price of $42.60. Make sure to check the “More Buying Choices” on the right side of the screen, where you will see the Amazon.com price of $29.99 listed.

      Addressing my question from the beginning though, would I rather watch Michael Phelps race in the London 2012 Olympics, or would I prefer to play Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games? Personally with the Olympics only happening once every 4 years, right now I prefer to keep watching Michael Phelps, and other athletes, compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Questions
     Have any of you been watching the London 2012 Olympic Games? If so, do you have a favorite event that you enjoy watching the most?
     If you own Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, is it a game you recommend to other Wii, or even 3DS, owners perhaps interested in the game now because of the 2012 Olympics taking place?

If you are interested in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, you can see links to the Wii and 3DS versions on Amazon.com below:

Drinking coffee from a Mario castle? Not exactly.

July 19, 2012
Sorry Mario, but your coffee is in another castle?

Coffee Beans
     Mario has a history of visiting castles, but often leaving them in worse shape than when he enters them. Super Mario World is a perfect example of this as Mario not only goes in and removes certain castle residents, but he then destroys most of the castles making sure the residents can’t return.
     We have been playing Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and Super Mario 64 a lot over the last month and seeing many castles in the games. Bean 1 says things like, “Let’s go to the castle!”, or “Mario goes to the castle!”, or “We beat the castle!”. Anything to do with the castles seems fun for Bean 1, and he really enjoys playing/watching the castle levels in the Mario games.

     Perhaps the castles in Mario is what influenced me to finally drink coffee from a castle. What do I mean by “drink coffee from a castle”? Brew yourself some coffee, and then take a look!

You can click each image to see the details on the mug.

The Brew
     Mrs. Coffee and I, along with the two beans, went to a Renaissance Festival last year where I purchased the mug shown above. The coffee mug pictured is officially titled “Castle Mug” by the manufacturer, Grey Fox Pottery.
     After getting the mug home, I was actually a little paranoid about washing it due to the bottom of the mug not being glazed over, even though the vendor I purchased it from said it would be okay for hand washing, and it should be dishwasher safe as well. So, I used it as a desk decoration and not an actual coffee mug for the last few months.

     That changed on Monday though, when I visited Grey Fox Pottery’s website and read, “We use leadless glazes and everything is dishwasher and microwave safe.“. I threw the Castle Mug in the dishwasher for a quick washing, and it survived. Then I proceeded with the more important part of pouring freshly brewed hot coffee into the Castle Mug.
     Did the mug hold up, or did the hot coffee destroy the Castle Mug beyond repair, like Mario does to castles in Super Mario World?
     Thankfully, the Castle Mug survived! I have enjoyed coffee from it so far twice this week, and apparently my initial concerns over hot coffee and water affecting the mug seem to have been misplaced.

     The Castle Mug is pretty big, but it is very sturdy and has a nice weight to it. I’m not sure exactly how many ounces it holds though, and I have contacted Grey Fox Pottery about it. *UPDATE: Mike from Grey Fox Pottery responded to my inquiry about how many ounces of coffee the Castle Mug can hold and said, “I think it measures slightly more than 24 oz. to the rim. There is a little variance since they are all hand made.” All the coffee mugs made by Grey Fox Pottery according to their site are “Handcrafted in the USA“, which I think is pretty cool in this day and age.
     You can see their wide assortment of coffee mugs, as well as other mugs and steins at their site GreyFoxPottery.com.

Questions
     Do any of you perhaps own a Castle Mug as well, or maybe even another mug or stein from Grey Fox Pottery?
     If so, how often do you use it, and has it held up well?

The 2012 Olympics! Mario and Sonic Style

January 1, 2012

Coffee Beans
     Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games was released in North America on November 15, 2011. The game was developed by Sega Sports in Japan, and it was published by Nintendo in Japan, and Sega in North America and Europe.
     The game received an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.  Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games released with a MSRP of $49.99.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent playing the 2012 Olympic Games, just in 2011? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games has 7,554 Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel, since it released.  The game’s average play-time per day/session is 2 Hours 45 Minutes.
     The game released for both the Wii and Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii version has a “professional” review score average of 68.13%, based on 19 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     It currently has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com based on 9 customer reviews, which is equivalent to an 86.67% review score average on a 100% review scale.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I have not played Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, or any of the past games in the series, but I can remember watching my oldest nephew play the Winter Olympics one about a year ago.
     Being that Mrs. Coffee and I don’t have cable television, I do find it interesting seeing what type of commercials the companies come up with for games, and you can see two slightly different commercials for Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games below:

     Seeing the game already have game-play hours show up on the Nintendo Channel I think shows two things:
     1) The game is selling decently well, which probably should not be surprising when it has the names Mario and Sonic in its title.
     2) The players that own it, are playing it a good amount already. From the reported data so far, Wii owners are playing the game nearly 3 hours each time they sit down to play it.

Questions
     Have any of you played Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games on the Wii? If so, what do you think of the game?
     If you have played all the games in the “Mario & Sonic” lineup, how does this one compare to the others?

If you are interested in any of the “Mario and Sonic” games, you can see a few on Amazon.com linked below:
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>Spring Break & Video Game Treasures!

March 27, 2011

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The beach…where we didn’t spend Spring Break!

     Three weeks ago my wife and I, along with our son, flew to Louisiana to visit family over my Spring Break from college.  Our original flight was canceled due to mechanical issues, so we left a day late, on March 3.
     While we were down, we visited both my family and Mrs. Coffee’s family, over a period of 5 days.  The weekend we were there, we stayed with my wife’s family.  Her older brother owns a PS3 and had been enjoying Call of Duty: Black Ops, and he ended up going to his house Friday night, and bringing the PS3 and Black Ops over.
     While my wife fell asleep on the couch early(11-ish probably) Friday night, I stayed up until about 3AM with her two brothers, playing Black Ops online.  We would take turns, and play one round each, then pass the controller off.
     We played Black Ops Saturday during the day some, and then late Saturday night as well, until about 3AM again.  Earlier Saturday evening, Mrs. Coffee’s older brother went and purchased another PS3 controller, so we could play splitscreen online multi-player, and we had a lot of fun doing it.
     The reason this post has been delayed for 2 weeks is because I was trying to get a video from one of the multi-player matches that was played in Black Ops over that weekend, but I haven’t had any luck getting it with Call of Duty’s Theater Mode.

     So, after spending time with Mrs. Coffee’s family, and playing Black Ops on Friday, Saturday, and little Sunday afternoon, we headed back to my parents’ house.
     I think it was Monday night, the night before we were leaving, that my brother came into the living room holding a shoe box.  The shoe box was treasure chest of video games that had been sitting in my closest for probably the last 10 years!
     “What video game treasures were in the shoe box?”  I’m glad you asked!  Take a look:

     If you can’t read the games, and don’t know them by the game cases, they are:
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
  • Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
  • Madden NFL ’94 (SNES)
  • Star Fox (SNES)
  • Super Mario World (SNES)
  • Street Fighter II Turbo (SNES)

     “What’d you do with those video game treasures?”  Glad you asked, again!  Like any good pirate(or bad pirate?), I stuffed them in my carry-on, and they made the return trip with us.  The only problem now, is finding a NES and SNES to play them with, as our systems are AWOL for the moment.

     Now, not only did I acquire the treasure chest of games while we were down, but a good friend came to visit us while we were at my parents’ house, and he brought two PS3 games for me to have…they are:

     Madden NFL 09 and Far Cry 2, both for the PS3.

     We enjoyed the trip visiting family and friends, minus the canceled flight cutting a day out of it, and I really didn’t think I would be returning with eight video games, but I guess they’ll help me with more stories on the site perhaps!

     Have any of you ever re-discovered video games, that had just been sitting in a box, perhaps for years, like I did over my Spring Break?