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May the 4th, was it with you? What is the Wii’s least played Star Wars game? Official Nintendo Channel data report.

May 6, 2013
That’s no moon, but that might be Bean 1.

Coffee Beans
May the 4th, was it with you? If you didn’t sleep all day, I hope that your Saturday, May the 4th of 2013, was an eventful day! While there were no Star Wars video games played in the Coffeehouse on May the 4th, there was at least one Star Wars movie watched (Episode III), and Bean 1 and Bean 2 ran around in the backyard for a little while with some Star Wars gear. (Which, one of them may, or may not, be in the picture above. It probably depends if you ask me, or Mrs. Coffee.)

Speaking of Star Wars video games, there were at least six retail Star Wars games released for the Wii and at least three Star Wars games released on the Wii’s Virtual Console service, from my count. We own three of the Wii retail Star Wars titles, but only two of them have been played.

The game-play “Force” (if you will!) was very strong behind the Wii Star Wars retail titles, with each of them now having more than one million “Total Hours” of game-play reported. But, which Wii Star Wars retail game does the “Force” appear to be the weakest with, resulting in the lowest amount of replay value? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look at the least played Star Wars Wii retail game based on the average hours reported “Per person”.

The Brew
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels is the Wii’s least played Star Wars game “Per person”, according to the data reported through the Nintendo Channel. The game was released on November 11, 2008, and it was developed by Krome Studios and published by LucasArts. It received an ESRB rating of “TEEN” with “Fantasy Violence” listed as the only content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

Not a day’s worth of lightsaber training at the Jedi Academy?

As the image above shows, the reported average is 6 Hours 42 Minutes “Per person”, and when compared to the other Wii Star Wars games this makes Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels the least played Star Wars game on the system “Per person”.

Just because the game has the lowest reported average “Per person” out of all the Wii Star Wars retail games, doesn’t mean Lightsaber Duels hasn’t been played by a lot of Wii owners though. The game now has approximately 275,065 U.S. Wii owners with game-play data reported via the Nintendo Channel, which is over 65,000 more U.S. Wii owners with data reported than 2 years ago.

For comparison to other Wii games, Lightsaber Duels currently has more U.S. Wii owners with data reported than Endless Ocean does, which released before it; but it has less Wii owners with data reported than Animal Crossing: City Folk, which released just a few days after it in 2008.

Did critics and customers enjoy swinging their Wii Remotes like lightsabers in the game though, considering it has the lowest average play time “Per person” of all the Star Wars games on the system? Well, the game has a “professional” critic review score average of 54.89%, based on 18 reviews on GameRankings.com. The game’s customer review score average is 72.53%, based on 83 customer reviews from Amazon.com. The difference between the critic and customer review averages is probably a reflection of the game being enjoyed by a much younger audience, probably its target audience, which might not care if everything is pixel perfect in a game.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I haven’t played Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels, though I have watched some of The Clone Wars cartoons and the movie. If you haven’t seen any footage from Lightsaber Duels, the video below is the trailer for the game:

I have enjoyed several Star Wars games over the years, including The Force Unleashed on the Wii, but one disappointment in recent years was there not being an exclusive Wii Star Wars game that used the Wii MotionPlus accessory. Knowing that Lightsaber Duels released a few years before the Wii MotionPlus accessory was and it attempted to translate Wii Remote swings to lightsaber swings, I’m surprised there wasn’t a sequel to the game using the Wii MotionPlus accessory.

I kept thinking there would be a Wii Star Wars game released with extremely accurate lightsaber game-play, like what Ubisoft did with Red Steel 2, but there was never one that used the Wii MotionPlus accessory. Considering Microsoft was able to get Kinect Star Wars, and used that game to heavily promote/sell Kinect units, I’m surprised (or, maybe I’m not at this point?) that Nintendo didn’t pay to get a Wii Star Wars game released that used the Wii MotionPlus accessory.

If Nintendo is wanting to sell a few more Wii MotionPlus controllers to Wii U owners, I think one great way would be to announce an exclusive Wii U Star Wars game that uses Wii MotionPlus controls for the lightsaber actions in it; I would probably buy it day one. While I really do enjoy the Wii U and think being able to play games on the GamePad is great, I think it’s unfortunate that we will probably not see a Star Wars game released with Wii MotionPlus controls now, because of Nintendo’s move away from “motion controls” as they were on the Wii.

Questions
Have any of you played Lightsaber Duels, and if so, what did you think about the game? Does it do a good job of translating Wii Remote swings to lightsaber swings?

Do you think it’s unfortunate that Nintendo never had a Wii Star Wars game released that used Wii MotionPlus controls for the lightsaber controls? Also, did any of you play any Star Wars video game(s) or watch any of the Star Wars movies for May the 4th this year?

You can see some Star Wars related games and items on Amazon.com below!

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May the Fourth be with You!

May 5, 2010
As I stated in “Our Son’s Nintendo Themed Birthday” post, I’m a huge Star Wars fan.
Back in the 90s, I received my Nintendo 64 as a Christmas present.  My mom didn’t buy me any games for it, because she didn’t want to purchase a game that I may not like.
I rented a few games, before deciding to purchase Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire as my first Nintendo 64 game.
A few years later, I was line at my local Wal-Mart with some friends, so I could purchase the GameCube the day it released.
The first game I purchased with my GameCube that night, was Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader.
Then in 2004, I purchased a Xbox, and the first game I purchased with it was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
I have owned and played several other Star Wars titles throughout the years, such as Star Wars Demolition, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Star Wars Republic Commando, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Saga, and Star Wars Galaxies.
Today May 4, 2010.  Each year, May 4 is the “unofficial” Star Wars day, due to somebody being clever one year and coining the term, “May the fourth be with you.”(I wonder if that person was a coffee drinker?!)
Do Wii owners like playing Star Wars games?  Have Wii Star Wars games been received well by “reviewers”?
Let’s take a look at some data!
(click image to enlarge)
Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga has 398,219 players reporting data on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed has 281,591 players reporting their play-time data.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels has 129,495 players reporting data.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes has 18,569 players reporting play-time data.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Combined:
According to the Wii’s Nintendo Channel data, when I combined the “Total Hours” reported for Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels, and Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes, the grand total is:
23,484,173 Total Hours!
If you wanted to fly in space with those hours, you could make about 154,800 round trips to the moon.(if my math was right)

<u>Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #81 and the current selling price is $19.82.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #755 and the current selling price is $19.99.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels‘ Amazon.com sale rank is #476 and the current selling price is $19.54.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes‘ Amazon.com sale rank is #786 and the current selling price is $19.96.
GameRankings.com Review Score Average:
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga’s review score average is 80.39%, based on 18 reviews.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’s review score average is 73.35%, based on 17 reviews.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels’ review score average is 54.89%, based on 17 reviews.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes’ review score average is 48.11%, based on 9 reviews.
Thoughts/Questions:
Do you enjoy the Star Wars universe?  Whether it’s the movies, books, television shows, or video games?
Do you have a favorite Star Wars movie and video game?
I like Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, as my favorites(today, it may change tomorrow).  
As for video games, I’ve enjoyed all the Star Wars video games that I have played, at least from what I remember of them.
Though, there are two Star Wars games I’ve enjoyed more than I thought I would.
I really enjoy the FPS genre, and I was really surprised by Star Wars Republic Commando.
I enjoyed the squad-based game-play, and I really enjoyed its online multi-player.
Out of the four Wii Star Wars games shown, I own Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.  I really did enjoy the game, and played through it four complete times.  I also tried the multi-player one weekend, when a friend came in town.
I do hope that Nintendo owners get Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II in some fashion.
Thanks for reading!  May the 4th be with you!
If you are interested in the Wii games which had data showing you can see new and used prices for them on Amazon.com below:
    

May the Fourth be with You!

May 5, 2010
As I stated in “Our Son’s Nintendo Themed Birthday” post, I’m a huge Star Wars fan.
Back in the 90s, I received my Nintendo 64 as a Christmas present.  My mom didn’t buy me any games for it, because she didn’t want to purchase a game that I may not like.
I rented a few games, before deciding to purchase Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire as my first Nintendo 64 game.
A few years later, I was line at my local Wal-Mart with some friends, so I could purchase the GameCube the day it released.
The first game I purchased with my GameCube that night, was Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader.
Then in 2004, I purchased a Xbox, and the first game I purchased with it was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
I have owned and played several other Star Wars titles throughout the years, such as Star Wars Demolition, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Star Wars Republic Commando, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Saga, and Star Wars Galaxies.
Today May 4, 2010.  Each year, May 4 is the “unofficial” Star Wars day, due to somebody being clever one year and coining the term, “May the fourth be with you.”(I wonder if that person was a coffee drinker?!)
Do Wii owners like playing Star Wars games?  Have Wii Star Wars games been received well by “reviewers”?
Let’s take a look at some data!
(click image to enlarge)
Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga has 398,219 players reporting data on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed has 281,591 players reporting their play-time data.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels has 129,495 players reporting data.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes has 18,569 players reporting play-time data.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Combined:
According to the Wii’s Nintendo Channel data, when I combined the “Total Hours” reported for Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels, and Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes, the grand total is:
23,484,173 Total Hours!
If you wanted to fly in space with those hours, you could make about 154,800 round trips to the moon.(if my math was right)

<u>Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #81 and the current selling price is $19.82.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #755 and the current selling price is $19.99.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels‘ Amazon.com sale rank is #476 and the current selling price is $19.54.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes‘ Amazon.com sale rank is #786 and the current selling price is $19.96.
GameRankings.com Review Score Average:
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga’s review score average is 80.39%, based on 18 reviews.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’s review score average is 73.35%, based on 17 reviews.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels’ review score average is 54.89%, based on 17 reviews.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes’ review score average is 48.11%, based on 9 reviews.
Thoughts/Questions:
Do you enjoy the Star Wars universe?  Whether it’s the movies, books, television shows, or video games?
Do you have a favorite Star Wars movie and video game?
I like Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, as my favorites(today, it may change tomorrow).  
As for video games, I’ve enjoyed all the Star Wars video games that I have played, at least from what I remember of them.
Though, there are two Star Wars games I’ve enjoyed more than I thought I would.
I really enjoy the FPS genre, and I was really surprised by Star Wars Republic Commando.
I enjoyed the squad-based game-play, and I really enjoyed its online multi-player.
Out of the four Wii Star Wars games shown, I own Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.  I really did enjoy the game, and played through it four complete times.  I also tried the multi-player one weekend, when a friend came in town.
I do hope that Nintendo owners get Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II in some fashion.
Thanks for reading!  May the 4th be with you!
If you are interested in the Wii games which had data showing you can see new and used prices for them on Amazon.com below:
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