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ExciteBots: Trick Racing! Hours spent playing the Wii’s most bizarre racer! Official U.S. Nintendo Channel data report.

May 1, 2013


Coffee Beans
Can you imagine a video game sales pitch to a publisher which mentions, “Sandwiches: Drive through the ingredients in the proper order to make a delicious sandwich.”, as a mini-game feature? Probably not? Yeah, I couldn’t either until I saw it in motion and did just that in ExciteBots: Trick Racing on the Wii!

ExciteBots: Trick Racing released for the Wii in the U.S. on April 20, 2009, with two SKUs available for purchase. One SKU included the game with the Wii Wheel peripheral, the other SKU was just the game only.

ExciteBots was developed by Monster Games, the same developer behind the Wii launch title Excite Truck and the 3DS launch title PilotWings Resort. The game was published by Nintendo, and received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE” with “Mild Fantasy Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

How many hours have U.S. Wii owners spent making sandwiches, playing darts, bowling, and throwing pies at clowns during races in ExciteBots: Trick Racing, since the game released just over 4 years ago? If you own a Wii, or even a Wii U, how many hours might you expect from ExciteBots: Trick Racing should you buy it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

40+ races, 19 ExciteBots to customize/unlock, local and online multiplayer.

The Brew
ExciteBots: Trick Racing has approximately 58,393 U.S. Wii owners with game-play data reported through the Nintendo Channel. The game’s 875,169 Total Hours of reported game-play (seen in the image above), is equivalent to the game being played for almost 100 straight years!

The game’s reported average of 15 Hours 0 Minutes “Per person”, makes ExciteBots: Trick Racing the Wii’s most played game in the Excite series on the system. That’s more hours played “Per person” than Excite Truck, the Wii NES Virtual Console Excitebike release, and the WiiWare Excitebike: World Rally release. U.S. Wii owners have averaged playing the game about 1 Hour 29 Minutes each time they play it, according to the data from the image.

How was ExciteBots received by critics and customers? The game currently has a “professional” review score average of 80.19%, based on 27 reviews from GameRankings.com. The current customer review score average is 87.77%, based on 54 reviews for both SKUs of the the game on Amazon.com. Overall, positive reviews from critics and customers that played the game.

If you’re interested to see what I wrote about the game over 2 years ago, you can read my piece “An Exciting Wii Racer – Ignored by Nintendo, Not Known by Wii Owners” HERE. If you’re interested in reading an actual review (one with a score!), I suggest you check out SuperPhillip’s review for ExciteBots HERE (If you’re a fan of Saved by the Bell, you should spot a reference to the series in it!)

Caffeinated Thoughts
First, let me answer the second question (okay, really like fourth question) from above. If you own a Wii, or even a Wii U, is ExciteBots: Trick Racing a game you should look at buying? YES! If you enjoy arcade racing type games that have a great sense of speed, I highly recommend you give ExciteBots a try. The game can be found for under $20 new, and under $10 used. (Only $5 used HERE, at GameStop!) Now, if you’re a Wii U owner interested in the game, you just need to make sure that you own a Wii Remote as well, because Wii games can’t currently be played with the Wii U GamePad.

Just a little above average…

As for my reported game-play time with ExciteBots, the image above shows my reported time with the game as it appears on the Nintendo Channel. So, I have just over three times the number of hours played, as the reported average “Per person”. Again, if you can grab the game now for under $10 used (I doubt Nintendo is still publishing it), I would highly recommend that you do so. You should easily be able to get around 10 hours of game-play from it just enjoying the single-player racing campaign on your own, without even playing local or online multiplayer or the mini-games in it.

Like I mentioned in my piece over 2 years ago, ExciteBots: Trick Racing had little (to no) advertising before and after it released, which I find unfortunate and might be a reason you have never heard of it (or, simply forgot about it quickly). If you haven’t seen any footage from the game, the video below should give you a good idea of how the races are set up. The races in the video are of me racing online against Daemion from MyLittleGamer.Blogspot.com:

Monster Games (again, the developer) has a pretty solid record of racing games now, and in just a few shorts weeks their next game will be released for the Nintendo 3DS, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. I’m glad to see Nintendo has apparently formed a good developer/publisher relationship with Monster Games, allowing the developer to even try new things outside of their racing roots with series like PilotWings Resort and now porting Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

Seeing that Monster Games has produced some really solid games for Nintendo platforms in recent years, like ExciteBots, I really hope that Nintendo will let the developer create either a new Excite game for the Wii U. If not a new Excite game for the Wii U, I think even a completely new racing game from Nintendo’s F-Zero or Wave Race series for the Wii U (personally, I would like a Wave Race HD title right now) would be great.

Questions
If you perhaps played both Excite Truck and ExciteBots: Trick Racing on the Wii, which game did you enjoy more? If you enjoyed ExciteBots as much as I did (or, perhaps even more and paused playing it to leave a comment!), do you hope that Nintendo will get Monster Games to make an ExciteBots sequel for the Wii U?

Also, if you have played a lot of racing games on the Wii, can you think of one that is perhaps more hilariously bizarre and fun to play than ExciteBots?

You can purchase some of the games developed by Monster Games for Nintendo platforms linked below!

What is the Wii’s most played Need for Speed game, based on "Total Hours" reported played?

March 19, 2013
Can you guess which one is the most played by total hours reported?

Coffee Beans
Did you know the Wii had six Need for Speed games released for it? Well, at least six in the United States. Six. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6! I didn’t realize there were so many Need for Speed games within 6 years, much less six Need for Speed games on one console!

The image above shows the six Need for Speed games that released on the Wii in the United States, at least that I’m aware of. They were: Need for Speed CarbonNeed for Speed: Pro StreetNeed for Speed: UndercoverNeed for Speed NITRONeed for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and Need for Speed: The Run. There could have been another that I missed, but these are what I found in my research.

Now, if you’re a Wii U owner, like myself, you may be aware (or not) that Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is releasing for the system today, March 19th. While it will be the Wii U’s first Need for Speed game, if the number of Need for Speed games on the Wii is any clue, Most Wanted U won’t be the Wii U’s last.

Before you go off and start playing Need for Speed: Most Wanted U though, what is the Wii’s most played Need for Speed game based on the total hours reported played from U.S. Wii owners? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
If you guessed Need for Speed Carbon as the most played Need for Speed Wii game, at least according to total hours reported from U.S. Wii owners, you guessed right!

Need for Speed Carbon was the first Need for Speed game on the Wii, releasing on November 20, 2006. It was published by Electronic Arts (EA), and the game received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE 10+“with “Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of when it released.

Data shown for U.S. Wii owners, not world-wide.

Need for Speed Carbon has approximately 218,258 U.S. Wii owners that have reported almost 5 million “Tota Hours” of gameplay, through the Nintendo Channel with 2,310 days possibly reported.

The 4,912,413 Total Hours reported, makes Need for Speed Carbon the Wii’s most played Need for Speed game according to total hours reported on the Nintendo Channel. The game’s average reported play-time is 22 Hours 31 Minutes “Per person”, as you can see in the image above, which averages out to be about 1 hour 42 minutes played per day/time reported.

How was the Wii’s first Need for Speed game received by critics and customers? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 65.39%, based on 23 reviews on GameRankings.com. It has a customer review score average of 76.96%, based on 79 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I never played any of the Need for Speed Wii games, but I did play one of the older titles. I think it was maybe the original Need for Speed that released on the original PlayStation (yes, that many years ago!).

Again, Need for Speed Carbon is the Wii’s most played game from the series according to the total hours reported, and while it was the first Need for Speed game on the system, *it should be noted that just being the first game released in a Wii series, doesn’t always make it the most played. There is another Need for Speed Wii game that is most played, at least according to hours played/averaged “Per person”, that we may take a look at later this week!

If you have started reading the data reports on CoffeeWithGames just in the last year or so, you may have missed how my data images used to look before I had a capture device. I did a data report on Need for Speed Carbon back in 2009, which you can read HERE.

Since that first data report over 3 years ago, the game has had over 70,000 more Wii owners with data reported for it through the Nintendo Channel, almost two million more “Total Hours” reported, and its average “Per person” has increased by just over an hour. I think this shows that the game was/is being played a good amount these last several years, including a good amount by late Wii adopters that bought it.

As I mentioned in the “Coffee Beans” section above, if you own a Wii U and have enjoyed the Need for Speed games in the past, you may be interested in Need for Speed: Most Wanted U. The game is releasing for the system in the U.S. today, and the Wii U version has a MSRP of $59.99, includes some DLC content, and it is one of the Wii U titles included in Target’s “Buy Two, Get One Free” sale I posted about yesterday morning.

If you haven’t seen any footage or the features in Need for Speed: Most Wanted U, the trailer below should give you an idea of what you can expect:

Again, while I haven’t played any of the Wii’s Need for Speed games, I am interested in Need for Speed: Most Wanted U, because I was a big fan of the Burnout games. The developer behind this Wii U Need for Speed title is the same developer behind the Burnout games. Depending if I head out to Target this week, and what games they have available, may determine if Need for Speed: Most Wanted U joins our Wii U collection.

Seeing Need for Speed Carbon on the Wii with so many “Total Hours” reported and the average “Per person”, I can only imagine that Need for Speed: Most Wanted U will give Wii U owners many hours of fun, especially with the included DLC and extra Wii U features such as Off-TV play.

Questions
Have any of you played Need for Speed Carbon on the Wii (or, maybe other console), and if so, did you enjoy the game? If you are a big fan of the Need for Speed series in general, and have played several titles, do you have a favorite game from the series?

Also, with Need for Speed: Most Wanted U getting released this week for the Wii U, are any of you planning on picking it up? If you do purchase it, feel free to come back and leave feedback on what you think about it, after you have played it a while!

*Link was added after story was originally posted
You can purchase a few of the Need for Speed Wii games linked below, as well as Need for Speed: Most Wanted U:

Call of Duty? Conduit? GoldenEye? Metroid? What is the most played FPS Wii game in the U.S.?

November 13, 2012

The Roast
The Wii has had a variety of first-person shooter (FPS) games released during the last 6 years, some of the more popular Wii FPS titles you can see in the image above. With more than 20 FPS games released for the Wii, at least 10 have had online multiplayer, while some have been more single player focused like Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Red Steel 2.

What is the most played FPS game on the Wii in the United States, according to the overall total hours reported and the average hours reported “Per person” on the Nintendo Channel? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

Coffee Beans
Call of Duty: Black Ops is the Wii’s most played game from the Call of Duty series, according to the average hours reported “Per person” and also the total hours reported on the Nintendo Channel for all of the Call of Duty games, as well as all of the other FPS games with data reported through the Nintendo Channel.

Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on November 9, 2010 for the Wii, with a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by Treyarch and published by Activision, and received an ESRB rating of “MATURE” with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

The data shown in the image below is for the gameplay hours reported from U.S. Wii owners, with 734 days possibly report.

Data for U.S. Wii owners.

The Brew
Black Ops now has approximately 200,601 Wii owners from the U.S. that have reported playing the game through the Nintendo Channel, which is about 23,428 more Wii owners that have now reported data for the game, since the data report in June.

The game’s reported average play-time is now 84 Hours 22 Minutes “Per person”, over 2 hours higher than June’s reported average “Per person”, and the average played per day/time is about 2 Hours 36 Minutes. This simply means each time a Wii owner sits down to play Black Ops, they are spending about 2.5 hours playing it each time. It could be zombies. It could be standard online multiplayer. It could be single player. It could be all of them, but whatever it is, the game is still being played a lot.

What about reviews for Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii, has anything changed since June? Well, the game still has a “professional” review score average of 81.47%, based on 17 reviews on GameRankings.com. It now has a customer review score average of 77.30%, based on 141 customer reviews from Amazon.com.

How most Black Ops 2 players are feeling after the last night of gaming?

Caffeinated Thoughts
Millions of gamers are probably playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on their PlayStation 3s, Xbox 360s, and PCs as I’m typing this. While Black Ops 2 is not releasing for the Wii, as confirmed by an Activision representative in October, the Wii was home to every other Treyarch developed Call of Duty game.

I haven’t played my copy of Black Ops on the PS3 in a while, but I did enjoy the online multiplayer when I played it, and the zombie mode as well. I didn’t go out and get a copy of Black Ops 2 for my PlayStation 3, because I’m debating on grabbing the game with my Wii U this Sunday.

If you haven’t seen any footage of Black Ops 2, take a look at the launch trailer below!

I am surprised that Black Ops on the Wii has become the most played FPS for the system, in both the hours reported “Per person” and the overall total hours reported. I thought that Call of Duty: World at War would hold onto the most played according to “Total Hours” reported because of Modern Warfare 3 potentially getting purchased and played by Black Ops players, but the data just over the last few months shows Black Ops is on a steady increase each week.

I’m really glad to see Treyarch releasing Black Ops 2 for the Wii U, and while it’s unfortunate for Wii owners  that want to play Black Ops 2 but won’t be getting a Wii U soon, hopefully the game makes use of the Wii U GamePad in some innovative ways that might even help sell a few more Wii U consoles to Call of Duty fans.

Questions
Have any of you been playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii, perhaps while waiting on Black Ops 2 and the Wii U’s release next week? If you have played Black Ops on the Wii, do you know how many hours you have put into the game?

Also, did any of you go to a midnight launch for Black Ops 2, or are any of you planning on buying Black Ops 2 for the Wii U?

If you are interested in Black Ops for the Wii, or the newly released Black Ops 2, you can see links for the games on Amazon.com below:

Black Friday Black Ops! Becoming the Wii’s most played FPS in only a year

November 26, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Earlier this week we looked at the Wii’s most played FPS game according to the “Total Hours” played, as reported through the Nintendo Channel; you can read that report HERE.
     This FPS Black Friday report though, takes a look at the reported game-play data for Call of Duty: Black Ops over the last year.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on November 9, 2010. It was developed by Treyarch, as was World at War, and published by Activision.
     The game received a “Maturerating from the ESRB with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     While Black Ops does not have the most “Total Hours” reported, it has become the Wii’s most played FPS game “Per person” according to reported data.
     How many hours have Wii owners spent playing Call of Duty: Black Ops over the last year, with 377 days possibly reported? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Call of Duty: Black Ops now has 134,161 Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel, which is an increase of 25,176 Wii owners having reported data since August of this year.
     Black Ops’ average play-time per day/session reported for Wii owners is now 2 Hours 44 Minutes. This simply means that each day/session Wii owners are sitting down to play Call of Duty: Black Ops, they are investing nearly three hours of their time in the game.
     The 10,511,714 “Total Hours” reported is equivalent to playing the game for 1,199 years. Nonstop, FPS action, 24/7/365 for basically 1,200 years. Do we have any volunteers?
     The Wii version of Black Ops released with a MSRP of $49.99, but can be found on sale at different retailers depending when you look.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I completed the single-player campaign in Black Ops earlier this year, as part of my New Year’s video game resolution, but I haven’t really played the game since. Like each Call of Duty game released for the last several years, Black Ops is still selling well considering it was released over a year ago.
     If you don’t know a lot about the Call of Duty games, and how they are marketed, below is a video that Activision and Treyarch released helping advertise Black Ops before it came out last year:

     As for the reported data, seeing Call of Duty: Black Ops with more than 10 million “Total Hours” reported in just a year, I believe is absolutely incredible for a Wii FPS. Black Ops already has 2/3rds of the “Total Hours” reported that Call of Duty: World at War has on the Wii, and World at War had a 2 year head-start.
     Not only do the reported 78 Hours 21 Minutes “Per person” make Black Ops the most played Wii FPS per person and/or Wii console, but those hours put Black Ops in the Top 10 “most played” Wii games “Per person” as well. Again, this has happened in only a year.
     If Call of Duty: World at War’s and Call of Duty: Black Ops’ reported game-play hours don’t show third party developers that the Wii has a FPS audience, and one that really enjoys the genre, I don’t know what will at this point.

Questions
     Do any of you play Call of Duty: Black Ops on a regular basis? If so, which version do you play?
     If you are playing the Wii version, have you enjoyed the Zombie mode in the online multiplayer?

If any of you are interested in Black Ops, you can see prices for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii versions on Amazon.com linked below:
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