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Movie Magic Monday! Iron Man’s average hours, total hours, & review scores averages. Official Nintendo Channel data report.

May 7, 2013


Coffee Beans
Iron Man 3 released last Friday, and is doing a nice job of wracking up hundreds of millions of dollars. With Iron Man 3 having just released last week, for this Movie Magic Monday feature we’re taking a look at the first Iron Man video game on the Nintendo Wii.

Iron Man was developed by Artificial Mind and Movement, and published by Sega. The game was released on May 2, 2008 and received an ESRB rating of “TEEN” with “Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

A description for the game on Amazon.com says, “Iron Man, one of Marvel’s most indestructible Super Heroes, is blasting onto video game platforms and the big screen next year (2008). The epic, action-packed Marvel Studios production will be directed by John Favreau and stars Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard and Gwyneth Paltrow. This third-person action game will immerse players in explosive militaristic combat from the film with loads of additional content created exclusively for the game.”

The original Iron Man movie has a runtime of 2 Hours 6 Minutes, but how many hours can you expect from the Iron Man video game? Did the “additional content created exclusively for the game” as the game’s description says, add more hours of “explosive militaristic combat” to the game than what the movie provided viewers? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look at the official Nintendo Channel data for Iron Man!

How many hours have you contributed to its overall data?

The Brew
Iron Man has approximately 114,111 U.S. Wii owners that have reported nearly one million “Total Hours” of game-play, as seen in the image above, with just over 5 years of data possibly being reported.

The game’s average reported play time of 8 Hours 11 Minutes “Per person”, averages out to be about 1 Hour 33 Minutes played per time reported on the Nintendo Channel. So, Wii owners have played the game in shorter sessions each time they play it, than it would take them to watch the movie.

While the Iron Man movie this game was based off of did extremely well at the box office, and has a 93% “CERTIFIED FRESH” on RottenTomatoes’ Tomatometer, how was the game received by critics and customers?

Well, the game’s “professional” review score average is 42.64%, based on 14 reviews on GameRankings.com. Its customer review score average though is 80.00%, nearly double the critic average, based on 18 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
If you never saw any promotional videos for Iron Man when it was releasing, below is one of the first trailers released for the game:

I have not played Iron Man, but I did see the original movie and its sequel, though I have not seen Iron Man 3 yet. I was a bit surprised to see Iron Man’s average hours “Per person” sitting above 8 hours, but from what we saw in two March Movie Magic Monday posts, I probably shouldn’t be anymore. It appears movie tie-in games are enjoyed a good deal by people that buy them, even if not by the critics that review them. (You can see the Alice in Wonderland and How to Train Your Dragon movie based Wii games data reports, HERE and HERE.)

Surprisingly, there has not been an Iron Man 3 movie-based video game released for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 like the two previous movies had (unless I’m not looking at the right places). The Wii U and mobile platforms, 3DS and Vita, aren’t getting an Iron Man 3 video game either, from what I can tell.

Sega was the publisher of both the Iron Man and Iron Man 2 console video games, and I’m wondering if perhaps some of Sega’s latest ventures (like funding Aliens: Colonial Marines for a few years), is a result of them not licensing/publishing an Iron Man 3 home console game for this movie?

Even without an Iron Man 3 home console game, if you are perhaps in a store this week and see Iron Man for cheap, I would say based on the reported average hours “Per person” and some of the user reviews for the game that it might be worth grabbing if you’re a fan of Iron Man. Also, if you’re a Wii U owner, without a Wii, remember you can play Wii games on your Wii U system as well. So, even without an Iron Man Wii U game right now, you can grab this one for your Wii U (assuming you have the proper controllers!).

Questions
First, have any of you seen Iron Man 3 yet, and if so, what did you think about? Good? Bad? Indifferent?

If you played the first Iron Man game, or perhaps even Iron Man 2, did you enjoy it enough that you would recommend it to other gamers that might stumble upon it now for relatively cheap?

You can see Iron Game games and movie related products on Amazon.com below:

Movie Magic Monday! How to Train Your Dragon official Nintendo Channel data report.

March 26, 2013

Coffee Beans
Did you miss the first Movie Magic Monday feature earlier this month? If so, you can read about a movie based game, that apparently plays some like ICO, HERE!

For this Movie Magic Monday, we are taking a look at how many hours have been reported trying to train dragons!

How to Train Your Dragon was released for the Wii on March 23, 2010, just a few days before the movie it was based on. Surprisingly (to me anyway), this movie tie-in game was developed by Etranges Libellules, the same studio that developed the last Movie Magic Monday game we looked at, but it was published by Activision. The game received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE 10+” with “Fantasy Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

About how many U.S. Wii owners have gameplay data reported and how many hours have been reported playing How to Train Your Dragon, since it released just over 3 years ago? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

Dragon-fire roasted coffee? Why not…
Data shown for U.S. Wii owners, not world-wide.

The Brew
How to Train Your Dragon has approximately 27,496 U.S. Wii owners that have reported almost 500,000 Total Hours of gameplay through the Nintendo Channel, with 1,098 days of data possibly reported.

The game’s average play-time reported is 17 Hours 26 Minutes “Per Person” as the image above shows, which averages out to be about 2 Hours 7 Minutes played per day/time reported.

How was the game received by critics and customers? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 60.70%, based on 10 reviews on GameRankings.com. It has a customer review score average of 84.24%, based on 33 reviews from Amazon.com.

As for the How to Train Your Dragon movie this game is based off of, here are some statistics I found interesting while putting this piece together:
1) The movie has a runtime of 1 Hour 38 Minutes, which means from the official Nintendo Channel data for the game, it is being played longer each session reported, than it would take to watch the movie. It was the opposite scenario for Alice in Wonderland, which we looked at earlier this month.
2) The movie was very well received by critics and cinema goers when it released, and it has a “98% Certified Fresh” critic rating and a 90% audience rating on RottenTomatoes.com.
3) Apparently, the first movie did well enough (just a few hundred million dollars, pocket change these days), and a sequel is in the works. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (current title) is currently in production and scheduled to release in 2014.

Caffeinated Thoughts
If you haven’t seen any footage of How to Train Your Dragon, the game, here is a trailer for the game from the Wii’s Nintendo Channel:

While I haven’t played How to Train Your Dragon, or seen the movie, I do enjoy the dragons topic/items in general, probably because I was a big Godzilla fan when I was little. Even though I didn’t play it and didn’t know much about it before this post, I was really surprised when I saw how high the average reported “Per person” was! Why? Well, there are two reasons.

For one, this is a game based off a movie, and I’m used to seeing the “professional” critics’ reviews on movie based games usually being lower (For whatever reason(s): wrong target audience playing it, didn’t like the movie, or just didn’t want to review it? Not sure.), than customers’ reviews on these type of games. Knowing many movie tie-in games get lower scores from the “professionals” at the gaming sites, I kind of expect a lower average reported play-time “Per person” to go along with the lower scores. (I guess a recent example would be the new The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. The game has received many low critic review scores, and the game is said to be pretty short.)

The second reason I was surprised to see the average reported “Per person” so high, is because it’s higher than some Nintendo published Wii games like Metroid: Other M and Punch-Out!!. I just find it surprising that a game based on a new movie series (when it was released), has a higher average than games from pretty well known and established Nintendo series.

Questions
Have any of you played any version of How to Train Your Dragon? If so, did you enjoy the game and would you recommend it to others? If you’re a fan of dragon items/movies in general, and you saw the movie, did you enjoy it?

If you didn’t play How to Train Your Dragon, but like dragons in general, are there any other dragon based games you have played that you would recommend? (I was interested in Lair for a while, but never picked it up. Anybody play that?)

You can purchase How to Train Your Dragon, game and/or movie, and other dragon related products linked below:

Movie Magic Monday! Disney’s Alice in Wonderland data report.

March 12, 2013

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What is Movie Magic Monday? When I was younger (about 20 years younger), I really enjoyed a show on the Discovery Channel called “Movie Magic”. It was a behind-the-scenes type series, that showed how special effects in movies were made. Usually, each episode would cover a specific special effect done in movies, such as model makers building miniature models for movies.

So, this new Movie Magic Monday feature will be about video games, that are based around movies, posted on Mondays. If you have ever wanted to tumble down the rabbit hole, you might enjoy this first Movie Magic Monday.

Alice in Wonderland was released for the Nintendo Wii on March 2, 2010. The game was developed by Étranges Libellules (now closed) and published by Disney Interactive Studios, and it received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE 10+” with “Fantasy Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of. The game’s development was “inspired by Tim Burton’s” movie, Alice in Wonderland, which released in theaters on March 5, 2010.

How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing Alice in Wonderland, since it released just over 3 years ago? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

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

The Brew
Alice in Wonderland has approximately 28,301 U.S. Wii owners that have reported gameplay hours through the Nintendo Channel. U.S. Wii owners have reported playing close to 300,000 hours, as the image above shows, with 1,105 days possibly reported.

The game’s average reported play-time is 10 hours 13 minutes “Per person”, as the image above shows, which averages to be about 1 hours 19 minutes played per time/day reported. The movie has a runtime of 1 hour 49 minutes.

What about critic and customer reviews for Alice in Wonderland? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 70.50%, based on 10 reviews on GameRankings.com. It has a customer review score average of 84.00%, based on 30 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
While I have not played the game, Alice in Wonderland, Mrs. Coffee and I did see the movie when it was in theaters, and we saw the “3D” version. We enjoyed the movie, but we haven’t purchased it on DVD or Blu-ray yet (it will probably be Blu-ray, once we decide on a player!).

If you haven’t seen anything from the game, the video below contains a few clips from the game and was a promotional trailer released for it:


Seeing the game with an average time of more than 10 hours “Per person”, really surprised me for a movie based game! Alice in Wonderland has a higher average play-time reported “Per person”, than some Wii exclusive games, like Red Steel 2 and Deadly Creatures.

If you didn’t see the movie, here are two statistics I learned about it, while researching information for this post. According to Box Office Mojo:
1) Alice in Wonderland is currently ranked 13th overall, for worldwide grosses with movies.
2) It is currently ranked as having the 2nd best opening weekend, for March movie releases, only behind The Hunger Games (the newly released Oz The Great and Powerful is close behind though!).

You can learn more interesting information about the movie, by visiting its Box Office Mojo page, HERE.

Questions
Have any of you played Alice in Wonderland (any version), and if so, what did you think about it? Even if you haven’t played the game (like me), did you perhaps watch Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, as Mrs. Coffee and I did? If so, what did you enjoy it?

Also, did any of you watch the Discovery Channel “Movie Magic” series like I did, and perhaps greatly enjoy it as well? (If you didn’t watch it, but are interested in what it might have been like, you can find entire episodes on YouTube.)

You can purchase Alice in Wonderland related game and movie products below: