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Amazon & Target leak Wii U games release dates? Wii U to release same day in US & UK?

September 13, 2012


Coffee Beans
In just under 12 hours now, Nintendo of America will be holding their Wii U press conference and all speculation as to the system’s release date, price, and launch games should be put to rest. Yesterday, as I was writing my, “Wii U – Caffeinated Predictions, Thoughts, & Wishes” post, I was doing research and checking a few sites to see if any had changed release dates early, and I was checking for any Black Ops II information that might have been leaked early.

I predicted in my post that went up this morning a Wii U release date of October 28, 2012. I mentioned in the post and prediction I had done some “investigative work” that helped me reach that conclusion, and when I was researching yesterday I spotted the same release date, for three separate Wii U games, on two different retail sites.

What Wii U games have been listed with new release dates that aren’t apparently just place-holder release dates, perhaps giving us a clue to when the console will release in the US and the UK? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
First, Amazon.co.uk has Tank! Tank! Tank! listed on their site, still, as releasing on November 1, 2012. The site says, “This item will be released on November 1, 2012.” Is it just a default place-holder date though? I don’t think so, for a few reasons. Tank! Tank! Tank! isn’t the only Wii U game I spotted on Amazon.co.uk with a release date listed. Two other Wii U games, Rise of the Guardians and Ben 10 Omniverse, also have release dates listed, but they are not listed for November 1, 2012. They are listed as November 23, 2012 and November 30, 2012, respectively.

You can see a screenshot of Tank! Tank! Tank!’s Amazon.co.uk page in the image below:

The one common factor between the three Wii U games listed on Amazon.co.uk with different release dates is the publisher, Namco Bandai.

The other retail site that had November 1, 2012 listed as a release date was Target.com. Except on Target.com, they had/have two Wii U titles listed with a release date of November 1, 2012. Those Wii U games are Just Dance 4 and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012. You can see images for both of those games with the dates listed in each below:

Both the Wii U games on Target.com are being published by Ubisoft, but on other sites have apparent place-holder release dates as December 31, 2012.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I think its very interesting that two separate sites, in two different countries, have the same release date of November 1, 2012, but on three different games. If it was a simple place-holder date just from a publisher, I wouldn’t expect Ubisoft and Namco Bandai to use the same place-holder date, as December 31, 2012 has been the default place-holder apparently being used by most retailers, probably as instructed by Nintendo.

I based my October 28, 2012 Wii U release date based on the history Nintendo has with releasing consoles on Sundays, but seeing a game like Just Dance 4 which will already be out for the other consoles having a release date for November 1, 2012 makes me wonder. Will Nintendo break their history of releasing consoles on Sundays in the US, and instead release the Wii U on a Thursday, that Thursday being November 1, 2012?

I guess we will find out in a few short hours, and I’m going to brew some coffee as sleep will probably be rare the next 24 hours for me.

Questions
Do you think from the date on Amazon.co.uk and Target.com for three Wii U games being the same, that the Wii U console will be releasing on November 1, 2012 perhaps in the US, and the UK?

Also, are any of you staying up for the Japanese Wii U information tonight, and will any of you be attempting to watch the Nintendo of America Wii U conference in the morning?

Summer Vacation Planned? Go Vacation’s Hours Report!

June 26, 2012
I have never done this in real life, but it does look fun…if you survive!

Coffee Beans
     Are you taking a summer vacation? The 2012 summer season is officially upon us here in the U.S., as of last Wednesday, June 20th.
     What if someone offered you, and up to three other family members, a vacation package that included horseback riding, miniature golf, white water rafting, sky diving, surfing, and even snowboarding as just a few events as part of an all inclusive vacation package for only $29.99? Sound crazy?
     Well, the vacation package’s official description reads, “Go horseback riding around the mountain, ride jet-skis along the beach, or just take a long car ride on the island.” I know, still crazy right? Well, with the wonderful digital worlds provided by video games, this very “all inclusive” vacation package is available, and yes, now for the very low price of just $29.99. Where can you sign up, right?

     Go Vacation released for the Wii in the U.S. on October 11, 2011 with a MSRP of $39.99. The game was developed by Namco Bandai Games, and published by Namco Bandai for its North American release. It received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Cartoon Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.
     The game currently has a list price of just $29.99 on Amazon.com and GameStop.com though

     How many hours have Wii families spent on vacation in Go Vacation with 258 days possibly reported? Brew some coffee, relax, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Go Vacation has approximately 14,612 U.S. Wii owners that have reported vacation game-play hours on Kawawii Island, in the last 8 months since the game released. The game has an average play-time per day/session of 2 Hours 34 Minutes, so each day/session played that is reported for Go Vacation is averaging to just over 2.5 hours each.
     Go Vacation’s game-play hours first debuted on the Nintendo Channel this past December 26th, at which time its average hours “Per person” reported was just 12 Hours 27 Minutes. The current reported average “Per person” is now 21 Hours 40 Minutes, which shows Wii owners have continued to play Go Vacation during the last 6 months.

     What about Go Vacation reviews? Is this an island resort recommended by others? Does the virtual vacation spot of Kawawii Island appear to offer a solid staycation alternative, to a real vacation?
     The game has a “professional” review score average of 64.53%, based on 17 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     It has a customer review score average of 88.50%, based on 87 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     If you have not seen any footage for Go Vacation, and some of the different activities the game offers, the video below may give you a decent idea of what the game has to offer:

     If last October someone had said to me, “Coffee, you should check out Go Vacation.“, I probably would have dismissed it just off of the title. I remember watching the early trailers for the game, and it seemed like a Wii Sports Resort game copy of sorts, and apparently that’s what Namco Bandai was aiming for.
     I like that Go Vacation does not require a Wii MotionPlus unit/controller to play, but those controls are offered as an optional control method if you prefer. The game also has Wii Balance Board support for some of the skateboarding and snowboarding events I believe, but I’m not sure what else. Am I interested in Go Vacation though? More than I thought I would be actually!

     When I was putting together this piece last night and this morning, I read many of the customer reviews for the game, and it seems the game offers a wide variety of mini-games to play. While not all the mini-games appear to be as “fun” or well controlled as others, apparently once you get used to the controls in most of the mini-games, you can get many hours of fun from Go Vacation.
     I think the reported game-play data for Go Vacation helps confirm that Wii owners are enjoying the game a good deal, more than the average “professional” reviewer did for sure. I wouldn’t expect the game to have an average of over 20 hours “Per person” reported if it was really bad, and certainly not be 20% points higher in the overall review score from customers, than the average “professional” review.
     So, what’s that say for the “professional” review score average for Go Vacation? Not much. I think it just shows that you should try a game if you think you might be interested in it, and not really worry with reviews for it.


     Will I give Go Vacation a try though? It may actually now land on my “Games Wish List”, as a potential game for our oldest Bean to play around in, after reading a few of the customer reviews on it.

Questions
     Have any of you played Go Vacation, and if so, what mini-game have you found to be most enjoyable and gotten the most hours out of? If you have played Go Vacation and Wii Sports Resort would you recommend one game more than the other?
     Most importantly, if you have played Go Vacation, would you recommend it to other Wii owners that are perhaps looking for a game like Wii Sports Resort, but perhaps don’t own a Wii MotionPlus unit/controller?


If you are interested in Go Vacation, you can see it linked on Amazon.com and GameStop.com below:
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>Home Run! Strike Out? Mario Super Sluggers Data Report

May 21, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Mario Super Sluggers originally released on August 25, 2008 for the Wii with a MSRP of $49.99.
     The game was developed by Namco Bandai and published by Nintendo.  Mario Super Sluggers received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Comic Mischief” listed as the only content for gamers/parents to be aware of.
     As I mentioned in my The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess post a few days ago, Nintendo just released four “Nintendo Selects” titles this past Sunday for the Wii.
     Mario Super Sluggers, like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, is one of the four Nintendo Selects titles that is now available for just $19.99.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent playing America’s favorite past-time with Mario and friends, with 995 days of game-play reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners that report game-play
data via the Nintendo Channel, not all Wii owners in the United States.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     Mario Super Sluggers has 361,819 Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours:
     Mario Super Sluggers has 9,345,625 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 25 Hours 49 Minutes “Per person”.
     Mario Super Sluggers’ average play-time per session is just over 1 Hour 40 Minutes.

Sales Ranks & Advertised Prices:
     Mario Super Sluggers’ Amazon.com sale rank is currently #780, and it is selling for $19.99.
     Nintendo Selects: Mario Super Sluggers’ Amazon.com sale rank is #331, and it is selling for $19.99.

     Sales ranks recorded around 9:00PM on May 20, 2011.

Review Score Averages:
     Mario Super Sluggers’ “professional” review score average is 70.03%, based on 30 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 78 customer reviews between the original release and the new “Nintendo Selects” release.
     Mario Super Sluggers’ customer review score average is 90.25% when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.

     Review score averages recorded around 9:00PM on May 20, 2011.

Odd Bean:
     The average length of a Major League Baseball game is right around 3 hours, and a full season is 162 games.  Based on the data for Mario Super Sluggers, Wii owners have averaged playing about 8 real-life MLB games.  To complete a full MLB season they need about 462 more hours for the overall hours averaged “Per person” than are currently reported, which would be the other 154 games needed for the entire season.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I have not played Mario Super Sluggers, and it has been years since I have played a baseball game(Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball is the last one I can recall really playing).
     The informational video below shows a good bit about Mario Super Sluggers, so if you have been interested in the game and have not seen much on it, the video may answer any questions you have about the game:

Questions:
     Have any of you played Mario Super Sluggers, and if so, would you recommend it to other Wii owners looking for an arcade type baseball game at its new low price of just $19.99?
     Also, if you have played Mario Super Sluggers do you know about how many hours you have put into the game?

If anybody is interested in Mario Super Sluggers, the new Nintendo Selects version is linked on Amazon.com below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B004WLRR0E&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr