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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:

Wii’s Release Games, Three Years in the Making: Legend of Zelda, Excite Truck, Need for Speed, and Call of Duty

November 19, 2009
Three years ago today, on November 19, 2006, Nintendo released the Wii.  Since the Wii’s release, Nintendo has done several updates to the system, and one of the updates was the Nintendo Channel.  I’ve been posting the data for several games off the Nintendo Channel for several months now.  Today, I’ll be showing games that were released with or very close to the release of the Wii, and how those games have performed over the last three years.
Wii’s Nintendo Channel Data for:
  The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Excite Truck, Call of Duty 3, and Need for Speed Carbon
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Numbers:
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has had 932,842 players reporting game-play data.
Excite Truck has had 171,500 players reporting game-play data on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
Call of Duty 3 has had 220,751 players report game-play.
Need for Speed Carbon has had 144,593 players report game-play data in nearly the last three years since the Wii’s release.
Thoughts:
These were the only four games, other than Wii Sports, that I saw with game-play data showing on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.  I was very surprised to not see Red Steel and Rayman Raving Rabbids showing data, as I’m curious to know how Red Steel and Rayman Raving Rabbids did game-play wise.
Questions:
What was the first Wii game(s) you purchased with your Wii?  Looking back, how do you think that game(s) would play now, if you haven’t played them in a while?
What were you playing three years ago, today?

So, how has Wii Sports done compared to these other games.  I know I posted some numbers for Wii Sports about two weeks ago, but you can have another look at the updated numbers for this week!

Wii’s Nintendo Channel Data for Wii Sports!
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Numbers:
Wii Sports has had 2,790,530 players report game-play data on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel since it released three years ago.
Wii Sports is also currently the most played Wii game as of Total Hours reported played.
*It should be noted, that the data collected off the Nintendo Channel, is not updated on a daily basis, it is updated on a weekly basis.  The game-play shown, would probably be from Nov. 19, 2006, probably through Nov. 15, 2009.

Wii’s Release Games, Three Years in the Making: Legend of Zelda, Excite Truck, Need for Speed, and Call of Duty

November 19, 2009
Three years ago today, on November 19, 2006, Nintendo released the Wii.  Since the Wii’s release, Nintendo has done several updates to the system, and one of the updates was the Nintendo Channel.  I’ve been posting the data for several games off the Nintendo Channel for several months now.  Today, I’ll be showing games that were released with or very close to the release of the Wii, and how those games have performed over the last three years.
Wii’s Nintendo Channel Data for:
  The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Excite Truck, Call of Duty 3, and Need for Speed Carbon
(click photo to enlarge)
Numbers:
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has had 932,842 players reporting game-play data.
Excite Truck has had 171,500 players reporting game-play data on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
Call of Duty 3 has had 220,751 players report game-play.
Need for Speed Carbon has had 144,593 players report game-play data in nearly the last three years since the Wii’s release.
Thoughts:
These were the only four games, other than Wii Sports, that I saw with game-play data showing on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.  I was very surprised to not see Red Steel and Rayman Raving Rabbids showing data, as I’m curious to know how Red Steel and Rayman Raving Rabbids did game-play wise.
Questions:
What was the first Wii game(s) you purchased with your Wii?  Looking back, how do you think that game(s) would play now, if you haven’t played them in a while?
What were you playing three years ago, today?

So, how has Wii Sports done compared to these other games.  I know I posted some numbers for Wii Sports about two weeks ago, but you can have another look at the updated numbers for this week!

Wii’s Nintendo Channel Data for Wii Sports!
(click photo to enlarge)
Numbers:
Wii Sports has had 2,790,530 players report game-play data on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel since it released three years ago.
Wii Sports is also currently the most played Wii game as of Total Hours reported played.
*It should be noted, that the data collected off the Nintendo Channel, is not updated on a daily basis, it is updated on a weekly basis.  The game-play shown, would probably be from Nov. 19, 2006, probably through Nov. 15, 2009.