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"That’s like a dollar an hour!" – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Report

November 11, 2011



Coffee Beans
     Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America on December 1, 1988.  The game was re-released for the Wii’s Virtual Console service on June 4, 2007, and can still be purchased for just 500 Wii Points, which is only $5.  The Virtual Console version received an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with “Mild Fantasy Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many Wii owners have reported playing Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and how many hours have they reported playing it, since it was released on the Virtual Console?  Let’s take a look!

Can you name the boss in this image?

The Brew
     Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has 71,481 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel in the United States, with 1,617 days possibly reported.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 54 Minutes.
     The United States’ Virtual Console release of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has made Nintendo about $357,405, based on just the number of players that have reported data in the United States and the game’s $5 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     If you never played the game, the video below shows off some brief game-play from it:

     I can’t remember playing Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, but seeing the game with more than 5 hours of game-play averaged “Per person” I think is good, especially with an asking price of only $5(That’s like a dollar an hour!).
     Considering the reported average hours for The Legend of Zelda that we looked at last week, Wii owners can get two Zelda games, The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, that will give them 12 hours of game-play for just $10.  I think that’s a pretty great bargain, especially if you have been interested in the original Zelda NES games, but have never had the chance to play them.

Questions
     With The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword releasing in just another 10 days, are any of you playing through the older Zelda games like Zelda II: The Adventure of Link?
     If you have played the Virtual Console version of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, is it a Virtual Console game you would recommend to other Wii owners?

If you are interested in downloading Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, you can do so by using a Wii Points card or a credit card directly on the Wii’s Shop Channel.  Also, if you have not pre-ordered The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword you can do so on Amazon.com below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B001TOQ8KC http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B002BSC54I

The Legend of Zelda – It’s Dangerous to Go Alone, that’s Why Nintendo Made Sequels

November 5, 2011




Coffee Beans
     The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be releasing on November 20, just 15 days from now.    The game will be getting a lot of attention in the next few weeks, so we will be taking a look at the Zelda games that came before The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and how many hours Wii owners have reported enjoying those.  First up, The Legend of Zelda!

     The Legend of Zelda was the first game in the Zelda series.  It was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) on August 22, 1987.
     The Legend of Zelda was re-released on November 19, 2006, through the Wii’s Virtual Console service, and Wii owners can find The Legend of Zelda still available for download through the Wii’s Shop Channel.  The game is priced at 500 Wii Points, which is just $5.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported playing The Legend of Zelda with nearly 5 years of game-play possibly reported?  Let’s take a look!

Can you name the boss in the image above?

The Brew
     The Legend of Zelda now has 249,429 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel, with 1,807 days possibly reported.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is just over 51 Minutes.
     Since February of this year, The Legend of Zelda has made Nintendo about $93,300 in the United States.  Overall, the United States’ Virtual Console release of The Legend of Zelda has made Nintendo about $1,247,145, based on just the number of players that have reported data and the game’s $5 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I mentioned in February that I could not remember playing and beating The Legend of Zelda.  I have not played the game since the last report, as I do not own it, though I was tempted to buy it the other night; but my backlog keeps staring me in the face!
     If you do not remember what The Legend of Zelda looked like, or you have never seen any footage from the game, the video below will give you a quick look at some game-play:

     Seeing The Legend of Zelda has more than 6 hours of game-play reported “Per person”, and that average has increased by 16 minutes since the last report, I think shows Wii owners are really enjoying the game.  Knowing there are retail games with higher price points but lower hours “Per person” reported on the the Nintendo Channel, I think shows the game is worth the asking price of $5.
     As of now, I will not be purchasing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword when it releases in a 2 weeks, because of the New Year’s video game resolution I made.  If I make it to January, I am actually debating on downloading The Legend of Zelda on the Virtual Console and completing it first, before looking at purchasing Skyward Sword.
     My only hesitance with downloading a Virtual Console title now, is that I want to know for a fact that Nintendo is going to allow our Wii Virtual Console and WiiWare games to be transferred to the Wii U, and that I will not have to purchase them all over again.

Questions
     Have any of you played through The Legend of Zelda recently, or are you planning on it in the next 2 weeks before The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is released?

If any of you are interested in downloading The Legend of Zelda, you can download the game using a Wii Points card(shown below) or a credit card on the Wii’s Shop Channel.  You can also pre-order The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Amazon.com below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B001TOQ8KC http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B002BSC54I

>Spring Break & Video Game Treasures!

March 27, 2011

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The beach…where we didn’t spend Spring Break!

     Three weeks ago my wife and I, along with our son, flew to Louisiana to visit family over my Spring Break from college.  Our original flight was canceled due to mechanical issues, so we left a day late, on March 3.
     While we were down, we visited both my family and Mrs. Coffee’s family, over a period of 5 days.  The weekend we were there, we stayed with my wife’s family.  Her older brother owns a PS3 and had been enjoying Call of Duty: Black Ops, and he ended up going to his house Friday night, and bringing the PS3 and Black Ops over.
     While my wife fell asleep on the couch early(11-ish probably) Friday night, I stayed up until about 3AM with her two brothers, playing Black Ops online.  We would take turns, and play one round each, then pass the controller off.
     We played Black Ops Saturday during the day some, and then late Saturday night as well, until about 3AM again.  Earlier Saturday evening, Mrs. Coffee’s older brother went and purchased another PS3 controller, so we could play splitscreen online multi-player, and we had a lot of fun doing it.
     The reason this post has been delayed for 2 weeks is because I was trying to get a video from one of the multi-player matches that was played in Black Ops over that weekend, but I haven’t had any luck getting it with Call of Duty’s Theater Mode.

     So, after spending time with Mrs. Coffee’s family, and playing Black Ops on Friday, Saturday, and little Sunday afternoon, we headed back to my parents’ house.
     I think it was Monday night, the night before we were leaving, that my brother came into the living room holding a shoe box.  The shoe box was treasure chest of video games that had been sitting in my closest for probably the last 10 years!
     “What video game treasures were in the shoe box?”  I’m glad you asked!  Take a look:

     If you can’t read the games, and don’t know them by the game cases, they are:
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
  • Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
  • Madden NFL ’94 (SNES)
  • Star Fox (SNES)
  • Super Mario World (SNES)
  • Street Fighter II Turbo (SNES)

     “What’d you do with those video game treasures?”  Glad you asked, again!  Like any good pirate(or bad pirate?), I stuffed them in my carry-on, and they made the return trip with us.  The only problem now, is finding a NES and SNES to play them with, as our systems are AWOL for the moment.

     Now, not only did I acquire the treasure chest of games while we were down, but a good friend came to visit us while we were at my parents’ house, and he brought two PS3 games for me to have…they are:

     Madden NFL 09 and Far Cry 2, both for the PS3.

     We enjoyed the trip visiting family and friends, minus the canceled flight cutting a day out of it, and I really didn’t think I would be returning with eight video games, but I guess they’ll help me with more stories on the site perhaps!

     Have any of you ever re-discovered video games, that had just been sitting in a box, perhaps for years, like I did over my Spring Break?

>The Legend of Zelda’s Birthday – Another Year Older, More Game-Play Hours Reported

February 26, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     The Legend of Zelda was released on the NES in North America on August 22, 1987.  The Legend of Zelda was originally released in Japan on February 21, 1986, so the game had been out for more than a year before Nintendo brought it to the United States.
     Nintendo re-released The Legend of Zelda in digital form through the Wii’s Virtual Console service on November 19, 2006 for 500 Wii Points, which is $5.
  
     How many hours have been spent in the land of Hyrule, during the last 4 years with Link’s first adventure?  Let’s take a look!

Link, does he take coffee and cake?

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     The Legend of Zelda has 230,769 Wii owners reporting their game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel, with 1,556 days reported.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     The Legend of Zelda has 1,454,030 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 6 Hours 18 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The Legend of Zelda’s average play-time per session is just over 50 Minutes.

Sales Information:
     The Legend of Zelda is currently in the top 20 on the Virtual Console’s “Popular Titles” section, sitting at the #7 spot, and it has the highest spot of the “Zelda” games in the “Popular Titles” section.
     The Legend of Zelda’s North American WiiWare version has made Nintendo about $1,153,845(before taxes!), based on the approximate number of players reporting data and the game’s $5 price point.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I honestly can’t remember playing and beating The Legend of Zelda, but I do remember watching it being played when I was younger.
     Many of you may have seen posts this week noting that The Legend of Zelda turned 25, which I thought was interesting mainly because Nintendo didn’t release any special edition Zelda game disc, like they did for Mario’s 25th birthday.
     If you don’t remember what The Legend of Zelda looks/plays like, here’s a very brief video showing some footage from the game:

     Perhaps once I complete my Video Game New Year’s Resolution, I can attempt to play The Legend of Zelda, and at least then KNOW that I beat it.
     While I’ve enjoyed some of my time spent in the land of Hyrule, I hope the Zelda series continues to mature in ways other than age, like perhaps trying new game-play elements not normally in the “Zelda” games(FPS shooting style elements) and perhaps a more involved story, with character development.

Questions:
     Have any of you played through and completed The Legend of Zelda in the last 4 years?  If so, was it as good as perhaps you remembered in the past?
     Also, are any of you surprised, like me, how Nintendo didn’t seem to do much for The Legend of Zelda’s 25th birthday?

If any of you are interested in The Legend of Zelda, you can still download the game from the Wii’s Shop Channel for $5 using either Wii Points(pictured below) or a credit card:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001TOQ8KC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

Are Wii Owners Playing the Original Metroid?

August 30, 2010

Quick Brew Info:

     Metroid was originally released on the NES in North America on August 15, 1987.  It was released in Japan and in Europe as well.
     Metroid was re-released on the Wii’s Virtual Console in North America on August 13, 2007.  It is available for download off the Wii’s Shop Channel for 500 Wii Points.
     The data pictured below was collected 1,105 days(3 years, 9 days), since Metroid was re-released.
Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Metroid has 70,045 Wii players reporting their play-time data, on the Nintendo Channel.
Sales Info:
     Nintendo has made approximately $350,225 on Metroid, based off the Nintendo Channel data.  I checked at about 4:30PM, on 8-29-10, and Metroid was not listed in the Virtual Console’s “Most Popular” games; which displays the Top 20 most popular Virtual Console games.
Thoughts:
     So, are Wii owners playing the original Metroid off the Virtual Console?  I would say the data shows most are playing it to completion, though maybe not much more.     
     It has been an extremely long time since I played Metroid.  If you haven’t played it in many years like myself, perhaps the brief “informational” video from the Nintendo Channel will help you remember what it was like:
Questions:
     Have you played Metroid in the last year?  If not, how many years has it been?  For me, it has been probably 15+ years since I have played it.
If you are interested in downloading Metroid off the Virtual Console, you can purchase a Nintendo Wii/DSi Points card, or use a credit card on the Shop Channel directly; here’s the Nintendo Wii/DSi Points card: