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New Play Control! Pikmin, Captain Olimar’s Hours Report. Are New Play Controls, Better?

June 15, 2012

Coffee Beans
     New Play Control! Pikmin released on March 9, 2009 for the Wii with a MSRP of $29.99. The game was originally a Nintendo GameCube game released in 2001, and like other New Play Control! Wii games it was updated with new Wii Remote/Nunchuk controls.
     The game received an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with “Mild Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported controlling Pikmin with Captain Olimar in the game, since it released just over 3 years ago? Also, are the new play controls better than the original? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     New Play Control! Pikmin has approximately 74,583 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play hours with 1,190 days possibly reported, which is 51,103 more players that have reported data since the first report on the game.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 1 Hour 56 Minutes, and the 930,712 Total Hours now reported is an increase of 688,466 more Total Hours than since the first hours report.
     The game has a “professional” review score average of 79.55% based on 22 reviews on GameRankings.com. New Play Control! Pikmin’s customer review score average on Amazon.com is 86.00%, based on 30 customer reviews.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I rented Pikmin on the GameCube, but I have not played New Play Control! Pikmin. I don’t remember much about my time with the game, probably because it has been about 10 years now and it was only a rental.
     If you have no idea of how the Pikmin games play, the video below will give you an introduction to the storyline in the original, as well as a quick look at some game-play elements involved:

     I never played Pikmin 2 on the GameCube, and as of now I don’t plan on purchasing the newly released Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 2 which just released this past Sunday, June 10, for the Wii. Though, I might add it to my “gifts list” as a potential game for the future.

     As for the yet to be released Pikmin 3, while it looks good from what I have seen so far, I found it very odd that Nintendo started their E3 press conference last week with the game.
     Why did I find that very odd? Mr. Miyamoto made it a point to mention Pikmin 3 will use new Wii MotionPlus controls for added accuracy, as well as the Wii U GamePad as an optional control method. I personally thought Nintendo should have opened the E3 conference with a Wii U game that used only the Wii U GamePad for controls, and then shown Pikmin 3 as a “surprise” for the middle of the conference.
     So I guess we are to assume the newer Wii MotionPlus controls are even better for the series, than apparently returning to the dual analogue controls being offered by the Wii U’s GamePad?

Questions
     Have any of you perhaps played Pikmin and New Play Control! Pikmin? If so, do the new controls in the Wii version make a big difference for the game, enough that you would recommend a second purchase to gamers that owned the original GameCube version?
     If you are a fan of the Pikmin series in general, did the Pikmin 3 showing at E3 sell you on the Wii U system?

     If you are interested in New Play Control! Pikmin, Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 2, or even want to pre-order Pikmin 3 for the Wii U, you can see the games linked on Amazon.com below:

Metroid Prime: Trilogy is No Longer Being Published or Shipped!?

January 9, 2010

Have you purchased Metroid Prime Trilogy Collector’s Edition, if not, you better get a move on it!

A picture says a thousand words:
(click image to enlarge)

A few weeks back, I mentioned on one of my blogs, “Metroid Prime: Trilogy, for some reason, isn’t in stock on Amazon.com now, and it’s only available from 2nd or 3rd party vendors on Amazon.com.”

I sent a few emails over to Nintendo, inquiring as to why Metroid Prime: Trilogy wasn’t in stock on Amazon.com for several weeks in a row.
The question in one email was, “Amazon.com hasn’t had Metroid Prime: Trilogy in stock for several weeks. Is Metroid Prime: Trilogy still being published, or has production for the game stopped?

The response I received from Nintendo was, “Unfortunately, Metroid Prime Trilogy is no longer being shipped.  Having said that, you may be able to find what you seek through the secondhand video game market.

For clarification purposes, I sent over another email and asked, “I was told Metroid Prime: Trilogy is not being shipped/published anymore.  Is that true?  If so, is there any reason why Metroid Prime: Trilogy isn’t being shipped/published?

The reply I received from Nintendo was, “Thanks for your e-mail.  The earlier response regarding Metroid Prime Trilogy was correct:  it is no longer being shipped.  When first introduced, it was announced that there would be limited availability.  However, a reason for this was not announced.  That being said, you may still be able to locate a copy via stores that specialize in previously played or used games.

I was curious, because I noticed one of the other New Play Control! games on Amazon.com was also out-of-stock, so I inquired about those games as well.
I asked, “Also, are the other New Play Control! titles still being shipped/published, or have they stopped shipping as well?  The games I’m referencing are New Play Control! Pikmin, New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis, and New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.

To that question, the response from Nintendo was, “As to your second question, additional New Play Control! titles have not been announced.  However, the original titles are still being shipped.


Questions: 
Being that Metroid Prime Trilogy Collector’s Edition isn’t being published/shipped anymore, do you plan on purchasing it?  Now may be the best time to do so, before it becomes more difficult to locate!
Why do you think Nintendo canceled and stopped producing and shipping Metroid Prime Trilogy?  Do you think it was simply because it was a “collector’s edition”, and they’ll release the Metroid Prime games individually now as New Play Control! titles?

If you’re interested in any of the games in this article, you can purchase them off Amazon.com by clicking the links below!

Metroid Prime: Trilogy is No Longer Being Published or Shipped!?

January 9, 2010

Have you purchased Metroid Prime Trilogy Collector’s Edition, if not, you better get a move on it!

A picture says a thousand words:
(click image to enlarge)

A few weeks back, I mentioned on one of my blogs, “Metroid Prime: Trilogy, for some reason, isn’t in stock on Amazon.com now, and it’s only available from 2nd or 3rd party vendors on Amazon.com.”

I sent a few emails over to Nintendo, inquiring as to why Metroid Prime: Trilogy wasn’t in stock on Amazon.com for several weeks in a row.
The question in one email was, “Amazon.com hasn’t had Metroid Prime: Trilogy in stock for several weeks. Is Metroid Prime: Trilogy still being published, or has production for the game stopped?

The response I received from Nintendo was, “Unfortunately, Metroid Prime Trilogy is no longer being shipped.  Having said that, you may be able to find what you seek through the secondhand video game market.

For clarification purposes, I sent over another email and asked, “I was told Metroid Prime: Trilogy is not being shipped/published anymore.  Is that true?  If so, is there any reason why Metroid Prime: Trilogy isn’t being shipped/published?

The reply I received from Nintendo was, “Thanks for your e-mail.  The earlier response regarding Metroid Prime Trilogy was correct:  it is no longer being shipped.  When first introduced, it was announced that there would be limited availability.  However, a reason for this was not announced.  That being said, you may still be able to locate a copy via stores that specialize in previously played or used games.

I was curious, because I noticed one of the other New Play Control! games on Amazon.com was also out-of-stock, so I inquired about those games as well.
I asked, “Also, are the other New Play Control! titles still being shipped/published, or have they stopped shipping as well?  The games I’m referencing are New Play Control! Pikmin, New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis, and New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.

To that question, the response from Nintendo was, “As to your second question, additional New Play Control! titles have not been announced.  However, the original titles are still being shipped.


Questions: 
Being that Metroid Prime Trilogy Collector’s Edition isn’t being published/shipped anymore, do you plan on purchasing it?  Now may be the best time to do so, before it becomes more difficult to locate!
Why do you think Nintendo canceled and stopped producing and shipping Metroid Prime Trilogy?  Do you think it was simply because it was a “collector’s edition”, and they’ll release the Metroid Prime games individually now as New Play Control! titles?

If you’re interested in any of the games in this article, you can purchase them off Amazon.com by clicking the links below!