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Soccer, or Football! Nintendo Selects: Mario Strikers Charged

September 1, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Mario Strikers Charged was originally released for the Wii on July 30, 2007 with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game was developed by Next Level Games, and published by Nintendo.  Mario Strikers Charged is a sequel of sorts to Super Mario Strikers which was released on the GameCube, and was also developed by Next Level Games.
     The game received an “Everyone 10+” rating from the ESRB, with “Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     On Sunday August 28, 2011, Mario Strikers Charged joined the Nintendo Selects lineup of games, and now has a MSRP of just $19.99.

     How many hours have Wii owners played soccer(or football!) with Mario and friends since Mario Strikers Charged released just over 4 years ago?  Let’s take a look!

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Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Mario Strikers Charged has about 438,365 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, with 1,491 days possibly reported.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Mario Strikers Charged has 7,688,455 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 17 Hours 32 Minutes “Per person”, or console, reporting data.
     The game’s average play-time is 1 Hour 25 Minutes per day/session reported.

Amazon.com Sales Information
     The original version of Mario Strikers Charged has an Amazon.com sale rank of #2,001, and it is listed for $34.95.
     Nintendo Selects: Mario Strikers Charged’s Amazon.com sale rank is #755, and is currently selling for $19.99.
     (Sales ranks and prices recorded around 12:35AM on September 1, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     Mario Strikers Charged’s “professional” review score average is 79.75%, based on 58 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has about a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 59 customer reviews between both versions of the game.
     Mario Strikers Charged’s customer review score average is 84.40%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 12:35AM on September 1, 2011.)

Bean Counting
     The length of a professional soccer game is 90 minutes of play-time, split into two halves; 45 minutes each half.  Based off this, Wii owners have played the equivalent of 5,125,630 professional soccer games with the reported game-play hours from Mario Strikers Charged.
     If you count the 15 minute half-time most soccer games have, or 105 total match minutes, Wii owners have played about 4,393,397 full professional soccer games.

Filtered Thoughts
     While I do not own Mario Strikers Charged, I have played it.  A few years ago, Mrs. Coffee and I had some friends come visit us, and I rented the game for a couple of days.
    We played the game’s local multi-player, as well as online multi-player.  If it were not for running into a few glitchers in the online, we probably would have enjoyed the game’s online more than we did at the time.
     Just based on my time with the game, I definitely think Mario Strikers Charged is worth a look for $20, and if you haven’t seen anything about the game, the video below should give you an idea of the crazy game-play you can expect:

     When I played Mario Strikers Charged, the game-play formula reminded me of the NHL Hitz games, so I looked up information about the game.  Next Level Games’ first game they developed and had published was NHL Hitz Pro, which was released in 2003 for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox.
     While the reported game-play data for Mario Strikers Charged is higher than most Wii games, I think it’s interesting that this game has “Mario” in its title and online multiplayer, but it has already been passed by another game that released less than a year ago, with “Total Hours” reported as of 2 weeks ago.

     If you have only been following my site for the last year or so, you may have missed my post from January 2010 titled, “Nintendo Stops Shipping and Producing more Wii Games:  Wario Land: Shake It!, Battalion Wars 2, and Mario Strikers Charged“, which showed how Nintendo had stopped producing/shipping Mario Strikers Charged and two other games.
     Why Nintendo waited so long to bring out the Nintendo Selects titles still baffles me, but I am really glad to see Nintendo continuing to add Wii games to their Nintendo Selects lineup, and I hope that it will continue with many more games in the future.

     Over the weekend that I rented Mario Strikers Charged, we played it a good bit as I stated above, and you can see in the image below how much we played it over about 4 days before I returned it.

Questions
     Do any of you own Mario Strikers Charged and play it regularly?  If you own it, or have played it, would you recommend it to other Wii owners now?
     If you don’t own the game, does its new MSRP of just $19.99 make you more likely to purchase it?

If any of you are interested in Mario Strikers Charged, you can see prices for the Nintendo Selects version on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B005EIIS4S&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

>Little Mac’s Hours in the Boxing Ring: Punch-Out!!’s Data Report

March 14, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     Whether it’s former boxers like Sugar Ray Robinson or Muhammad Ali, or even current boxers like Manny Pacquiao(nicknamed Pac-Man!), there have been many well known boxers in real life.

     What about the video game world though, who is the best known video game boxer?
     Well, I think Little Mac is the best known video game boxer, and the one with the longest track record in games.
     Little Mac first debuted on home consoles in 1987 in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! for the NES, and then his career was revived in 1994 with the release of Super Punch-Out!! for the SNES.
     Nearly 15 years had passed since Super Punch-Out!!, when Little Mac came out of retirement and starred in Punch-Out!! for the Nintendo Wii in May 2009.

     While real life boxers spend many hours in the ring during their careers, how many hours has Little Mac spent in the boxing ring with 659 days of data reported, since he returned to it in Punch-Out!! in 2009?  Let’s take a look!

Hours are for the United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Punch-Out!! has approximately 156,418 Wii owners reporting their game-play data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Reporting Player Increase:
     How many more players are reporting their play-time data for Punch-Out!!, since a December 2009 ,report?
     Punch-Out!! has seen an increase of about 87,598 more players reporting game-play data, since that 2009 report.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Punch-Out!! has 1,662,448 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 979,502 Total Hours in the last 463 days reported; and Punch-Out!!’s average play-time is 10 Hours 37 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.

     The average boxing time(play-time) per session for Punch-Out!! is just over 1 Hour 25 Minutes.


Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Punch-Out!!’s Amazon.com sale rank is #714, and it’s currently selling for $43.37 from a third party vendor.
     (Sale rank and advertised price recorded around 8:45PM on 3-13-11)

Review Score Averages:
     Punch-Out!!’s “professional” review score average is 87.66%, based on 47 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     Punch-Out!! has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 123 customer reviews.
     Punch-Out!!’s customer review score average is 86.34%, when converted to a 100% review scale.

     (Review score averages recorded around 8:45PM on 3-13-11)

Odd Bean:
     A boxing match typically consists of 12 rounds, with each round lasting 3 minutes.  The boxers get a one minute break between each round, so total ring time could be 48 minutes if the match lasts the full 12 rounds with a judges’ decision.
     Based on 48 minutes for a full 12 rounds of boxing, Little Mac’s average time in the ring “Per person” reporting data would be equivalent to a little over thirteen, twelve round, boxing matches.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I really enjoyed Punch-Out!! on the NES when I played it as a child, and I have enjoyed my time with the Virtual Console version…even though I haven’t beat Mr. Dream yet!
     I was excited when they announced the new Punch-Out!! for the Wii, but after reading more about the game, it seemed to be more of a graphically updated NES Punch-Out!! for the Wii, than a fully re-imagined game for the series.
     I still haven’t played Punch-Out!! on the Wii, but I do know they added some features to the game such as Wii Balance Board support, and Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls, as well as adding new boxers to the game’s roster.  The game’s “Title Defense Mode” also seems like a nice addition from what I know it, basically being a harder difficulty setting that is unlocked after completing the game, with the boxers you faced earlier in Little Mac’s career now having new moves, and/or defenses, to learn.
     While I understand the idea, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”, from what I know of Punch-Out!! on the Wii, it just seems like it was played safe by Nintendo, and developer Next Level Games.  Perhaps I’m wrong, and Punch-Out!! on the Wii is easily worth the MSRP of $49.99?

     If you haven’t seen any footage of Punch-Out!! on the Wii, here’s a trailer that shows off several of the boxers in the game Little Mac faces, as well as some of the boxers as they appear in the game’s Title Defense Mode:

Questions:
     Did any of you purchase Punch-Out!! on the Wii, and think the game is worth, or not worth, the asking price of $49.99? If so, leave a comment letting us know why you think it is, and about how many hours of game-play you have gotten out of the game.  If you don’t think Punch-Out!! is worth the $49.99, what price do you think the game is worth?

If anybody is interested in Punch-Out!! for the Wii, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001TOQ8K2&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr