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Coffee Shop! 3DS game deals – save 20%, or more!

September 10, 2013

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The Nintendo 2DS is releasing next month at a suggested retail price of $129.99, $40 less than the suggested retail price of the regular Nintendo 3DS. It is probably what we will end up getting Bean 1 this holiday season for Christmas, unless there is some other shiny new toy that turns up between now and then.

There are already a few games on my list to get Bean 1 eventually, if not day one, and between now and Christmas I’ll be paying closer attention to 2DS/3DS deals. If you currently own a Nintendo 3DS, or perhaps are planning to grab a Nintendo 2DS this holiday season, below are some current Nintendo 3DS games that are at least 20% off their MSRPs or List Prices.

Brew yourself some coffee and see if there are any games that jump out at you, or perhaps that you would recommend to others!

What Bean 1 might be playing 3DS games on.

The Brew
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes for $16.87*, HERE. You save over 40%.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for $30.85, with FREE Shipping, HERE. You save 23%.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for $29.99, with FREE Shipping, HERE. You save 25%.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 for $29.81, with FREE Shipping, HERE. You save 25%.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star for $29.34*, with FREE Shipping, HERE. You save 26%.
Super Mario 3D Land for $29.65, with FREE Shipping, HERE. You save 26%.
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition for $14.42*, HERE. You save over 50%.

*Look under the “More Buying Choices” to the right of the “In Stock” section and under the “Add to Cart” and “Sell Us Your Item” boxes on the right, to purchase it directly from at the listed price.

Caffeinated Thoughts
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is at the top of the list I have for Bean 1, with New Super Mario Bros. 2 close behind it. Bean 1 demoed Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for about 5 minutes at GameStop many months ago, and he still randomly requests to play the game.

I’m hoping that Nintendo of America and will get their systems situation worked out, and will start carrying Nintendo systems before this holiday season. Amazon does discount other game systems from time-to-time, and I think every penny helps. The $20 or $50 saved in the examples linked above would be enough to pick up an extra game or accessory.

Have any of you played and really enjoyed Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and think that a younger child would be able to play and beat it?

If you own a 3DS and have played any of the games listed, are there any you would/wouldn’t recommend to new 3DS, or soon to be 2DS, owners?

Interview: Ripstone on Pure Chess Wii U & 3DS – Trophies, Multiplayer, & More (Part 1)

September 4, 2013

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Last week, Ripstone’s Phil Gaskell told us how they were thrilled at Ripstone to hear about the upcoming Wii U price drop and new 2DS system. Ripstone is planning on releasing Pure Chess for the Wii U and 2DS/3DS eShops in the next few months, and Knytt Underground is looking like it will be an early 2014 Wii U eShop release from Ripstone as well.

With Pure Chess being the first Wii U and 2DS/3DS game from Ripstone, and being a big chess fan myself, I had the opportunity to ask Mr. Gaskell some questions about the upcoming release of Pure Chess on the Wii U and 2DS/3DS. I had not played Pure Chess before sending over the questions, though that has changed in the last week with the mobile version releasing on Android and iOS devices.

What Pure Chess features should appeal the most to chess fans? Will Pure Chess on the Wii U and 3DS offer the same number of “Play By Mail” chess games as the PlayStation 3 version, or has the number been increased or decreased?

Brew yourself some coffee, and find out the answers to some of these questions and a few more, below!

The Brew
CoffeeWithGames (CWG): For those, like myself, that enjoy chess, but might not be familiar with Pure Chess, what feature(s) do you think will appeal the most to them?
Phil Gaskell (PG): There’s three features I’m particularly proud of that I think you and other gamers will love.

The first one is the comprehensive tutorial. Of course it’ll teach you the very basics like how each piece moves, but it also takes you through more advanced rules like castling and en passant. It doesn’t end there though, it will also clearly explain more advanced strategies such as pins and skewers, and even explain some opening plays. We’re pretty confident there’s something there for everyone, from the novice to the more advanced players. My chess abilities certainly improved while working on the game.

The second is the cross-platform online play. By registering for a Pure Chess account Nintendo gamers will not only be able to challenge other Pure Chess players on Wii U and 3DS but also on smartphone and tablet devices! If you own the game on multiple platforms you can even sign in using your Pure Chess account and continue your multiplayer game seamlessly from device to device. When we listened to the gaming community this was probably the feedback we received the most, so we’ve taken it on board and delivered something even better.

The third is the most obvious really, and from the screenshots it’s the thing that hits you in the face. It’s so beautiful. Quite honestly it must be the most realistic looking chess game ever made!

How I will probably play most of my Pure Chess Wii U games, on just the GamePad.

CWG: Will Pure Chess on the Wii U or 3DS offer real-time online multiplayer chess matches?
PG: Strictly speaking no it doesn’t. The game is asynchronous in its very nature so real-time online multiplayer seems a bit unnecessary. However the game does play like a real-time online mode, but if you or your opponent disconnect for any reason the game carries on like a ‘play-by-mail’ game. So you get the best of both worlds!

CWG: The PlayStation 3 version has the “Play By Mail” system for up to 8 friends at a time. Does the Wii U version also allow 8 “Play By Mail” games to be taking place, or has the number been increased (or, decreased)?
PG: Both the Wii U and 3DS versions allow for the same number of play-by-mail slots.

CWG: Will Pure Chess Wii U (or, 3DS) feature Trophies like what are in the PlayStation 3 version of the game, in any fashion?
PG: These types of things are mandated by other platforms, but Nintendo allow things like trophies to be optional. So we decided not to include them and keep the game a very pure experience. This allowed us to concentrate on more important features like the online mode.

Caffeinated Thoughts
Again, while I had not played Pure Chess before sending over these questions, in the last week I have had the opportunity to try out Pure Chess on Mrs. Coffee’s NOOK HD+ tablet, and I have been very impressed with the game.

The online multiplayer, or “Play By Mail” system, has really worked well from my time with it, and I’m personally looking forward to the Wii U version of Pure Chess when it releases later this year. I was a bit surprised by the announcement of cross-platform play in the Wii U and 3DS versions with the Android and iOS versions, and it is something that I’m really excited to see Nintendo allow. I think it’s another sign Nintendo is willing to try new things on the online front, or at least allow a third party developer to try new things, and I’m glad that Ripstone and VooFoo listened to the fan feedback and have been able to get that feature in the game now.

If you own a Wii U and/or 3DS and are interested in Pure Chess, you can try out the Android or iOS version of the game right now:
App Store version here.
Google Play store version here.
Amazon App store version here.

If you own a Wii U and/or 3DS, are you looking forward to Pure Chess for those systems?

Also, are any of you surprised Nintendo is allowing Ripstone and VooFoo to do the cross-platform play with the Android and iOS versions of Pure Chess, and at least glad to see it happening?


3DS owners, Kid Icarus: Uprising major sale!

September 4, 2012

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I don’t own a 3DS, but I know a decent deal when I spot one. Kid Icarus: Uprising is on sale for about the next 12 hours at How good is the sale? Best Buy has the game listed at 63% off its MSRP of $39.99, including free shipping with the sale price. This means for the next 12 hours, you can get a new copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising for your Nintendo 3DS for just $14.99; that’s right $14.99 with free shipping!

You can grab the deal HERE.

Do any of you already own a copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising, and if so, would you recommend the game to other Nintendo 3DS owners that have been interested in the game, but just haven’t purchased it yet?

$10 for 8 Hours, or $40 for 8 Hours – You Decide! Star Fox 64’s Hours Report

September 8, 2011

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     Star Fox 64 was originally released for the Nintendo 64 on June 30, 1997.  Star Fox 64 was re-released on the Wii’s Virtual Console service in North America on April 2, 2007 with a price point of 1,000 Wii Points, which is $10.
     The original N64 game was rated “K-A” by the ESRB, which meant the game was for “KIDS TO ADULTS“.  The Virtual Console version received the updated ESRB rating of “Everyone” with “Violence” listed at the only content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     If you are a Nintendo 3DS owner, Nintendo is releasing Star Fox 64 3D tomorrow, September 9, for the system.  The 3DS version of Star Fox 64 has a MSRP of $39.99, and features updated graphics and two control methods, one which uses the 3DS’ gyroscopes, and it features local multiplayer across 3DS systems.

     So, with Star Fox 64 3D releasing this week, how many hours Wii owners have played the Virtual Console version of Star Fox 64; and do the reported hours show Star Fox 64 3D might be worth its $40 asking price, or would gamers be better off purchasing the cheaper Virtual Console version for just $10?  Let’s take a look!

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Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Star Fox 64 has about 139,815 Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, with 1,617 days of data possibly reported.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Star Fox 64 has 1,096,509 Total Hours of game-play reported, with its average play-time being 7 Hours 50 Minutes “Per person”(or console) reporting data.
     The game’s average play-time is about 59 minutes per day/session reported.

Sales Information
     Star Fox 64 is not currently listed in the Virtual Console’s “Popular Titles” section, as of checking around 5:45PM on September 8, 2011.  The “Popular Titles” section lists the current top 20 most popular(or purchased) Virtual Console games.
     Star Fox 64’s Virtual Console version in the United States has made Nintendo about $1,398,150(before taxes) though, just based on the approximate number of players that have reported data and the game’s $10 price point.

Review Score Averages
     Star Fox 64’s, the original N64 release, “professional” review score average is 89.87%, based on 14 reviews on

     The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on, based on 90 customer reviews between two versions of the game.
     Star Fox 64’s customer review score average is 87.77%, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 5:45PM EST, on September 8, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     I played Star Fox 64 with one of my cousins back in the 90s.  He owned the game, and I can remember playing through several of the levels and really enjoying the game.  I also remember my cousin and me playing the game’s multiplayer, and he would usually easily defeat me.
     If you have never seen any footage of Star Fox 64, below are some videos compiled together of Star Fox 64 from the Virtual Console and the new 3DS version:

     As for the reported game-play data, I think nearly 8 hours of game-play is pretty good for $10, and it actually makes me want to put Star Fox 64 on my list of Virtual Console games to purchase; but if the 3DS version of Star Fox 64 is basically the same exact game, I am guessing the game-play length is going to be the same, and I don’t see how I could justify spending $40 on it.
     Why Nintendo did not spend time adding an online multiplayer aspect to the 3DS version, even something small such as a leaderboard element, really baffles me; but I think it shows a greater problem at Nintendo right now with its online infrastructure and programming.

     Have any of you played Star Fox 64, either the original version or the Virtual Console version?  If so, what did you think about the game?
     Do any of you think Star Fox 64 3D is overpriced at $40, based off the average play-time hours of Star Fox 64 on the Virtual Console, or if you own a Nintendo 3DS is Star Fox 64 3D a game you are looking forward to purchasing soon?

If any of you are interested in Star Fox 64, or the 3DS game, you can see prices on linked below for all versions: