Archive for the ‘Nintendo Selects’ Category

Wario has smooth moves? WarioWare: Smooth Moves Data Report

October 12, 2012

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Are you ready for Game & Wario on the Wii U? Before looking forward, we’re looking back!

WarioWare: Smooth Moves released for the Wii on January 15, 2007 with a MSRP around $49.99. The game was developed by Nintendo’s Intelligent Systems, and received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for games and parents to be aware of.

The game features “more than 200 lightning-quick microgames”, and its “Game Type” is listed as “Mass Microgrames” from Nintendo via the press page.

How many U.S. Wii owners have reported playing the craziness that is WarioWare: Smooth Moves, and how many hours have they reported playing it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
WarioWare: Smooth Moves has approximately 505,899 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel, with 2,093 days possibly reported. Players have reported 6,205,658 Total Hours of gameplay since the game released, almost 6 years ago now. The total average play-time is 12 Hours 16 Minutes “Per person”, with the average time played per day/session being about 1 Hour 10 Minutes.

How was Wario’s first Wii game received by critics and customers? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 82.04%, based on 63 reviews on GameRankings.com. It has a customer review score average of 79.41%, based on 171 reviews on Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
Mrs. Coffee and I have played WarioWare: Smooth Moves, and it definitely left an impression on us. We were out of town visiting friends, and they rented the game while we were visiting. Mrs. Coffee played the game more than the rest of us, but we watched a lot of it.

I remember thinking, and saying something like, “How does Nintendo come up with these crazy ideas?”, referring to some of the microgames in Smooth Moves. If there was an odd game idea floating around Nintendo before the Wii released, it probably ended up in Smooth Moves. If you haven’t seen anything from the game before, the video below is the first trailer for the game that should give you a decent, not great, idea of what you can expect from it:

Knowing how bizarre, crazy, odd, and original some of the microgames are in WarioWare: Smooth Moves makes me wonder if the Wii U GamePad is going to perhaps limit the number of bizarre, crazy, and even odd microgames there will be in Game & Wario for the Wii U. After having played Smooth Moves, I’m just having trouble imagining the game keeping its craziness, with more standard controls.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves has not had an “official” price drop in North America yet (unless I missed it), and the game can be difficult to find “new” in stores now. Like other early Wii titles, I think Smooth Moves would be a great game for the Wii’s Nintendo Selects lineup of games, especially considering its crazy use of the Wii Remote.

(If you’re looking for the link to the Wii U giveaway, via a Mario Kart 7 competition, click HERE.)

Questions
Did any of you play WarioWare: Smooth Moves, and perhaps try all of the 200+ microgames in it? Do you think Game & Wario will benefit from a more standard type of control setting with the GamePad, or do you think the Wii U title should also have optional Wii Remote controls as well?

If you are a fan of Wario in general, do you have a favorite Wario game you would recommend to others?

If you are interested in Wario games, you can see a few linked below:

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Metroid Prime Trilogy turns 3! How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing it?

August 29, 2012


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Metroid Prime: Trilogy was released on August 24, 2009 in the U.S. with a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo, and received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Animated Blood, Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of. I reported on January 8, 2010, less than 5 months after the game was released, that Nintendo confirmed they were not shipping more copies of Metroid Prime: Trilogy.

How many hours have U.S. Wii players reported playing Metroid Prime: Trilogy since the game released just over 3 years ago? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
Metroid Prime: Trilogy now has approximately 86,562 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, with 1,099 days possibly reported. The game has about 8,955 more Wii owners now that have reported data, since the report last year.

Trilogy’s play-time per day/session is now 2 hours 13 minutes, and the game’s overall reported average is one hour more than last year, sitting at 34 Hours 13 Minutes as the image shows.

What about the critic and customer review score averages over the last year? The “professional” critic review score average is still 92.27%, based on 33 reviews on GameRankings.com. The customer review score average has changed slightly though, and is now at 96.00% for the game, based on 115 customer reviews on Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I have mentioned before on the site that I purchased my copy of Metroid Prime: Trilogy from Best Buy for just $19.99. I knew the game was a “best buy” at that price, and didn’t pass it up. Looking at the “used” and “new” prices for the game now, I am very glad that I didn’t wait to purchase it, though I have yet to play any of the games on the disc. If you have not seen footage of the Metroid Prime games, and what to expect from them, the trailer below should give you a good idea:

As for the reported data, the overall reported “Total” hours and the average hours “Per person” have increased less than I expected them to over the last year. I thought that perhaps players would completed two of the Metroid Prime games on the disc by now, and that the average would be sitting closer to 40 hours “Per person”. I assume that completing two of the Metroid Prime games should take about 40 hours “Total”, 20 hours for each.

Seeing how much the “new” and “used” prices are for Metroid Prime: Trilogy online, I find it odd that Nintendo hasn’t reprinted the collection. As I said in the recent “Metroid Prime 3: Corruption turns 5!” post, I think Nintendo should at least add Metroid Prime 3: Corruption to the Nintendo Selects games, and if Nintendo doesn’t add Metroid Prime 3: Corruption to the Nintendo Selects lineup, having the Metroid Prime games available to purchase on the Wii U’s eShop when it launches this year I think would be a great alternative, and a great reason to purchase the Wii U day one for fans of the Metroid Prime games.

If you are looking for information on how to enter the games contest/giveaway, you can find that post HERE. If you are already entered in the contest/giveaway, you can get an extra entry by tweeting out this post using the “Tweet” button below and adding @CoffeeWithGames to the tweet; you can also get an extra entry by liking this post on the CoffeeWithGames Facebook page HERE.

Questions
Do you think Nintendo should add Metroid Prime: Trilogy to the Nintendo Selects lineup? If you own Metroid Prime: Trilogy, how many hours have you gotten out of it, and have you completed all three games on it?

See Metroid related Wii games below:

Nintendo Recycles – Nintendo Selects: Super Paper Mario

September 4, 2011

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     Super Paper Mario was originally released for the Wii on April 9, 2007, with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game was developed by an internal team at Nintendo, Intelligent Systems, and published by Nintendo.
     Super Paper Mario was a continuation of the Paper Mario series that started on the Nintendo 64, and continued on the GameCube with Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
     Super Paper Mario received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     Last Sunday, August 28, Super Paper Mario joined the Nintendo Selects lineup of Wii games(like this game!), and now has a MSRP of just $19.99.

     How many hours have Wii owners run around in Super Paper Mario since the game released more than 4 years ago?  Let’s take a look!

If you want to enter the contest/giveaway for the 2 years’ worth of coffee,
you can find the details for the contest/giveaway HERE.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Super Paper Mario has 772,004 Wii owners report game-play data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel with 1,603 days possibly reported since the game released.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Super Paper Mario has 20,020,416 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 25 Hours 56 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The game’s average play-time is 2 Hours 9 Minutes per day/session reported.

Amazon.com Sales Information
     The original version of Super Paper Mario has an Amazon.com sale rank of #1,379, and it is listed for $79.98.
     Nintendo Selects: Super Paper Mario’s Amazon.com sale rank is #179, and is currently selling for $19.99.
     (Sales ranks and prices recorded around 2:15AM on September 4, 2011)

Review Score Averages
     Super Paper Mario’s “professional” review score average is 85.17%, based on 73 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 3.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 233 customer reviews between both versions of the game.
     Super Paper Mario’s customer review score average is 74.50%, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 2:15AM on September 4, 2011)

Filtered Thoughts
     I have not played any of the games in the Paper Mario series, but I do remember watching a friend in college play a little of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and thinking the game concept was really cool.
     If you have never seen any game-play footage of the Paper Mario series, I highly encourage you to watch the video below, so you can see the concept behind the games:

     I think the reported game-play data for Super Paper Mario with more than 25 hours of average game-play is really good for the game, and I think it would be worth the new asking price of $19.99, just based on the reported game-play hours “Per person”.
     Seeing over 700,000 thousand Wii owners have reported data for the game is also encouraging I think, especially when considering the Nintendo Channel data is only used by a small percentage of Wii owners.

Questions
     If any of you have played Super Paper Mario, did you enjoy what you played and would you recommend it to other Wii owners?  Also, do you remember how many hours it took to complete the game?

If any of you are interested in Super Paper Mario, you can see prices for the Nintendo Selects version on Amazon.com below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B005EHQJ2C&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

Soccer, or Football! Nintendo Selects: Mario Strikers Charged

September 1, 2011

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     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!

If you are interested in the contest/giveaway for the 2 years’ worth of coffee,
you can find the details for the contest/giveaway at this LINK, HERE!

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 

>Home Run! Strike Out? Mario Super Sluggers Data Report

May 21, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Mario Super Sluggers originally released on August 25, 2008 for the Wii with a MSRP of $49.99.
     The game was developed by Namco Bandai and published by Nintendo.  Mario Super Sluggers received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Comic Mischief” listed as the only content for gamers/parents to be aware of.
     As I mentioned in my The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess post a few days ago, Nintendo just released four “Nintendo Selects” titles this past Sunday for the Wii.
     Mario Super Sluggers, like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, is one of the four Nintendo Selects titles that is now available for just $19.99.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent playing America’s favorite past-time with Mario and friends, with 995 days of game-play reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners that report game-play
data via the Nintendo Channel, not all Wii owners in the United States.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     Mario Super Sluggers has 361,819 Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours:
     Mario Super Sluggers has 9,345,625 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 25 Hours 49 Minutes “Per person”.
     Mario Super Sluggers’ average play-time per session is just over 1 Hour 40 Minutes.

Sales Ranks & Advertised Prices:
     Mario Super Sluggers’ Amazon.com sale rank is currently #780, and it is selling for $19.99.
     Nintendo Selects: Mario Super Sluggers’ Amazon.com sale rank is #331, and it is selling for $19.99.

     Sales ranks recorded around 9:00PM on May 20, 2011.

Review Score Averages:
     Mario Super Sluggers’ “professional” review score average is 70.03%, based on 30 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 78 customer reviews between the original release and the new “Nintendo Selects” release.
     Mario Super Sluggers’ customer review score average is 90.25% when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.

     Review score averages recorded around 9:00PM on May 20, 2011.

Odd Bean:
     The average length of a Major League Baseball game is right around 3 hours, and a full season is 162 games.  Based on the data for Mario Super Sluggers, Wii owners have averaged playing about 8 real-life MLB games.  To complete a full MLB season they need about 462 more hours for the overall hours averaged “Per person” than are currently reported, which would be the other 154 games needed for the entire season.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I have not played Mario Super Sluggers, and it has been years since I have played a baseball game(Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball is the last one I can recall really playing).
     The informational video below shows a good bit about Mario Super Sluggers, so if you have been interested in the game and have not seen much on it, the video may answer any questions you have about the game:

Questions:
     Have any of you played Mario Super Sluggers, and if so, would you recommend it to other Wii owners looking for an arcade type baseball game at its new low price of just $19.99?
     Also, if you have played Mario Super Sluggers do you know about how many hours you have put into the game?

If anybody is interested in Mario Super Sluggers, the new Nintendo Selects version is linked on Amazon.com below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B004WLRR0E&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  

>Nintendo Selects & The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Data Report

May 18, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess released on November 19, 2006 as a Wii release title.   The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was developed by Nintendo’s Entertainment Analysis and Development studio, and it was originally in development for the Nintendo GameCube, but Nintendo released it first on the Wii and then a few weeks later released the GameCube version.
     The game received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent in the land of Hyrule(and the Twilight Realm) with 1,640 days of game-play reported for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess?  Let’s take a look!

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

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has about 1,221,903 Wii owners that have reported play-time data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Reporting Player Increase:
     How many more players has The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess seen increased in having reported data since my first report?
     Twilight Princess has seen an increase of about 167,097 more players having reported data since my last report in June 2010.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours:
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii now has 58,755,999 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 8,939,570 Total Hours reported since June 7, 2010.
     The game’s average play-time is now 48 Hours 5 Minutes “Per person” having reported data, which is 51 minutes higher than the average recorded on June 7, 2010.
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ average play-time per session is now about 2 Hours 21 Minutes.

Sales Ranks & Advertised Prices:
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ Amazon.com sale rank is currently #245, and it is selling for $27.91.
     The Nintendo Selects: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ Amazon.com sale rank is currently #118, and it is selling for $19.99.

     Sales ranks and advertised prices recorded around 12:45AM on May 18, 2011.

Review Score Averages:
     Twilight Princess’ “professional” review score average is 94.51%, based on 83 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on a total of 367 customer reviews between the original version and the “Nintendo Selects” version.
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ customer review score average is 89.80% when all the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.


     Review score averages recorded around 12:45AM on May 18, 2011.

Filtered Thoughts:
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess originally released with a MSRP of $49.99.  This past Sunday, May 15, the game saw its first “official” MSRP drop.
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is now a “Nintendo Selects” title, one of only four Wii titles in North America, and now Twilight Princess now has a MSRP of just $19.99.  If you are wondering, “What are Nintendo Selects titles?”  Well, the image/link below should give you a good idea:

     I think it is very interesting that Nintendo has waited basically 4.5 years since the Wii released to finally introduce a “Nintendo Selects” line of games for North America.  The GameCube had the “Player’s Choice” line of games, and it was out before the GameCube was even 2 years old.
     While The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is just one of four “Nintendo Selects”, I expect to see the number of “Nintendo Selects” titles to grow before the end of the year, especially before this holiday season.

     If you haven’t see any footage from Twilight Princess, embedded below is I believe the very first trailer Nintendo released for the game; while not showing off game-play elements really, it’s more of a teaser type trailer:

     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was a day one purchase for us when we found a Wii system.  I remember playing it for just a little while after getting it, then going a few months where I did not play it at all.

     I did end up finishing the game, and I enjoyed my time with it.  I would recommend it to other Wii owners that may be interested in it, but haven’t played it yet; especially at its lower price now.
     How many hours did I put into the game?  Well, the picture below is what is showing as my play-time as reported through the Nintendo Channel:

This accounts for only one play-through!

Questions:
     Have any of you been playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess recently?  If so, is it your first time playing through the game, or have you already completed it before(if so, how many times)?
     If you have not played Twilight Princess, do you see yourself purchasing the game with its new MSRP of just $19.99?

If anybody is interested in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, 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=B004WLRQMI&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr