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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:

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Metroid Prime 3: Corruption turns 5! How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing it?

August 28, 2012


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If you are looking for information on the contest/giveaway of BIT.TRIP BEAT, Fieldrunners, SpaceChem, & Uplink you will find the link for more information on it in the “Caffeinated Thoughts” section below.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was released five years ago (today) in the U.S. on August 27, 2007. The game was developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo. It received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Animated Blood, Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of, and the game released with a MSRP of $49.99.

How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing Metroid Prime 3: Corruption over the last 5 years? Brew some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption now has approximately 542,561 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play data since the game released, with 1,827 days possibly reported. The game has about 25,965 more Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel since last year’s report.

Corruption’s play-time per day/session is still the same as last year’s, 2 hours 7 minutes; and the game’s overall reported average is the exact same as it was last year, still sitting at 22 Hours 25 Minutes “Per person” that has reported data as the image above shows.

Have the critic and customer review scores changed any for the game over the last year? Well, the “professional” critic review score average is still the same at 90.16%, based on 66 reviews on GameRankings.com. The customer review score average has slightly changed though, increasing just a bit over the customer review score average from last year. Corruption now has a customer review score average of 87.02%, based on 148 customer reviews on Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, what do I think about the game? Well, if you missed my review (rarely happens, I know) for it from nearly 2 years ago, you can read it HERE. In short, if you enjoy the FPS genre with some exploration aspects, and Wii motion controls in FPS games, I highly recommend you give Corruption a try. If you are planning on purchasing the Wii U (it does play Wii games), you might want to look for the Metroid Prime Trilogy bundle since you should get “more for your money” with it, though it might be difficult to find at a reasonable price now. If not the bundle, you should be able to find a cheap used copy of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption either online, or at stores like Game Stop and Best Buy that have used games. If you have never seen any footage from Corruption, the video below is a very quick look at the game:

Seeing the average reported being 22 Hours 25 Minutes “Per person” makes me think most Wii owners that have reported data are completing the game just once, and not playing through it again. I played through the game multiple times, and I’ll show how many hours I have played it in the comment section below by attaching my reported game-play hours image to my comment. I don’t know why Nintendo stopped printing both Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and the Metroid Prime: Trilogy bundle, but I think they should add one of them to the Nintendo Selects lineup, and/or have them available to purchase on the Wii U’s eShop when it launches later this year.

If you are here looking for how to enter to for a chance to win the games mentioned in the data image, you can find more information HERE. If you have already entered the contest/giveaway, just tweet out this post using the “Tweet” button below and add @CoffeeWithGames to it for an extra entry, and you can get an additional if you have “liked” the CoffeeWithGames Facebook page found HERE, and you simply “like” this post on the CoffeeWithGames Facebook page.

Questions
Have any of you played Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, perhaps in the last year even, and what did you think about the game? Good, or bad? If you have played through it completely, do you know how many hours you have played the game?
Also, do you think Nintendo should add Metroid Prime 3: Corruption to the Nintendo Selects games in some fashion?

If you are interested in the Metroid Wii games, you can see them linked below to their Amazon.com pages:

Ape & Monkey Together = Awesome Game! A Year’s Worth of Donkey Kong Country Returns

December 6, 2011

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     Donkey Kong Country Returns was released on November 21, 2010 at a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by Retro Studios, and published by Nintendo. It received an ESRB rating of “Everyone“, with “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent hoarding bananas over the last year in Donkey Kong Country Returns? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Donkey Kong Country Returns now has 259,963 Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel with 372 days possibly reported. The game has seen approximately 249,460 more Wii owners report data through the Nintendo Channel, compared to the number on its debut from December last year.
     DKCR has almost 5 million “Total Hours” of gameplay reported in just over a year, and the game’s average play-time per day/session is now 1 Hour 50 Minutes.
     DKCR’s “professional” review score average is now 87.79%, based on 53 reviews on GameRankings.com. The game still has 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, but now it is based on 306 customer reviews.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     Mrs. Coffee and I beat Donkey Kong Country Returns together earlier this year, but we haven’t really played it since. As a matter of fact, it is not currently in our game “collection”, as we traded our neighbors it back in July in exchange for Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Wii Sports Resort. Before we traded off Donkey Kong Country Returns though, how many hours did we put into the game?

     Our 65 hours reported are nearly all of just the two of us playing through the game together, with maybe an hour or two of the total being from us playing our own files in the game.
     If you have played Donkey Kong Country Returns cooperatively, you can probably relate to the frustration from the infuriatingly awesome level designs when trying to survive through a level with another player.
     Somehow, Mrs. Coffee and I survived the entire game together though, and we may have to give it another run in the future. Below is a video of Mrs. Coffee and me playing through DKCR’s World 5’s, Level 5-K Blast and Bounce. SPOILER WARNING – If you don’t want to see where at least one hidden puzzle piece is, don’t watch the video; but if you want to see us attempt a level together, just click play! I play as Donkey Kong, she plays as Diddy Kong:

     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ first year of reported data places it behind Mario’s games, but ahead of Kirby. Seeing the play-time that Mrs. Coffee and I reported, over 60 hours, compared to the average reported on the Nintendo Channel being under 20 hours, is really surprising to me. It makes me wonder if perhaps Donkey Kong Country Returns is so much of a challenge, that many of the players aren’t finishing it?
     I think DKCR is an excellent Wii game, and an excellent cooperative 2D side-scrolling platforming title in general. I really hope that Nintendo announces very soon Donkey Kong Country Returns is becoming a Nintendo Selects title so many more Wii owners can experience it.
     If you are looking for a new Wii game for Christmas that you can play with just one other person locally, I can recommend Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Questions
     Have any of you recently acquired and/or been playing through Donkey Kong Country Returns? If so, have any of you completed the game 100% cooperatively and, have you or anybody know you completed everything in the game, “Time Trials” and all?
     If you don’t own Donkey Kong Country Returns is it on your Christmas list, or would you purchase it almost immediately if it became a Nintendo Selects title with a MSRP of only $19.99?

If any of you are interested in Donkey Kong Country Returns, you can see prices for it and some Donkey Kong toys on Amazon.com linked below:
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Samus’ Corrupt Adventure – 4 Years of Play-Time

August 30, 2011

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     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was released in North America on August 27, 2007 with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game was developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo.
     Metroid Prime 3 received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Animated Blood, Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners played Samus’ corrupt adventure, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, in the last 4 years?  Let’s take a look!

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Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption has 516,596 Wii owners that have reported game-play data since the game released.

Number of Players Reporting Data, Increased
     The last report on Metroid Prime 3 was from game-play data reported on August 30, 2010.  Since then, the game has seen an increase of 49,950 Wii owners reporting data through the Nintendo Channel.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Corruption now has 11,577,329 Total Hours of game-play reported, which is an increase of 1,163,793 Total Hours in just the last year.
     The game’s total average hours played is now 22 Hours 25 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, an increase of 6 Minutes since last year.
     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption’s average play-time now is just over 2 Hours 7 Minutes per session.

Amazon.com Sales Information
     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption’s Amazon.com sale rank is #1,639, and it is currently selling for $59.99.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 9:45PM on August 29, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption’s “professional” review score average is 90.16%, based on 66 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 143 customer reviews.
     Corruption’s customer review score average is 86.99%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 9:45PM on August 29, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     If you have not seen any footage of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, below is a brief video for the game.  SPOILER Warning – the video does show a few bosses from the game, though only briefly:

     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is one of my favorite Wii games.  As I have mentioned before, I purchased the game and finished it four complete times, unlocking everything I possibly could in the game.  When I found out Metroid Prime: Trilogy was being released, I traded-in Corruption, and eventually purchased Metroid Prime: Trilogy when it was on sale at Best Buy.
     I think the reported game-play hours for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption are great, especially considering it is only a single-player focused game, and I think Corruption’s one million hours increased over just the last year shows Wii owners are still playing it.

     I think it’s a shame though, that Nintendo has allowed Wii games like Metroid Prime 3: Corruption to become hard to find, instead of releasing them as “Nintendo Selects” titles years ago.  Nintendo has been adding more Wii games to their “Nintendo Selects” lineup of games, but none of Samus’ Wii adventures have made the selection yet.  I think Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, or Metroid Prime: Trilogy, would make a great addition to the Nintendo Selects titles, and allow new Wii owners the opportunity to try the game(s).
     If you have not played Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, but are perhaps interested in it, you can read my full review and thoughts for the game HERE.

Questions
     Have any of you played Metroid Prime 3: Corruption in the last year, and if so, what did you think about it?
     Also, do you think Nintendo should add Metroid Prime 3: Corruption or Metroid Prime: Trilogy to the Nintendo Selects lineup before this coming holiday season?

If any of you are interested in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, you can see new and used prices for the game on Amazon.com linked below:
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