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>May the 4th Be With You! Hours From A Galaxy Far, Far Away…

May 5, 2011

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 Coffee Beans:
     May the 4th be with you!  If you don’t/didn’t know, today(or yesterday technically) was May 4th, and it has basically become the “official” Star Wars day.
     Last year I showed the reported game-play data for some Wii Star Wars games, and there were 23,484,173 Total Hours reported from the Star Wars video game galaxy, on May 4, 2010.  You can read last year’s report, HERE!

     How many hours have been spent in the galaxy far, far away…in the last 365 days reported?  Let’s take a look!

Data reported is for United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga now has 597,649 Wii owners that have reported play-time data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
     Star Wars: The Force Unleashed now has 417,291 Wii owners that have reported their data.
     Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels now has 209,542 Wii owners having reported data.
     Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes has 61,216 players having reported data since it released in October 2009.
     Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II has 23,419 players that have reported data since it released in October 2010.
     LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars now has 5,074 players having reported data through the Nintendo Channel.

Total Number of Players Having Reported Data, and Increased in the Last Year:
     All the Wii Star Wars games combined have 1,314,191 players that have reported data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, so far.
     Just in the last 365 days reported though, with two new games being added and more players reporting data on the other titles, there are about 486,317 more players reflected in this year’s data, than last year’s.

Total Hours Reported, and Increased Since Last Year:
     All the Wii Star Wars games with reported game-play hours have an incredible 41,939,242 Total Hours reported through the Nintendo Channel.
     With two additional Star Wars games released on the Wii in the last year, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, as well as the continued play-times increasing for the other games, the number of hours spent in the Star Wars galaxy just in the last 365 days reported is 18,455,069 Total Hours.
     The increase in Total Hours in just the last year, would be enough to make about 121,708 round trips to the moon.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I left out the review score averages and the Amazon.com sales ranks…but I’ll probably add them tomorrow(after my finals!).
     While I have only played Star Wars: The Force Unleashed from the games reported on above, I would recommend it to Wii owners looking for a fun Star Wars game, with some decent motion controls and nice Force powers.
     As for the others, I may add a few of them to my collection at some point, as I’m really interested in grabbing LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga now that it’s under $20, and the same goes for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.
     If you aren’t familiar with any of these titles, the video below is a Star Wars trailer compilation, showing off several of the games above…as well as two Star Wars games from a console in the 90s!

Questions:
     Did any of you tell somebody, “May the fourth be with you!”?  If you have played any of the Star Wars games reported on, are there any you would/wouldn’t recommend?
     Also, did the last two trailers shown cause anybody to have a flashback to the 90s?!


If anybody is interested in the Star Wars games reported on above, you can see prices for them on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000R3BNDI&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B00113T0VA&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001BWRBB2&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002ABVLZA&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0030F1DQC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0037UCT0O&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

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>The Force Is Strong – LEGO Star Wars III Report

April 26, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars was released on March 22, 2011 on the Wii, with a MSRP of $49.99.

     The game was developed by Traveller’s Tales, and published by LucasArts.  LEGO Star Wars III received an “Everyone 10+” rating from the ESRB, with “Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor” listed as content for parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported trying to keep the galaxy free of tyranny, with 35 days of battle reported?  Let’s take a look!

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

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars has 4,090 Wii owners that have reported play-time data, through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel since the game released.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     LEGO Star Wars III has 76,566 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average of 18 Hours 44 Minutes “Per person”.
     LEGO Star Wars III has an average play-time per session of just over 2 Hours 54 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars’ Amazon.com sale rank is #74, and it’s currently selling for $49.99.
     (Sale rank and advertised price recorded around 8:50PM, on April 25, 2011)

Review Score Averages:
     LEGO Star Wars III’s “professional” review score average is 77.88%, based on 8 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 22 customer reviews.
     LEGO Star Wars III’s customer review score average is 80%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% scale.  You can see the customer review scores range in the image below:

     (Review score averages recorded around 8:50PM, on April 25, 2011)

Filtered Thoughts:
     While I haven’t played LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you may know I’m a huge Star Wars fan; but you also probably know I’m extremely cheap!

Can you spot our son?  This was his first trip out of the house!

     While Mrs. Coffee and I greatly enjoyed the first two LEGO Star Wars games, we never purchased them when they released as the Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga edition a few years back; though that may change.  We will probably purchase The Complete Saga first, then pick up LEGO Star Wars III sometime after that.

     I think seeing the average hours “Per person”(or Wii console) being so close to 3 hours per session, shows that gamers are playing LEGO Star Wars III, and they are playing for long sessions, not just quick, short, sessions.
     It only took 35 days until I spotted the data was reported for the game, which is pretty good for LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars; and with its solid averages, it will probably continue to have good word-of-mouth and that will help further sales of the game.

Questions:
     Have any of you played LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars on the Wii(or other systems), and if so, how do you think it compares to the original LEGO Star Wars games?
     Do you think the Force is stronger, or weaker with LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars?

     If anybody is interested in the game, you can see prices for the main console versions on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0037UCT0O&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0037UCTCW&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0037UCT7C&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

May the Fourth be with You!

May 5, 2010
As I stated in “Our Son’s Nintendo Themed Birthday” post, I’m a huge Star Wars fan.
Back in the 90s, I received my Nintendo 64 as a Christmas present.  My mom didn’t buy me any games for it, because she didn’t want to purchase a game that I may not like.
I rented a few games, before deciding to purchase Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire as my first Nintendo 64 game.
A few years later, I was line at my local Wal-Mart with some friends, so I could purchase the GameCube the day it released.
The first game I purchased with my GameCube that night, was Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader.
Then in 2004, I purchased a Xbox, and the first game I purchased with it was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
I have owned and played several other Star Wars titles throughout the years, such as Star Wars Demolition, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Star Wars Republic Commando, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Saga, and Star Wars Galaxies.
Today May 4, 2010.  Each year, May 4 is the “unofficial” Star Wars day, due to somebody being clever one year and coining the term, “May the fourth be with you.”(I wonder if that person was a coffee drinker?!)
Do Wii owners like playing Star Wars games?  Have Wii Star Wars games been received well by “reviewers”?
Let’s take a look at some data!
(click image to enlarge)
Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga has 398,219 players reporting data on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed has 281,591 players reporting their play-time data.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels has 129,495 players reporting data.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes has 18,569 players reporting play-time data.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Combined:
According to the Wii’s Nintendo Channel data, when I combined the “Total Hours” reported for Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels, and Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes, the grand total is:
23,484,173 Total Hours!
If you wanted to fly in space with those hours, you could make about 154,800 round trips to the moon.(if my math was right)

<u>Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #81 and the current selling price is $19.82.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #755 and the current selling price is $19.99.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels‘ Amazon.com sale rank is #476 and the current selling price is $19.54.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes‘ Amazon.com sale rank is #786 and the current selling price is $19.96.
GameRankings.com Review Score Average:
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga’s review score average is 80.39%, based on 18 reviews.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’s review score average is 73.35%, based on 17 reviews.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels’ review score average is 54.89%, based on 17 reviews.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes’ review score average is 48.11%, based on 9 reviews.
Thoughts/Questions:
Do you enjoy the Star Wars universe?  Whether it’s the movies, books, television shows, or video games?
Do you have a favorite Star Wars movie and video game?
I like Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, as my favorites(today, it may change tomorrow).  
As for video games, I’ve enjoyed all the Star Wars video games that I have played, at least from what I remember of them.
Though, there are two Star Wars games I’ve enjoyed more than I thought I would.
I really enjoy the FPS genre, and I was really surprised by Star Wars Republic Commando.
I enjoyed the squad-based game-play, and I really enjoyed its online multi-player.
Out of the four Wii Star Wars games shown, I own Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.  I really did enjoy the game, and played through it four complete times.  I also tried the multi-player one weekend, when a friend came in town.
I do hope that Nintendo owners get Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II in some fashion.
Thanks for reading!  May the 4th be with you!
If you are interested in the Wii games which had data showing you can see new and used prices for them on Amazon.com below:
    

May the Fourth be with You!

May 5, 2010
As I stated in “Our Son’s Nintendo Themed Birthday” post, I’m a huge Star Wars fan.
Back in the 90s, I received my Nintendo 64 as a Christmas present.  My mom didn’t buy me any games for it, because she didn’t want to purchase a game that I may not like.
I rented a few games, before deciding to purchase Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire as my first Nintendo 64 game.
A few years later, I was line at my local Wal-Mart with some friends, so I could purchase the GameCube the day it released.
The first game I purchased with my GameCube that night, was Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader.
Then in 2004, I purchased a Xbox, and the first game I purchased with it was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
I have owned and played several other Star Wars titles throughout the years, such as Star Wars Demolition, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Star Wars Republic Commando, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Saga, and Star Wars Galaxies.
Today May 4, 2010.  Each year, May 4 is the “unofficial” Star Wars day, due to somebody being clever one year and coining the term, “May the fourth be with you.”(I wonder if that person was a coffee drinker?!)
Do Wii owners like playing Star Wars games?  Have Wii Star Wars games been received well by “reviewers”?
Let’s take a look at some data!
(click image to enlarge)
Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga has 398,219 players reporting data on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed has 281,591 players reporting their play-time data.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels has 129,495 players reporting data.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes has 18,569 players reporting play-time data.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Combined:
According to the Wii’s Nintendo Channel data, when I combined the “Total Hours” reported for Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels, and Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes, the grand total is:
23,484,173 Total Hours!
If you wanted to fly in space with those hours, you could make about 154,800 round trips to the moon.(if my math was right)

<u>Amazon.com Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #81 and the current selling price is $19.82.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed‘s Amazon.com sale rank is #755 and the current selling price is $19.99.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels‘ Amazon.com sale rank is #476 and the current selling price is $19.54.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes‘ Amazon.com sale rank is #786 and the current selling price is $19.96.
GameRankings.com Review Score Average:
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga’s review score average is 80.39%, based on 18 reviews.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’s review score average is 73.35%, based on 17 reviews.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels’ review score average is 54.89%, based on 17 reviews.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes’ review score average is 48.11%, based on 9 reviews.
Thoughts/Questions:
Do you enjoy the Star Wars universe?  Whether it’s the movies, books, television shows, or video games?
Do you have a favorite Star Wars movie and video game?
I like Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, as my favorites(today, it may change tomorrow).  
As for video games, I’ve enjoyed all the Star Wars video games that I have played, at least from what I remember of them.
Though, there are two Star Wars games I’ve enjoyed more than I thought I would.
I really enjoy the FPS genre, and I was really surprised by Star Wars Republic Commando.
I enjoyed the squad-based game-play, and I really enjoyed its online multi-player.
Out of the four Wii Star Wars games shown, I own Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.  I really did enjoy the game, and played through it four complete times.  I also tried the multi-player one weekend, when a friend came in town.
I do hope that Nintendo owners get Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II in some fashion.
Thanks for reading!  May the 4th be with you!
If you are interested in the Wii games which had data showing you can see new and used prices for them on Amazon.com below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000R3BNDI&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B00113T0VA&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001BWRBB2&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002ABVLZA&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr