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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Flies Onto the Scene! Debut Hours Report

November 29, 2011

Coffee Beans
     The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was just released for the Wii on November 20, 2011. The game was developed by Nintendo’s EAD studio, and it was of course published by Nintendo.
     The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the Wii’s first exclusive Zelda title for the system, as Twilight Princess was also available and basically developed for the GameCube, and Skyward Sword received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Animated Blood, Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported playing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword since it released? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword already has 10,489 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel, with only 8 days possibly reported.
     Skyward Sword’s average play-time per day/session played is currently 3 Hours 44 Minutes!
     Nintendo published/distributed two versions of the game. One version was the software only version with , which has a MSRP of $49.99, the other version was bundled with a special/limited edition Gold Wii Remote Plus with Triforce Symbol with a MSRP of $69.99.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     For Skyward Sword to debut on the Nintendo Channel only 8 days after its release is super fast, like other Nintendo first party titles, as most Wii games take at least a full 2 weeks to appear, if not much longer.
     If you do not have cable television, you may not be familiar with how Nintendo has been advertising the game. The video below is one commercial Nintendo has been running to help let Wii owners know that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is now available:

     I think it will be very interesting to see how The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’s hours continue to increase, and where the average hours “Per person” end up in a few months.
     Seeing Skyward Sword’s average play-time hours per day/session reported played at nearly 4 hours makes me think the average hours “Per person” will increase pretty significantly each week over the next 2 months, as more Wii owners get the game and play it through to completion, and then perhaps as sales slow down for the title after the Christmas holiday.

     I have not played The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and I am currently debating on whether to add it to my Christmas list or not, based on the fact that I only played through Twilight Princess once. If I do end up with the game though, I will definitely share my thoughts on it.

Questions
     Have any of you been playing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword? If so, what do you think of the game from what you have played? Was it worth the wait?
     If you have already completed it, do you see yourself playing through the game many times, or is once enough?

If you are interested in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, you can see both versions of the game on Amazon.com linked below, as well as a hat you can wear to make you feel even more like Link when playing the game!
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’s Trade-In Value Is?

November 20, 2011

Coffee Beans
     The biggest Nintendo Wii game of 2011 released today, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  Many of you reading this may have already picked it up, and found yourselves many hours deep into the Zelda universe.
     I was looking at video game sales on Amazon.com earlier today, and decided to check out what the user reviews were saying for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  I’m always intrigued whether the early reviews appear legitimate, or if they appear like fan boys(that perhaps haven’t completed it) just rating up a product they want to see do well.
     What I found more interesting than the reviews for the game though, was how much trade-in value Amazon.com is giving for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
     How much is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’s trade-in value worth according to Amazon.com?  Let’s take a look!

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The Brew
     One whopping dollar!  That’s right Wii owners, Amazon.com has The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’s trade-in value listed as $1.00.
     Now some of you may be thinking, “Coffee, it has to be a mistake.  There is no way they would only be offering $1 on Nintendo’s biggest Wii title of the year.
     Well, I assumed it was a mistake also and sent Amazon an email asking if the $1 listed trade-in value was correct.  What was their response?

     “If you’re unhappy with the current value of ‘The Legend of Zelda’ at $1, and wish to receive a better price, you could keep visiting our Trade-In store to see if the trade-in value increases, or you may want to consider selling the item yourself through Amazon Marketplace.
     So, I checked the Trade-In store after getting the response to see if it had changed.  Did the trade-in value go up?

     Nope.  As of the time for this posting, around 5:20PM EST, on November 20, 2011, the trade-in value for the game is still just $1.00.  Do I think that will change?  Yes, and I imagine it will change very quickly, especially with stores like GameStop offering a much better trade-in value for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

     So, if you are playing through The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and looking at trading it in after you finish it, make sure to check with multiple stores to get the best value you can.

Questions
     Did any of you pick up The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword?  If so, have you enjoyed your time with the game so far?
     Once you finish Skyward Sword, do you think you will trade-in the game, or keep it in your Wii/video game collection forever?

You can see prices for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Amazon.com and GameStop.com linked below:

GameStop.com for $49.99

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B002BSC54I