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Dart Rage official Nintendo Channel data report! How many hours/years spent throwing darts?

April 4, 2013


Coffee Beans
Do you enjoy playing darts? Well, U.S. Wii owners have apparently enjoyed playing virtual darts these last few years, in at least one game.

Dart Rage released for the WiiWare service on March 1, 2010 in the U.S., at a $6.00 price point (600 Wii Points). The game was developed and published by JV Games, and received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE” with “Alcohol Reference” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

The description for the game on the Nintendo Channel reads, “Dart Rage puts you in the spot light as you compete against friends, the computer, or both. Dart Rage features pixel perfect accuracy and has 4 freat games to choose from including: 301-901, Cricket, Poker, & American darts. Change the game play with plenty of options like VS. Mode; where you compete at the same time in a race to the finish.”

About how many U.S. Wii owners have reported playing Dart Rage since it released, and what’s at least one Nintendo published Wii retail game that Dart Rage has a higher reported average “Per person” than? Also, if you own a Wii U and have some extra Wii Remotes around, would this be a good virtual dart game to grab, based on the average reported “Per person”? Brew yourself a cup (or two) of coffee, and let’s take a look!

Data shown for U.S. Wii owners, not world-wide.

The Brew
First, Dart Rage has approximately 6,306 U.S. Wii owners with gameplay data reported through the Nintendo Channel. The game has had almost 90,000 Total Hours of gameplay reported, that’s over 10 years’ worth of virtual dart playing, with 1,127 days possibly reported.

The game has an average reported play-time of 14 Hours 12 Minutes, as you can see in the image above, which averages out to be 1 Hour 8 Minutes per time/day reported. This means that U.S. Wii owners have played Dart Rage just over 1 hour each time they sit down to play.

Like many other WiiWare titles, Dart Rage wasn’t reviewed by many sites when it released, but the game has a “professional” review score average of 70.00%, based on just 2 reviews on GameRankings.com.

Dart Rage’s U.S. WiiWare release has made JV Games about $37,386 since it released (before taxes and profit sharing), just based on the approximate number of players with data reported and the game’s $6 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
If you’re curious as to what the gameplay in Dart Rage looks like, the trailer below should give you a decent idea:

Like the video, and subscribe to the YouTube Channel here!

I was very surprised to see Dart Rage, again it’s a WiiWare game, with a higher reported average “Per person” than several other WiiWare games I have reported on in the past. Not only does it have a higher average “Per person” than some other WiiWare titles, but it also has a higher average “Per person” than some retail Wii games. One of those being Sin & Punishment: Star Successor.

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor was published by Nintendo and released for the Wii in 2010, just a few months after Dart Rage. The difference is that Sin & Punishment was a Wii retail release, meaning you could find it in stores, and it had a MRSP of $49.99.

So, the reason I am surprised to see Dart Rage with such a high average “Per person”, is that its average is beating out games that released at much higher prices, but apparently offer less replay value than a digital game that costs a fraction of what their “new” prices were when they first released.

Do I think that Dart Rage would be a good virtual dart game to purchase, if you own a Wii or Wii U and are a fan of playing darts in general? I do, at least based on the average reported “Per person” through the Nintendo Channel. If you’re interested in Dart Rage, you should know there is a free demo that you can download and try for the game, from the Wii’s/Wii U’s Shop Channel.

Questions
Do any of you own Dart Rage, and if so, what do you think about the game? Is it a game you would recommend to Wii, or now Wii U, owners who enjoy darts, and might be wondering if a virtual dart game is worth it?

Maybe you haven’t played Dart Rage, but do any of you perhaps play darts in real life (not virtual!) on a regular basis?

You can purchase Dart Rage from the Wii’s/Wii U’s Shop Channel using either a credit card or a Wii Points card (seen below). You can also purchase dart boards from Amazon.com below as well!

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Coffee Shop! Grab Call of Duty: Black Ops II for just $39.99 (360, PC, PS3, Wii U)

February 20, 2013

Coffee Beans
Save money on games? Have more money for coffee! If you have been interested in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, now is a great time to grab it (not sure how long this will last)! The game is currently on sale for just $39.99.

That’s 33% off the game’s current MSRP, which is normally $59.99.

You can grab the PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Xbox 360 versions of Black Ops II from Amazon.com, all linked below:

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Weapons Double XP Weekend!

February 16, 2013

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The title says it all really, and the image above tells the whole message. If you have been wanting to level up some weapons in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, this weekend is the perfect time to make that happen. I think it’s about time I give some weapons a try, and see how I like them (or, don’t!).

I have been playing the game an unhealthy amount at night; late into the nights. Speaking of which, I’m going to finish drinking some coffee now, and hop back online here in a few minutes.

If any of you have a Wii U and Black Ops 2 for the system, feel free to add my Nintendo Network ID, Coffees, to your friend list.

Merry "Mario" Christmas!?

December 25, 2012
Updated image! Inspired by Chalgyr’s background image!

Coffee Beans
We have finished unwrapping gifts and the Beans are currently playing with a few of them right now. While things have been slower on the site the last 2 months, I just wanted to take the time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all are having (and/or have had) a great Christmas, and that you get to spend time with family and friends, and perhaps get a gift or two.

Also, here’s a non-Christmas related video (more Halloween) that some of you might enjoy of the Beans; it is Mario related:

Hopefully, you can drink some coffee and maybe even find time for some games today!

Bean 1 and Bean 2. Mario and a Koopa? Kritter? Take your pick. Just have a Merry Christmas!
Original image that was above.

Caffeinated Thoughts on Microsoft’s 2012 E3 Press Conference

June 12, 2012
If you ate all those coffee beans, how caffeinated would you be?

Coffee Beans
     E3 2012 has wrapped up, and I have now watched Microsoft’s, Nintendo’s, and Sony’s E3 press conferences over the last week. While watching each conference, some parts of them multiple times, I usually had me a cup of coffee next to me with more coffee in the pot. I tried to make sure I was alert when watching them, and paying attention to what was being said and shown.
     With a week having now passed since the conferences, what are my caffeinated thoughts on Microsoft’s 2012 E3 press conference and what coffee roast grade do I give it? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     I don’t own an Xbox 360, and it’s the only “current” generation home console that I don’t own. I did own an original Xbox though and have friends with Xbox 360 consoles, so I’m somewhat familiar with the exclusive games the console offers. So, with me not owning an Xbox 360, Microsoft probably had the most to gain from a strong conference and in attempting to sway people like myself that perhaps don’t own one of the console yet.
     Seeing Halo 4 start off Microsoft’s conference this year I thought was pretty cool. The production values of the CG, and apparently live action, in the trailer shown seemed extremely high, and those production values remained not just in the Halo 4 showing, but for the remainder of Microsoft’s conference. While I do not own any of the Halo games on the original system, I did play through both of them, and even completed Halo 3 on the 360 with a friend. Knowing how the Halo series has been important to Microsoft, I thought it was great to see the game get the initial spotlight.

     Overall, I remember seeing 16 games specifically shown and/or talked about in some fashion during Microsoft’s conference, and almost all of them had a trailer of some effect, even if it was only a 3D model with a voiceover such as LocoCycle’s announcement.
     I found the Smart Glass portion of the conference too long and it appeared scripted to me, and not an actual live demo of the application. One of the videos during the demonstration started playing about 1-2 seconds BEFORE the command was given for it to play, which is why I think the Smart Glass portion was simply a script being read from the teleprompter, while keeping up with what was happening on the screens.
     While the Smart Glass portion was a little long, it definitely was not the worst portion of Microsoft’s conference though. The bitter will be revealed a little later.

     How did Microsoft end their conference? Probably with the biggest game of 2012, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. They allowed more than 10 minutes of their show just for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The single-player campaign portion they showed, definitely looks to continue the over-the-top action of the recent Call of Duty games, and appears to be very well produced.

November 13, 2012 – The day millions of hours start being lost, and “sickness” spreads in the workplace.

     The biggest surprise for me in Microsoft’s conference though, was the Splinter Cell Blacklist trailer. I played through the first two Splinter Cell games on the original Xbox, but I haven’t really followed the series this console generation at all. I wasn’t sure what game the trailer was for at first, and when I realized it was a Splinter Cell game, it was surprising to me.

     While this will be a mutli-console release, I thought the use of Kinect’s microphone to call out to an enemy, was an interesting use for the accessory. I’m used to the slower paced movement in the original Splinter Cell games, but seeing the new game’s combat and movement system in action, I thought was pretty cool, and hopefully the game keeps a good balance of the old game-play mechanics with the new.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     So, overall I would give Microsoft’s conference just under a “Dark Roast” coffee grade, for them sticking with the general rule of “Starting Strong, Ending Strong“, but the middle could have used a little more work.
     Bitter – Usher, not just introducing a game, but then taking stage and dancing for an entire song. E3 = Electronic Entertainment Expo, not Choreographed Concert Caper.
     Sweet – High production values, and most of the games talked about had trailers, and many had “live” stage demos.

Question
     Agree or disagree? Think Usher’s part was the best part of any E3 conference, ever? Any game in particular stand out to you, like Splinter Cell Blacklist did to me?


If you’re interested in the Xbox 360, a new console bundle was released last week as well:

Buy One Game, Get One for 40% Off! – GameStop.com

June 5, 2012



Coffee Beans
     Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have wrapped up their E3 conferences and with some new games being shown, apparently GameStop wanted to remind everybody about the games that are already out (as well as the consoles), and just sent out some new specials being offered on GameStop.com.
     Here are links for some of the deals they are offering:
     1) Buy one game priced $49.99 or more and receive 40% off a game of equal or lesser value. Expires 6/12. Use code: 40GAME
     2) $50 gift card with purchase of any pre-owned PlayStation 3 console at GameStop.com
     3) $25 gift card with purchase of any pre-owned Nintendo Wii console at GameStop.com
     4) $25 gift card with purchase of any pre-owned Xbox 360 console at GameStop.com

     The promotions listed above run through June 11, so you have almost another full week to enjoy the savings being offered. Personally, Xenoblade Chronicles and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier look tempting with the deal. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is $59.99 and Xenoblade Chronicles is $49.99, so I could get both games for just over $90, instead of the usual $110 I would be paying at their current MSRP prices.

Question
     Are there any recently released games such as Diablo III, Max Payne 3, or even Ghost Recon: Future Soldier or Xenoblade Chronicles you think would be great to grab with this deal?

Zombies Run Nintendo – Zombie Iwata & Zombie Reggie?

June 5, 2012

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     Nintendo just wrapped up their E3 conference, and during the conference Reggie Fils-Aime’s true form was revealed with the power of the Wii U’s GamePad scanning capabilities. Take a look:
He was mumbling something about “French food”, perhaps he meant “French roast”!?
     His body WAS ready, but apparently not anymore.
     As for the President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, he waited until after Nintendo’s E3 conference to reveal his true zombie form. Take a look:
     Either these two guys need to drink some coffee and perk up, or the Wii U GamePad really does show them for what they are: zombies.
     Many have wondered why video game developers seem obsessed with making zombie games, especially over the last few years. I think now we know why game developers love developing zombie games.
     There is the phrase, “You are what you eat.”, I say we can now apply this to game developers as well, “You are what you develop.”, with Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime being the proof.
Caffeinated Thoughts
     I’ll be piecing together some more “complete” thoughts on E3 probably Thursday after it wraps up, and probably doing another post just for fun later tonight.
     In brief though, after just watching the Nintendo conference, I thought it was pretty “underwhelming, not exciting, very bland, almost boring” in short. Outside of ZombiU which is a third party game, I can’t think of many exclusives shown that we didn’t know about before this week started (technically I guess we did know about ZombiU with Killer Freaks from Outer Space, but that game is no more). More on all this later.

Amazon.com Raises Price of Wii U Games

June 5, 2012

Coffee Beans
     For a while now, Amazon.com has had the few Wii U games they have listed as showing with MSRPs/list prices of $49.99; that changed yesterday.
     Amazon.com had the Wii U titles Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Tekken, and Dirt all listed with $49.99 MSRPs. Amazon.com updated their listing prices on those Wii U games yesterday though, and they now appear with a MSRP of $59.99.

     Welcome to the HD gaming generation?

Caffeinated Thought/Question
     While some Wii owners may not be happy about the $10 increase from the Wii’s MSRP for most games, at least it’s not a return to the Nintendo 64’s days (yet), when I paid $70 for some N64 games. While I’m cheap with my money, as long as games use the Wii U’s controller and/or online services in unique ways, I will be okay with the price increase.
     Do you think Amazon.com raising the prices of these listed Wii U games confirms that most of the console’s games will list at $59.99?

Mario Kart Wii – The Best? The Worst? Doesn’t Matter, Its Hours Destroy Like a Blue Turtle Shell!

June 2, 2012

Coffee Beans
     Mario Kart Wii was released on April 27, 2008 in the U.S. with a MSRP of $49.99, and it was bundled with the Wii Wheel accessory. The game was developed by Nintendo’s EAD studio, and of course published by Nintendo.
     Mario Kart Wii received an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with “Comic Mischief” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     Just how many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported battling with blue turtle shells in Mario Kart Wii over the last 4 years, and where does it stand in the Mario Kart rankings? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Mario Kart Wii has approximately 2,596,404 U.S. Wii owners that have game-play hours reported, and the game’s average play-time per day/session is 1 Hour 31 Minutes.
     The game has a “professional” review score average of 82.02% based on 72 reviews on GameRankings.com. How does Mario Kart Wii rank to the other Mario Kart games according to the “professional” review score averages? Take a look at the image below:

Recorded 6-1-2012



     Mario Kart Wii has a customer review score average of 92.36% based on 1,126 customer reviews from Amazon.com. How does it rank compared to the customer review score averages for the other Mario Kart games on Amazon.com? Take a look at the image below:

Recorded 6-1-2012

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I know, some of you may be thinking, “Coffee, what do you mean ‘its hours destroy like a blue turtle shell?'”. Well, how do blue turtle shells destroy? If you have played Mario Kart Wii, you are probably very familiar with how often blue turtle shells make their appearances to frequently destroy you when in 1st during a race.
     With Mario Kart Wii having over 100 million hours of game-play reported by over 2 million U.S. Wii owners, I think it shows the game is still being played quite frequently by U.S. Wii owners, even 4 years after it released.
     Mrs. Coffee and I have Mario Kart Wii in our game collection, as of December 2010. Yet, neither one of us has finished the single-player mode, and I think we have only played online once. For whatever reason, Mario Kart Wii just hasn’t gotten much play-time in the Coffee House! As for my experience with the blue turtle shells, early this morning I was racing and was hit by three blue turtle shells in one race, which seems to be the average I have experienced in the 50cc races.
     If you have not seen any footage of Mario Kart Wii, here’s the intro video from the game’s main menu:

     I think it is interesting that the “professional” review score average for Mario Kart Wii has it ranked as the lowest of all the Mario Kart games, while the customer review score average for it places it in 2nd behind Mario Kart DS, but ahead of every other home console version.
     The Mario Kart games have an interesting release history, with the N64 to GameCube release being basically 7 years, while the handheld game releases have been spaced apart about 5 years. If we use a 5 year release average, the next home console Mario Kart game should be releasing on the Wii U (assuming one Mario Kart game per console), and would make 2013 the year for release. Will Mario Kart Wii U appear at E3 this year? If not, possibly at E3 2013 and release for the holidays next year? I guess we will find out about this year’s E3 appearance (or not) in just a few more days!

Questions
     Do any of you own and perhaps still play Mario Kart Wii on a regular basis?
     If you have played several of the Mario Kart games, including Mario Kart Wii at length, where would you rank it compared to the others?
     Also, if you play online, and are looking for other Wii owners to play with online, feel free to add your friend code in the comment section below. I’ll be adding our Mario Kart Wii friend code below as well, and feel free to add our code to your list.

If any of you are interested in Mario Kart Wii, you can find it on Amazon.com and GameStop.com linked below:
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May Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played!

June 2, 2012

Coffee Beans
     So, May marked a “return” of sorts to a more normal posting schedule here on CoffeeWithGames, since the beginning of the year! What games did I play, and coffees did I consume in May? Let’s take a look!

Coffees Consumed
     May was pretty simple as for the coffees. All the blends we had were Maxwell House, which Mrs. Coffee buys quite often. First up was the Maxwell House Master Blend. It is a nice mild coffee blend, which they say is “perfect for every morning.”, but I can testify it’s pretty good throughout the entire day as well.
     Second, we had a big container of the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast and its flavor description says it is “Deliciously Smooth”. I prefer my coffee black, and RARELY (about as rare as the Bigfoot sightings, maybe more-so) put cream and/or sugar in my coffee, but I think I have reached a point now where if a coffee is “mild”, I don’t notice much of a flavor difference. It’s definitely not a bad thing, and perhaps it’s a reflection that I’m drinking coffee to help me to stay awake, more than just to enjoy…though I do both.
    The last blend in the Coffee House for May was Maxwell House Dark Roast. Its description reads, “Rich & Full Bodied”, and I do think this one has the “Dark Roast” part down very well. It’s definitely noticeable as a dark roast coffee, but not so much that it tastes burnt. Being that I enjoy “strong” coffee flavors, I enjoy this blend a good deal, and have a cup of it right now, with another cup in the pot.

Can you name them all?

Games Played
     Jett Rocket – I downloaded this WiiWare demo last year, and have played through it twice now, enjoying it both times. As I was preparing the above image, our oldest Bean saw Jett Rocket and asked, “Who’s that!?”, which then ended up with me finding a few YouTube videos for him to watch while I was piecing it together. I haven’t downloaded a WiiWare game in a long-time, but I’m hoping that Nintendo will confirm next week that all WiiWare/Virtual Console purchases already made will transfer to the Wii U, without any major issue(s). If they can finally announce that, I might just perhaps download Jett Rocket and give the full game a try. If you missed the WiiWare Wednesday post on Jett Rocket’s reported game-play hours, you can read the full report HERE.
     Sanctum – Sanctum is the very first demo I downloaded after I started my Steam account. I had attempted it last year I believe, and it ran pretty rough due to my GPU at the time. In January, I upgraded my PSU and GPU, and then at the beginning of May I finally gave the Sanctum demo another try, and completed the full demo. Sanctum is a “tower defense” type game with a FPS view, and it does have weapons to shoot at the enemies (not sure how this is compared to other tower defense games). It was the first tower defense game I can recall playing, and the more time I spent in the demo, it started to remind me of chess games. It really does seem to require a good strategy to setup the defenses around the level, and try to be planning ahead for the next waves of enemies that will be coming, even though you aren’t sure what those may be.
     Rayman Origins – I started playing Rayman Origins, again, from the beginning on May 18, and finished the campaign yesterday afternoon. According to the Nintendo Channel data, I put just over 27 hours into the game, in 2 weeks! Now, I do know some of that time was the game being left on, as I was going to check on the little Beans at night, and I also recorded some footage one night for the data report on the game, but I would suspect most people should get a good 20 hours out of it easily. Which makes me wonder how/why the reported game-play hours for it are barely over 10 Hours “Per person”, as I showed in my Platforming Awesomeness! Rayman Origins Hours Report” post.
     Red Steel 2 – What happens when you reserve a game with $5 down on it about a month before the game releases, but fail to purchase the game? Then skip 2+ years into the future? Well, you can’t remember if the $5 credit is still on the game, if you already used it on another game, or if the wonderful corporation that is Game Stop made it magically disappear. I reported on Red Steel 2’s reported game-play hours over the last 2 years in May, and the same day I left the house and decided to stop by Game Stop to see if my $5 credit was still on the game. While the credit wasn’t anywhere to be found, I did end up purchasing Red Steel 2, and so far I have played it just under 30 minutes. I’m enjoying the art style, but still getting used to the controls and I’ll try to share more thoughts on the game when I either finish it, or perhaps as I progress through it more.
     Rage of the Gladiator – I decided to battle the first boss in Rage of the Gladiator using the game’s Wii MotionPlus control settings before I started playing Red Steel 2. While I did defeat the first boss, I failed to defeat him perfectly! One hit too many. If you haven’t played Rage of the Gladiator, you can find the WiiWare demo for it on the Nintendo Shop Channel.
     PAYDAY: The Heist – What happens when you go to Game Stop, and spend cash on a game? Well, you come home and find an incredible sale on a PC game, that you can’t believe! Amazon.com had PAYDAY: The Heist on sale in May for only $5! I own the PS3 version, but was curious as to how/if my PC could run the game. For $5 bucks, I figured it was worth a try, and sure enough, the game runs pretty well, and I already completed the first “heist” in the game. When I was purchasing it from Amazon.com, I didn’t realize the game was actually going to run through Steam, but that’s what it does. Fortunately, I already had the Steam account, so that wasn’t an issue for me.

Question
     What games did you play in May, and did any coffee blends help you survive the month?
     Also, if you have any questions about the games I played in May, or the coffees I consumed, feel free to ask in the comments below or by contacting me directly.