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Do You Feel the Burn! Wii Fit’s & Wii Fit Plus’ Hours Played

January 7, 2011

Coffee Beans:
     Did you know between 40-45%(according to this source) of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year?  I made one this year!
     Of the Americans that do make a New Year’s resolution 46% or 62%(according this source) make a resolution to either lose weight or exercise more, respectively.
    Considering that information, I thought it would be a good time to look at two Wii games that were designed to help get players more “fit” and even lose weight if that’s a goal:  Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus.

     Wii Fit was released on May 21, 2008 and was available for purchase only with Nintendo’s Wii Balance Board.  The game and Balance Board released with a MSRP of $89.99.
     Wii Fit received an “E” rating from the ESRB, with “Comic Mischief” being the only content listed for parents to be aware of.

     Wii Fit Plus was released on October 4, 2009, as a “sequel” of sorts to the original Wii Fit.  Wii Fit Plus was released as standalone software with a MSRP of $19.99, and Wii Fit Plus was bundled with the Balance Board with a MSRP of $99.99.
     Wii Fit Plus received an “E” rating from the ESRB, with “Mild Cartoon Violence” being the only content listed for parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported “getting fit” with Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus since they released?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for the United States of America, not world-wide.
Wii Fit has 958 days of game-play hours reported.
Wii Fit Plus has 457 days of game-play hours reported.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Wii Fit now has 1,198,546 Wii owners reporting their game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel.
     Wii Fit Plus now has 425,949 Wii owners reporting their play-time data through the Nintendo Channel.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Wii Fit has 27,642,143 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 23 Hours 3 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     Wii Fit’s average reported play-time per session is just over 1 Hour 6 Minutes.

     Wii Fit Plus has 9,574,694 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 22 Hours 28 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     Wii Fit Plus’ average reported play-time per session is just over 1 Hour 13 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Wii Fit’s Amazon.com sale rank is #886, and its advertised selling price is $113.47.

     Wii Fit Plus’ software only Amazon.com sale rank is #99, and its advertised selling price is $18.47.
     The Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board bundle’s Amazon.com sale rank is #3, and its advertised selling price is $79.96.

    Wii Fit is no longer being published by Nintendo, so it’s sale rank will naturally be lower than Wii Fit Plus’.
     Sale ranks and advertised prices recorded around 10:35PM on 1-7-11. 

Review Score Averages:
     Wii Fit’s review score average is 81.20%, based on 56 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.

     Wii Fit Plus’ review score average is 80.83%, based on 18 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.

     Wii Fit has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 1,594 customer reviews.
     Wii Fit Plus has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 1,086 customer reviews between both versions offered for the game.
     Take a look at the crazy number of customer reviews for both games in image below!

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     Review scores recorded around 10:35PM on 1-7-11.

Filtered Thoughts:
     We own Wii Fit, but we haven’t played it in a long time.
     While we haven’t played ours in a while, I think it’s pretty impressive that the 1,624,495 Wii owners reporting data between both games, have a combined 37,216,837 “Total Hours” reported. 
     The combined reported game-play hours for Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus are equivalent to 4,245(rounded down) years spent getting fit!
     I would say the reported average hours “Per person” aren’t extremely high, but I think they are encouraging for fitness games.
Questions:
     Did any of you make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more, or lose weight, and plan to use a video game to help you do it?
     If any of you own Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus, do you find yourself or other family members still playing it often?

If you are interested in Wii Fit Plus, I’m providing a link to Wii Fit Plus’ software and Balance Board on Amazon.com below.
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002BSA3EM&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=B002BS47JE&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  

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Nintendo Channel Data, Sales, Reviews: Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, New Super Mario Bros. Wii

December 16, 2009
(click photo to enlarge)
The Nintendo Channel Data Breakdown:
Wii Sports Resort was released in July of this year, and has 163,070 players reporting data so far.
Wii Fit Plus was released in October, and has 27,310 players reporting data.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii was just released last month, on November 15, and already has 51,180 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel.
Sales:
Wii Sports Resort‘s Amazon.com sale rank was #11 and it’s MSRP is $49.99.
Wii Fit Plus’ Amazon.com sale rank was #3(game with board) and #20 for just the software.  The MSRP for the game with Balance Board is $94.99, and the MSRP for just the software is $19.96.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii’s Amazon.com sale rank was #6 and it’s MSRP is $49.99.
Reviews:

The review score averages for the games has stayed the same, only New Super Mario Bros. Wii gained one more review score to it’s total, bringing it to 73 “MetaCritic” reviews and counting.

Thoughts/Questions:
It should be noted, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, at the time of this post(Dec. 16, 12:45am), is sold out on Amazon.com, Target.com, ToysRUs.com, and is backordered on BestBuy.com.
As of around 8:10pm(EST) WalMart.com was sold out of the game as well, but looks to have it back in stock now.
I can’t recall the last time a game was selling out like this, just consoles.  Can anybody else recall a game selling out like New Super Mario Bros. Wii has been doing for the last week on various websites?
Last week I stated, “The sale ranks for the three games on Amazon.com, probably don’t reflect the true sales, because Amazon.com did actually sell out of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and won’t have the game back in stock until Dec. 13!  While Amazon is doing pre-orders, it’s probably definitely affected sales of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, with customers going elsewhere to buy the game online.”
From the data I’ve seen, with the different websites being out of stock this week, it looks like that may very well be true.  While Amazon.com did get New Super Mario Bros. Wii back in stock on December 13, it sold out again that same day!
Something I find interesting:
New Super Mario Bros. Wii gained 10,642 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel this week, making its total 51,180.  New Super Mario Bros. Wii is now ahead The Conduit, in total numbers of players reporting play-time data on the Nintendo Channel.
To any of the readers that have already bought and played through New Super Mario Bros. Wii, if you’ve beaten the game, have you found yourself going back to play it again?  Or is one play-through of the game enough for you?
Prediction:
The same as last week, I’ll keep this until the data for Monday, December 28 is updated and I can see if my “prediction” was right.
*Update: As of 2:30p.m.(12/16/2009) ToysRUs.com and WalMart.com had New Super Mario Bros. Wii back in stock, while sites like Amazon.com, Target.com, BestBuy.com, and even GameStop.com, were either out of stock or backordered on New Super Mario Bros. Wii!

Nintendo Channel Data, Sales, Reviews: Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, New Super Mario Bros. Wii

December 16, 2009
(click photo to enlarge)
The Nintendo Channel Data Breakdown:
Wii Sports Resort was released in July of this year, and has 163,070 players reporting data so far.
Wii Fit Plus was released in October, and has 27,310 players reporting data.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii was just released last month, on November 15, and already has 51,180 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel.
Sales:
Wii Sports Resort‘s Amazon.com sale rank was #11 and it’s MSRP is $49.99.
Wii Fit Plus’ Amazon.com sale rank was #3(game with board) and #20 for just the software.  The MSRP for the game with Balance Board is $94.99, and the MSRP for just the software is $19.96.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii’s Amazon.com sale rank was #6 and it’s MSRP is $49.99.
Reviews:

The review score averages for the games has stayed the same, only New Super Mario Bros. Wii gained one more review score to it’s total, bringing it to 73 “MetaCritic” reviews and counting.

Thoughts/Questions:
It should be noted, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, at the time of this post(Dec. 16, 12:45am), is sold out on Amazon.com, Target.com, ToysRUs.com, and is backordered on BestBuy.com.
As of around 8:10pm(EST) WalMart.com was sold out of the game as well, but looks to have it back in stock now.
I can’t recall the last time a game was selling out like this, just consoles.  Can anybody else recall a game selling out like New Super Mario Bros. Wii has been doing for the last week on various websites?
Last week I stated, “The sale ranks for the three games on Amazon.com, probably don’t reflect the true sales, because Amazon.com did actually sell out of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and won’t have the game back in stock until Dec. 13!  While Amazon is doing pre-orders, it’s probably definitely affected sales of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, with customers going elsewhere to buy the game online.”
From the data I’ve seen, with the different websites being out of stock this week, it looks like that may very well be true.  While Amazon.com did get New Super Mario Bros. Wii back in stock on December 13, it sold out again that same day!
Something I find interesting:
New Super Mario Bros. Wii gained 10,642 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel this week, making its total 51,180.  New Super Mario Bros. Wii is now ahead The Conduit, in total numbers of players reporting play-time data on the Nintendo Channel.
To any of the readers that have already bought and played through New Super Mario Bros. Wii, if you’ve beaten the game, have you found yourself going back to play it again?  Or is one play-through of the game enough for you?
Prediction:
The same as last week, I’ll keep this until the data for Monday, December 28 is updated and I can see if my “prediction” was right.
*Update: As of 2:30p.m.(12/16/2009) ToysRUs.com and WalMart.com had New Super Mario Bros. Wii back in stock, while sites like Amazon.com, Target.com, BestBuy.com, and even GameStop.com, were either out of stock or backordered on New Super Mario Bros. Wii!

What do Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick and Nintendo have in common?

September 4, 2009

Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick has been under a lot of scrutiny ever since he made a comment about wanting to raise the price of games, on Activision Blizzard’s Q2 2009 Earnings Call.  It was then announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will sell for £54.99(Pounds), an increase of £5($8.16) more than the first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was brand new.  Some gamers have been outraged over it, promising to boycott and not buy Activision Blizzard products and asking other gamers to do the same.

Outrage and disgust against Activision Blizzard really started showing after Mr. Kotick’s statement, “And Tony, you know if it was left to me, I would raise the prices even further.”  Many people think it’s Mr. Kotick being greedy and trying to take advantage that the game is going to presumably sell millions of copies.

While that may be true, now, the question I’m thinking is, “Where is the outrage, disgust, and videos calling for the boycotting of Nintendo and their products?”

Nintendo is now just as guilty, as Activision Blizzard is, for raising prices.

Rewind a little bit and think about it.  Before the Nintendo Wii, which Nintendo console sold for $250 when it was released?  I believe the Wii was the first Nintendo console to retail new for $250, $50 more than their previous consoles.  I don’t remember a lot of people being outraged and calling for boycotts on the Nintendo Wii because Nintendo raised the MSRP by $50 on the Wii from their previous consoles in the past.

Some may say, “The Wii is a console, it’s different from games.”  Okay, that is true, but Nintendo just recently announced that Wii Fit Plus, the sequel to Wii Fit, will retail bundled with the Wii Balance Board for $99.99.  A price increase of $10 more than the original, and $1.84 more than Activision Blizzard is raising the price of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 overseas.

Nintendo is also going to be selling Wii Fit Plus as a stand-alone retail game for $19.99.  Please explain for me, how the new Wii Fit Plus bundle with the Balance Board is retailing for $99.99, only $10 more than the original, but Nintendo is going to charge $20 for the game by itself…shouldn’t the stand-alone Wii Fit Plus be retailing only for $10 based on the price difference in bundles?  I know Nintendo of America’s, Denise Kaigler, already came out in defense of the price increase and gave her reasons for it, but it’s still a price increase on a sequel to a game, just like Activision Blizzard’s on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

If you’re a Nintendo fan like myself, you may not care a lot that Wii Fit Plus is increasing by $10 for the bundle, and that’s fine.  If you’re a Nintendo fan that’s angry about Bobby Kotick’s comment and the price increase of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, I think you should be just as angry at Nintendo…

So, what do Activision Blizzard’s CEO Mr. Kotick and Nintendo have in common?  Price increases!


Do you think the price increases on games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Wii Fit Plus are justified?

>What do Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick and Nintendo have in common?

September 4, 2009

>Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick has been under a lot of scrutiny ever since he made a comment about wanting to raise the price of games, on Activision Blizzard’s Q2 2009 Earnings Call.  It was then announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will sell for £54.99(Pounds), an increase of £5($8.16) more than the first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was brand new.  Some gamers have been outraged over it, promising to boycott and not buy Activision Blizzard products and asking other gamers to do the same.

Outrage and disgust against Activision Blizzard really started showing after Mr. Kotick’s statement, “And Tony, you know if it was left to me, I would raise the prices even further.”  Many people think it’s Mr. Kotick being greedy and trying to take advantage that the game is going to presumably sell millions of copies.

While that may be true, now, the question I’m thinking is, “Where is the outrage, disgust, and videos calling for the boycotting of Nintendo and their products?”

Nintendo is now just as guilty, as Activision Blizzard is, for raising prices.

Rewind a little bit and think about it.  Before the Nintendo Wii, which Nintendo console sold for $250 when it was released?  I believe the Wii was the first Nintendo console to retail new for $250, $50 more than their previous consoles.  I don’t remember a lot of people being outraged and calling for boycotts on the Nintendo Wii because Nintendo raised the MSRP by $50 on the Wii from their previous consoles in the past.

Some may say, “The Wii is a console, it’s different from games.”  Okay, that is true, but Nintendo just recently announced that Wii Fit Plus, the sequel to Wii Fit, will retail bundled with the Wii Balance Board for $99.99.  A price increase of $10 more than the original, and $1.84 more than Activision Blizzard is raising the price of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 overseas.

Nintendo is also going to be selling Wii Fit Plus as a stand-alone retail game for $19.99.  Please explain for me, how the new Wii Fit Plus bundle with the Balance Board is retailing for $99.99, only $10 more than the original, but Nintendo is going to charge $20 for the game by itself…shouldn’t the stand-alone Wii Fit Plus be retailing only for $10 based on the price difference in bundles?  I know Nintendo of America’s, Denise Kaigler, already came out in defense of the price increase and gave her reasons for it, but it’s still a price increase on a sequel to a game, just like Activision Blizzard’s on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

If you’re a Nintendo fan like myself, you may not care a lot that Wii Fit Plus is increasing by $10 for the bundle, and that’s fine.  If you’re a Nintendo fan that’s angry about Bobby Kotick’s comment and the price increase of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, I think you should be just as angry at Nintendo…

So, what do Activision Blizzard’s CEO Mr. Kotick and Nintendo have in common?  Price increases!


Do you think the price increases on games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Wii Fit Plus are justified?