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Have You Partied? Wii Party Turns One

October 9, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Wii Party was released on October 3, 2010 with a MSRP of $49.99.  On April 25th this year, the game saw an “official” price drop from the MSRP of $49.99, down to a MSRP of $39.99.
     The game was developed Nd Cube and Nintendo EAD, and published by Nintendo.  Wii Party received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents/gamers to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported partying with Wii Party during its first year?  Let’s take a look!

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data
     Wii Party now has 87,073 Wii owners reporting game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Reported Player Increase Since December 2010
     Wii Party has seen an increase of about more 69,411 more Wii owners reporting data since the last report based on data recorded from December 27, 2010.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported
     Wii Party now has 1,796,911 Total Hours of game-play reported, which is an increase of 1,553,120 Total Hours since the last report.
     The average play-time is now 20 Hours 39 Minutes “Per person”(or console) reporting data, an increase of 6 Hours 51 Minutes.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 1 Hours 53 Minutes.

Sale Rank
     Wii Party’s Amazon.com sale rank is currently #323, and is selling for $33.49 fulfilled by Amazon.
     On December 30, 2010, it was ranked #74 and selling for $44.99.
     (Current sale rank and price recorded around 1:30PM on October 9, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     Wii Party’s “professional” review score average is 70.44%, based on 25 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 191 customer reviews.
     Wii Party’s customer review score average is 83.35%, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 1:30PM on October 9, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     If you have not seen anything on Wii Party, below is a video compilation of the television commercial Nintendo released for the game, and an online promotional Nintendo released for the game as well:

     Have I partied with Wii Party?  No, I have not.
     I honestly felt that Wii Party was a holiday cash-in attempt by Nintendo last year, instead of them delivering a game that used the Wii and its peripherals in interesting ways.  The reason I thought it was a cash-in, is because the game does not use the Wii MotionPlus attachment in any way, it does not use the Wii Balance Board in anyway, and of course, no online anything.
     When some third party developers were able to implement Wii MotionPlus and Wii Balance Board controls in some of their games very quickly, but make them only optional, it just made me think that Nintendo had Wii Party’s mini-games sitting around for a few years and threw them together as a holiday release.
   
     What about the reported game-play data?  I think it shows that Wii owners that have purchased Wii Party are really enjoying the game, and the average hours reported “Per person” are more than I was expecting the game would be at this point, as I thought it would hover around the low to mid teens.
     Will I ever play Wii Party?  Well, I don’t plan on purchasing it, so unless I end up at somebody’s house that owns it, and we have a Wii Party party, I don’t think I will ever play the game.

Questions
     Have any of you played Wii Party, and if you purchased it many months ago is it a game you play by yourself?  Or, is it only one of those games that you break out when family and friends are over?
     Also, if you have played any of the Rayman Raving Rabbids Wii games and Wii Party, are they along the same type of “party” games, or aimed at different audiences?

If any of you are interested in Wii Party, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com below:
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=B003O6DZSQ

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To Party or Not To Party – Wii Party’s Hours

December 31, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Wii Party was released on October 3 this year, with a MSRP of $49.99.  It was developed by Nd Cube and Nintendo EAD, and published by Nintendo.  Wii Party was rated “E” for “Everyone” by the ESRB, and the only “Content” listed for parents to be aware of is “Mild Cartoon Violence”.
     We last looked at Wii Party’s game-play hours on November 4, as they had debuted on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel on November 1.

     How many hours have gamers reported partying with Wii Party since the data reported on November 1?  Let’s take a look!

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

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Wii Party now has 17,662 Wii owners reporting their game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Reported Player Increase Since November 1:
     Wii Party has seen an increase of about 12,187 gamers reporting play-time data, since the game-play data recorded on November 1.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Wii Party now has 243,791 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 189,745 Total Hours since the last report.
     The average play-time for Wii Party is now 13 Hours 48 Minutes “Per person”(or console) reporting data, an increase of 3 Hours 55 Minutes on the average reported “Per person”.
     The average play-time per session for Wii Party is now just over 2 Hours 8 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Wii Party’s Amazon.com sale rank is currently #74, and is selling for $44.99.
    
     Sale rank and advertised price recorded on December 30, 2010 around 9:45PM.

Review Score Averages:
     Wii Party’s review score average is now 71.78%, based on 23 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.

     Wii Party still has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, and now the rating is based on 86 customer reviews, an increase of 63 customer reviews since the first report.

     Review score averages recorded on December 30, 2010 around 9:45PM.

Filtered Thoughts:
     To party, or not to party?  That is the question!
     I still haven’t played Wii Party, but if we were to get the game, our son would probably love playing the “hide-and-seek” game…with him hiding the Wii remotes and us never finding them.  He just turned 20 months, and loves controllers and remotes, so as his Mii in the data picture said, he would say yes to “party”.
     I think the reported game-play hours for Wii Party are good, but not great, especially for a Nintendo published Wii title.  Wii Party is performing better compared to some other Nintendo published games, like Sin and Punishment: Star Successor, but with the word “Wii” in the title, I really expected the game to be performing better than it is.
     While we are just coming out of the holidays season, and perhaps Wii Party was under a lot of Christmas trees, seeing the game’s sales rank out of Amazon.com’s “Top 50” games overall, and not in the Wii’s “Top 10” games ranked, is pretty surprising.
     I don’t know if Nintendo is still running commercials for Wii Party, but if you haven’t seen how Nintendo was advertising Wii Party, here’s one commercial for the game:

Questions:
     Did any of you receive Wii Party for Christmas, or another holiday this year?  If so, and you have had a chance to play it, what do you think about it?
     Is Wii Party a game you would recommend to other Wii owners, or would you suggest they look for another Wii “party” type game that 

If you are interested in Wii Party, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6DZSQ&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

The Party Has Started – Wii Party Data Debut

November 5, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Wii Party was released on October 3, 2010, in North America; with a MSRP of $49.99.  Wii Party was developed by Nd Cube and Nintendo EAD, and published by Nintendo.

     The debut game-play hours below are for the United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.  So, from October 3 through November 1, how many hours did Wii owners party with Wii Party?  Let’s take a look…

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Wii Party had 5,475 Wii owners reporting their play-time data, for its debut on the Nintendo Channel 30 days after it released.

Average Hours & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Wii Party has 54,046 Total Hours reported for its debut, with an average of 9 Hours 53 Minutes per person reporting data.

     The debut average play-time “party” session for Wii Party is just over 2 Hours 18 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Wii Party’s Amazon.com sale rank is currently #9, and is selling for $46.99. (recorded around 10:45PM on 11-4-10)

Review Score Averages:
     Wii Party’s review score average on GameRankings.com is 73.33%, based on 21 “professional” reviews.

     Amazon.com shows Wii Party having a 4 out of 5 Star rating, based on 20 customer reviews.
     You can see the customer review score breakdown in the picture below:

Thoughts:
     For data comparison, Wii Party took 14 days longer than Kirby’s Epic Yarn did, to have data debut on the Nintendo Channel.
     I have not played Wii Party, and I don’t plan to play Wii Party.  Mrs. CoffeewithGames got us started with the Rayman Raving Rabbids party mini-game games, and we own the first three in that series.  I personally don’t see what Wii Party offers, to justify spending $50 on it at this point.
     I have stated before in a discussion of Wii Party on another site, that I feel like Wii Party is a game Nintendo has had sitting around since 2007 or 2008,  just waiting to release it with the “Wii” name hoping it would sell tons.
     The reason I think Wii Party is an older game that has been sitting around, is because Wii Party doesn’t have online functionality of any sort, doesn’t use the Wii Balance Board, and most importantly, it doesn’t use Wii MotionPlus in any way.  It just seems really odd to me, for Nintendo to release Wii Party this far into the Wii’s life cycle, and it not use any peripheral that’s been out.
     The fact that Kirby’s Epic Yarn debuted faster than Wii Party, makes me wonder if perhaps Wii owners aren’t really into Wii Party…or perhaps it will end up being a huge Christmas gifted game, and the hours will improve slowly but surely.

Questions:
     Have any of you played Wii Party?  If so, what do you think of it?  Is it worth the $50 if you already own other Wii party games?


     If anybody is interested in Wii Party, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6DZSQ&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr