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Smashing Success, or Flinging Failure – FlingSmash’s Debut Hours

July 31, 2011

Coffee Beans
     FlingSmash was released for the Wii on November 7, 2010.  The game was part of a controller bundle with a MSRP of $49.99, which included the game and a Wii Remote+.
     The game was developed by Artoon and published by Nintendo.  It is listed as an “Action Sidescroller” by Nintendo, and can be played by 1 or 2 players.
     FlingSmash received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     Do the reported game-play hours for FlingSmash show it as a smashing success, or more of a flinging failure with 253 days of data reported on its debut?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners that
report game-play data via the Nintendo Channel, and the hours
shown are not for all Wii owners that have played the game.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     FlingSmash had about 17,070 Wii owners that reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel from the game’s release on November 7, 2010 until July 18, 2011.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     FlingSmash had 50,092 Total Hours of game-play reported for its debut, with the average play-time being 2 Hours 56 Minutes “Per person” that reported data.
     The game’s average play-time is just over 57 minutes per session.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price
     FlingSmash’s Amazon.com sale rank is #1,879 and it is currently selling for $31.99.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 4:00PM on July 31, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     FlingSmash’s “professional” review score average is 57.44%, based on 18 reviews on GameRankings.com.

    The FlingSmash bundle currently has a 3.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 101 customer reviews.
     The game’s customer review score average is 72.07% when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 4:00PM on July 31, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     I haven’t played FlingSmash, and at this point I doubt I will unless we end up buying the FlingSmash bundle at a later point.  Being that I already own a Nyko Wand+, which is basically a Wii Remote+, and our neighbors have let us borrow an additional Wii MotionPlus unit with Wii Sports Resort, I don’t see us purchasing an additional controller soon.
     If you have not seen anything about FlingSmash, the trailer below is designed to give you an idea of how the game plays using the Wii MotionPlus:

 
     As for the reported game-play hours, the fact it took FlingSmash a little more than 8 months to debut on the Nintendo Channel I think shows a few things:
     1)  The game is very short, as the reported “average” seems to verify
     2)  Wii owners that are playing it, perhaps aren’t playing it again once they beat it
     3)  Bundling a game with an accessory doesn’t always guarantee great success

     The few Wii games that have been bundled with accessories before FlingSmash, such as Wii Play and Link’s Crossbow Training, have been very successful and all have more than one million hours of game-play reported.
     While FlingSmash is doing better than some other Wii games that have not even debuted yet, such as Spyborgs and Cursed Mountain, as well as many others that were released before it, the fact that it was bundled with a Wii Remote+ during the holiday season really made me think it was going to debut a lot faster than it did.
     Considering FlingSmash took 8 months to reach the 50,000 “Total Hours” to debut, I doubt the game will cross one million hours of reported game-play during the Wii’s life-cycle, which seems to be near its end.

     My verdict on whether the game has been a “smashing success, or flinging failure” would be more to the “flinging failure” side as for reported game-play hours because this wasn’t just a random third party game that released, but it was a game published directly by Nintendo and bundled with a controller during a holiday season.

Questions
     Did any of you purchase the FlingSmash/Wii Remote+ bundle, because you needed/wanted an extra Wii Remote with the Wii MotionPlus unit built in?
     If you purchased the bundle just for the Wii Remote+, did you perhaps find yourself giving FlingSmash a try and enjoying it, and is it a bundle you would recommend, because of the game, to other Wii owners looking for an extra Wii Remote?

If any of you are interested in FlingSmash, you can see the price for the game only on Amazon.com linked below:
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Pre-Order Now Available – New Red Wii Bundle

October 21, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Nintendo of America finally announced this morning, when they will be releasing the Red Wii Bundle in North America.
     If you are interested in the 25th Anniversary Edition Red Wii bundlethat Nintendo is releasing on November 7, in North America; now you can pre-order it HERE, to make sure you aren’t rushing out with the crowds to find one.

     Amazon.com is taking pre-orders on the Red Wii Bundle, and it will include the original Wii Sports and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, as well as the new red Wii Remote Plus and red Nunchuk, all for $199.99.
Red Wii Hardware Bundle for $199.99 Pre-Order Page

     Interestingly enough, Amazon.com appears to have confirmed also that there will be new packaged White and Black Wii console bundles, including the Wii Remote Plus, along with the usual Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort games:
Wii Hardware Bundle – Black for $199.99
Wii Hardware Bundle – White for $199.99

If you are interested in any of the new Wii bundles, you can see them on Amazon.com linked below for pre-order:
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