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The Wii’s Most Played Game – Total Hours

December 23, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Is the Wii’s most played game a release title game?  Or, is the Wii’s most played game one released later, and perhaps one with online multi-player? Take a guess before looking at the answer, and see if you’re right!

     When the Wii was released 4 years ago, games like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Excite Truck, Red Steel, Rayman Raving Rabbids and several more were available for purchase.  In North America, Wii Sports was bundled with every Wii console, and not available for purchase separate from the console.
     Every Wii release title mentioned above has seen some form of a sequel, except one:

     The one title mentioned above that has not seen a true sequel, is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.  While The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has been announced and is in development, it won’t be released until sometime in 2011(it’s just been reported that Skyward Sword is more than 50% finished, thanks to reader Nicodemus_at_Nite for the heads-up on that).

     The one feature all Wii release titles lacked was any direct form of online connectivity or play.  Rayman Raving Rabbids had online leaderboards, but required writing down codes, and entering them through a separate website.
     Two other big Nintendo Wii games released within the first year of the console’s life that didn’t feature online multi-player, were Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Super Mario Galaxy; released on August 27, 2007 and on November 12, 2007, respectively.
     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption did have an online function, but it wasn’t online multi-player of any sort.  The online function was used to exchange tokens in the game, with other Metroid Prime 3 players so you could unlock everything in the game.
     The first Wii game to feature online play was Pokemon Battle Revolution, which was released on June 25, 2007.  While Pokemon Battle Revolution was the first Wii game with online play, other games like Battalion Wars II and Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 were released soon after, and included online play.
     Nintendo released big titles like Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Animal Crossing: City Folk in 2008, all featuring online play in some form.

     What is the Wii’s most played game according to “Total Hours” reported through the Nintendo Channel, for the 1,493 days from November 19, 2006 to December 20, 2010?  Let’s take a look!

Data reported is for the United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Wii Sports has approximately 4,206,547 Wii owners reporting their game-play hours, through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Reported Player Increase Since Last Week:
     Wii Sports has seen an increase of about 25,462 gamers reporting play-time data, since just last week.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Wii Sports has 170,395,036 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 1,303,103 Total Hours of game-play since last week.
     The average play-time for Wii Sports is 40 Hours 31 Minutes “Per person”(or console) reporting data, and the average play-time per session for Wii Sports is just over 1 Hour 16 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Wii Sports’ Amazon.com sale rank is #459, and is selling for $22.23 from a third party vendor.
     (Sale rank and advertised price recorded around 3:45PM on 12-23-2010)

Review Score Averages:
     Wii Sports’ review score average is 76.22%, based on 60 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.
     (Review score averages recorded around 3:45PM on 12-23-10)
     Wii Sports’ Amazon.com review score average is 4.5 out of 5 Stars, basically a 90%, based on 97 customer reviews.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I am really surprised that Wii Sports is still the Wii’s most played game, according to “Total Hours” reported.  I really thought games like Mario Kart Wii or Super Smash Bros. Brawl with their online multi-player, or even The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess being a “core” Nintendo game available since the Wii’s release, would have higher reported play-times.
     I guess considering Wii Sports is included with every Wii console sold though, and a lot of families play it together during the holidays, it makes sense.
     Wii Sports’ reported “Total Hours” of game-play are equivalent to 19,438 years(rounded down) of straight game-play!
     The number of game-play hours Wii Sports increased since just last week is more than most Wii games will ever have reported; and the same can be said for the number of players increased reporting their play-time data for Wii Sports since last week also.
     I was surprised at Wii Sports’ Amazon.com sale rank being as high as it was, considering the only way to sell the game is if it used and a trade-in, and also considering that every Wii owner should have Wii Sports since the game comes with every Wii console sold.
     Wii Sports’ sale rank was higher than other games released just this year, such as Endless Ocean: Blue World, Monster Hunter Tri, Red Steel 2, and Sin and Punishment: Star Successor.
     I haven’t played Wii Sports in a longtime, and the last time I tried to play it, I couldn’t find my game disc!  Perhaps, I need to invest in another copy, but I have a sneaking suspicion that my copy of Wii Sports is at my parents’ house, from when we visited last Christmas.
     The one thing I always wanted to accomplish in Wii Sports was a perfect 300 in bowling, but I never did. I came close several times, but it seems frame seven was always my downfall.

Questions:
     Are any of you surprised, or not, that Wii Sports is the “most played” Wii game according to its “Total Hours” reported?
     Also, have any of you scored a perfect 300 in Wii Sports bowling?


If any of you are like me, and have misplaced your Wii Sports disc, you can see prices for Wii Sports on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0017Q4DGI&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  

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Nintendo Wii Games: Data, Sales, Review Scores

January 19, 2010
Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii  Nintendo Channel data, Amazon.com Sales Ranks, MetaCritic.com Review Score Averages

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Nintendo Channel Data Breakdown

Number of Players Reporting Data: 
Wii Sports Resort, released in July of this year, has 252,858 players reporting data so far.
Wii Fit Plus, released in October, has 95,220 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii, released on November 15, now has 190,297 players reporting data.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
Wii Sports Resort had 4,718,741 Total Hours reported, an increase of 331,556 hours from last week.
Wii Fit Plus had 947,343 Total Hours reported, an increase of 184,183 hours from last week.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii had 3,034,705 Total Hours reported, an increase of 574,996 hours from last week.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii had 574,996 “Total Hours” gained by itself, outperforming both Wii Sports Resort and Wii Fit Plus combined for “Total Hours” reported.  Together, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Fit Plus had 515,739 “Total Hours” gained. 

Amazon.com Sales Rank:

Wii Sports Resort‘s Amazon.com sale rank was #11 and the current selling price is $46.99.
Wii Fit Plus’ Amazon.com sale rank was #9(game with board) and #12 for just the software.  The current sell price for Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board is $99.99*, and the selling price for just the software is $19.96.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii‘s Amazon.com sale rank was #8 and the selling price is $49.99.
Two weeks and counting now, Amazon.com is still out-of-stock of Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board.

You can purchase the games mentioned in the article from Amazon.com by clicking the images/links below:

Player Increase:
Wii Sports Resort had an increase of 19,319 more players reporting data this week, than last week.
Wii Fit Plus had 16,126 more players reporting data this week on the Nintendo Channel.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii had 30,328 more players reporting data this week.
 
Reviews:
The reviews are unchanged from last week.  I really wonder if Wii Fit Plus may get a few reviews now that it’s the new year.  Maybe a few reviewers made a weight loss resolution, and they’ll try losing it with Wii Fit Plus?
New Super Mario Bros. Wii’s review score average is 88.50%, based on 51 reviews.
Wii Sports Resort’s score is 82.78%, based on 49 reviews.
Wii Fit Plus’ average score is 81.32%, based just only on 19 reviews.

Thoughts:
I’m still really surprised that Wii Fit Plus is sold out on Amazon.com.  I know Amazon.com is a huge internet shopping site(the largest I believe), maybe that’s the reason I’ve seen so many Wii games out of stock over the holidays and into the new year?
If you missed my post earlier today, my wife and I did beat the main campaign of New Super Mario Bros. Wii.  We are now going back collecting the star coins to unlock the other levels.
Questions:

Why do you think Amazon.com is sold-out of Wii Fit Plus?  Do you think Americans may be buying it after the new year, perhaps as part of a resolution to lose weight?

Nintendo Channel data captured after the Nintendo Channel updated on Monday, January 18, 2010.  Numbers of players reporting data are rounded down to the nearest whole number.

Nintendo Wii Games: Data, Sales, Review Scores

January 19, 2010
Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii  Nintendo Channel data, Amazon.com Sales Ranks, MetaCritic.com Review Score Averages

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Nintendo Channel Data Breakdown

Number of Players Reporting Data: 
Wii Sports Resort, released in July of this year, has 252,858 players reporting data so far.
Wii Fit Plus, released in October, has 95,220 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii, released on November 15, now has 190,297 players reporting data.
“Total” Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
Wii Sports Resort had 4,718,741 Total Hours reported, an increase of 331,556 hours from last week.
Wii Fit Plus had 947,343 Total Hours reported, an increase of 184,183 hours from last week.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii had 3,034,705 Total Hours reported, an increase of 574,996 hours from last week.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii had 574,996 “Total Hours” gained by itself, outperforming both Wii Sports Resort and Wii Fit Plus combined for “Total Hours” reported.  Together, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Fit Plus had 515,739 “Total Hours” gained. 

Amazon.com Sales Rank:

Wii Sports Resort‘s Amazon.com sale rank was #11 and the current selling price is $46.99.
Wii Fit Plus’ Amazon.com sale rank was #9(game with board) and #12 for just the software.  The current sell price for Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board is $99.99*, and the selling price for just the software is $19.96.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii‘s Amazon.com sale rank was #8 and the selling price is $49.99.
Two weeks and counting now, Amazon.com is still out-of-stock of Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board.

You can purchase the games mentioned in the article from Amazon.com by clicking the images/links below:

Player Increase:
Wii Sports Resort had an increase of 19,319 more players reporting data this week, than last week.
Wii Fit Plus had 16,126 more players reporting data this week on the Nintendo Channel.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii had 30,328 more players reporting data this week.
 
Reviews:
The reviews are unchanged from last week.  I really wonder if Wii Fit Plus may get a few reviews now that it’s the new year.  Maybe a few reviewers made a weight loss resolution, and they’ll try losing it with Wii Fit Plus?
New Super Mario Bros. Wii’s review score average is 88.50%, based on 51 reviews.
Wii Sports Resort’s score is 82.78%, based on 49 reviews.
Wii Fit Plus’ average score is 81.32%, based just only on 19 reviews.

Thoughts:
I’m still really surprised that Wii Fit Plus is sold out on Amazon.com.  I know Amazon.com is a huge internet shopping site(the largest I believe), maybe that’s the reason I’ve seen so many Wii games out of stock over the holidays and into the new year?
If you missed my post earlier today, my wife and I did beat the main campaign of New Super Mario Bros. Wii.  We are now going back collecting the star coins to unlock the other levels.
Questions:

Why do you think Amazon.com is sold-out of Wii Fit Plus?  Do you think Americans may be buying it after the new year, perhaps as part of a resolution to lose weight?

Nintendo Channel data captured after the Nintendo Channel updated on Monday, January 18, 2010.  Numbers of players reporting data are rounded down to the nearest whole number.

Nintendo Wii Games: Data, Sales, Review Scores

January 5, 2010
Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii  Nintendo Channel data, Amazon.com Sales Ranks, MetaCritic.com Review Score Averages
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The Nintendo Channel Data Breakdown:
Wii Sports Resort, released in July of this year, has 217,066 players reporting data so far.
Wii Fit Plus, released in October, has 65,423 players reporting data.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii, released on November 15, already has 134,653 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel.
Sales:
Wii Sports Resort‘s Amazon.com sale rank was #9 and the current selling price is $55.41*.
Wii Fit Plus’ Amazon.com sale rank was #1(game with board) and #10 for just the software.  The current sell price for Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board is $99.99, and the selling price for just the software is $19.99.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii‘s Amazon.com sale rank was #5 and the selling price is $49.99.
Amazon.com won’t have New Super Mario Bros. Wii back in stock, until January 10, but they are still selling it directly.  Wii Sports Resort is available from Amazon.com for $46.99, but the site says, “Usually ships in 2 to 4 weeks”, when I initially searched for it, the initial price listing for Wii Sports Resort was $55.41 from a 3rd Party on Amazon.com.

Reviews:
The review score average for all the games has stayed the same since last week, with no new reviews being added to MetaCritic.com.

Thoughts:
I find it pretty crazy that Amazon.com can’t keep New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and now Wii Sports Resort, in stock.  Amazon.com just yesterday, January 3, had New Super Mario Bros. Wii back in stock, and sold out between last night and today.  Wii Sports Resort is really crazy to me, as that game was released in July!
If New Super Mario Bros. Wii didn’t sell 4.7 million copies in December, Nintendo has a serious problem with meeting demand.  The reason I say that is because Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sold 4.7 million copies, just on release day.
Question:

Same as last week, for anybody that missed it.  Did anybody receive New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Wii Sports Resort, or Wii Fit Plus for Christmas or other holidays?  If so, what are your thoughts and opinions about the games from what you’ve been able to play?

Nintendo Channel data captured after the Nintendo Channel updated on Monday, January 4, 2010.  Numbers of players reporting data are rounded down to the nearest whole number.

Nintendo Wii Games: Data, Sales, Review Scores

January 5, 2010
Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii  Nintendo Channel data, Amazon.com Sales Ranks, MetaCritic.com Review Score Averages
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The Nintendo Channel Data Breakdown:
Wii Sports Resort, released in July of this year, has 217,066 players reporting data so far.
Wii Fit Plus, released in October, has 65,423 players reporting data.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii, released on November 15, already has 134,653 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel.
Sales:
Wii Sports Resort‘s Amazon.com sale rank was #9 and the current selling price is $55.41*.
Wii Fit Plus’ Amazon.com sale rank was #1(game with board) and #10 for just the software.  The current sell price for Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board is $99.99, and the selling price for just the software is $19.99.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii‘s Amazon.com sale rank was #5 and the selling price is $49.99.
Amazon.com won’t have New Super Mario Bros. Wii back in stock, until January 10, but they are still selling it directly.  Wii Sports Resort is available from Amazon.com for $46.99, but the site says, “Usually ships in 2 to 4 weeks”, when I initially searched for it, the initial price listing for Wii Sports Resort was $55.41 from a 3rd Party on Amazon.com.

Reviews:
The review score average for all the games has stayed the same since last week, with no new reviews being added to MetaCritic.com.

Thoughts:
I find it pretty crazy that Amazon.com can’t keep New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and now Wii Sports Resort, in stock.  Amazon.com just yesterday, January 3, had New Super Mario Bros. Wii back in stock, and sold out between last night and today.  Wii Sports Resort is really crazy to me, as that game was released in July!
If New Super Mario Bros. Wii didn’t sell 4.7 million copies in December, Nintendo has a serious problem with meeting demand.  The reason I say that is because Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sold 4.7 million copies, just on release day.
Question:

Same as last week, for anybody that missed it.  Did anybody receive New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Wii Sports Resort, or Wii Fit Plus for Christmas or other holidays?  If so, what are your thoughts and opinions about the games from what you’ve been able to play?

Nintendo Channel data captured after the Nintendo Channel updated on Monday, January 4, 2010.  Numbers of players reporting data are rounded down to the nearest whole number.

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

December 11, 2009
 
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The Nintendo Channel Data Breakdown:
Wii Sports Resort was released in July of this year, and has 157,400 players reporting data so far.
Wii Fit Plus was released in October, and has 24,759 players reporting data.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii was just released last month, on November 15, and already has 40,538 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel.
While Wii Sports Resort currently has 100,000 more players reporting data than New Super Mario Bros. Wii(and Wii Fit Plus), New Super Mario Bros. Wii is gaining hours and players reporting data on a faster basis, than Wii Sports Resort did when it released.
I wonder how long it will take New Super Mario Bros. Wii to catchup with Wii Sports Resort.
Sales:
Wii Sports Resort‘s Amazon.com sale rank was #2 and it’s MSRP is $49.99.
Wii Fit Plus’ Amazon.com sale rank was #1(game with board) and #21 for just the software.  The MSRP for the game with Balance Board is $99.99, and the MSRP for just the software is $19.99.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii’s Amazon.com sale rank was #3 and it’s MSRP is $49.99.
According to the NPD data for the month of November, all three of these games were in the “Top 10” for software sold for the month.
For November:
New Super Mario Bros. Wii sold 1.39 Million copies.
Wii Sports Resort sold 720.2K copies.
Wii Fit Plus sold 679.0K copes.
Reviews:

As the picture shows, New Super Mario Bros. Wii has the highest review score average, being at 87% out of 100%.  Both Wii Sports Resort and Wii Fit Plus have a review score average of 80% out of 100%.

Thoughts:
New Super Mario Bros. Wii hasn’t been out a full month yet, but it has already passed a casual game like Wii Fit Plus, and has almost passed a core game like The Conduit, in the number of players that are reporting data for it on the Nintendo Channel.
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.
Prediction:
So, this will be my first “prediction” or maybe stating a “Captain Obvious”, but I’m going to say that New Super Mario Bros. Wii will cross ONE million total hours played, by Monday, December 28.
What week do you think New Super Mario Bros. Wii will cross one million total hours played?

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

December 11, 2009
 
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The Nintendo Channel Data Breakdown:
Wii Sports Resort was released in July of this year, and has 157,400 players reporting data so far.
Wii Fit Plus was released in October, and has 24,759 players reporting data.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii was just released last month, on November 15, and already has 40,538 players reporting data on the Nintendo Channel.
While Wii Sports Resort currently has 100,000 more players reporting data than New Super Mario Bros. Wii(and Wii Fit Plus), New Super Mario Bros. Wii is gaining hours and players reporting data on a faster basis, than Wii Sports Resort did when it released.
I wonder how long it will take New Super Mario Bros. Wii to catchup with Wii Sports Resort.
Sales:
Wii Sports Resort‘s Amazon.com sale rank was #2 and it’s MSRP is $49.99.
Wii Fit Plus’ Amazon.com sale rank was #1(game with board) and #21 for just the software.  The MSRP for the game with Balance Board is $99.99, and the MSRP for just the software is $19.99.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii’s Amazon.com sale rank was #3 and it’s MSRP is $49.99.
According to the NPD data for the month of November, all three of these games were in the “Top 10” for software sold for the month.
For November:
New Super Mario Bros. Wii sold 1.39 Million copies.
Wii Sports Resort sold 720.2K copies.
Wii Fit Plus sold 679.0K copes.
Reviews:

As the picture shows, New Super Mario Bros. Wii has the highest review score average, being at 87% out of 100%.  Both Wii Sports Resort and Wii Fit Plus have a review score average of 80% out of 100%.

Thoughts:
New Super Mario Bros. Wii hasn’t been out a full month yet, but it has already passed a casual game like Wii Fit Plus, and has almost passed a core game like The Conduit, in the number of players that are reporting data for it on the Nintendo Channel.
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.
Prediction:
So, this will be my first “prediction” or maybe stating a “Captain Obvious”, but I’m going to say that New Super Mario Bros. Wii will cross ONE million total hours played, by Monday, December 28.
What week do you think New Super Mario Bros. Wii will cross one million total hours played?

Wii Sports: Its 100 Millionth Milestone

November 3, 2009

According to the data provided on the Nintendo Channel, Wii Sports has crossed 100,000,000 game play hours!  Again, 100 MILLION GAME PLAY HOURS!  While I’m not positive, I do think this is the first Wii game that has crossed the 100 million hours mark, from the data that is provided on the Nintendo Channel.

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According To The Numbers:
2,758,409 gamers have reported the data on the Nintendo Channel.

Interesting Facts:
There are 168 hours in a week.  To reach 100 million hours by yourself, you would have to play the game for 617,146 weeks(I can only imagine how many cups of coffee I’d drink to during this time!).
There are 8,760 hours in a year(based on 365 days).  To reach 100 million hours by yourself, it would take 11,836 years.
$7.25 is the national minimum wage.  103,680,482 hours multiplied by $7.25 = $751,683,494.50(That would be a lot of taxable income, I hope the government isn’t reading this!)
Nearly 15(14.8) Empire State Buildings could be constructed with those hours.
A Thought:
I’ve been tracking Wii Sports Resort since its release, and I wonder how long it’ll take Wii Sports Resort to cross the 100 million hour mark, or even if it will?  How long do you think it’ll take Wii Sports Resort to reach 100 million hours reported?  DO you think it’ll reach 100 million hours reported?



Wii Nintendo Channel Game Data: Wii Sports crosses 100 Million Hours Played!

November 3, 2009
Nintendo Channel Data

According to the Nintendo Channel data, Wii Sports has crossed 100,000,000 game play hours!  Again, 100 MILLION GAME PLAY HOURS!  While I’m not positive, I do think this is the first Wii game that has crossed the 100 million hours mark, from the data that is provided on the Nintendo Channel.

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According To The Numbers:
2,758,409 gamers have reported the data on the Nintendo Channel.

Interesting Facts:
There are 168 hours in a week.  To reach 100 million hours by yourself, you would have to play the game for 617,146 weeks(I can only imagine how many cups of coffee I’d drink to during this time!).
There are 8,760 hours in a year(based on 365 days).  To reach 100 million hours by yourself, it would take 11,836 years.
$7.25 is the national minimum wage.  103,680,482 hours multiplied by $7.25 = $751,683,494.50(That would be a lot of taxable income, I hope the government isn’t reading this!)
Nearly 15(14.8) Empire State Buildings could be constructed with those hours.
A Thought:
I’ve been tracking Wii Sports Resort since its release, and I wonder how long it’ll take Wii Sports Resort to cross the 100 million hour mark, or even if it will?  How long do you think it’ll take Wii Sports Resort to reach 100 million hours reported?  DO you think it’ll reach 100 million hours reported?