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$10 for 8 Hours, or $40 for 8 Hours – You Decide! Star Fox 64’s Hours Report

September 8, 2011

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     Star Fox 64 was originally released for the Nintendo 64 on June 30, 1997.  Star Fox 64 was re-released on the Wii’s Virtual Console service in North America on April 2, 2007 with a price point of 1,000 Wii Points, which is $10.
     The original N64 game was rated “K-A” by the ESRB, which meant the game was for “KIDS TO ADULTS“.  The Virtual Console version received the updated ESRB rating of “Everyone” with “Violence” listed at the only content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     If you are a Nintendo 3DS owner, Nintendo is releasing Star Fox 64 3D tomorrow, September 9, for the system.  The 3DS version of Star Fox 64 has a MSRP of $39.99, and features updated graphics and two control methods, one which uses the 3DS’ gyroscopes, and it features local multiplayer across 3DS systems.

     So, with Star Fox 64 3D releasing this week, how many hours Wii owners have played the Virtual Console version of Star Fox 64; and do the reported hours show Star Fox 64 3D might be worth its $40 asking price, or would gamers be better off purchasing the cheaper Virtual Console version for just $10?  Let’s take a look!

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Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Star Fox 64 has about 139,815 Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, with 1,617 days of data possibly reported.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Star Fox 64 has 1,096,509 Total Hours of game-play reported, with its average play-time being 7 Hours 50 Minutes “Per person”(or console) reporting data.
     The game’s average play-time is about 59 minutes per day/session reported.

Sales Information
     Star Fox 64 is not currently listed in the Virtual Console’s “Popular Titles” section, as of checking around 5:45PM on September 8, 2011.  The “Popular Titles” section lists the current top 20 most popular(or purchased) Virtual Console games.
     Star Fox 64’s Virtual Console version in the United States has made Nintendo about $1,398,150(before taxes) though, just based on the approximate number of players that have reported data and the game’s $10 price point.

Review Score Averages
     Star Fox 64’s, the original N64 release, “professional” review score average is 89.87%, based on 14 reviews on

     The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on, based on 90 customer reviews between two versions of the game.
     Star Fox 64’s customer review score average is 87.77%, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 5:45PM EST, on September 8, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     I played Star Fox 64 with one of my cousins back in the 90s.  He owned the game, and I can remember playing through several of the levels and really enjoying the game.  I also remember my cousin and me playing the game’s multiplayer, and he would usually easily defeat me.
     If you have never seen any footage of Star Fox 64, below are some videos compiled together of Star Fox 64 from the Virtual Console and the new 3DS version:

     As for the reported game-play data, I think nearly 8 hours of game-play is pretty good for $10, and it actually makes me want to put Star Fox 64 on my list of Virtual Console games to purchase; but if the 3DS version of Star Fox 64 is basically the same exact game, I am guessing the game-play length is going to be the same, and I don’t see how I could justify spending $40 on it.
     Why Nintendo did not spend time adding an online multiplayer aspect to the 3DS version, even something small such as a leaderboard element, really baffles me; but I think it shows a greater problem at Nintendo right now with its online infrastructure and programming.

     Have any of you played Star Fox 64, either the original version or the Virtual Console version?  If so, what did you think about the game?
     Do any of you think Star Fox 64 3D is overpriced at $40, based off the average play-time hours of Star Fox 64 on the Virtual Console, or if you own a Nintendo 3DS is Star Fox 64 3D a game you are looking forward to purchasing soon?

If any of you are interested in Star Fox 64, or the 3DS game, you can see prices on linked below for all versions: