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WiiWare Wednesday! Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth – Hours spent in Transylvania?

March 14, 2013

Coffee Beans
Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth released for Nintendo’s WiiWare service on December 28, 2009 in the U.S., at 1,000 Wii Points (which is $10). The game was developed by M2 and published by Konami, and received an ESRB rating of “TEEN” with “Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

A brief description for the game on its Nintendo Channel page reads, “The classic Castlevania game is reborn for the Wii with all-new upgrades.”

How many U.S. Wii owners have reported playing Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth, and how many hours have they reported playing it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth has approximately 16,044 U.S. Wii owners with gameplay data that has been reported through the Nintendo Channel. The game has just over 60,000 hours of gameplay reported, as the image shows, with 1,169 days possibly reported.

The average reported play-time is 3 hours 50 minutes “Per person”, which averages to be about 44 minutes played per day/session.

The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 81.40%, based on 20 reviews on GameRankings.com. It has a customer review score, or “User Score”, on MetaCritic.com of 9.3 out of 10, based on 31 ratings.

Based on the approximate number of players with reported data and the game’s $10 price point, Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth’s U.S. WiiWare release has made Konami about $160,440, since it released.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I played either the original Castlevania or Super Castlevania IV at a cousin’s house when I was younger, but not since then. I don’t remember which game it was, but I do remember using the whip in the game, and I thought it was really cool at the time.

If you haven’t seen footage for Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth, the short video below will give you an idea of the visual style for the game and some of the gameplay mechanics as well:

While Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth has a lower reported average played “Per person” than some other WiiWare games I have reported on before, I think it’s interesting that Konami allowed M2 to remake the game for the WiiWare service.

Why? Well, Konami had already released the original Castlevania through the Wii’s Virtual Console service in 2007, and had a few other Castlevania games on the Virtual Console service as well. Apparently though, Nintendo fans are Castlevania fans, and Konami probably saw some early sales numbers from the Virtual Console Castlevania titles and thought a remake would do well on the WiiWare service.

If you own a Wii or Wii U, and are interested in Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth you can still purchase it through the Wii’s Shop Channel under the WiiWare section. You can also find the original NES Castlevania and Castlevania II Simon’s Quest games, and the SNES Super Castlevania IV, on the Virtual Console section of the Wii’s Shop Channel.

Questions
First, if you’re a fan of the Castlevania games, do you have a favorite?

If you have played Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth, what did you think about the game? Was it a solid enough remake of the original, and worth its asking price?

Also, while I may not own a Nintendo 3DS, I am aware of the new Castlevania game that released for it earlier this month, Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate. If you have played it, what do you think about it?

You can see a few Castlevania games below:

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>WiiWare Wednesday – A Rage of the Gladiator Gargadan Battle

May 12, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     WiiWare Wednesday?  You read that right!  WiiWare Wednesday is a new feature for CoffeeWithGames, where I will talk about WiiWare games on Wednesdays.  It will not be a weekly feature, but will more than likely be a bi-weekly feature.
     For each WiiWare Wednesday post, I will either do a data story on some WiiWare game, or will do a game-play video of some of the WiiWare games that I own.
     For my first WiiWare Wednesday, I have put together a video of a Rage of the Gladiator battle against the creature Gargadan, from the game’s Challenge Mode.  You can watch the video and battle below!


Filtered Thoughts:
     If you are wondering, “What is Gargadan supposed to be?”  The game’s description of him(it, or they?!) reads, “Gargadan is a twisted abomination – a cruel experiment gone horribly wrong.  He is a fusion of a lion, dragon, and snake.  The lion head seems to be in charge of the others, directing the creature’s actions.  Each head has its own mind though, and sometimes disobeys.”
     Mrs. Coffee was watching me fight against Gargadan and she said something along the lines of, “That thing looks disgusting!”  I think that means the developer did a great job with his/its design!
     As I mentioned in the video, I was using my Nyko Wireless Kama Nunchuk and my Nyko Wand+ remote during the battle.  The Wii MotionPlus controls add the up/down swing attacks, as well as keeping the normal left/right swing attacks that can be done high or low.

Questions:
     If you own Rage of the Gladiator, have you finished the game’s Challenge Mode yet?  If you don’t own Rage of the Gladiator, have you downloaded the free WiiWare demo for it from the Wii’s Shop Channel yet, and if so, what do you think of the demo?

     Rage of the Gladiator can be downloaded from the Wii’s Shop Channel for 1,000 Wii Points, which is $10, by using a credit/debit card; or by using a Wii Points Card as linked/pictured below:
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