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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Money Made, Hours Played

November 18, 2011

Coffee Beans
     The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System on April 13, 1992.
     The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was re-released for the Wii’s Virtual Console service on January 22, 2007.  The Virtual Console version can still be purchased for just 800 Wii Points, which is $8.00.  If you are a serious video game collector though, and you want the original SNES version brand new, you can purchase it for about $300.00 on Amazon.com, HERE!
     The Virtual Console release received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Mild Animated Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     How many Wii gamers have reported playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past through the Virtual Console, and how much money has Nintendo made from the game with 1,757 days possibly reported?  Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past has 164,960 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel, just in the United States.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 1 Hour 14 Minutes.
     The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past’s United States release has made Nintendo about $1,319,680, just based on the number of Wii owners that have reported data and the game’s $8.00 price point, since it was released.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     If you have never seen what The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past looks like, below is a brief video from the Nintendo Channel showing off some game-play from it:

     Have I played the game?  Well, we own this one on our Wii, but I can’t remember playing it since the 90s, and I don’t even remember beating it.  Now you may be thinking, “Coffee, how do you own it on the Wii, but you haven’t played it?
     Well, I wasn’t the one that downloaded the game on our Wii system, it was Mrs. Coffee.  She was a big fan of the original game, and can remember her and her brothers playing the game a lot when they were little.  How much has Mrs. Coffee played our Virtual Console version of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past?  The image below shows her reported hours with the game:

     She hasn’t finished the game and hasn’t played it in a while, but she picks it up every once in a while.

     Seeing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past with more than a 10 hour average “Per person” reporting data I think is really great for the game, and I think that average play-time, along with seeing how well received this game was, shows it is definitely worth the $8.00 price.

Box art for the SNES version.

Questions
     Have any of you played through The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past recently, perhaps playing even the original SNES version or Game Boy Advance version?
     If you are a fan of the Zelda series and have played many of the games, where would you rank The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past compared to the other titles?


     If you are interested in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, you can purchase it from the Wii’s Shop Channel for $8.00, which is 800 Wii Points; or if you own a Super Nintendo Entertainment System, you can buy the SNES version from third party vendors on Amazon.com linked below as well:
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"That’s like a dollar an hour!" – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Report

November 11, 2011



Coffee Beans
     Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America on December 1, 1988.  The game was re-released for the Wii’s Virtual Console service on June 4, 2007, and can still be purchased for just 500 Wii Points, which is only $5.  The Virtual Console version received an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with “Mild Fantasy Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many Wii owners have reported playing Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and how many hours have they reported playing it, since it was released on the Virtual Console?  Let’s take a look!

Can you name the boss in this image?

The Brew
     Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has 71,481 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel in the United States, with 1,617 days possibly reported.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 54 Minutes.
     The United States’ Virtual Console release of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has made Nintendo about $357,405, based on just the number of players that have reported data in the United States and the game’s $5 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     If you never played the game, the video below shows off some brief game-play from it:

     I can’t remember playing Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, but seeing the game with more than 5 hours of game-play averaged “Per person” I think is good, especially with an asking price of only $5(That’s like a dollar an hour!).
     Considering the reported average hours for The Legend of Zelda that we looked at last week, Wii owners can get two Zelda games, The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, that will give them 12 hours of game-play for just $10.  I think that’s a pretty great bargain, especially if you have been interested in the original Zelda NES games, but have never had the chance to play them.

Questions
     With The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword releasing in just another 10 days, are any of you playing through the older Zelda games like Zelda II: The Adventure of Link?
     If you have played the Virtual Console version of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, is it a Virtual Console game you would recommend to other Wii owners?

If you are interested in downloading Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, you can do so by using a Wii Points card or a credit card directly on the Wii’s Shop Channel.  Also, if you have not pre-ordered The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword you can do so on Amazon.com below:
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