Wednesday, June 30, 2010

World Cup Madness! North American Soccer Games Data!

Quick Brew Info:
The World Cup is going on right now, and with only eight teams remaining, I really have no idea who the favorites are moving forward.  I have never really followed professional soccer, even though I did play little league soccer for a few years growing up.

In this post, we will look at four soccer(or football in Europe) games on the Wii that all have game-play data reporting.
We are looking at Mario Strikers Charged, FIFA Soccer 09 All-Play, Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, and FIFA Soccer 10.

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Days Since Release:
As the image above shows, Mario Strikers Charged was released on July 30, 2007.  The data shown was collected approximately 1,065 days since the game's release.
FIFA Soccer 09 All-Play was released on October 28, 2008; The data shown above was collected approximately 609 days after the game released.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 was released on March 17, 2009.  The data shown was collected approximately 469 days after PES 2009 released.
FIFA Soccer 10 was released on October 20, 2009, and the data was collected approximately 252 days after it released.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Mario Strikers Charged has 372,239 players reporting play-time data.
FIFA Soccer 09 All-Play has 24,011 players reporting their play-time data.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 has 4,167 players reporting Wii play-time data.
FIFA Soccer 10 has 7,698 players reporting data. Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
Mario Strikers Charged's sale rank is #835 and the current selling price is $52.68, from a third party vendor.
FIFA Soccer All-Play 09's sale rank is #997 and the current selling price is $18.49, from a third party vendor.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009's sale rank is #4,997 and its current selling price is $64.99, also from a third party vendor.
FIFA Soccer 10's sale rank is #1,110 and the its current selling price is $46.99.

(I don't think you'll see any crazy stuff watching the World Cup, like you will see in this trailer!)

I have only played one out of these four games.
The game that I have played is Mario Strikers Charged.  Mario Strikers Charged is definitely not like the FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer games; but Mario Strikers Charged is more an arcade soccer game.
If you have played the NHL Hitz games, those games have the type of game-play you should expect from Mario Strikers Charged.

The one thing that surprised me the most about the data, is that Pro Evolution Soccer is lower than both FIFA games reporting data.
I remember reading about Pro Evolution Soccer when it first released on the Nintendo Wii, and I remember reading how the controls in the game were a great step forward for soccer games.
I don't remember reading a lot about the FIFA games, but I do have a friend that has rented one of them, and he seems to have enjoyed it each time he has rented it.

I know that Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 already has a sequel(2010), and that EA released 2010 FIFA World Cup; but at the time of this posting, the four games shown are the ones with data reporting.

If you were not following/reading my blog back in January, you may have missed my post about several canceled Wii games.  Mario Strikers Charged was one of the games that was mentioned as not being produced or shipped any long by Nintendo of America.  I don't think that status has changed, as the game is currently only available on from third party vendors.
If you missed the blog post about the canceled Wii games, the direct link for the post is:

Have you played any of these soccer games?  If you have played both a FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer game on the Wii, did you enjoy one more than the other?
If you have only played one of these games like myself, did you enjoy whatever you played?

Being that the World Cup inspired this blog post, do you have a team that you are still cheering for in the World Cup; if your team has already been eliminated, who were you cheering for?

If you are interested in any soccer game for the Wii, I am providing links to the newest versions of these games(where available); as they should be available directly from, and not third party vendors:


  1. The Wii's a good console for people into soccer games - from the fantastic and arcade style (Mario Strikers) to the ultra-realistic (Pro Evolution). Then there's the "easy-to-pick-up" but not arcade style 2010 FIFA world cup.

    I'd say soccer, along with golf and tennis are the strongest three sports represented on the Wii.

    That said, it's still proving impossible to top the original Wii Bowling. Classic for life.

  2. The only one I've played is Mario Strikers and all I can say is that is one really fun game.

  3. I liked Charged, but felt it was way too broken, even for a Mario sports game. The Gamecube version IMO was vastly superior, aside from online play in Charged.

  4. @GamesandBiz:
    I do think golf and tennis games have "improved" with Wii controls.
    I was very surprised at how the soccer game controls seem to have been implemented well, and people seem to really enjoy them.

    @Nicodemus at Nite:
    I played Mario Strikers Charged back in 2007 I think, and it was a lot of fun. Played the online in it, and got destroyed by people repeatedly.

    I never played the GameCube version of Strikers.


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