Monday, September 20, 2010

Monster Hunter Tri Surpasses Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Now the Most Played, Per Player, Wii Game in America

Quick Brew Info:
     Super Smash Bros. Brawl has been, for a while now, the #1 played Wii game in America, according to data tracked by Kotaku.com; but as of today, that is no longer the case.
     Monster Hunter Tri released 154 days ago(5 months, 1 day), Super Smash Bros. Brawl released 926 days ago(2 years, 6 months, 12 days).
     In the 154 days since Monster Hunter Tri released, its average play-time per person has now passed that of Super Smash Bros. Brawl's.  How much more have Monster Hunter Tri players played, than Super Smash Bros. Brawl players?  Let's take a look...


     The play-time data pictured below for Monster Hunter Tri and Super Smash Bros. Brawl is for I believe the United States of America only, not other countries of North America.


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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Super Smash Bros. Brawl has 1,744,608 players reporting play-time data.  Super Smash Bros. Brawl has increased by 53,851 players reporting data, since the data from August 2.
     Monster Hunter Tri has 41,012 players reporting play-time data.  Monster Hunter Tri has increased by 1,898 players reporting play-time data, since the September 6 data.

"Total" Game-Play & Average Hours Played:
     Super Smash Bros. Brawl has 136,477,636 Total Hours reported, with an average play-time of 78 Hours 14 Minutes per person.  The average Super Smash Bros. Brawl play session for each person reporting data is just over 2 Hours 6 Minutes.
     Monster Hunter Tri has 3,225,272 Total Hours reported, with an average play-time of 78 Hours 38 Minutes per person.  The average Monster Hunter Tri play session, for each person reporting play-time data, is just over 3 Hours 39 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Amazon.com sale rank is #114, and the current selling price is $44.54.
     Monster Hunter Tri's Amazon.com sale rank is #795, and the current selling price is $47.91.

Review Score Averages:
     Super Smash Bros. Brawl's review score average is 92.75%, based on 76 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     Monster Hunter Tri's review score average is 85.00%, based on 46 reviews on GameRankings.com.

Thoughts:
     Monster Hunter Tri currently has a 24 minute higher game-play average "per person", than Super Smash Bros. Brawl does.  I think it's interesting that Monster Hunter Tri, a third party Wii game, is the game that has passed Super Smash Bros. Brawl, currently becoming the "most played" Wii game in America, per person.
     I own Monster Hunter Tri and see how the game can have hundreds of hours of game-play.  I have played right around 60 hours of Monster Hunter Tri since April, and I haven't seen half of the monsters in the game yet.
     While Monster Hunter Tri doesn't have nearly the number of players reporting data as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and won't sell as many copies as Super Smash Bros. Brawl in America; I hope Monster Hunter Tri's play-time data is encouraging to other third party developers looking to develop on the Wii, and possibly Nintendo's next system(whenever that is).
     I don't think Monster Hunter Tri will ever pass Super Smash Bros. Brawl's "Total Hours" of game-play reported, but the fact that Monster Hunter Tri has the highest average play-time per person, I think says a lot for the game.
     I think this data should show developers that if they put time/effort into their Wii games, and give Wii owners quality games, with online and offline play, they will play them; and as Monster Hunter Tri's data shows, we will play them often and for long periods of time.
     I hope that the continued play-time of Monster Hunter Tri, helps translates into further sales success for the game in America.
     Congratulations to Capcom for having the "most played" Wii game in America, as of September 20, 2010,  per person.

Questions:
     Is anybody surprised that Monster Hunter Tri is the first game to pass Super Smash Bros. Brawl, or is Monster Hunter Tri the game you thought would become the "most played" Wii game in America?  Also, do you think Monster Hunter Tri will continue to be the "most played" Wii game in America, per person, or will its average play-time decrease and fall back beneath Super Smash Bros. Brawl?
     I really thought Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex was going to be in the running for "most played" overall, a few months after it released; but even its 5 month release head-start over Monster Hunter Tri, it wasn't enough.
     I think Monster Hunter Tri will continue to be the "most played" Wii game in America, even if its average does fall back beneath Super Smash Bros. Brawl's for a few weeks.

     My online name/code in Monster Hunter Tri is Coffee/KKJ9F2; if you monster hunt online, let me know and we can try to hunt together once my school schedule calms down.


If anybody is interested in either Monster Hunter Tri or Super Smash Bros. Brawl, you can see new and used prices on Amazon.com linked below:
  

10 comments:

  1. A third party game takes out First party title. Savor this day people and celebrate by bashing a Rathalos in the face. See you online Coffee.

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  2. I am somewhat surprised because although MH fans are very thorough and dedicated to the games, the franchise seems almost unheard of in the US.

    It's difficult to say whether or not it will continue to be the king of the hill though, because many, myself unfortunately included, have pretty much dropped the game after everything quit standing a chance (Although, after 300 some hours of enjoyment I'd say I put in my fair share of playtime.) And once the next MH hits the states, probably half the current community will drop MH3 for good, letting it sit on a shelf collecting dust.

    Now, if MH3 suddenly gets a larger following due to it being the current leader, it may stay on top, but if not, I honestly don't think it will last.

    Considering though that a major part in this games success was the vast amount of new MH players, it is possible to remain where it is. Though, that's only if most of those newer players don't own a PSP (if MHF3/MHP3 comes to US - fingers crossed.)

    Again, It's very difficult to say what will happen to MH3's Playtime Per Person, but if Brawl regains it's undeserved leadership (I'm not personally fan of the game) then I'm certain MH3 will still hold a high ranking.


    On an unrelated note, I think I've ran into you a few times in game; that, or Coffee is a common name :P

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  3. But... that game sucks. How? It's not any fun. You control like a tank covered a maple syrup. The graphics are horrid. There's so much micromanaging and busy work.

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  4. @Brandon Morris

    duh

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  5. @ Brandon Morris

    So in your opinion MH sucks. "You control like a tank covered in Maple Syrup". No, you control as a hunter who is wearing heavy armour and a massive huge sword would handle. This isn't your DMC or Omni-slashing cloud type characters; it's supposed to be challenging and realistic. And as for the graphics, mario himself is just a few shiny textures, not really defined in any special way.
    And whatever you may have to say about "Busy" work, it further adds to the realism; such as hunting/gathering.
    stick to your button bashing, hyper combo, anti-grav platform surreal-em-up. I'll stick to the most realistic, in-depth attempt at a proper survival/hunting game to date.

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  6. @The Butcher:
    "Savor this day people and celebrate by bashing a Rathalos in the face."
    Yea, I think this is great news for Capcom, and third parties in general. They just need to learn from this and move forward.

    Also, I don't guess I'll know what the Rathalos is anytime soon...:(

    @Mimic430:
    Crazy number of hours! Thanks for picking up my slack!

    @Chronham:
    "Now, if MH3 suddenly gets a larger following due to it being the current leader, it may stay on top, but if not, I honestly don't think it will last."
    The average is currently doing pretty well, considering there may be players like myself, that are below the "average" game-play hours per person. I think it will be interesting to see what it looks like in 6 months.

    As for running into me online, it's possible, it more than likely would have been back in June or July, as August and September I have been concentrating more on the single-player campaign.

    @Brandon Morris:
    "But... that game sucks. How? It's not any fun."
    Ahhh opinions...don't we love them!

    "You control like a tank covered a maple syrup."
    Do you know about the "run" button, and the hunting classes that allow you to do running attacks?

    "The graphics are horrid."
    Compared to what? I really think Capcom did a great job balancing the graphics, with the environments and monsters in the game.

    "There's so much micromanaging and busy work."
    You don't have to micromanage and do "busy work", you can just hunt if you like that. I just started micromanaging my items/equipment, and I'm 60 hours in.

    @Anonymous from September 21, 2010 @ 4:17PM:
    Are you agreeing with him, or disagreeing?

    @Anonymous from September 21, 2010 @ 5:09PM:
    "I'll stick to the most realistic, in-depth attempt at a proper survival/hunting game to date."

    Is this your first Monster Hunter game to play? It's my first, and I have enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would.

    Thank you all for the thoughts and comments on the games and data! If there are any other game comparisons you would like to see, let me know.

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  7. @Brandon Morris
    hr 150 with 230 hours i have all the american releases and plan on having a friend from hong kong ship me frontier and then mhp3 when it releases
    the graphics are amazing and surpass anything else on the wii and if you dont like the control scheme buy a classic controller pro

    dont post an opinion if you havent had the proper time to think it out or even try the game

    also if u dont like this game i dont care but give it a fair try and learn to put your weapon away and run over to monster if its too far away for you to hit it, or just bowgun it you ignorant dummy

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  8. Monster Hunter Tri = Best console game ever made. Period.

    Now, it's about time for a USA PC version of MH.

    -Maskan Rill

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  9. @Anonymous from September 26, 2010 3:44PM:
    "also if u dont like this game i dont care but give it a fair try and learn to put your weapon away and run over to monster if its too far away for you to hit it..."

    I remember playing the MH3 demo, and didn't realize I could run for a few matches...when I discovered the run button, it made all the difference!

    @Anonymous from September 27,2010 4:43AM:
    I'm surprised they haven't attempted a Monster Hunter MMO...maybe they have and I just don't know it. I could see it being popular...

    Thank you both for the comments! Sorry, I just saw them!

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