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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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.
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.
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: