DJ Hero was released on the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the PlayStation 2, on October 27, 2009. The game and turntable unit was developed/published by FreeStyleGames and Activision, and I believe the basic DJ Hero Turntable bundle released with a MSRP/List Price of $119.99. The game has seen a price-drop from its originally MSRP, and now has a list price of $69.99 at most retailers.
While DJ Hero released with the main bundle around $119.99, Activision did offer a "Renegade Edition" for $199.99.
DJ Hero 2 was released yesterday, and the sequel was released on just the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 this year. If you already own the turntable from the original game, you can purchase just the software for DJ Hero 2 for $59.99. Or, if you purchase DJ Hero 2, you can purchase just the software for the original DJ Hero.
The play-time data shown below, is only for the Wii version of DJ Hero, and it reflects play-time reported in the United States of America, not all of North America.
So, with 357 days of game-play data reported since DJ Hero released, how much have Wii owners been spinning and scratching their DJ Hero turntables? Let's take a look!
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DJ Hero has 35,156 Wii owners reporting play-time data, through the Wii's Nintendo Channel.
Average Hours & Total Game-Play Hours Reported
DJ Hero has 513,243 Total Hours of game-play reported. Its average play-time per session is just over 1 Hour 37 Minutes.
Sale Rank & Advertised Price
The original DJ Hero Turntable bundle's Amazon.com sale rank is #845, and is selling for $66.98.
Review Score Averages
The Wii version of DJ Hero has a review score average of 85.94%, based on 18 "professional" reviews.
DJ Hero has a 4.5 out of 5 Star rating on Amazon.com, based on 35 customer reviews.
I did not purchase the originally DJ Hero, but I did briefly play a demo Best Buy had setup. Mrs. Coffee and I had gone to Best Buy, looking for a CD. We saw the DJ Hero demo setup, and she actually gave it a spin(haha!). It took her about one round to get used to the controls, and she did pretty well in her second round.
I played one or two rounds after she did, but that has been the extent of my DJ Hero play-time.
I think DJ Hero is a game that shows Activision was willing to gamble with something new. While the original DJ Hero got off to a slow sales start, the game has since sold 1.2 million copies (I thought it was 1.6 million now, but couldn't find the article!).
I tried to see how much a DJ charges per hour, and the average amount seems to be right around $200/hour. If Activision were making $200/hour off of Wii owners' DJ Hero game-play hours, they would have made $102,648,600 so far...I can see Bobby Kotick's eyes glazing over, if he reads that!
As for the game-play data in general though, it's definitely not as high some Wii games released around the same time last year, but I think it's encouraging for a new IP. I think it will be interesting to see if DJ Hero 2 performs as well as the original.
Did any of you purchase the original DJ Hero? If so, is it a game you would recommend to others? If you didn't purchase the original, do any of you plan on picking up DJ Hero 2?
I have been tempted a few times to purchase the original when I have seen it go on sale, but I haven't done so yet.
If you are interested in the original DJ Hero, you can see the main bundle listed on Amazon.com below: