Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I was released through the Nintendo Wii's WiiWare service on October 11, 2010. The game has a price point of 1,500 Wii Points, which is the equivalent of $15. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I was co-developed by Dimps and Sonic Team.
The debut game-play hours below are for the United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide. So, from October 11 through November 22, how many hours have Wii owners spent in Sonic's new 2.5D universe? Let's take a look!
Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I has 7,983 Wii owners reporting their play-time data, on its debut on the Nintendo Channel 43 days after its release.
Average Hours & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I has 52,305 Total Hours of game-play reported on its debut, with an average play-time of 6 Hours 33 Minutes "Per person" reporting data.
The debut average play-time, per session, for Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I is just over 1 Hour 11 Minutes.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I is currently in the #2 spot, out of 20; in the WiiWare's "Popular Titles" section.
Based on the approximate number of gamers reporting data, and the $15 price of the game, Sega has made around $119,745 off the WiiWare version of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I.
This reported total Sega has made from the WiiWare version is only from Wii owners that report their game-play data through the Wii's Nintendo Channel.
Review Score Average:
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I's review score average is 75.62%, based on 13 reviews on GameRankings.com.
If the average play-time "Per person", 6 Hours 33 Minutes, is how long it takes to complete the game on a single play-through, I think the price tag of $15 is fair.
I haven't purchased/played Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, so I don't know how long the game takes to complete the first time.
I think it's interesting to note, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I took 43 days for game-play data to appear, while another popular 2D franchise game earlier this year, Mega Man 10, took 50 days for game-play data to appear.
If you're a Sonic fan, and haven't seen any game-play footage from Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, here is a brief game-play trailer:
If you purchased Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, which version did you purchase, and what do you think of the game? Is Sonic the Hedgehog 4 a Sonic game you would recommend to fans of past 2D Sonic games?
If you are interested in downloading Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, you can use a credit/debit card directly on the Wii Shop Channel, or you can purchase a Wii Points card as shown below for the WiiWare version: