Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Nintendo Selects & The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Data Report

Coffee Beans:
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess released on November 19, 2006 as a Wii release title.   The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was developed by Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development studio, and it was originally in development for the Nintendo GameCube, but Nintendo released it first on the Wii and then a few weeks later released the GameCube version.
     The game received an ESRB rating of "Teen" with "Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence" listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent in the land of Hyrule(and the Twilight Realm) with 1,640 days of game-play reported for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess?  Let's take a look!

Hours shown are for the United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has about 1,221,903 Wii owners that have reported play-time data through the Wii's Nintendo Channel.

Reporting Player Increase:
     How many more players has The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess seen increased in having reported data since my first report?
     Twilight Princess has seen an increase of about 167,097 more players having reported data since my last report in June 2010.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours:
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii now has 58,755,999 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 8,939,570 Total Hours reported since June 7, 2010.
     The game's average play-time is now 48 Hours 5 Minutes "Per person" having reported data, which is 51 minutes higher than the average recorded on June 7, 2010.
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess' average play-time per session is now about 2 Hours 21 Minutes.

Sales Ranks & Advertised Prices:
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess' sale rank is currently #245, and it is selling for $27.91.
     The Nintendo Selects: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess' sale rank is currently #118, and it is selling for $19.99.

     Sales ranks and advertised prices recorded around 12:45AM on May 18, 2011.

Review Score Averages:
     Twilight Princess' "professional" review score average is 94.51%, based on 83 reviews on

     The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on, based on a total of 367 customer reviews between the original version and the "Nintendo Selects" version.
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess' customer review score average is 89.80% when all the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.

     Review score averages recorded around 12:45AM on May 18, 2011.

Filtered Thoughts:
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess originally released with a MSRP of $49.99.  This past Sunday, May 15, the game saw its first "official" MSRP drop.
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is now a "Nintendo Selects" title, one of only four Wii titles in North America, and now Twilight Princess now has a MSRP of just $19.99.  If you are wondering, "What are Nintendo Selects titles?"  Well, the image/link below should give you a good idea:
     I think it is very interesting that Nintendo has waited basically 4.5 years since the Wii released to finally introduce a "Nintendo Selects" line of games for North America.  The GameCube had the "Player's Choice" line of games, and it was out before the GameCube was even 2 years old.
     While The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is just one of four "Nintendo Selects", I expect to see the number of "Nintendo Selects" titles to grow before the end of the year, especially before this holiday season.

     If you haven't see any footage from Twilight Princess, embedded below is I believe the very first trailer Nintendo released for the game; while not showing off game-play elements really, it's more of a teaser type trailer:

     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was a day one purchase for us when we found a Wii system.  I remember playing it for just a little while after getting it, then going a few months where I did not play it at all.
     I did end up finishing the game, and I enjoyed my time with it.  I would recommend it to other Wii owners that may be interested in it, but haven't played it yet; especially at its lower price now.
     How many hours did I put into the game?  Well, the picture below is what is showing as my play-time as reported through the Nintendo Channel:
This accounts for only one play-through!
     Have any of you been playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess recently?  If so, is it your first time playing through the game, or have you already completed it before(if so, how many times)?
     If you have not played Twilight Princess, do you see yourself purchasing the game with its new MSRP of just $19.99?

If anybody is interested in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, you can see prices for it on linked below:


  1. I haven't played this at all recently, and technically I haven't played the Wii version - my son had the gamecube version of twilight and we've both played it - he's beaten it a few times now.

  2. I've replayed this about 5 times by now. Great game overall. It did have a few elements in it that made us get bored in the beginning, but it eventually picked up the pace.

  3. I have also only played the gamecube version of this game once through. The only differences I am aware of are the motion controls and the mirrored layouts (which has a tendency to upset the purists). I like it A LOT and I've been meaning to introduce my wife to the Zelda franchise starting with NES of course, so I am eager to replay it.

    I always felt that Twilight Princess was more of a fan service for those who didn't care for the Wind Waker. It really went to the other end of the spectrum and had many nods to the N64 titles. Both are exceptional games though, imo. I'm eager to see where they go with Skyward Sword. :)

  4. Great game. It took me 56 hours to finish it for the first time, including all heart containers and everything else. And like 20+ hours the second time I played it. Even my brother, who only plays soccer games, finished it.

  5. I got the Wii version. It was my second game that I got for my Wii. Red Steel was first. I beat the game over the weekend.I played it constently.I tend to play whatever game I get around launch of a console without doing much else. The begining of the game was kinda slow but picked up later. It is kinda boring on repeat play throughs,the begining I mean. The Bosses in the game are my second favorite in the Zelda series.Link to the past tops it.

  6. Personally, I was a huge fan of Twilight Princess. I really liked the Twilight world, and I feel that Nintendo fleshed out the combat system, which the franchise needed. It was pretty refreshing, not to mention that it was just good, Zelda-type fun. Sure, they could have shaken up the formula a little more, but why? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    I am glad that they are trying to shake things up a little with Skyward Sword,of course, but Twilight Princess came at the right time with the right stuff...

    Plus, who can deny that it felt AWESOME to have a one-on-one swordfight with Ganondorf at the end, hmmm? One of my favorite Zelda moments ever...

    Good work, friend-Coffee!


  7. This is definitely on my list for later this year or next after some backlog is, well, at least visited. Hard to beat for $20 too.

    I've played the original NES zelda some this year and would like to make it through some of the others I hadn't played before Twilight Princess. (mainly a link to the past, Ocarina of time)

  8. @Chalgyr:
    Did you beat it on the GameCube, or just your son?

    @Anonymous from May 19, 2011 4:16AM:
    I only played through it once, and do recall the beginning being a little slow; after opening up much more of the world though, I enjoyed it.

    I own Wind Waker, and played it for probably 20-ish hours, then just stopped; not really sure why.
    My wife played the older NES Zelda games, but she hasn't played Wind Waker or Twilight Princess...I think it's the whole 3D movement thing, though I'm not really sure.

    @Anonymous from May 19, 2011 11:33AM:
    "And like 20+ hours the second time I played it."
    I never really realized how much quicker it can be completed once you know where everything is and what to do.

    I haven't played any of the older Zelda games in a long-time, but we do have one from the Virtual Console service I could start. It's kind of interesting you mentioned the bosses, because I really don't recall many of them in Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, or Twilight Princess...perhaps I should start them all over again!

    "Plus, who can deny that it felt AWESOME to have a one-on-one swordfight with Ganondorf at the end, hmmm?"
    Hopefully with the use of WM+, the Skyward Swords' battles will be even more awesome...the combat system in Skyward Sword is what I'm most interested in.

    "This is definitely on my list for later this year or next after some backlog is, well, at least visited."
    Somehow I haven't caved yet, and I'm ALMOST finished with Monster Hunter Tri's single-player...just one more quest if I can complete it(several more games after MHT to finish though)!

    Thank you all for the comments/feedback!

  9. I have beaten the game 5 times!!!!! I have been playing Zelda games since the beginning and I like the grown up feel and huge scope of the world in this game.


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