Monday, May 30, 2011

Conduit Travel - Conduit 2's Hours Arrive

Coffee Beans
Conduit 2 was released on April 19, 2011 with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game was a follow-up sequel to The Conduit which originally released on June 23, 2009. Conduit 2 has not been published for any other console and is a FPS exclusive for the Wii, like the original game.

Conduit 2 was developed by High Voltage Software and published by Sega.  The game received a "Teen" rating from the ESRB with "Animated Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence" listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

How many hours have Wii owners spent battling in Conduit 2, with 42 days of game-play reported?  Let's take a look!

Super Mario Galaxy 2 - A Year's Worth of Data

Coffee Beans:
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (SMG2) released on May 23, 2010 with a MSRP of $49.99 for the Nintendo Wii.  The game was a sequel to Super Mario Galaxy which released for the Wii on November 12, 2007.

SMG2 was developed by Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development studio in Tokyo, Japan.  The game received an "Everyone" rating by the ESRB with "Mild Cartoon Violence" listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

We last looked at SMG2's game-play hours as they were recorded on December 27, 2010, and you can read that report HERE.

How many hours have Wii owners spent in Super Mario Galaxy 2 during the last year, with 366 days reported?  Let's take a look!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Meet Mr. Rathalos and Ms. Rathian - Monsters Hunted

Mr. Rathalos
Coffee Beans:
     I have been playing Monster Hunter Tri more regularly since April(this year).  It is one of the games on my backlogged list, and I am almost finished with the game's single-player campaign now.
     While I have been slowly monster hunting my way through the single-player campaign, I recently hopped online a few nights and did some monster hunting with fellow monster hunters.
     Below are two monster hunt videos from Monster Hunter Tri.  One video is of a Rathalos hunt, and one is a video of a Rathian hunt.

Meet Mr. Rathalos:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Nintendo Selects - Animal Crossing: City Folk Data Report

Pictured from left to right:  K.K. Slider, Brewster, and Tom Nook

Coffee Beans:
Animal Crossing: City Folk (AC:CF) was originally released for the Wii on November 16, 2008.  The game released with two versions: the software only version with a MSRP of $49.99, and a Wii Speak bundle for $69.99 which included the Wii Speak unit and game.

AC:CF was developed by Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development studio, and it followed very closely game-play wise in the footsteps of the Animal Crossing games released before it on the GameCube and Nintendo DS.

The game received an "Everyone" rating from the ESRB with "Comic Mischief" listed as the only content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

On Sunday May 15, 2011, Animal Crossing: City Folk joined three other Wii games in America as a Nintendo Selects title, which means it now has a MSRP of just $19.99.

How many hours have Wii owners reported spending in Animal Crossing: City Folk (probably being ripped off by Tom Nook and his outrageous prices), with 919 days of game-play reported?  Let's take a look!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Conduit 2 Gets Amazon-Bombed - Immaturity Abounds

Coffee Beans
Early last week I posted, "Sega's Advertising Failure - Conduit 2?"  In that post I showed the sales ranks for Conduit 2 from April 19 though April 30.  I also provided the "professional" review score average for Conduit 2 from, and I provided the review scores and review score average from customers on

Just one day after my post, drama broke-out between High Voltage Software(HVS) and's "reviewer" of Conduit 2.  An internal HVS email was leaked, showing that HVS employees were encouraged to read/rate's Conduit 2 reviewer's book he had written and had available for purchase on  The email did not specify what rating to give the book, but considering the review score was 1 out of 5 Stars from for Conduit 2, I would assume that is what was hoped for in retaliation reviews as well.

Initially after the email was sent internally, negative reviews started appearing on the "reviewer's" book on  After the email was made public by, some of those negative reviews started disappearing.

As for Conduit 2, the game had a customer review score average of 4.5 out of 5 Stars on, based on 13 customer reviews as of 12:30AM on May 17, 2011.  Conduit 2's customer review score average was 87.69%, based on 13 customer reviews from Tuesday.

It appears the news of the internal email at HVS has caused more negative reviews to pop up on Conduit 2 though, than the "reviewer's" own book.  Let's take a look.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Home Run! Strike Out? Mario Super Sluggers Data Report

Coffee Beans:
     Mario Super Sluggers originally released on August 25, 2008 for the Wii with a MSRP of $49.99.
     The game was developed by Namco Bandai and published by Nintendo.  Mario Super Sluggers received an "Everyone" rating from the ESRB with "Comic Mischief" listed as the only content for gamers/parents to be aware of.
     As I mentioned in my The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess post a few days ago, Nintendo just released four "Nintendo Selects" titles this past Sunday for the Wii.
     Mario Super Sluggers, like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, is one of the four Nintendo Selects titles that is now available for just $19.99.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent playing America's favorite past-time with Mario and friends, with 995 days of game-play reported?  Let's take a look!

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!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sega's Advertising Failure - Conduit 2?

Coffee Beans
Conduit 2 was released on April 19, 2011 for the Wii with a MSRP of $49.99.

Conduit 2 was developed by High Voltage Software, and published by Sega.  The game received a "Teen" rating from the ESRB with "Animated Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence" listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

It was officially announced on March 29, 2010 that Conduit 2 was in development.  The game is a direct sequel to the original game, The Conduit, but it has several new features such as local multi-player and WM+ control support.  Conduit 2 can also be patched(and has been) to hopefully address any issues that may pop-up in the game.

With Conduit 2 being the sequel to one of the Wii's most-hyped FPS games, did Sega's approach of not advertising Conduit 2 with any commercials, and relying only on name-recognition payoff for them?  Let's take a look!

Friday, May 13, 2011

FPS Friday Interview - Part II Q&A with Greg Hastings

Coffee Beans:
     You can read Part I of the interview I posted last week with Greg Hastings HERE.

     *Editor's note:  The very first question below was in regards to Greg Hastings Paintball 2's release date on the PS3, I have contacted Greg and Super X Studios on the issue of the release date, since the PSN crash has caused its release to be delayed.

Interview Questions & Answers with Greg Hastings - Part II
*CoffeeWithGames:  The PS3 version of the game saw some delays, but is expected to be releasing on the PS3 through the PlayStation Network.  Does the PS3 version have a solid release date, or release week window; and what price will PS3 owners be looking at to purchase the game?

*Greg Hastings:  May 10th is the date that I'm told!  Sony makes ya jump through hoops, but in the end it assures quality, which I appreciate.  I'm not sure on the price, but this version has some extras that are not found in the 360 or Wii versions.

FPS Friday Video - GoldenEye 007 Multiplayer Match on Jungle

Coffee Beans:
     A few weeks back I saw GoldenEye 007's list price drop to $39.99 on, and I put up a post about it.
     One of the regular readers here, Robert, saw the price drop on the game and after debating a little while on it, decided to purchase it.  After he received the game, we hopped online one night and played a few matches of the game's "Team Conflict" mode.  Here's a video of one of our matches from GoldenEye's Team Conflict mode, on the game's Jungle map.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

WiiWare Wednesday - A Rage of the Gladiator Gargadan Battle

Coffee Beans:
     WiiWare Wednesday?  You read that right!  WiiWare Wednesday is a new feature for CoffeeWithGames, where I will talk about WiiWare games on Wednesdays.  It will not be a weekly feature, but will more than likely be a bi-weekly feature.
     For each WiiWare Wednesday post, I will either do a data story on some WiiWare game, or will do a game-play video of some of the WiiWare games that I own.
     For my first WiiWare Wednesday, I have put together a video of a Rage of the Gladiator battle against the creature Gargadan, from the game's Challenge Mode.  You can watch the video and battle below!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Battling for Hours - Heavy Fire: Special Operations' Report

Coffee Beans:
     Heavy Fire: Special Operations was released on the WiiWare service on July 26, 2010.  The game was developed and published by Teyon, andHF:SO can be downloaded for just 500 Wii Points.
     The game recevied an ESRB rating of "Teen" with content of "Blood, Violence" listed for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent battling in the "terrorized Middle East" with the missions in Heavy Fire: Special Operations?  Let's take a look!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

PS3 vs. Xbox 360: Portal 2's April Sales Ranks - Analysis with Chart

Is this guy coffee proof?

Coffee Beans:
     Portal 2 was released on April 19, 2011 for both the PS3 and Xbox 360.  The game released with a "Standard" edition with a MSRP of $59.99.
     Portal 2 was developed and published by Valve, and distributed by Electronic Arts.  Portal 2 received an "Everyone 10+" rating from the ESRB, with "Fantasy Violence, Mild Language" listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     Did more PS3 or Xbox 360 owners apparently purchase Portal 2 during its 11 days on the market in April?  Let's take a look!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

PS3 vs. Xbox 360: Mortal Kombat's April Sales Ranks - Analysis with Chart

Coffee Beans:
     Mortal Kombat was released on April 19, 2011 for both the PS3 and Xbox 360.  The game released with a "Standard" edition for $59.99, a "Collector's Edition" for $99.99, and a "Tournament Edition" for $149.99.
     Mortal Kombat was developed by NetherRealm Studios, and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  The game received a "Mature" rating from the ESRB, with "Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language" listed as content for parents to be aware of.

     Did more PS3 owners or more Xbox 360 owners apparently purchase Mortal Kombat during its 11 days on the market in April?  Did the PlayStation Network crash/downtime affect Mortal Kombat's sales ranks on the PS3 compared to the Xbox 360 version, and was this apparent?  Let's take a look!

Friday, May 6, 2011

FPS Friday! Greg Hastings Paintball 2 Interview with Greg Hastings!

Coffee Beans:
     If you missed Part I or Part II of the interview about Greg Hastings Paintball 2, you can read them HERE and HERE.
     In Part I and Part II, I interviewed James Thrush the President of Super X Studios which was behind the development of Greg Hastings Paintball 2.

     As the title for this post says, the questions below were answered by Greg Hastings himself.  I'll keep it short with four questions this week, and some more next week.

Interview Questions and Answers with Greg Hastings - Part I
CoffeeWithGames:  First, thanks for taking the time for the interview.  Can you tell the readers a little about how you got started in paintball, and how that lead to pitching the idea for creating a paintball video game?

Greg Hastings:  The same way many have started.  A friend took me to play back in 1987 and the adrenaline rush was immediately captivating!  I was playing Kelly Slater Pro Surfer with my buddy Stephen 10 years ago.  I knew the participation of paintball and was mad that no one [had] taken our sport serious enough to make a console game supporting it.  Shooters were hot from the word go, and hello, paintball IS a shooter!  I got on the phone with a friend who knew about finance, since every idea cost money to get going.  I landed in Seattle a few weeks later and started the franchise.  It ramped up over a year and before we knew it, we had enough money to finish the game and publishers contacting us.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May the 4th Be With You! Hours From A Galaxy Far, Far Away...

 Coffee Beans:
May the 4th be with you!  If you don't/didn't know, today(or yesterday technically) was May 4th, and it has basically become the "official" Star Wars day.

Last year I showed the reported game-play data for some Wii Star Wars games, and there were 23,484,173 Total Hours reported from the Star Wars video game galaxy, on May 4, 2010.  You can read last year's report, HERE!

How many hours have been spent in the galaxy far, far the last 365 days reported?  Let's take a look!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

GoldenEye 007 - Nightclub Multi-player Match

Coffee Beans:
     As I stated in my "April Brewed - Coffees Consumed, Games Played" post yesterday, I played some GoldenEye 007 online multi-player with Robert(fellow reader), and Keith from, during April.
     The video below is of a match Keith and I played on the Nightclub map, and it was a Team Conflict match:

Monday, May 2, 2011

April Brewed - Coffees Consumed, Games Played

Coffee Beans:
     April was an extremely busy month, and it's gone forever least until next year!  So, with May upon us, let's take a quick look back at the coffees I consumed and the games I played during April!

Coffees Consumed in April:
     Maxwell House's House Blend (Medium Roast) - This was one of the 34.5oz, 270 coffee cup, containers that Mrs. Coffee purchased in March.  It was emptied in April, so I doubt we will see any more of it in May.
     Seattle's Best Coffee Organic Breakfast Blend - This was a surprise purchase for me, by Mrs. Coffee, back in March.  I finished this off during the last week of April, but enjoyed it while it lasted.
     Caribou Coffee Reindeer Blend (Medium-Dark Roast) - Somehow, this blend that I received at Christmas from Mrs. Coffee has survived 4 months, with a few more beans in the bag to make some more coffee!  I doubt it will last through May, but I've been wrong before.
     Maxwell House Original Roast (Medium Roast) - This is another 34.5oz, 270 coffee cups worth, container of coffee that was purchased around mid-April.  It's currently about 2/3rds full, and will probably last us the rest of May.
     New England Coffee's Colombian Supremo Blend - Like the Seattle's Best Coffee blend from March, this New England Coffee's blend was a surprise purchase by Mrs. Coffee.  Interestingly enough, I don't think this coffee, has the "coffee smell".  I don't know what it is, it just doesn't have the typical coffee smell I'm used to with basically every other coffee blend we have had.  I even asked Mrs. Coffee to smell the coffee, and she said it smelled normal...but I call foul!  I can smell the distinct "coffee smell" with the Maxwell House and Caribou coffees, but this New England Coffee blend, there's something different about it.

Video Games Played in April:
     GoldenEye 007 - I didn't play much of the single-player in April, but I did play a good bit of the online multi-player.  I played some matches with Robert from here on the site, and I also played some matches with Keith, from  Hopefully, I should be getting a few videos of some matches uploaded soon.  Also, if you missed it, on April 5th I posted, "GoldenEye 007 - New List Price and Sale!", which showed how had dropped the game's list price by $10, but also had it discounted down to $29.99 at the time.
     Monster Hunter Tri - I picked this up at the beginning of April, and started working on the single-player campaign again.  I hopped online a few nights, and I did some monster hunting with other hunters from and on the one year anniversary for the game.  I also did a post on Monster Hunter Tri's game-play data over the first year, and included a video of a Great Jaggi hunt as well.  You can read that post/watch the video HERE!
     Greg Hastings Paintball 2 - I finished the game's Career mode in March, but I picked it back up and played some matches in April, while I was recording footage for my, "Greg Hastings Paintball 2 - Video Preview and Impressions".  I also posted a two part interview with the developer of Greg Hastings Paintball 2 in April.  You can read the interview, HERE and HERE.  Also, I announced that Greg Hastings Paintball 2 will be releasing on May 10 on the PlayStation Network, though because of the PlayStation Network's crash/downtime, I don't know if the game is still scheduled for release on May 10 now.
     Battlefield 1943 - I played this just two nights during April, kind of out of nowhere.  I decided one night just to try getting into a quick match, and I ended up playing for about two hours, over 2 nights.  The game is still fun, and I like the maps, vehicles, and destruction in the game.  If you never saw my videos of me playing Battlefield 1943, you can see them HERE and HERE!
     Fish'em All - This is a WiiWare title, and I'm going to have to post a video to show what the game-play is like.  I won the game from the developer, Abylight, after answering a few questions about the demo of the game I had played back in March.  If you want a free copy of the WiiWare game Fish'em All! for yourself, they still have 133 copies left they are giving away, HERE!  Not only that, but if you enter and get Fish'em All!, you will also be entered to win a Nintendo enter to get your free copy of Fish'em All! HERE.
     Rage of the Gladiator - I actually played a few rounds of Rage of the Gladiator, to give my Nyko Wand + and Nyko Wireless Kama controllers a try with the game's Wii MotionPlus control setting.  I actually liked the addition of the WM+ moves in the game, and though not perfectly executed every time, I think it helps add to the game-play.

     While I didn't complete anymore games from my backlogged list in April, I have made good progress with Monster Hunter Tri's single-player campaign.  Once I finish that, I'm not sure what game I will attempt to finish next.  I enjoyed all the games I played in April, and will hopefully be providing coverage for some of them very soon!
     As for the coffees consumed, I favored the Caribou Reindeer blend the most in April, and I think it's because I brewed it more often at night, while studying for tests; so I had lots of time to drink and enjoy it.

     What coffee blends(or other beverages) did you enjoy during April, and what video games did you find yourself playing in April?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Red Steel Giveaway Winner Announcement!

     The time has come!  On April 12 I published, "5 Years Ago, This Day...and GIVEAWAY!", which was a post talking about how Ubisoft had confirmed in 2006 that Red Steel was being developed for the "Revolution", but the post also contained details for readers to enter a Red Steel giveaway.
     The deadline to enter the Red Steel giveaway was this past Tuesday night, April 26.  
     How did I go about drawing the winner, and WHO won the Red Steel giveaway?  The images below show it all:


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