Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Black Ops II will just be on the Wii U", Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 not releasing for the 3DS, DS, or Wii.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be releasing on November 13th, and until now Activision has been quiet about the game releasing for the Nintendo Wii, DS, or 3DS.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has already been confirmed as a Wii U launch title, even pre-launch of sorts, and it will be available to purchase on November 13th. Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release for the Wii, DS, or 3DS this year? Brew yourself some coffee, and hit the jump for a quick Call of Duty games history on the Nintendo DS and Wii, as well as the answers!

Halloween? Check! Hordes of zombies? Check! The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return Data Report

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The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return released for the Nintendo Wii on March 11, 2008. The game was published by Sega, and it received an ESRB rating of "MATURE" with "Blood and Gore, Violence" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

How many hours of gameplay can you expect battling the undead in The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return if you haven't played it? How many U.S. Wii owners have reported playing the game, and how many hours have they reported playing it since the game released over 4 years ago? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Walking Dead to Wii U? Walkers don't talk, neither does Telltale Games?

Somebody, or THING, needs some coffee.
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The Walking Dead episodic games series by Telltale Games is currently available for PC/MAC owners, PlayStation 3 owners, Xbox 360 owners, and iPhone/iPad owners. The series currently has four episodes available to play, and Episode 5 is scheduled for release in December.

After seeing the first two seasons of The Walking Dead on Netflix and finding it interesting, I contacted Telltale Games about the possibility of The Walking Dead episodic games series releasing for the Wii U, since I have the system reserved and because they do have a history of developing an episodic games series on a Nintendo platform.

No answer is usually an answer, but in this situation I have no clue what that answer might be. Maybe my questions weren't clear enough? I know walkers don't talk, at least that's what I have heard, but apparently from my email communications neither does Telltale Games. Brew yourself some coffee, and hit the jump to see my questions emailed to Telltale Games.

"Zombies. Groovy." Black Ops 2 Live Action Trailer

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II will soon land at retailers nation-wide and be available to purchase on November 13th. Treyarch and Activision are busy getting Black Ops II ready for launch, and like last year's release of a live-action trailer for Modern Warfare 3, that has now been followed up with today's release of a live-action trailer for Black Ops II. Brew yourself some coffee, and enjoy the trailer (a few times)!

*NOTE! Apparently the beans spilled out of the bag too soon, and someone released the trailer earlier than it was supposed to be release! Coming from a follow up email, "The explosive :60 second high-octane piece, titled 'Surprise,' will be unveiled on network television in the U.S. tonight on Monday Night Football and will rollout worldwide across high-profile telecasts including elite European football matches."

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mall walkers, or zombies? Probably both? Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop Data Report

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Halloween 2012 is almost here, and over the next few days we will see how many hours Wii owners in the US have reported playing different zombie related games. Do zombies drink coffee? It probably depends on your definition of zombie, but apparently they do like shopping malls.

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop was released for the Wii on February 24, 2009 with a MSRP of $39.99. The game received an ESRB rating of "MATURE" with "Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

How many hours of gameplay can you expect from Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, and how many more US Wii owners and hours have been reported battling zombies in Colorado with Frank West since the last report? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

STAY CALM! Wii U's Miiverse details before launch, & all Wii U features and functionality ready at launch? Nintendo's Bill Trinen and Scott Moffitt

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Do you still have questions about the features and functionality of the Wii U?

There is now less than a month (21 days left, as of today!) before US shoppers can grab the Wii U from store shelves, and run home to play it. Nintendo of America just had another Nintendo Direct conference this week, on Thursday, that detailed games for the Nintendo 3DS system, but it provided no new information about the Wii U system or games for US consumers.

How does Miiverse work? What about the Wii U's eShop games and details? Does the Wii U video chat feature function like the Wii Speak Channel? How about Wii U online multiplayer details? Will every Wii U system feature and functionality we know about be ready when the system launches?

These may be some questions about the Wii U you're wondering about, as I am myself.

Brew yourself some coffee, and hit the jump to listen to Nintendo of America's Bill Trinen's statement about Miiverse being covered in "more detail", and Nintendo of America's EVP of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt's response about the Wii U having all features and functionality "right at launch"!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hours debut for The Last Story! Data Report

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What's faster than Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, but slower than Xenoblade Chronicles?

The Last Story released for the Wii on August 14, 2012 with a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by MISTWALKER, and published by XSEED Games for its North American release. The Last Story received an ESRB rating of "TEEN" with "Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

How many US Wii owners have reported playing The Last Story, and how many hours have they reported playing since the game released? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

What is the most played Just Dance Wii game?

The Roast
The first Just Dance game released on November 17, 2009 for the Nintendo Wii. The game did not receive a typical professional review score average that would make you think it would become one of the best selling Wii games, but apparently many consumers ignored the "professional reviews" and bought the original Just Dance in droves. It has sold millions of copies and its success helped form a new major franchise for Ubisoft, with at least one new game for the series each year, since the original released.

In January this year, Ubisoft announced that since the series launched, it had sold more than 25 million copies. The Wii has had at least 8 games from the Just Dance series, from my count:
Another Just Dance title is releasing this Tuesday, Just Dance: Disney Party.

Which Just Dance game has become the Wii's most played "Per person" and also has the most total hours of gameplay reported, with so many titles for Wii owners to choose from? (Hint: It's not Just Dance 4.) Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Time for rabid Rabbids on Wii U? Time for rabid Rabbids on Wii! Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 Data Report

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Are you looking forward to Rabbids LAND on the Wii U? Did you play any of the Rabbids games on the Wii? We're taking the plunge, and looking at one of them today!

Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 was released for the Wii on November 13, 2007 in the U.S., and was developed by Ubisoft Paris. It released with a MSRP of $49.99, and received an ESRB rating or "EVERYONE 10+" with "Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

How many U.S. Wii owners have reported playing Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, and how many hours have they reported being Rabbid rabid? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Super Mario Bros. U to have online multiplayer? "Online Interactions Not Rated..."

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Will New Super Mario Bros. U have some form of online multiplayer?

New Super Mario Bros. U will be releasing with the Wii U on November 18th, just over a month away now. Nintendo has not really detailed the Wii U's online features, and hasn't even really confirmed which Wii U launch games will feature any sort of online multiplayer, yet. We do know New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land, both Wii U launch titles, have Miiverse functionality; but Miiverse details have not been fully discussed by Nintendo either.

At the Wii U Preview on September 13th, Nintendo showed off two new game modes in New Super Mario Bros. U for the first time, those being the Boost Rush Mode and Challenge Mode. So, Nintendo had kept two new modes in New Super Mario Bros. U under wraps until the Wii U event, and nothing was said if either of those modes would have an online multiplayer function.

Why do I think New Super Mario Bros. U might have a form of online multiplayer, outside of just Miiverse communication? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Greedy? Uncouth? Rude? Wario! Wario Land: Shake It! Data Report

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Why did Nintendo stop publishing and shipping Wario Land: Shake It! as I reported in January 2010, and why isn't the game a Wii Nintendo Selects title yet? Is it because Nintendo thinks the "W" is misprinted upside-down in the title? If the game was, "Mario Land: Shake It!", would it be a Nintendo Selects title already?

Wario Land: Shake It! was released for the Wii on September 22, 2008 in the U.S., and was developed by GOOD-FEEL and published by Nintendo. The game released with a MSRP of $49.99, and it received an ESRB rating of "Everyone" with "Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

How many U.S. Wii owners have reported playing Wario Land: Shake It!, and how many hours have they reported playing it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Coffee Bean Counting: Which Wii U digital title(s) are you interested in?

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Another Coffee Bean Counting poll was posted last week, and has now closed. While Nintendo has shown and detailed many of the Wii U's retail games, and we know the MSRPs on most of them, there isn't a lot of information on the Wii U's digital titles. We don't know specific release dates for any of them yet, though some developers have said launch day is what they're trying for; and more importantly (to me anyway) we don't know the prices of the Wii U's digital titles yet.

Hopefully, Nintendo will be answering here soon exactly what digital titles will be available to purchase when the Wii U launches on November 18th here in the U.S., and what prices new Wii U owners can expect to pay for the games. Knowing what the Wii U digital titles will cost me, will probably effect my buying decisions with other Wii U accessories, and even other Wii U retail games.

So, which Wii U digital game had the most votes in the poll that started last week, and which titles did I select? Brew yourself some coffee, and take a look!

The Brew
The poll ran from Wednesday, October 3, 2012 through Wednesday, October 10, 2012. The poll question and available answers to select from can be seen below (also in the main Wii U GamePad image above).

Which Wii U digital title(s) are you interested in?
Little Inferno                                                  15.79%  (6 votes)
Mutant Mudds                                                  7.89%  (3 votes)
Nano Assault Neo                                          15.79%  (6 votes)
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien          13.16%  (5 votes)
Toki Tori 2                                                     13.16%  (5 votes)
Trine 2: Director's Cut                                   34.21%  (13 votes)

How about some awesome charts? Well, PollDaddy even provided charts for the results, so I don't have to plug the results into any spreadsheet program. You can see them below:

Caffeinated Thoughts
I was surprised by the results. I had never heard of Trine 2 that I can recall, until I saw it at E3 this year. I wasn't sure how popular the Trine games were, so I wasn't expecting it to place first in the poll. What Wii U digital game(s) were on my short list of placing first?

I thought Little Inferno, Mutant Mudds, or Runner2 would get the most votes. The reason I thought this is because Little Inferno is being developed by Tomorrow Corporation, which consists of the guys behind World of Goo. I thought Mutant Mudds would be higher due to Renegade Kid's solid support of the Nintendo DS and 3DS, and the fact that Mutant Mudds is a solid, if challenging, platforming title. As for Runner2, it is being developed as a sequel to BIT.TRIP RUNNER and by the same team, so I thought perhaps it might get more votes as well.

So, I was basically thinking that games from developers that have a history of working with Nintendo were going to do well. Again, I just didn't expect the one game I hadn't heard of before E3, Trine 2: Director's Cut, from a developer I didn't  really know, Frozenbyte, to do so well; but that's not a bad thing!

As for which Wii U digital titles I voted for, I selected all of them. Yes, you could do that! It was an honest vote though, as I really think the Wii U digital titles we know about right now, all seem to provide something different from the others (at least from what I can tell), which I think is awesome.

Which Wii U digital title(s) are you interested in?

Are there any Wii U digital titles that have been announced, that perhaps I didn't include in the poll, that you are really interested in?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wario has smooth moves? WarioWare: Smooth Moves Data Report

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Are you ready for Game & Wario on the Wii U? Before looking forward, we're looking back!

WarioWare: Smooth Moves released for the Wii on January 15, 2007 with a MSRP around $49.99. The game was developed by Nintendo's Intelligent Systems, and received an ESRB rating of "Everyone 10+" with "Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence" listed as content for games and parents to be aware of.

The game features "more than 200 lightning-quick microgames", and its "Game Type" is listed as "Mass Microgrames" from Nintendo via the press page.

How many U.S. Wii owners have reported playing the craziness that is WarioWare: Smooth Moves, and how many hours have they reported playing it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

My very "coffee with games" birthday...

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Last week, as has happened every year for my entire life on the same day, I turned another year older. Crazy, I know.

Last week, on my "September Brewed - Coffees Consumed, Games Played!" post, SOMEBODY attempted to spill the beans about my birthday in the comments. FYI, I know who you are, and where you sleep!

So, what items did I get for my birthday last week? Brew yourself some coffee (if you haven't already), and take a look below (picture included for skimmers)!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The CoffeeWithGames feedback winner is...

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Did you miss the "CoffeeWithGames Turns 3!" post at the end of August? Well, I ended up having to wait until we finished our Maxwell House Gourmet Roast coffee, so I could have a coffee container for the giveaway drawing.

To enter the contest I said in the post, "If you leave feedback to the questions below, I'll put your name in the coffee container...and draw it for a coffee and/or game related giveaway."

I dropped the names in the coffee container, gave it a good shaking, but I didn't draw out the winner. Mrs. Coffee did! Brew yourself some coffee, and see which lucky provider of feedback was picked from the container!

Nintendo says no, then yes, now no AGAIN on LEGO City: Undercover's multiplayer feature.

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Does LEGO City: Undercover have a multiplayer option?

About 2 weeks ago now, I posted how Nintendo representatives had been back and forth on LEGO City: Undercover having some form of multiplayer, because the fact sheet for the game showed, "Players: 1-2", while the official page for the game showed, "No. of Players: 1". I waited patiently on responses from Nintendo representatives, and Jeremy, from, even offered to send an email asking for clarification.

We both received two different responses though. The response Jeremy received basically said that LEGO City: Undercover does not have a multiplayer feature. The response I received, a few days after his, told me to refer to the fact sheet for the game which said, "Players: 1-2".

After receiving the two responses, I posted up the "Grounds for Celebration! Award - LEGO City: Undercover" and "LEGO City: Undercover to feature multiplayer? Nintendo says no, then yes?" posts that covered the issue and responses.

Well, I received another response a few days after those posts, and apparently the first response was the right one? Brew yourself some coffee, and take a look at the timeline of responses below, as well as another mention of multiplayer in the game from somebody that played it at E3 this year!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Can the Wii U GamePad be charged with a USB port on the console? Nintendo answers, sort of...

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The Wii U's release is just over a month away now, on November 18th. (44 days, 4 hours, 15 minutes 30 seconds away as of typing this!) Each Wii U console, whether the Deluxe Set or Basic Set, will come with a Wii U GamePad and apparently a Wii U GamePad AC Adapter. From the only pictures I have seen of it, the Wii U GamePad AC Adapter requires an AC outlet; meaning it must be plugged in a wall outlet or power strip.

While the Wii U GamePad can be charged with a cable that has to be plugged in a power outlet for it to charge the GamePad, I was curious if the Wii U GamePad can be charged with just a USB port on the console itself. After some searching and not finding any direct answer to the question, I contacted Nintendo to find out.

I asked, "Can the Wii U GamePad be charged using a USB port on the Wii U console, just with a separate cable; or, can it only be charged with a wall AC outlet?" Brew yourself some coffee, and see how Nintendo responded below!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

September Brewed - Coffees Consumed, Games Played!

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Like coffee in my cup, the month of September is gone! If you skimmed an occasional post here and there during the month, here are some posts you might have missed during September:
With October already brewing, what coffees did I consume and games did I play in September? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Coffees Consumed
Maxwell House coffees were the dominate coffee blends in our house during September. We had three Maxwell House coffee blends in September that we enjoyed, those being:
  • Maxwell House House Blend
  • Maxwell House Dark Roast
  • Maxwell House Gourmet Roast
For the first time in a few months, we purchased some Starbucks coffee during the month, but it wasn't just for brewing. I had been wanting whole coffee beans to record the grinding sound with our grinder, for the Grounds for Celebration videos. Mrs. Coffee was out one day early in September, and I messaged her asking if she could grab some whole coffee beans before coming home. She purchased the Starbucks Blonde Veranda Blend, and it is an extremely light blend. If you don't like your coffee dark and very strong, this would be a good blend to try.

Over the last weekend in September though, Mrs. Coffee and I packed our bags and loaded the car with the boys, and headed off to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee with some friends. While we were in Gatlinburg, I searched for a local coffee shop that I could perhaps grab a cup of coffee from on National Coffee Day. I found a local shop, Coffee & Company, and tried their house blend for the day (either the Costa Rican Tarrazu or the Le Conte View roast).

Games Played
The short list for the games I played in September is: New Super Mario Bros. DS, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, LittleBigPlanet, Mutant Mudds, Rage of the Gladiator, Blacklight: Retribution, Batman: Arkham Asylum, 2 Fast 4 Gnomz, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Bros., and BIT.TRIP RUNNER.

New Super Mario Bros. DS - Bean 1 is still playing this, even with a barely functioning bottom screen. He'll ask/tell me (or, I'll be volun-told as Chalgyr said) to play few of the levels from time-to-time, and we are currently back in World 3. I have been tempted to take apart the DS Lite, and see if I can figure out the touch screen problems; I even looked up a few YouTube videos on how to do it.
Super Mario World - Not much new here to report, but Bean 1 and I are still enjoying this one on the Virtual Console like most of the other Mario games.
Super Mario 64 - This one became Bean 1's Mario game of choice in September. He has improved GREATLY in the game. I have attempted to record footage of him in the levels a few times, but usually start recording a little late. He beat Koopa the Quick on September 9th, and enjoys running around the castle and levels; but like NSMBDS, I get asked/told to play a few levels and do a few things in it from time-to-time.
LittleBigPlanet - Bean 1 asks to play this as his last delay tactic before bed usually. He is pretty good at getting through levels in the game now, and he has found some incredibly designed player created levels, with Mario themes and even a Phineas and Ferb level that I was really impressed with. Like the Mario games, I usually get asked to play a few of the levels to help out, and show him how to get through certain areas.
Mutant Mudds - I purchased Mutant Mudds for my PC the first week of September, and I have really enjoyed my time with it so far. The game is definitely challenging, and platforming fans should enjoy it. I have been using the default controls in the game, but you can adjust them or use a separate gamepad if you want. Bean 1 has even attempted to play a few of the levels, which I found amusing to watch.
Rage of the Gladiator - I played a few matches again, and realized that there are quite a few bosses I haven't recorded/uploaded any footage from yet. I may do that for an October post, or two.
Blacklight: Retribution - I decided to give this one another try in September, and enjoyed my time in a few matches one night in September. I actually placed 3rd in a match, which I think is the highest I have placed so far. I just started attempting to change out my gear, and once finding where to look, it seems like a pretty easy process once you have the points and the required level in the game to use better equipment. If you have a Steam account and enjoy FPS games, I would easily recommend you giving Blacklight: Retribution a try considering it is free-to-play.

The game shows the top three players at the end of each match.
Batman: Arkham Asylum - I'm not sure how close I am to beating the game, but I think I have made some decent progress in it so far. Perhaps before the Wii U releases, I can finish Arkham Asylum, then give Arkham City a try on the Wii U. I'm still enjoying my time with the game, and I like how the game is challenging and makes me think of ways to clear rooms of enemies. Batman is not invincible!
2 Fast 4 Gnomz - Bean 1 clicked on this WiiWare demo from the SD card menu on our Wii. I ended up being volunteered by him to play it, and completed the demo. The game is insane, at least from my time with the demo. Think BIT.TRIP RUNNER style where you don't stop moving forward, but the graphical style kept making me wonder if I was going to have a seizure! One thing I did like that 2 Fast 4 Gnomz provided in each level was the number of times you had attempted it. So, if you hit spikes, fall in holes, or just miss your jumps 20, 30, 40, or 50 times, you know exactly how many times you have been tortured by the level. The level of difficulty might be too much for your average gamer also, but if you enjoy tough challenges I do recommend giving the demo a try.
Super Mario Bros. 3 - Another Virtual Console game that has shown to be a great value for us. Bean 1 is still running around in some of the levels, and can complete World 1-1 and World 1-2 now usually without any/many issues.
BIT.TRIP RUNNER - On National Coffee Day, I started with the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast, then the house blend from Coffee & Company, then a cup from McDonald's, then I ended the day/night with another cup(s) of the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast. Right before sleep took over Saturday night, I played BIT.TRIP RUNNER on Mrs. Coffee's laptop.

Did you have a coffee blend/roast of choice in September?  What video games did you play during September, and would you recommend any of the ones that you did play?

Also, if you have any questions about the games I played or the coffees I consumed in September, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Is Ōkami for the PS3 worth $20? How many hours can you expect from Ōkami? Data Report

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Should you judge a book game by its cover? Can a video game's box art help sell it? I have a friend that loves wolves, almost anything to do with wolves. Right after he purchased a Wii he was in Game Stop looking around, when he noticed a white wolf on a game box. The game was Ōkami for the Wii, and he left Game Stop with Ōkami because the box art caught his attention.

Ōkami was originally released for the PlayStation 2, and originally developed by Clover Studio (now closed) and published by Capcom. The game was updated with Wii motion controls, and released for the Wii in North America on April 15, 2008. Both the PlayStation 2 and Wii versions of Ōkami received an ESRB rating of "Teen" with "Blood and Gore, Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco" listed as content for games and parents to be aware of.

If you're a PlayStation 3 owner and haven't played Ōkami yet, but are interested in the soon to be released PS3 version of the game, how many hours can you expect from it? Well, how many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing Ōkami and what is the average number of hours played "Per person"? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!


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