Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Kirby's Adventure! How much has it been played? Official U.S. Nintendo Channel data report. (Wii Virtual Console)


Coffee Beans
Kirby's Adventure was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System on May 1, 1993 (almost 20 years ago!). The game was re-released through the Wii's Virtual Console service on February 12, 2007 for 500 Wii Points ($5), and just last week Kirby's Adventure was released for the Wii U's Virtual Console service on April 17th. You can currently buy Kirby's Adventure on the Wii U's Virtual Console, at an incredible introductory price of only 30 cents!

For parents (and gamers) wondering if Kirby's Adventure is appropriate for younger ages, the game has an ESRB rating of "EVERYONE" with "Comic Mischief" listed as content to be aware of.

If you own a Wii or Wii U and haven't played Kirby's Adventure, how many hours can you expect from the game? How many U.S. Wii owners have game-play data reported for the game through the Nintendo Channel? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look at the official U.S. Nintendo Channel data for the game!

How many hours have you played?

The Brew
Kirby's Adventure now has approximately 182,222 U.S. Wii owners that have game-play data reported through the Wii's Nintendo Channel, with 2,261 days possibly reported. This is an increase of about 36,864 more players with data reported, since we first looked at the game a few years back.

The game now has 1,114,778 Total Hours of game-play reported, which is an increase of 372,160 Total Hours since June 2010. The average hours now reported of 6 Hours 7 Minutes "Per person", is an 1 Hour 1 Minute increase since 2010. Wii owners are spending just over 35 minutes playing Kirby's Adventure each time reported played, according to this reported data.

While Kirby's Adventure for the Wii's Virtual Console doesn't have a "professional" review score average on GameRankings.com or Metacritic.com, it does have a good number of customer reviews already on the Wii U. Kirby's Adventure on the Wii U currently has a 90% review score average, based on 190 customer reviews from the Wii U's eShop page for the game.

How much has Kirby's Adventure's Wii Virtual Console release made Nintendo, just in the United States? Kirby's Adventure's U.S. Virtual Console release has made Nintendo just over $900,000, according to the approximate number of U.S. Wii owners with data reported and the game's $5 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
Have I played Kirby's Adventure? Yes! When Nintendo released it last week for the Wii U's Virtual Console for 30 cents, I downloaded it. Not only have I played it, but Bean 1 has been playing it and really enjoying it as well.

Is Bean 1 any good at the game though? Well, you can judge for yourself and watch the video below of recorded game-play footage of him playing the game. Remember, he's not even half a decade old!

As for our hours with the game, we have already blown past the average reported for the Wii version, and are already over 10 hours in just the last week. I really enjoy the enemy copy feature, and think the enemies (especially the bosses) are really well done from what I have played so far.

For comparison, the Wii Virtual Console release of Kirby's Adventure has a higher average reported "Per person" than the Wii retail released game Deadly Creatures, and a higher average "Per person" than the Wii Virtual Console release of Wave Race 64So, you should probably easily expect at least 6 hours of game-play from Kirby's Adventure if you have never played it before, and I think it's well worth its asking price of only $5 on the Wii, or currently 30 cents on the Wii U.

If you have young children that enjoy playing games, based on how much Bean 1 has played it, I would say it's a safe choice for younger children as well. As a side note, we have both played the majority of our time with the game on just the Wii U GamePad (Bean 2 is usually strolling around with a cartoon playing on Netflix).

If you own a Wii U and hop on the eShop to grab Kirby's Adventure for only 30 cents, make sure to check out some of the other Wii U eShop games as well! Personally, I would suggest grabbing Trine 2: Director's Cut while it's currently on sale for just $9.99, and if you're up for another game with tough puzzles, Toki Tori 2 might also be a smart choice.

Questions
If you own a Wii U have you purchased and played Kirby's Adventure in the last week, and if so, what do you think about the game if you had never played a Kirby game before?

If you're a fan of Kirby games in general, do you have a favorite game from the series?

You can buy a few Kirby related items below (Bean 1 is getting that plush!):

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