Friday, May 3, 2013

April Brewed! Coffee Consumed & Games Played


Coffee Beans
April was a busy month for gaming around here, and while the amount of coffee consumed in the month stayed the same, the number of blends brewed in the month was pretty low from previous months. There was no April Fools post, like one in a previous year, but there was a debut data report, a WiiWare Wednesday post, and even one of my more rare opinion pieces!

If you only skimmed occasional posts here in April, here's what you may have missed:
1) Do you enjoy playing darts? You might want to download the free WiiWare demo for Dart Rage and try it out, and you can see its official U.S. Nintendo Channel data report, HERE.
2) Want a highly rated Wii fishing game? If you own a Wii or even a Wii U, you should check out Fishing Resort. Its official Nintendo Channel debut data report, HERE.
3) Was Xenoblade Chronicles good? Apparently so, and it had a solid number of hours reported over its first year. You can read its official Nintendo Channel data report, HERE.
4) How many hours can you expect to play Red Steel 2 before beating it? You can see the average hours reported "Per person" for the game in its official Nintendo Channel data report from last month, HERE.
5) Have you been interested in getting a Kirby game, but wanted to know how many hours you could expect? If you own a Wii or Wii U, I would suggest starting with Kirby's Adventure from my short time with the game so far. See how much the Wii version was reported to have been played since it released, in its official U.S. Nintendo Channel data report posted last month, HERE.
6) Yes, I covered a darts game and a fishing game in April, but I also covered one of the Wii's best racing games (my opinion, I know) where you could play darts and fish randomly, DURING races. If you skipped ExciteBots: Trick Racing, you can see the average hours you might expect from the game, HERE.

Now, what coffee(s) did I consume and games did I play in April, even seeing the credits roll in one? Brew yourself some coffee (seriously, wall of text below!), and let's take a look!

Coffee(s) Consumed
This is short, and simple. During April we only brewed up Maxwell House Gourmet Roast coffee. We did go through one full container of it in April though, and the second container which we bought in April is about empty. Mrs. Coffee enjoys the blend a lot, and I think it has a nice, solid, flavor as well.

Games Played
Assassin's Creed III - Why did the colonists win the Revolutionary War? One going theory is because they threw a tea party, and chose coffee as their drink of choice during the war instead. The very first night I played Assassin's Creed III, I noticed a coffee reference in the game and even took a picture of it. I don't remember another coffee reference in the game, but that doesn't matter. I ended up putting a good number of hours into the game in early April, and on April 14th I tweeted the following out:
Speaking of putting in a good number of hours into the game, I'm a little confused on what my play time with the game actually was. My Wii U's Daily Log channel shows one number, while my save file shows two different times (I didn't notice this until today). You can see in the image below two times shown on my Assassin's Creed III save file, as it appeared after I beat the game:
39 hours, or 20 hours? Which one was it?
I did leave the game paused/on quite often, so being near 40 hours overall doesn't surprise me (the Wii U cut off several times due to the game being paused for an hour). I just wonder if the 20 hours shown are more of a direct reflection of when I was actually moving in and playing the game? I thought that perhaps my play time was around 15-20 hours when I had completed it, before even looking at the time(s) on the file. Overall though, I enjoyed my time with the game, and it offers a lot of content (notice in my save file image, I finished the game with only 37% of it complete).
LittleBigPlanet - Bean 1 really enjoys this game, and laughs hysterically when certain things happen in it. It could be Sackboy falling in a hole, getting pounded by something in the level, or just racing vehicles in levels and watching them make jumps. I am volunteered by him to play some of the levels every now and then, and this is how I ended up playing LBP in April. I didn't play it a lot, but I did beat a few of the levels when I would randomly sit down to play it. I'm not sure how much we have really progressed in the game, but I do enjoy it when I play it.
Nintendo Land - Bean 1 and I played some matches of Animal Crossing: Sweet DayLuigi's Ghost Mansion, and Mario Chase. We also attempted a few rounds of Metroid Blast, so he could start learning the controls in that mini-game as well. Bean 1 played Donkey Kong's Crash Course on his own, and I showed him a trick (a few months ago) to get around the blowing in the microphone aspect, which results in hilariously loud "GO! GO! GO! GO! GO! GO!" phrases at the Wii U GamePad. It works, and if you don't like blowing into the GamePad's mic, or have little kids that may run out of air quickly, just teach them to talk to it loudly. Bean 1 also played Yoshi's Fruit Cart, and is incredibly good (for his age!) at Pikmin Adventure! I think Nintendo Land will continue to be a slow burner for us, with some months where it's played a lot, and other months perhaps not at all.

Rabbids Land - Last month in my March Brewed post I asked, "How many hours does it take to unlock all the mini-games in Rabbids Land?" I already had more than 10 hours of play time logged for the game, but still didn't have all the mini-games unlocked. Well, I unlocked the rest of the Rabbids Land mini-games in early April, and my current play time is now 12 hours 21 minutes.
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed - I'm making some slow progress in this one, but still really enjoying the game. I'm working my way through the game's career mode and unlocking new tracks, and leveling up some of the racers in the game (slowly, but surely).
Toki Tori 2 - I ran out to Best Buy in early April to grab a Wii U eShop card. Why? We had some saved up Best Buy Reward Zone coupons, that almost covered the price of the eShop card, which I planned to use to grab Toki Tori 2 and other Wii U eShop games. I did end up getting Toki Tori 2, but without having to use my eShop card! I have enjoyed my short time with the game, and some of the puzzles I have encountered so far are incredibly well designed.

Do you know the names of these characters?
Trine 2: Director's Cut - If you have played Trine 2, you may remember how the levels in the game have hidden items scattered about. After I finished the game's main campaign (saw the credits roll) a few months back, I had been going back and attempting to find the items I had missed in the different levels. In April, I found all of the hidden map pieces, and finally unlocked the Wii U's exclusive level!
World of Goo - Bean 1 can start this one up on his own, and he is even beating some of the levels in it. I played some levels in the game with him watching, and I'm not really sure how many more levels we have left (if any), because we have reached one, and I'm not really sure what to do in it. It's gotten a good bit of play time though, and was well worth the price of admission I paid for it, which I think was around $1.

Mario Kart DS - I don't how many times I played the different mini-games in this one during April, but it was a good bit. One thing I am learning though, Bean 1 will probably soon be able to beat me in a race! He's doing power-slides, finishing first in many races, and even completing entire cup races in first. Having Mario Kart on the go is a nice option for him in the car, and it's gotten a lot more play time these last few months from Bean 1 (and I) playing than it ever did in the many years before.
Mario Kart Wii - We have had Mario Kart Wii in our collection for a few years, like Mario Kart DS, but I think because of Bean 1 the game has actually been played more recently, than the past years combined as well. I really enjoy just listening to the music in some of the levels, and I think Moo Moo Meadows is probably my favorite track right now because of its tune. Bean 1 is pretty good in this one, but the items in the game are pretty ridiculous. He'll often be in 1st place approaching the finishing line in the last lap, then get hit with by a Spiny Shell ( the evil blue shell!), sometimes followed up by consecutive hits from Red Shells. He sometimes gets frustrated when it happens, because he's understanding finishing the race in different places gets different points now, and I get frustrated for him when I see it happen! I really hope Nintendo balances Mario Kart U, more than Mario Kart Wii.

New Super Mario Bros. U - I beat the last level in New Super Mario Bros. U, again, in April because Bean 1 had attempted it a few times on his own. We usually run around in the game just playing random levels now, and Bean 1 actually enjoys running around the world map, launching from the cannons randomly placed around it. We started playing some of the "Challenges" and "Boost Rush" levels under the game's "Play with Mii" section, and even Mrs. Coffee attempted a few of the Boost Rush levels. How many hours have we played New Super Mario Bros. U? According to our Wii U's Daily Log channel, our play time is currently 30 hours 13 minutes, over 20 "Times Played". If you finished the main campaign of New Super Mario Bros. U, have you found yourself going back and playing the game more?
Super Mario 64 - I still haven't finished this game! We have collected 20+ stars though, and the file has not yet been deleted, so we are making some progress. Bean 1 enjoys running around the castle and different levels, and can even complete a few of the hunts for stars in the levels. This one seems to be a slow burner for us, played pretty randomly, but we definitely enjoy it when its played.

Kirby's Adventure - I never owned Kirby's Adventure on the NES, but I can remember watching a friend play it. When Nintendo put Kirby's Adventure on sale for only 30 cents to help promote the Wii U's Virtual Console service, I bought it the first day it became available. I think that Kirby's ability to suck up an enemy and copy its power is really awesome. I have really enjoyed my time with the game, and Bean 1 has enjoyed playing the game as well. Here is a video (again) of him playing in a few of the levels:

Kirby Mass Attack - This is a new one that is now in our collection! With how much Bean 1 was enjoying Kirby's Adventure on the Wii U, I took advantage of an Amazon.com sale on Kirby Mass Attack last week and grabbed it for him for just $12.72. Not only have Bean 1 and I played the game, but Mrs. Coffee has as well. So far, we're enjoying the game and the touch screen mechanics haven't really given Bean 1 any trouble. Seeing how well the touch screen controls work in the game (from my time with it anyway, not sure if the later stages represent any problems?), I think it'll be interesting if Nintendo releases a Wii U Kirby game like Mass Attack, where the GamePad's touch screen is the main (or, even only) way of controlling the game.

The quick "Instant Coffee" list of games (also including demos) I played in April is: Super Mario 64, Assassin's Creed III, World of Goo, Rabbids Land, Toki Tori 2, New Super Mario Bros. U, Mario Kart DS, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, Mario Kart Wii, LittleBigPlanet, Kirby's Adventure, Trine 2: Director's Cut, Kirby Mass Attack, Fat Princess, Rayman Legends Demo, Rayman Legends Challenges App, and Nintendo Land.

Questions
Did any of you perhaps get a new game in April, like how Kirby Mass Attack joined our collection? If so, what game(s) did you get, and have you enjoyed it?

As always though, what games did you play in April (even if not necessarily "new"), and coffees did you consume during the month?

19 comments:

  1. Good morning.

    I really laughed at: and chose coffee as their drink of choice during the war instead.


    As for the hours played, that would be my guess. Pause time, maybe deaths/reloads. I saw that in a couple of games I played recently too, where I know I logged longer than what the game time showed in my save file.


    I was amused hearing that Bean 1 was getting some Mario Kart Wii time in. My older 2 got a fair amount of that (and the Bioschok games) in this month.


    I didn't buy many games - just Injustice, which I really like. I have been getting loaned some games though too, having knocked out Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite and just got and started Uncharted 3.


    I sunk a bunch of time into Persona 4 for my Vita and Fire Emblem for my 3DS (that game's about the only reason my 3DS has gotten much use over the last two months, but man it's a good game)


    I have also knocked out a few other titles like Unfinished Swan, Guacamelee!, Dead Space 2, Ni no Kuni and am now on the 2nd to last chapter of Dead Space 3. Hoping to beat that tonight.


    In terms of mobile games on my phone, Tekken Card Fighter, Angry Birds Star Wars and Infinity Blade II have been my main ones.

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  2. "I was amused hearing that Bean 1 was getting some Mario Kart Wii time in. My older 2 got a fair amount of that (and the Bioschok games) in this month."

    If your older 2 played MKW online any, they MAY have played against Bean 1! He will randomly select the online section, and do a few races. He usually ends up not participating in the actual "race" though, and I'm not sure why. He'll go driving off the course and just driving backwards, it's like he's trying to ruin somebody else's game or something!

    "I didn't buy many games - just Injustice, which I really like."

    I actually meant to ask somebody that reviewed the Wii U version about GamePad play. I don't remember reading if the game offers it, but I know a friend that would probably really enjoy that feature now.

    "...2nd to last chapter of Dead Space 3. Hoping to beat that tonight."
    Uh huh, and I'm sure you were taking a break from playing Uncharted 3, to type this?



    Thanks for the feedback! BTW, are you drinking any coffee since we are still officially/unofficially in Winter?

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  3. Man, your April gaming puts mine to shame! Glad to hear that LBP is still getting some playtime, it's a pretty crazy but enjoyable game.

    You've gotta beat Super Mario 64! I was actually on my second play-through, and tried to get all the stars before beating the game. However after getting to 116 stars I got frustrated with the secret stars on the last couple levels (where you collect 100 coins to get a star).

    In April I bought Super Mario Galaxy and Donkey Kong Country Returns, loving them both so far!

    Also in April I've played a lot of Assassin's Creed 1, Super Mario 3D Land, and Lord of the Rings Online.

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  4. "In April I bought Super Mario Galaxy and Donkey Kong Country Returns, loving them both so far!"
    Nice! Do you have anybody you game with, to perhaps play through DKCR with? Or, just solo?


    On you playing Assassin's Creed 1, is it your first time playing it, and are you trying to work your way through the series? Or, just playing it because you have had it a while?


    I played and beat Assassin's Creed 1 a few years back, and then finished Assassin's Creed III in April, but haven't played any of the other games in the series.


    Thanks for the comment and feedback!

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  5. Weird...my comment showed up in my email, but not here on this section. So, here is my comment from like 7 hours ago!

    "I was amused hearing that Bean 1 was getting some Mario Kart Wii time in. My older 2 got a fair amount of that (and the Bioschok games) in this month."

    If your older 2 played MKW online any, they MAY have played against Bean 1! He will randomly select the online section, and do a few races. He usually ends up not participating in the actual "race" though, and I'm not sure why. He'll go driving off the course and just driving backwards, it's like he's trying to ruin somebody else's game or something!

    "I didn't buy many games - just Injustice, which I really like."

    I actually meant to ask somebody that reviewed the Wii U version about GamePad play. I don't remember reading if the game offers it, but I know a friend that would probably really enjoy that feature now.

    "...2nd to last chapter of Dead Space 3. Hoping to beat that tonight."
    Uh huh, and I'm sure you were taking a break from playing Uncharted 3, to type this?

    Thanks for the feedback! BTW, are you drinking any coffee since we are still officially/unofficially in Winter?

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  6. I'm currently going solo in DKCR, but afterwards my brother and I are going to tackle the game in co-op mode.


    Yep this is my first time playing through Assassin's Creed, I actually bought this game and Assassin's Creed 2 last summer during the big Steam sale. I played it a little bit last summer, but got turned off by the weird control scheme. Lately I've tried the game again and I finally got used to the controls, I'm enjoying it quite a bit!


    Assassin's Creed III looks like a lot of fun, I'm hoping to work my way up to that game eventually.

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  7. Yep, I had some coffee and you know what it was. Another 4 cans in-route for Monday.

    That was alot of gaming there coffee!! I am thinking about getting Kirby's Adventure on 3DS, the new 3D 'remastered' one. But $4.99 isn't as tempting as 0.30. :)

    Was mostly a Link to the Past month where I made a good bit of progress and am past the first dungeon of the dark world. Also played a ton of Bonk's Adventure, sorry I mean Dinosaur Boy. It's requested alot around here lately.

    Purchases:
    - GTA: Chinatown Wars
    - Bonk's Revenge
    - Shovel knight (kickstarter ended)

    Wii:
    - Zelda: A Link to the Past (5+hr)
    - Bonk's Adventure
    - Bonk's Revenge
    - Super Metroid
    - Mega Man 9
    - Solomon's Key
    - Punch-Out!!
    - Super Mario Bros
    - Retro City Rampage

    3DS:

    - GTA: Chinatown Wars
    - Excitebike
    - Mutant Mudds
    - Dementium II
    - Gunman Clive
    - Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 Trailer (watched it so many times that it should be included)

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  8. "...last summer during the big Steam sale."

    I remember that horrid, horrid, horrid sale! Trying to get monies from my bank account, they should be investigated for extortion!


    Thanks for the feedback again!

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  9. Still waiting for some killer WiiU deals. :) It's good to see the VC coming along even if it's in the trickle style like the Wii. Gamepad play for VC is one of my top features. Have to see how that shakes out for WiiUVC 'upgrade' costs (existing Wii VC purchases) and also 3DS cross-play costs.

    Several games I think are just called 'jump', like Super Mario and maybe megaman 9. Though that's now either blue jump monkey or meg-gar-man.

    Yep, still considering getting a 3DS XL and selling this one. (which is in excellent condition btw) I haven't seen a decent sale on the XL's recently, but would like to get it under $199.

    Would probably include the dreamgear grip and maybe MK7.

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  10. " and selling this one. (which is in excellent condition btw)"

    My original offer still stands!

    Speaking of GamePad play on the VC, Bean 1 just started playing Kirby's Adventure now...on JUST the GamePad. I asked him if he wanted the TV on, but he said he was fine. He literally chose Kirby's Adventure, over his first choice of NSMBU.



    I turned put in NSMBU after he said that's what he would like to play, handed him the GamePad, and then he selected Kirby's Adventure! Has Mario been replaced?!


    I was hoping for some good sales last week on the regular 3DS, but there weren't any.

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  11. What was that $25? about 100 off the mark. :-)

    Clearly Mario's time is over!

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  12. $25? I don't think it was that high. Okay, I'll give you $50. Then it's like you get the XL for $150 (if it's not on sale).


    You avoid having to go to a certain game store, even if they are giving you more for it. I save you gas money to the store. Saving gas and time (especially time as a parent!) = winning.

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  13. LOL - nope, pretty much coffee-free these days. It's up around the 70's. Now just a lot more water I think, going forward.


    As for Dead Space 3 - it's done. I hadn't actually played Uncharted 2 yet, so my son's playing Uncharted 3 now, and I'll beat Uncharted 2 this week and probably played number 3 sometime next week. See... I made a new purchase... it should get in around the 16th... got a 3d tv for the bedroom, and uncharted 3 supports it,so my buddy told me to hold onto it until I could play it on the new TV and tell him what I thought, since he's been pondering the same TV :P

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  14. "LOL - nope, pretty much coffee-free these days."

    That's a crying shame!

    "It's up around the 70's. Now just a lot more water I think, going forward."

    See, you make this lame temperature excuse. When it was 100+ last summer, I was leading by EXAMPLE, not excuses. I would be out mowing the grass, with my THERMOS of HOT coffee to keep me going! Sure, I might have passed out a few times, but sacrifices must be made when you're blazing trails and leading by example.

    Dead Space 3 is done? Kind of odd, because I visited http://chalgyrsgameroom.blogspot.com/ recently, and didn't see a review. Is it really done, if there is no review? REALLY?!

    As for Uncharted, I have the first one and beat it, but I really need to get the PS3 relocated so I can perhaps attempt a few of the games that I haven't played on it yet. I have Killzone 3 sitting in a case still and a few more that a friend let me "borrow", for an extended period of time.

    As for that 3D TV, have you read about the Wii U GamePad supporting 3D output? I've head/read it by skimming a few articles, but supposedly it does. I saw it in the options in ACIII, but didn't try it myself.



    Thanks for the feedback, again!

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