Tuesday, May 21, 2013

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes! How much have U.S. Wii owners reported playing? Official Nintendo Channel data report.

Coffee Beans
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (LB2) was developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game released last June for the Wii, (and the 3DS, DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and Xbox 360) with a MSRP of $39.99. The game just released for the Wii U, and has a MSRP of $49.99. Both Wii and Wii U versions of the game received an ESRB rating of "EVERYONE 10+" with "Cartoon Violence" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

How many U.S. Wii owners have data reported for the game, since it released last year? Also, with the Wii U version of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes now out, how many hours can you expect from the game if you have never played it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look at the official U.S. Wii Nintendo Channel data!

The Brew
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes now has approximately 36,975 U.S. Wii owners with the 1,108,297 Total Hours of game-play data reported, with about 335 days reported. This is an increase of just over 33,000 U.S. Wii owners that have had game-play data for the game reported, since its debut hours report last July. Also, the reported Total Hours have increased by over 1,000,000 Total Hours just since last report, which is excellent for a Wii title less than a year old.

The game's average reported play time of 29 Hours 59 Minutes "Per person", averages to be about 2 Hours 35 Minutes played per time reported through the Nintendo Channel. This means that if you play LEGO Batman 2 like the average U.S. Wii owner has, you should be able to expect at least around 30 hours of game-play from it.

How does LEGO Batman 2's average hours "Per person" compare to other Wii LEGO games though? Compared to the original LEGO Batman's, LB2's reported average is about 7 hours lower right now. Compared to LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7's reported average, LB2's average is about 9 hours higher than it is right now. What about compared to Captain Jack's LEGO adventure? LEGO Batman 2's average is higher than it is by almost 6 hours right now.

Last July, the Wii version had just two "professional" critic reviews in its overall average on GameRankings. Surprisingly, the game still only has those two critics' reviews averaged, and its critic review score average is still 81.50% on GameRankings.com.

The customer review score average numbers is a very different story. Last year the game had 24 customer reviews on Amazon.com, and its review score average was 85.83%. Now, LEGO Batman 2 on the Wii has a customer review score average of 87.66%, based on 180 customer reviews!

Caffeinated Thoughts
The description for the Wii U version says, "Batman and Robin return in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes for Wii U. Experience one of the best-selling games of 2012 with new and enhanced gameplay utilizing the Wii U GamePad. With help from other famous DC Super Heroes including Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, the Dynamic Duo are in for a fight to put the notorious villains Lex Luther and The Joker behind bars and save Gotham City."

I still haven't played either of the LEGO Batman games, but just tonight I watched the Wii U trailer for LEGO Batman 2 about 20 times in a row (seriously), with Bean 1 and Bean 2. Bean 1 was then repeating one of the lines from it, after watching it so much! If you haven't seen the trailer for the Wii U version, it shows off some of the "enhanced gameplay" Wii U features with the GamePad. Take a look:

I personally think the two player mode, with player one using the GamePad and player two having the TV is an awesome setup. We have LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, and Bean 1 and I have played it together. The way the screen starts attempting to split up in it, can be a bit confusing to him, but with the Wii U's GamePad element he could concentrate on one screen and myself (or, the Mrs. or even Bean 2 one day) on the other.

While LEGO Batman 2's Wii U price is currently more than double that of the other console versions, I think for some LEGO game fans the local co-op using the Wii U GamePad might be enough for them to justify picking it up. If you don't own a Wii U (yet), you can get LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes for under $20 on most of the other consoles now. Which with how many hours the game has reported averaged on the Wii, I think it's a great price.

Have you missed the first two opportunities to get entered for a chance to win Psychonauts, Costume Quest, and Stacking? If so, here's a third opportunity! Make sure you're following me on Twitter, HERE; and tweet out this post using the Twitter button below the post (pointed out in the image above if you're unsure which button), AND include the hashtag #LEGOBatmanCoffee and tweet it to @TTGames. The winner has been announced, HERE.

Have any of you played and beaten LEGO Batman 2 since it released last year? If so, what do you think about the game?

If you own a Wii U, are you interested in picking up that version, perhaps just because of the way the local multiplayer is done, with each player having their own dedicated screen?

You can see LEGO Batman 2 for the Wii and Wii U, and a few other Batman related items, below!


  1. The game here is very interesting and attractive players like me. but it seems very few people know about it

  2. I bought Lego Batman 1 used and liked it quite a bit, but the constant switching of costumes/characters got a bit tedious. LBM2 I got new for Wii and it is quite an improvement over the first. It's neat how much story they could get from pantomime, but the voice acting/storyline is simply great! I did beat LBM2, and it felt a bit short, but there are tons of vehicles and characters to unlock or you can just run around Lego Gotham. Superman is unlocked fairly early and in some ways breaks the game because he is so powerful and makes a lot of the other characters redundant. Still, I made a point to play the story mode in small doses because I enjoyed it so much. I generally like the Lego games, owning Batman 1-2, both Star Wars,both Indiana Jones games, Pirates of the Carribean, Lord of the Rings, and today I picked up Lego City for Wiiu. They can be a little monotonous, but each has it's own dynamics that make them feel different. They are always a great value because they offer so much potential playtime.

    Now, had I had known a WIIU version of LBM2 was on the way I would have waited for that, simply because a lot of characters XBOX/PS3 versions got, the Wii version did not. A very similiar thing happened with Amazing Spider-man Wii. The other versions got content the Wii version didn't. It would be nice if that extra stuff could be downloaded, but it's not in the cards.

  3. Like Drew below - I have Lego 1 (for the Xbox 360). My daughter loved it. She never asked about the 2nd one, which feels like it came out with a lot less marketing and fanfare. We haven't picked up many Lego games of late where as we used to grab just about all of them. Lego fatigue on our part maybe?

  4. I'm downloading my review copy on the Wii U now! I also entered your contest, I'm hoping I win (I missed the humble bundle) and I am quite interested in all 3 of those games!

    Oh and guess what Coffee, I didn't skim the post either :D!

  5. Hopefully the Wii U version can get some attention, and I would imagine the local co-op the way it is setup would be a good way to advertise the game to families. Whether in print, or video form like they did with the launch trailer.

    Thanks for the comment!

  6. "It would be nice if that extra stuff could be downloaded, but it's not in the cards."

    Yeah, the good news about the Wii U, is that with games that simply offer extra DLC costumes, or even single-player levels, there's not really a reason the DLC can't hit the Wii U. If it's a multiplayer game though, I do understand the game hitting certain numbers if it's a map pack.

    "Superman is unlocked fairly early and in some ways breaks the game because he is so powerful and makes a lot of the other characters redundant."
    Are you forced to use certain characters, or could you choose to not even use Superman if you didn't want?

    Thanks for the comment and feedback, and I hope you enjoy LEGO City (somebody sent me some cool images from the game on Miiverse, a little coffee related!).

  7. "She never asked about the 2nd one..."

    That's because she was waiting on the Wii U version of it, right? This way you can play through the game together, but separately. One on the TV, one on the GamePad. Makes a lot of sense why she didn't ask about it now...so, when you getting a Wii U? :)

    "...which feels like it came out with a lot less marketing and fanfare."

    Yeah, I'm really surprised at the lower number of critic reviews on the Wii version, but the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions did have a good number more.

    "Lego fatigue on our part maybe?"
    Perhaps, too much of a good thing, can be a bad thing. Or, everything in moderation, especially moderation?

    Thanks for the comment and feedback!

  8. "I'm downloading my review copy on the Wii U now!"

    Awesome! I expect the entire campaign to be played, co-operatively, before the review is published.... :)

    *raising the review standards, but never writing reviews. Leading. By. Example!

    As for the contest, you are the first! Lots of skimmers around, as a guy on another site said, "In the picture: "Want to win Psychonauts, Costume Quest, and Stacking? Detail in post."


    I couldn't sign in though, to let him know the details were in the post....

    Thanks for the comment, and I'll be looking for your review of the game!

  9. As I recall, the story dictates actually having Batman, Robin, and Superman for at least two levels. Much like the specialized suits for Batman and Robin, Superman's skill set is required to bypass certain obstacles, while B&R perform other tasks, so all three characters are required to complete goals best suited to their skill sets. After that, you can use Superman but don't have to. It's easier to play as Superman, but the flying can be a a bit frustrating to use precisely. Superman is very helpful in finding/getting to out of the way rewards, however. Much later in the game you get access to the Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, etc. Of course once the game is beat you unlock free play, where you can swap characters whenever you wish.

    What surprised me about the missing characters was I assumed they were unlockable somehow, but apparently they are only an option for the 360/PS3 versions, and even that depended on where you purchased the game. So I guess to see the full game they want you to buy multiple copies? I don't care THAT much!
    I recently bought Injustice, a DC based fighting game and while DLC characters are availiable for PS360, Wiiu owners have to wait a few months, for some reason. The frustrating part is it's labeled as a feature on the back of the box, but WB refused to give a straight answer for weeks! The recently announced Batman game in the Arkham series is having the same problem currently, so I went ahead and cancelled my pre-order, and may not purchase the game at all now. So while the other consoles DEFINITELY get the content, we MIGHT get the content. Since I know you recently completed ACIII, which has DLC do you have any insight on why this seems to be happening?

  10. Interesting!!

    I never really got into the LEGO games myself because I guess you can say that I just don't have it in me to play these type of games because I already have a VERY long backlog of games that I need to finish and so the lego games are not very high on my list. However! I will admit the demo's were fun when I played them on the 3DS / PS3 versions and I always wondered what the difference would be if you compared the Lego City Undercover for the Wii U version and the Lego City Under: The Chase Begins for the 3DS version.

    Would that even count even though the 3DS is a prequel or would you say it's fair enough to compare the data/stats if the Wii U and 3DS had the Nintendo data app like the Wii version does? Either way you have to admit it would make an interesting report.

    Also, what type of coffee are you having while you just posted this? What type of beans? With or without Milk? I prefer my coffee black with nothing in it!

    Man I hope Nintendo releases the Nintendo Channel data app for the Wii U version or 3DS in the future!

  11. Thank you sir! Sure, sure I'll play the WHOLE game.....before...I...review...it....what the heck?! Hey, at least I'll make sure to post how many hours I put in before I review the game.

    As for the contest, well...fingers crossed then!

  12. Also forgot to add, since the Nintendo channel data was released 6 months after the Wii launched in 2006, I wonder if Nintendo will maybe somehow release something similar for the Wii U. I mean after all they have the Nintendo Direct thing happening more often lately BUT since there is no more demos section because all the demos are available on the e-shop now which is much better than downloading it to the regular DS back during the Wii Nintendo Channel days. *sigh* I really hope Nintendo releases a Nintendo Channel update for the Wii. It would be fun to see how much time you're friends play whichever games we own or whatnot, etc. One thing I loved about the Nintendo channel data for the regular Wii is that it could PROVE if the reviewers/journalism actually did play the game or not since journalism these days are really shady and full of negative/lies or whatever just so they can get views/paycheck. Not coffeewithgams though! I meant like Kotaku, Game Informer, etc all the big time gossip blogs that claim to be a "hardcore" gamer when in reality they are probably just blowing smoke up their asses. I remember this one blogger who used to review Wii games, he/she would always prove by attaching a picture of how much time she/he put into the Wii game when writing a review, sadly I think whoever that person was stoped writing reviews and I forgot who it was but that is something I think more journalism needs to do these days because I find it very hard to believe. I know the Wii U and 3DS has activity logs and I would love to see more gossip video game writers post a screenshot of how much time they really did put into the Wii U or 3DS game when reviewing a game.

  13. No, no. You must play the WHOLE game WITH the little Bean in your avatar picture. From start, to finish. I'll be expecting the review to go up before 2020? At least, if you make progress in games like we do some around here...beat one or two levels, delete the save file. Next day, move to a new game on a different system altogether. A few days/weeks later, go back to the original game and start again...continue the cycle of "play/delete/play other things".

  14. "Much like the specialized suits for Batman and Robin, Superman's skill set is required to bypass certain obstacles"

    Yeah, that makes sense even with the other LEGO games. I know some of the puzzles in it confused me early on, because I didn't realize I needed to switch to different characters in different spots.

    "What surprised me about the missing characters was I assumed they were unlockable somehow, but apparently they are only an option for the 360/PS3 versions, and even that depended on where you purchased the game."

    Ah, yeah that means they probably tied some of the characters as "pre-order" or "store" bonuses. That's happening quite often now. Thanks for clarifying that!

    On the Injustice situation, I did find that odd. I mean, it's not like Black Ops II where it's entire levels/modes potentially splitting up a small user base. It's characters.

    As for ACIII having DLC, and some games not, the only thing I can thing of is the publishers/developers are now using it as a "pitch" to the console makers. Like how Activision is in a contract with Microsoft to release Call of Duty DLC first. I'm guessing Microsoft "paid" Activision for that in some fashion, whether actual cash or in helping them advertise the games.

    Honestly, the only game I can really understand not having DLC on the Wii U right now, is Black Ops II because of the type of DLC it is. It's not simply new characters, or even just new weapons. It's entire maps, and if not everybody has the DLC with those maps, it makes the small install base already smaller...which I do actually blame NOA for that situation.

    I'm not sure if ACIII has had any multiplayer DLC, but I do know the single-player I think had the George Washington DLC, not sure what else.

    Hopefully as/if the Wii U situation turns around, the DLC problems won't be an issue. The other thing that should be noted, it appears some games have almost purposely been delayed/pushed past the June Wii U update release. Not sure why that would actually affect DLC releasing, but it could be something?

    I missed hearing about the DLC maybe not hitting the Wii U version, which is definitely interesting if true.

    Thanks for the comment and feedback again!

    OH! As for Injustice on the Wii U, how do you like it? I'm interested in it, because of the GamePad play. It can be played entirely on the GamePad, right? It's been a very long time since I purchased a fighting game. So, I have been debating on adding that and Tekken Tag 2 to my list.

  15. Yeah, comparing the hours of LEGO City Wii U to 3DS would be interesting, just to see how the portable version averages out in the hours department compared to the console version.

    As for coffee drinking while posting it up, I was drinking Beaumont Coffee Classic Roast. We decided to get brave, and try a new blend.

    Also, we buy most of the coffee we use already ground up, but do have a bag (or, two) of whole beans I use as an emergency stash if we start running low.

    I drink my coffee black, 99.50% of the time (probably a little more than that).

    Thanks for the comment, and stopping by!

  16. DLC aside, Injustice is quite good! The story mode takes about 7-8 hours and is entertaining. The online fights on Wiiu can't be set up to fight people on your friend list though, it's just random. I thought I was pretty good, but those guys are just brutal! There are a variety of modes, tons of things to unlock, challenge missions, and XP to earn. It was on sale for $35 at Toys R Us so I snapped it up. It can be played entirely on the gamepad and feels very natural. It actually has a better screen than my ancient TV so that's nice. The only issue I've had is that even with the volume turned up it doesn't seem quite loud enough. You have the option to enable text though. I've never been a huge fighting fan, so I pretty much have this, Castlevania Judgement, Tournament of Legends and Tatsunoko V Capcom.

  17. I figured you'd say moderation... except coffee.

    But yeah, we had picked up most of the star wars games, indiana jones, batman, pirates of the carribean, but now looking back at it, we didn't grab this title, lord of the rings... of course, my youngest was probably the one who played them the most, and she's been playing a lot of LittleBig Planet 2 and Roblox lately.

    As for the Wii U? My kids have sort of surprised me. None of them have even asked me about it. I think Nintendo needs to get some serious first party titles out there and advertised. Nintendo consoles are the ones my kids usually ask me about first - but no real interest so far on the Wii U from them.

  18. I got a Platinum trophy on the PS3 version of this game back in July of last year. It had a lot of content, loads of charm, and it was just entertaining in general. The only thing I really didn't like was Superman's flying controls...

  19. Serious question. Do you know if your kids have seen much on the Wii U, compared to what they see from the other consoles?

    We don't have cable TV, and the Beans are pretty young and none of the other parents with kids their age really game and follow the information, so I don't know what NOA is really doing to advertise and market the system outside of what I see on sites and PR emails...and that is pretty much, NOTHING.

    Thanks for the comment again!

  20. "The only thing I really didn't like was Superman's flying controls..."
    Do you think they maybe, just perhaps, possibly, might have....made Superman's flying controls odd/poor on purpose, so people wouldn't use him all the time? It's interesting you mentioned it, but knowing how they do have other super heroes in the game, I wondered how they try to keep them all balanced.

    Thanks for the comment and feedback!

  21. "I meant like Kotaku, Game Informer..."

    I don't frequent those sites, but I do know Stephen Totilo includes times with some of his games he reviews (not sure if all) though.

    Thanks for the comment and feedback again!

  22. Alright, so I just unlocked Superman this morning! I'm having a good time with the game. Superman has very loose controls when flying, but it's easy to get used to. The humor is really good and I'm enjoying that a lot. Of course, collecting the studs is addictive. I've hit Superhero rank on a few levels. Oh and being to use Off-Tv play is a big bonus!

  23. "Oh and being to use Off-Tv play is a big bonus!"

    Great to know, and thank you for admitting you are OCD with, "collecting the studs is addictive. I've hit Superhero rank on a few levels."

    Nothing like a good LEGO game help confirm that.

    Thanks for the feedback again!

  24. Okay, I'm about halfway through the game! Having a really good time =D

  25. I've got this on 3DS and now Wii U... I love both versions...but yes sometimes it seems like a surprise to some people that it is on the Wii U..

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