As of Jan 1st, 2009 Reflex playing time totaled 237,615 hours with an average time per gamer of 24 hours, 55 min (this only accounts for Wii owners who opt to send their information to Nintendo).
November NPD sales for Reflex were 81,000 copies.
I’ll admit that I’m hooked on Reflex and have put in almost 72 hours so far. I didn’t expect to like the game as much as I do but decided to give it a chance just to see how a “next gen” port would turn out on the Wii (to my surprise it actually turned out really good, visuals do little more than get the job done but you’ll stay for the superior IR controls).
At any rate, I suspect that the game did pretty good in Dec sales because I’ve never found a shortage of people online to play against.
Rumored NPD numbers for November 2009 put sales of COD: Modern Warfare Reflex (Wii) at just under 90k. Not too bad for a game that Activision has pretty much refused to even admit exist (their total amount of marketing for the title included one set of early screenshots and a short press release when the title came out).
If you never played the original version Reflex is worth picking up. Sure the visuals take a hit but the IR controls (which are a huge improvement over dual analog) more than make up for it. Treyarch did a great job with the port and very few who give it a chance will be disappointed.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov 27, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that the Call of Duty(R) franchise has surpassed $3 billion in retail sales worldwide, according to The NPD Group, Charttrack, GfK and internal Activision estimates.
Since its first release, the award-winning Call of Duty franchise has sold in excess of 55 million units worldwide. The latest title in the franchise, Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty(R):Modern Warfare(R) 2, recently shattered box office and video game records with a worldwide estimated five-day sale through of approximately $550 million, establishing the game as the biggest entertainment launch in history.
“Call Of Duty has become one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, Inc. “If you consider the number of hours our audiences are engaged in playing Call of Duty games, it is likely to be one of the most viewed of all entertainment experiences in modern history.”
I’ve lost count of the number of developers that have stated that their PS3 / Xbox 360 game could not be ported to the Wii because it would be rendered unplayable in the conversion. This explanation seemed reasonable enough at the time due to the obvious differences in power between the Wii and the PS3 / Xbox 360 and I, like most gamers, accepted it.
So, when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex was announced my eyeballs rolled about as far back in my head as possible. A two year old HD title, even if the game in question happened to be one of the best of this generation, being ported to the Wii did not sound like a good idea. And after seeing some initial screenshots my original assumption seemed to be confirmed and I pretty much took Reflex off my radar.
However, all that changed when the first gameplay videos began to surface. Against all odds Treyarch seemed to have done the impossible and made Modern Warfare look pretty good on the Wii. Those YouTube videos changed my mind about Reflex and I really wanted to see for myself how it stacked up against its HD brothers.
Call of Duty(R): Modern Warfare(R) 2 Storms Into Retail Stores
Infinity Ward’s Highly-Anticipated Game Now Available Worldwide
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov 10, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — It’s time to gear up for all-out, high-speed action and epic combat, as Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that the most anticipated game of the year, developer Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2 is now available at retail stores everywhere. Following a record-setting number of North American midnight openings, Modern Warfare 2 has begun to unleash a new threat upon the world, putting gamers on the front lines of an epic, global battle that has advanced onto American soil, proving that no one is safe from an impending invasion.
[Activision] is donating $1 million on Tuesday to set up a foundation [Call of Duty Endowment (CODE)] to help veterans find employment, organizers announced…
“The joblessness rate that [veterans] should have should be far less than the national average, not more,” said Activision Blizzard chief executive Bobby Kotick. “How do you expect people to actually join the military if when they leave the military they can’t integrate back into the free market they’re supposed to be protecting?”
Anything that helps out our fighting men and women (active or retired) I’m all for. We all owe them a debt that can never be repaid for securing and protecting our freedoms. Very classy move Activision.
Official Nintendo Magazine: How about Modern Warfare 2? Is that coming to Wii also?
Daniel Suarez [executive producer]: Treyarch is working on this (Modern Warfare: Reflex) right now. Infinity Ward is working on Modern Warfare 2 right now. I think it’s fair to say that we want to give the Wii consumer new experiences and we’ll continue to do that.
Despite the game being a port of the original Modern Warfare and the not so hot visuals I’m still pretty interested in Reflex. Most of the options from the original seem to have made the jump and if they can nail the controls to something along the lines of The Conduit I’d be willing to give it a go.