Shaun White Snowboarding

Common Sense Media says

Entertaining snowboarding game with good replayablity.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players can choose a male or female snowboarder with varying body types and faces. Some mild reference in dialogue between male boarders refers to older women in the lodge looking for "fresh meat."


Very mild violence, such as causing another boarder to crash by pushing into them, or throwing snowballs to make them fall.


Mild reference during some dialogue sequences about "easy" women.


Some words can be heard via dialogue or song lyrics including "s--t," "damn," "hell," "bitch" and "ass."


This game features Olympian Shaun White.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One song in the soundtracks mentions taking mushrooms.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is only some mild violence in the game, such as crashing into other boarders or causing them to fall by tossing snowballs at them. Suggestive references occur during a couple of dialogue sequences, such as "easy girls" in the lodge. Some lyrics in the songs could be offensive because they contain references to drugs and sex ("one night stand"), and profane words.The game can be played online, something Common Sense Media does not recommend for kids under age 12.

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What's it about?

Always wanted to try hitting the slopes but were afraid of taking a spill? While it's no comparison to the real deal, try Ubisoft Montreal's new SHAUN WHITE SNOWBOARDING for a much safer and cheaper ride – and one you can play 24/7. Designed in close collaboration with the famous Olympic gold medalist and eight-time X-Games gold modality, Shaun White Snowboarding gives player total freedom to explore four huge mountains and create the kind of experience they want out of a snowboarding game.

Specifically, you can try to achieve top trick score by pulling off all kinds of midair moves and rail tricks (and aim for a style bonus), race to the bottom of the mountain, partake in competitions and challenges (divided into four difficulty levels) or take advantage of the open-ended free-riding and explore the hill solo or with a friend over the Internet. The controls on the Xbox 360 version we tested were fairly easy to pick up, thanks to a number of optional quick tutorials. The Wii version (see below) didn't prove as intuitive, however. Depending on the version of the game, this game can play three different head-to-head multiplayer modes against someone else, somewhere else. Players can also record their progress using the intuitive built-in video editor and share their slick tricks online for others to see -- and beat.

Is it any good?


Available for seven different platforms – the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2/3/,PSP, Nintendo Wii/DS and PC – Shaun White Snowboarding is powered by the gorgeous Assassin's Creed engine, also developed at Ubisoft's award-winning Montreal studio. The player models are highly detailed and the four mountains (Park City, Europe, Japan and Alaska) all look so real you might be tempted to reach down and grab some powder. While the game proved fun between its many modes and varying trick combinations, it's not quite as polished or exhilerating as the over-the-top SSX series from Electronic Arts.

The Nintendo Wii version of the game was developed to take advantage of the Wii Balance Board, the peripheral that resembles a white bathroom scale (which shipped with the Wii Fit game); by standing on the Wii Balance Board players can control their rider by moving their body around. This didn't prove to be an easy task, so expect a steeper learning curve than with other versions of the game.



Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this game feels like authentic snowboarding or is it more of an arcade game? Did the developers do a good job balancing between realism and fantasy? Which type of game would you prefer?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Windows, Mac, PlayStation 2
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 16, 2008
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:T for Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence (Mac, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old Written byavitarfan1 December 31, 2008

this is so cool!!!!!!

this is the best snowboarding game ever!!!!!! better then any before. you can take off your board and explore mountains in Japan or Europe alaska and some place called park place!! this game is sop cool!! get it now!! you can do any thing in this game. throw snow balls at snow boarders. or take a helicopter to the top of the mountain or take the chair lift or climb up!!! best game ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Parent of a 4, 8, 10, and 11 year old Written byayeshaq June 22, 2009

This game is good

This game is good and i think it should have been E10. i think throwing snowballs is not a big deal.


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