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Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage

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Olympic champ stars in boarding game with two-player mode.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The overall message is that mastery of a sport is good fun. The game takes a playful approach to competition.

Positive role models

Shaun White is a good role model for kids. His image is quirky and a little rebellious, but essentially, he's all about being an amazing athlete. Like Tony Hawk, he's the top competitor in his sport and has become a spokesman and entrepreur as a result.

Ease of play

The controls are simple and intuitive.

Violence & scariness

Snowboarders fall or collide with each other, they will sometimes grunt or say, "Ow!" and "Hey!"

Language

The word, "hell" is heard in one background song.

Consumerism

Among the rewards for completing stages, players acquire branded snowboarding gear. Sponsor banners also fill the environments, among them Red Bull.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage  is a snowboarding game featuring professional snowboarder and Olympic champion, Shaun White. The game has players perform tricks, win events and prizes, and progress through a career. Boarders can spill or run into each other, but there are no serious injuries. One background song contains a cuss word and another references alcohol. There is plenty of advertising in the game showing branded equipment and products.

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What's it about?

Players begin SHAUN WHITE SNOWBOARDING: WORLD TOUR as the 100th ranked boarder in the world. Through a series of stages including New York's Times Square, France, Canada, Japan, and other locations, you'll accumulate a crew of new riders for your team. Courses have both racing and aerial trick challenges, and players have the option to choose different boarders (each with his or her own strengths) for every stage. There are options for cooperative play with two boarders or competitions for up to four. The Wii remote is used for almost all the tricks and \"steering\" the boarder. The game is compatible with the Wii Balance Board as well. This peripheral device performs much like the Wii Remote, but players use their feet instead of hands.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This is a very good game. The simple, intuitive controls let players perform a huge variety of spins, twists, flips, grabs, and well as basic carving maneuvers. The game does a great job conveying the exhilarating sensation of speed and height, and the exotic and varied stages keep things interesting. There are multiple modes to mix things up. Of note is the cooperative mode which allows two players to play together and add their total score together, so more advanced players can help novices win competitions by compensating. On the minus side, there are many snowboarding and skating games on the market now (including last years version of this title), and this game doesn't distinguish itself quite enough from those. Still, a worthwhile, fun experience.

Online interaction: Player scores can be posted to a leaderboard accessible by others. There is no actual head-to-head interaction available.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the experience of playing a sport on the Wii. How much easier is it than the real thing? Is the sensation of speed and mastery satisfying? Does it make you want to try real boarding? Are elements (such as cold and discomfort) that are part of actual boarding enough to turn you off the sport?

  • What are some favorite tricks, stages, types of boarding? Do you prefer racing the clock to trick boarding?

  • Trick snowboarding allows boarders to create their own "routines," not unlike other artistic sports such as figure skating. What's more, snowboarding is an individual sport. What are the pluses and minuses of these factors as opposed to team sports such as football, soccer, or basketball?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$46.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:November 8, 2009
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief, Mild Lyrics

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Kid, 11 years old April 2, 2012

NO CAN DO

Ok. Here's the thing. They hardly went all out with the graphics in this game! Can get boring....

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