A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a game that can be played on the Wii Balance Board but that it can also be enjoyed using Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. There is a minor alcohol reference when the player delivers food to one of the characters in the game and the character remarks about how they wish they had wine to go with it. This is a fun game for up to four kids to play together.
What's it about?
While the weather is finally warming up for most of the country, Namco Bandai's WE SKI is carving its way onto retail shelves. This simple yet fun skiing game for the Nintendo Wii supports the brand new Wii Balance Board peripheral – you know, that wireless accessory that looks like a bathroom scale, included with the Wii Fit collection of exercises, activities, and mini-games designed to help keep you in shape.
In the single-player games, players can stand on the Wii Balance Board and use their body to shift weight from one sensor to another to navigate down the hill. But up to four players can hit the virtual slopes on the same television (but not online) and use the wireless Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to slalom down the mountain.
Is it any good?
he game includes more than a dozen runs ranging from the simple bunny slopes to the most challenging Black Diamonds cliffs. Other activities available from the main menu include freestyle challenges, race modes, moguls, and a ski school for beginners. Speaking of which, the game's cute graphics add to its charm, but older players might write this off as a kiddie game. You can also import your custom-made Mii character before outfitting the skier with new clothes and accessories including poles and goggles. We Ski is a fun and family-friendly winter getaway for the Wii -- and especially ideal for those looking for games to play with the Wii Balance Board.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the Nintendo Wii has reinvented how we play video games with its motion-sensing Wii Remote. Can the Japanese game company do the same with the Wii Balance Board? Other companies, like EA, are planning to use the peripheral, too, such as in the upcoming Skate sequel. What kind of games do you hope to see use the Wii Balance Board?
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