We Ski & Snowboard

Common Sense Media says

Fun but unoriginal arcade sports game for the family.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players will see skiiers and snowboarders of different colors and both genders.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a sequel to last year's We Ski, but that there isn't much new. If you own last year's We Ski, you can skip this one. This game does make use of the Wii balance board, if you have one, but you can play it without. There isn't any controversial content in this video game. It is all about having fun virtually skiing and snowboarding.

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What's it about?

Namco Bandai's latest arcade sports game for the entire family lets gamers soar down a mountain using the Wii Remote or Wii Balance Board peripheral (which ships with Wii Fit) to see who is the fastest or most daring with tricks. If this sounds like deja vu, it's because Namco Bandai launched We Ski about nine months ago. This time, however, they've tweaked the controls, added snowboarding and a couple of extras, too.

The game includes more than a dozen runs (some of which are now longer), ranging from bunny slopes to challenging cliffs and a new trick park thrown in to show off your midair moves. Other activities available include freestyle challenges, race modes, moguls, and a ski school for beginners. The game retains the same cute graphics as the original, though older players might write this off as a kiddie game. If you have a Mii character you can import it and map the face to your skiier or boarder's body.

Is it any good?

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While the game is fun for up to four players on the same television, it's hard to justify this purchase for those who shelled out $30 on last year's game (and this sequel is $10 more, too). It's really not that different given the snowboarding element doesn't really add much to the experience and the new areas and tweaks aren't too noticeable. But for those who didn't pick up the 2008 game, they might enjoy this family-friendly follow-up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether or not the game publisher should have released a sequel to last spring's Wii game with only a couple of new additions. Is it fair players should spend another $40 for virtually the same game?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Namco Bandai
Release date:March 4, 2009
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo Wii)

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Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written bybfaylor January 4, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byCedricDoodlehopper December 9, 2010
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Great game, but kind of like a cartoon.

This game is good, but it is kind of fake. You can fall off a cliff and come back to the top as if nothing ever happened, and can jump off high places going fast and land perfectly. You can also go straight down one cliff on a mountain, and can jump over houses. If you fall down, you usually just roll upside down for a while, and then get right back up. It is a good game, but it is not realistic
Teen, 13 years old Written bycowe192 March 20, 2009
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Whheeee!!!

I got this game and love it. However, I must point out that characters act very cool(kinda like gangsters) and insult bad players(occasionally). You can also perform stunts way to dangerous to be performed in the real world(such as riding jagged rails, skiing down rocky mountains not designed for skiing, etc.) which may be misinterpreted by little kids. One of my favorite parts about this game is the 4 player mode, in which players can meet, split up, practice at the snow school, ride lifts, do tricks, and have a blast(like real skiers). There is a hint of violence, which is smashing into other innocent bystanders(and making a little grunt["Ouch!" "Oof!" "Hey!"]). The most scariest thing in this game that a little kid could play following as a role model is the ability to talk to any random person that asks to ski with you. Other than that, a great game.

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