We Ski

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We Ski
We Ski Coverart.png
Developer(s) Bandai Namco Entertainment
Publisher(s) Bandai Namco Entertainment
Composer(s) Hiroshi Okubo
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s)
  • JP: January 31, 2008
  • NA: May 13, 2008
  • EU: June 13, 2008[1]
Genre(s) Sports

We Ski, also known as Family Ski in Japan and Europe,[1] is a video game for the Wii developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It is the first third-party game (and second game behind Wii Fit) released that makes use of the Wii Balance Board.

A sequel, We Ski & Snowboard, which adds snowboarding to the game, was released in Japan on November 13, 2008.[2]

In September 2015 new Generic top-level domain "dot ski" was launched,[3] with the official partner forum being We.Ski, which is unrelated to the video game.


Players stand on the Wii Balance Board, and by distributing their weight and using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk as virtual ski poles, simulate the sport of skiing as accurately as possible. The game can also be played without the Balance Board.

The game features 14 different courses, which can be skied during both the day and night. Besides racing, the game also features different modes such as a Ski School, Centipede Races, and Search and Rescue in addition to a Freestyle mode in which up to 4 players may ski and go wherever they want on the slopes.

The game makes use of the player's own Miis, in addition to customizable characters created in-game as avatars, and players can earn rewards such as character apparel and upgraded ski equipment by completing various goals. The WiiConnect24 service will make possible the sharing of in-game photos taken by players during their game. You can also perform "air tricks" on marked jumps.

The ski resort is roughly based on some of the resorts in Utah such as Alta Ski Resort and The Canyons. The Music in the Japanese and European/North American is different. The music that plays outdoors have songs which have appeared in other Namco titles such as Katamari Damacy, but the different versions play different songs.


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 67/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A[5]
Eurogamer 6/10[6]
Famitsu 30/40[7]
Game Informer 6.25/10[8]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[9]
Game Revolution C[10]
GameSpot 7/10[11]
GameZone 6/10[12]
IGN 6/10[13]
Nintendo Power 6/10[14]

We Ski received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[4] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one seven, one nine, and two sevens for a total of 30 out of 40.[7]

The game had sold 1.2 million copies as of December 29, 2008.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Nintendo announces Q2 release schedule". Nintendo UK. April 22, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Famitsu news - Family Ski: World Ski & Snowboard". GoNintendo. September 24, 2008. Archived from the original on September 25, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/sunrise-claims-periods/ski
  4. ^ a b "We Ski for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ Frechette, Jay (June 7, 2008). "We Ski Review". 1UP.com. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ Gibson, Ellie (July 14, 2008). "Family Ski". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Brian (January 23, 2008). "Famitsu reviews". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  8. ^ Helgeson, Matt (June 2008). "We Ski". Game Informer (182). Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  9. ^ Balistrieri, Emily (May 23, 2008). "Review: We Ski". GamePro. Archived from the original on May 26, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  10. ^ Costantino, Jesse (June 9, 2008). "We Ski Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ Calvert, Justin (May 29, 2008). "We Ski Review". GameSpot. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ Bedigian, Louis (May 15, 2008). "We Ski - WII - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 25, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  13. ^ Bozon, Mark (May 20, 2008). "We Ski Review". IGN. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  14. ^ "We Ski". Nintendo Power. 229: 90. June 2008. 
  15. ^ Red, Carmine (December 29, 2008). "We Ski Coasts to a Million Units Sold". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 

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