We Ski & Snowboard

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Developer(s) Namco Bandai
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai
Composer(s) Hiroshi Okubo
Rio Hamamoto
Tetsuya Uchida
Series Family Ski
Platform(s) Wii
Release
  • JP: November 13, 2008[1]
  • EU: February 27, 2009
  • NA: March 3, 2009
  • KOR: December 10, 2015
Genre(s) Sports

We Ski & Snowboard, also known as Family Ski World: Ski and Snowboard in Japan, Family Ski & Snowboard in Europe, and Family Sky & Snowboard in Korea, is a video game for the Wii. It is a sequel to the 2008 title We Ski and utilizes the Wii Balance Board.

Gameplay[edit]

When skiing, players stand on the 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. When snowboarding, players stand on the Balance Board rotated 90° and use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to propel themselves forward. Players have the ability to swap between skiing and snowboarding at any time during gameplay. The game can also be played without the Balance Board.

The game world features 7,000 vertical meters of skiing or snowboarding. Besides racing, the game also features different modes such as a School, Slalom Challenge, and Half-pipe in addition to an Enjoy the Resort mode in which up to 4 players may ski or snowboard wherever they want on the slopes. Another thing to do is collect thumbs ups by finding or completing various things.

The game makes use of the player's own Miis, in addition to customizable characters created in-game as avatars (all returning from We Ski), and players can earn unlockables such as character apparel and upgraded equipment by completing various goals, such as finding hidden courses, etc. The WiiConnect24 service will make possible the sharing of in-game photos taken by players during their game.

The game features two courses, Jamboree Snow Resort and Mt. Angrio, each have runs for all skill levels and challenges.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 66/100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 7/10[3]
Famitsu 34/40[4]
Game Informer 6.75/10[5]
GameSpot 7/10[6]
GameTrailers 7/10[7]
GameZone 6.1/10[8]
IGN 5.4/10[9]
Nintendo Life 6/10 stars[10]
Nintendo Power 6.5/10[11]
Nintendo World Report 6/10[12]

The game received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[2] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of two nines and two eights for a total of 34 out of 40.[4]

Namco Bandai reported that the game sold a combined 270,000 copies in North America and Europe as of June 30, 2009.[13]

The game was later released under Nintendo’s "Everyone’s Recommendation Selection" of budget titles in Japan.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Famitsu news - Family Ski: World Ski & Snowboard". GoNintendo. September 24, 2008. Archived from the original on September 25, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "We Ski & Snowboard for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ Gibson, Ellie (February 26, 2009). "Family Ski and Snowboard [sic]". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Brian (November 5, 2008). "Famitsu review scores". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ "We Ski & Snowboard". Game Informer (193): 87. May 2009. 
  6. ^ Calvert, Justin (March 6, 2009). "We Ski & Snowboard Review". GameSpot. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  7. ^ "We Ski and Snowboard [sic] Review". GameTrailers. April 22, 2009. Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ Myers, Dallas (April 1, 2009). "We Ski & Snowboard - WII - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on April 26, 2009. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  9. ^ Hatfield, Daemon (March 4, 2009). "We Ski & Snowboard Review". IGN. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ Reddick, Stuart (March 16, 2009). "Review: We Ski & Snowboard". Nintendo Life. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  11. ^ "We Ski & Snowboard". Nintendo Power. 239: 91. March 2009. 
  12. ^ Miller, Zachary (March 31, 2009). "We Ski & Snowboard". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  13. ^ Alexander, Leigh (August 4, 2009). "Namco Bandai Sees Loss As Afro Samurai Tops Sales". Gamasutra. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  14. ^ Spencer (January 20, 2010). "Nintendo Channel Voters Pick Budget Wii Games". Siliconera. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 

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