Excerpt: We Ski has to be one of the most amazing video games I have played all year. This Wii video game feels like being on the slopes. I spent quite a few years snowboarding in the Cascades and absolutely love how We Ski feels. Namco Bandai knows what they are doing with this Wii Balance Board compatible video game. Do not worry if you do not have the Wii Balance Board because We Ski is just as playable with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers.
Excerpt: We Ski was one of the great video games to be released on the Wii. Namco Bandai made sure it was approachable by all ages, and skill sets. The only thing I wanted out of that game was snowboarding. I snowboarded in the Cascades for years, and have always had a soft spot in my heart for that particular winter activity. Namco Bandai has proven they listen to Family Friendly Gaming with the sequel We Ski & Snowboard.
Conclusion: Along that line of thought, I can't wait for the next edition of 1080° to come out! Simply by flipping the Balance Board parallel rather than perpendicular to the player will completely revitalize that franchise. The fact that I'm dreaming of the possibilities of a great 1080° title says a lot about some of We Ski's downfalls. Even though We Ski is pretty fun, it will not speak to the majority of core gamers.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, other than the ability to snowboard and the addition of a second, more open and wilder mountain, this title is essentially identical to what its predecessor brought to the table. As such, owners of the original game won't find a truly compelling reason to pick up the second attempt. That being said, We Ski & Snowboard is the definitive edition if you haven't already plunked down cash on the first.
Excerpt: Oh, skiing. The appeal of strapping my feet to two sticks, and then pushing myself down a big hill never really got my motor running. Sitting around a fireplace in a lodge enjoying some Swiss Miss was always more up my alley. Anyhow, I was given the dubious honor of reviewing Namco Bandai’s We Ski and Snowboard , the sequel to a game that received average reviews, but didn’t do much in the way of standing out, despite being the first balance board compatible game.
Conclusion: Set among 4 miles of open slopes set among a pair of mountain resorts, We Ski’s basic control scheme consists of assuming either a skiing or snowboarding position and leaning or shifting weight on the balance board (or moving the Wii Remote and Nunchuk accordingly). Aside from pointing in the direction you want to head and giving the Nunchuk a waggle to get going it’s as easy as standing in line at the DMV.
Pros: Excellent use of the Balance Board, Local multiplayer, You can do anything and go anywhere right off the bat
Cons: Everything is open from the start, giving you little incentive to keep playing after you've seen all the slopes, Graphics are sub-par, Having to press buttons for certain moves breaks the immersion, Split-screen means slowdown
Conclusion: With such little development time between titles, it should be no surprise that there's not much difference between raised the bar since that first release. Just adding the snowboard, but not making it a completely different experience, wasn't enough to justify a second title, though the addition of a new massive mountain was a nice touch.
Summary: We Ski and Snowboard, known in Europe as Family Ski and Snowboard, adds high-performance snowboarding, as well as developed skiing functionality, two new mountains, and a complete snow park with fun boxes, rails and a half-pipe, where both skiers and snowboarders alike can grab huge air and over-the-top aerial tricks.