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Namco We Ski & Snowboard Released In The US

clock March 4, 2009 09:27 by author WiiBBG
We Ski Snowboard

At last we have something to celebrate with the long-awaited US release of Namco's We Ski & Snowboard (WSS) - the followup to the popular We Ski/Family Ski. Longtime balance board fans will no doubt remember We Ski which was released in May last year and was one of the first third-party balance board-compatible games. Whilst it was a fun family game, there was one obvious omission - no snowboarding.

The original Happy Ski Resort is gone, replaced with 7000 vertical meters to explore over two mountains (Mt. Angrio and the Jamboree Snow Resort). Unlike We Ski, which restricted you to the runs, WSS is a fully-explorable environment so you can do whatever you want, wherever you want. There's also a new Fun Park with a half-pipe and rails for snowboarding tricks.

While I've enjoyed playing Shaun White Snowboarding, it's definitely more of a 'gamers' game whereas WSS just adds that element of family fun. The original We Ski was fun but never quite delivered. This latest version is the family ski game we were always hoping for. Get yourself a copy - you won't be disappointed.

Check out the official We Ski & Snowboard website for videos, screens and more details.

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Snowboard Riot

clock November 12, 2008 11:49 by author WiiBBG

If you're a snowboarding Wii fan then no doubt you've already pre-ordered your copy of Shaun White Snowboarding which promises to be one the best balance board compatible releases this year. But if the thought of pure powder and half-pipes is a bit tame, you may be interested to know about a forthcoming WiiWare release from Hudson who believe that there's nothing like adding weapons to a game to make it really exciting.

"Snowboard Riot is not your standard snowboarding game," said Sabine Duvall, Vice President of Product Development at Hudson Entertainment. "A snowboarding game is a rush by itself, but when you add weapons, it becomes even more exciting. Add in online play for four people and you have the perfect game for both snowboarding and action-racing fans."

Well that pretty much sums it up then. For more details and screenshots of this balance board compatible game, check out the Snowboard Riot preview at Hudson Entertainment.

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Namco Officially Announces We Ski & Snowboard

clock October 9, 2008 14:58 by author WiiBBG

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (October 8, 2008) – Fresh powder, pristine slopes and winter fun will again drift into homes in March 2009, as NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced We Ski™ and Snowboard, a sequel to its much lauded snow sports game for Nintendo Wii™.

Topping the list of enhancements in this latest installment of Wii Balance Board standouts is the addition of high-performance snowboarding, as well as improved skiing functionality, two massive new mountains and 10,000 more vertical meters. Complete with fun boxes, rails and a half-pipe, both skiers and snowboarders alike can boost huge air and over-the-top aerial tricks in this epic wintry experience.

"We made major feature additions and control enhancements to an already impressive design set with We Ski and Snowboard," said Andrew Lelchuk, EVP of marketing and sales for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "Our goal was to provide gamers with the same great experience of being on the slopes that they enjoyed in We Ski and evolve it by adding snowboards, two world class hills, real-time trick capability and a fully-interactive environment. And We Ski and Snowboard has accomplished just that."

We Ski & Snowboard is a wintry thrill ride through many different environments on the awesome Mt. Angrio and cool Jamboree Snow Resort. Players enjoy the classic motion-based controls popularized by We Ski using the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk controllers, or by adding the increased realism of the Wii Balance Board™ for even more ski and snowboard action. Custom characters and player Mii’s™ add even more dimension to snow-capped adventures across even more mountain terrain than ever with vast free-riding areas. Leisurely gondola rides to sloping peaks invite a breathtaking panoramic experience, while heli-drops from extreme dizzying heights offer-up opportunities to shred down vertical cliffs and severe precipices. Players should be sure to watch out for avalanches!

Hot Doggers can quench their thirst for excitement with half-pipe courses, and ski technique challenges, while loungers can look forward to other activities including ski school, board school, moguls and slaloms, as well as animal search and rescue. Players can enjoy the sprawling vistas with day, night and dusk skiing, offering countless nuances to an ever-expanding list of experiences. The whole family can still enjoy fast-paced racing action or free-skiing with four-player fun, while single players can enjoy the ride with up to three AI-controlled skiing buddies.

For more information on We Ski and Snowboard, please visit: www.namcobandaigames.com.

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Shaun White Snowboarding: Target Exclusive

clock October 9, 2008 09:19 by author WiiBBG

SWSB target Good news Target.com shoppers. With the imminent release of Shaun White Snowboarding next month, Ubisoft has announced that Target will be offering a special version of the game with exclusive content.

Target has been a long time sponsor (since 2002) of Shaun White so it certainly seems to make sense. According to the Ubi press release:

"The special Target edition of the game, available on Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and Wii, will have exclusive extended content and features that consumers won’t be able to find anywhere else, including the Target Mountain – an entire mountain environment found only in the Target exclusive edition. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of exclusive jibs, additional scenes and more characters. Additionally, players will be able to cozy up in the game’s virtual version of the Target Chalet, the real-life mountainside home where Shaun and his fellow Target athletes hang out with friends and family at the annual Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Among other exclusive features, the Taget Chalet is the only indoor environment anywhere in the game."

"Target guests are now able to purchase a $5 pre-sell card to ensure they’ll be shredding the mountain as soon as the exclusive version hits shelves."

Now it's just a matter of time until we see Target versions of the games for sale on eBay at ridiculously inflated prices.

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We Ski & Snowboard First Look

clock October 9, 2008 08:49 by author WiiBBG

Those lucky devils at Gamespot have been fortunate enough to get a proper first look at We Ski & Snowboard (Family Ski 2 for UK/Europe) and I have to say, it's really sounding great. Let's face it, Wiiboard support in We Ski/Family Ski was pretty weak but I think that all will be forgiven when this sequel is released next year.

From the sounds of things, you will now be able to use your balance board for steering, tricks and even jumps. Another big improvement is that they will be opening up the environment so that you can go off-piste - no more bouncing off invisible walls.

We Ski 2

We Ski 2

For more screenshots and to read Gamespot's full preview check out We Ski & Snowboard First Look.

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Family Ski 2

clock October 1, 2008 10:41 by author WiiBBG

Namco was pretty quick off the mark with the release of Family Ski which made it one of the first third-party balance board compatible games available after the global release of Wii Fit. While it was a fun game and a welcome break from the games that came with Wii Fit, there was an obvious omission - no snowboarding support. The good news is that Namco is set release a sequel to this already popular title and this time snowboarding is included.

Details are a little sketchy at the moment and while the game is rumoured for release in Japan on November 13th, there's still no mention of a US/European release date. The good news however is that the game is on Namco's lineup for the Tokyo Game Show this month so hopefully we'll find out a bit more there. Until then, here are a few screenshots to wet your appetite.

Family Ski 2

Family Ski 2

Family Ski 2

Family Ski 2

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RTL Biathlon 2009 and RTL WinterSports 2009 Details

clock September 8, 2008 15:35 by author WiiBBG

It's been just over 4 months to the day since we first mentioned RTL's forthcoming balance board compatible titles Biathlon 2009 and WinterSports 2009 (also to be published by Conspiracy as Ski and Shoot and Winter Sports 2). The Conspiracy titles are expected to be released in the middle of November and I've been told by RTL that their release date in Germany/Austria/Switzerland is 27th November 2008. Details on these titles are available on the RTL Games website but it is in German so for those of you who don't sprechen Deutsch, here's what you need to know.

RTL Biathlon 2009 / Ski and Shoot

Thanks to it realistic and detailed gameplay, RTL's Biathlon 2009 is set to be the new benchmark in the popular biathlon genre. This third release of the succesful sports series was redeveloped from the ground up with improved graphics, more effects and sounds and optimised control. With five new courses you can enjoy a true winter atmosphere as you challenge real stars of the sport as virtual opponents. With support for both the Wii Balance Board and Wii Zapper, RTL Biathlon 2009 promises an even more intense gaming experience. Other features include:

  • A sophisticated single player career mode with extended character management
  • 20 different courses in 15 countries
  • Thrilling multi-player modes including 4-player hotseat and 2-player splitscreen

RTL Biathlon 2009

RTL Biathlon 2009

RTL WinterSports 2009 / Winter Sports 2

The highly succesful WinterSports series now has a worthy successor in the form of WinterSports 2009 - The Next Challenge which takes the series to new heights. For added variety, two entirely new sports have now been added in the form of Snowboarding and Biathlon. And now with an expanded career mode and a challenging campaign with over 40 missions, you can compete in 18 disciplines in 10 action sports including Alpine Ski, Ski Jump and Bobsledding.

RTL WinterSports 2009

RTL WinterSports 2009

RTL WinterSports 2009

RTL WinterSports 2009

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E3: Ubisoft Gives Us Nothing New

clock July 16, 2008 08:21 by author WiiBBG

Ubisoft logo After the excitement of Nintendo's press conference earlier in the day together with a brief demo by Shaun White, I had high hopes for the Ubisoft press conference but it was a bit of a letdown, at least for balance board fans as we really got nothing new.

First off, Ubisoft US president, Laurent Detoc, launched into Raving Rabbids TV Party, and we got to see more Beestie Boarding and Ironing Board Surfing. They then went on to their FPS demos with Brothers in Arms, Tom Clancy Endwar and Far Cry which are undeniably great looking games but what I really wanted to see was some more of Shaun White Snowboarding (SWS).

After much talk of the "tween girl market" and a new brand focusing on girl sports, it was finally time for SWS as Louis Lamarche launched into a multiplayer demo .... on PS3. So no more balance board demos then although I have to say that the game looks awesome on PS3. Now I know that Wii fans like to defend the console by saying it's not about the graphics, it's all about the immersive gameplay but with such incredible graphics (PS3 screenshot below) and a huge open environment, even I would be hardpressed to choose the balance board version over the PS3. That said, let's see what Ubisoft delivers for SBS Wii over the coming months. Obviously the graphics will not be the same and features will be different as the Wii version is being developed separately from the PS3/Xbox/PC versions but there's still huge potential for a really great Wii franchise in SWS.

Shaun White on ps3

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1080° Snowboarding Developer Talks Balance Board

clock June 17, 2008 09:49 by author WiiBBG

Before you get too excited, no, this is not confirmation that a new version of 1080° Snowboarding is coming with Balance Board support - it could almost be the opposite I'm afraid. In an interview with cubed3, 1080° Snowboarding developer, Giles Goddard, confirmed that his team are working on a WiiWare title scheduled for release this September but he wasn't willing to confirm exactly what the game is. Worryingly, he had this to say:

"Our current game uses the Balance Board actually, and it's due out in September on WiiWare. So yes, much like Theta we came up with several prototypes of games and picked one that we thought was the most uniquely suited to the interface. The interesting thing is that the games you would think would work well with the Balance Board actually don't."

So is he referring to 1080° in that last sentence since you would have thought that it was one of the best suited games. Even Wii Fit's creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, mentioned 1080° in an interview way back before Wii Fit was launched globally. I guess we'll just have to wait for the rest of the interview to be published before we really know.

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The Countdown To Ubidays Begins

clock May 27, 2008 06:52 by author WiiBBG

Uplay logo With Ubidays now less than 48 hours away, we should finally get some official word on the release of Rayman Ravings Rabbids 3 and confirmation on whether or not the game will indeed have balance board support.

But now, something else has caught my eye. On Ubi's teaser site, Uplay, there's a snowboarding teaser clip which I can only assume is news on the upcoming Shaun White Snowboarding title. That game's been tipped for a Winter 2008 release on Xbox but what I'm really keen to hear is news of a Wii version that includes balance board support - now that would be cool.

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