Report: Shaun White to shred again

Reuters quotes gold medalist as saying sequel to his eponymous snowboarding game is in the works; 40 percent of sales on Wii; Ubisoft declines comment.

Last month, Ubisoft launched its first alpine sports game, Shaun White Snowboarding. Despite an avalanche of hype, the game wiped out with critics on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, earning less-than-gnarly respective scores of 63 and 62 out of 100 on Metacritic. GameSpot's own reviewer was even less kind, giving the two games just 5.0 out of a possible 10.

Despite the critical drubbing, Shaun White Snowboarding--which was also released on the Wii, DS, PSP, and PlayStation 2--has apparently enjoyed some degree of success. This afternoon the Reuters news service reported that the game sold 259,000 copies in the US in the two weeks after its November 16 launch. The figure, which was supplied by Arcadia Research analyst John Taylor, says sales of the game racked up $13.6 million during the month. France-based Ubisoft declined to confirm the sales numbers.

"I'll be back."

Taylor's research went even further than just overall numbers, with the analyst asserting that 40 percent of Shaun White's unit sales--or 103,000 units--were sold on Nintendo's console. Indeed, Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip for the Wii fared better with critics than its siblings, receiving a 79/100 meta-score from Metacritic and a 7.5/10 from GameSpot.

The aforementioned iteration was given particular praise for its compatibility with the Wii Balance Board, allowing players to experience a certain level of the physicality of snowboarding.

"Obviously, it's easier to replicate the sensation of boarding on the Wii because we have the balance board," said the title athlete, an X-Games champion and Olympic gold medalist. "However, with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 there's a whole culture behind our sport and you can see that in the amount of clothes and boards and customization options in the game."

Although Shaun White's sales haven't made it a runaway hit, plans for a follow-up are already under way. "Now that I have the knowledge and I can speak to programmers better and I understand a lot more about what's possible and what's not possible, this will all help with the next game," White explained to the service.

For the time being, though, the official comment from Ubisoft is "no comment." "We have not announced any plans for future projects with Shaun," was all a rep would say on the matter.

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40 comments
so_hai
so_hai

Ubisoft always sequalize everything. What a newsflash....

mikeysmall
mikeysmall

on the wii with the balance board the game is great and I would buy a sequel. I couldn't see the point of playing this on my PS3 with a hand held controller, so I am not surprised it received poor reviews overall.

f4t4lfury
f4t4lfury

I bought Shaun White Snowboarding. I would not buy a sequel. I'll wait for EA to put out a proper next-gen SSX.

Rookie395
Rookie395

Games were decent, but why annoucne another one so soon? He's not that bright ...

acsam12304
acsam12304

Shaun White is stupid. he looks stupid

Eastcoast93
Eastcoast93

man awesome..´shaun white 1 was amazing and i only played it for one day ( 20 hours straight) amazingly fun and addicting online. whoever sais it sucks should stick to lego because its the level of intelligence you have

High-Res
High-Res

The game lacked a sense of speed, If they could just address that it would be completely awesome.

trw534
trw534

his game looks cool but i ve never played it

Media_Mind
Media_Mind

Wii version is the best, finally!

zgreenwell
zgreenwell

I wanted to get it on Wii, but it is $55 for the target edition. Now when they drop it down to $35, I might buy it.

r_gam3
r_gam3

can't wait for ssx blu2 on wii, that will sell gold/platinum and above....

Rodneythepom
Rodneythepom

what did you expect from a guy who can be mistaken for Carrot Top.

Gamingcucumber
Gamingcucumber

It was a nice surprise on the Wii. The fact that it actually worked quite well with the balance board and was third party is nice. Though I must say that I miss SSX and the whole "Extreme Sports" when the games actually were super fun back in the days. On a side note, Shaun White looks like Carrot Top.

necronaux
necronaux

Eh, why not. It's a paycheck. If the game bombs, it won't be his fault and he still get's paid.

finaleve
finaleve

I lost interest in Snowboarding games since maybe SSX3. SSX2 was amazing, but when I got into 3, it started to feel like it was going downhill. It was still good, but...I just didn't have it in me to get the next one...

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

shaun white looked okay...but then went down the tube im looking forward to the stoked game...should be wayyy better

Amir29
Amir29

Unfortunately, I allowed myself to get hyped up about this game. It was mostly due to the fact that I really miss the SSX series of yesterday. Here's to hoping they built a foundation for a better sequel. "Skate" has seemingly done that. We can only hope "Shaun White Snowboarding" does the same.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Hopefully the sequel will be better... I love games like this and my hopes of a Tony Hawk renaissance have, basically, been extinguished by the past few releases and the announcement of a lame peripheral tied to the next one.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

Mariokart64fan- "why does crap like this over shadow games like haze or timesplitters, strange a good series always goes down the tubes before a bad one does" MarioKart as any college professor would tell you, it's better to start not-so-good so you have something to work for rather than getting A's all through the semester only to bomb at the end.

DethSkematik
DethSkematik

The game was alright...nothing that would make me forget about Amped or SSX, but nothing truly special. I just expected better from a company as good as Ubisoft.

onething77
onething77

Meh...I don't care. And Shaun White probably doesn't either. As long as he gets his millions, he couldn't care less about the game not doing so well.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

why does crap like this over shadow games like haze or timesplitters, strange a good series always goes down the tubes before a bad one does

Azwethinkweiz89
Azwethinkweiz89

It was alright at best. Maybe the next game will be better, more casual and fun like SSX.

Rodneythepom
Rodneythepom

That guy is such an a**hat. I played his game and it was god awful.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I didnt like this game at all, but its good to see that someone liked it

thetravman
thetravman

Probably better off being a Wii exclusive.

DrKill09
DrKill09

I played it at a store. The controls were real clunky and it just didn't play right. I mean, Amped 3 was a ton better, and it wasn't all that great. I think if I want snowboarding I'll stick to Amped 1 and 2, Cool Boarders 2, and Ski or Die. I hope Stoked turns out a lot better than this one... too bad I don't have a 360 anymore. Oh well, maybe it will be ported to the ps3.

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

Never tried any of the snowboarding games...

slqmaster
slqmaster

lame game, thumbs up for wii board.. dont make another game, we'll be sure to lose another great publisher, ubisoft has always made top notch games.

WhiteSnake5000
WhiteSnake5000

People who keep saying that he needs to cut his hair seriously need to shut the **** up and get a brain. Why don't you go around and tell a girl to cut her hair? It's no different. We don't all have to conform to the standards of society. If you want to keep your hair short, fine, but I'll keep mine long because I feel that I look like a tool when I cut it short.

ShadowXStorm
ShadowXStorm

Hmmm... Perhaps if he gets it right this time then, I'll let him keep the hair, but if he pulls another dud he's getting it.

Bobzfamily
Bobzfamily

Somebody please tell this guy to cut his hair...AND NOT RELEASE A NEW GAME!

WhiteSnake5000
WhiteSnake5000

Mr. White is not the new Tony Hawk. Tony Hawk games were actually worth playing at first. His game is trash, even after you get used to it. The people who liked it have really low standards.

pigman239
pigman239

a SEQUEL?? to a video game?????? zomg no way!

Zweikin
Zweikin

Congratulations Mr. White, you're the new Tony Hawk. Enjoy your life as the perpetual child. By the way, your game is fun but you need a damn haircut... damn hippies.

xfactor19990
xfactor19990

this will be awesome haha i really am enjoying the first one, been playing online. What a steal for $20.