We Ski gets gold

Namco Bandai's Balance Board-compatible downhill-skiing game ready to tackle retailers later this month.

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Nintendo is set to launch the Wii Balance Board as a bundle with Wii Fit on May 19, but the first game compatible with the peripheral will actually arrive in stores a bit earlier. Namco Bandai Games America announced today that We Ski for the Nintendo Wii has gone gold and is set for retail release on May 13.

More sedentary gamers will have a choice in controls, given that We Ski supports the Wii Remote and Nunchuk as well as the board. It also includes freestyle, slalom, mogul, and downhill-racing game modes, more than a dozen different tracks, customizable characters, and support for gamers' own Mii avatars.

We Ski is rated E for Everyone and will retail for $29.99. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

62 comments
dragonbreathrw
dragonbreathrw

For those who are mocking board / ski games, there are quite a few reasons that people would purchase a game over going to the slopes: 1) Lift tickets cost anywhere from $45-60 dollars with an additional 18-30 for rentals if you don't have your own equipment. 2) Some people have serious leg / ankle injuries which have made their skiing / boarding days over 3) Some people might have a fear of speed on a board / two smaller boards and cannot find the full enjoyment in skiing / boarding So seriously. Quit being a bunch of elitish @#$$@(&%+)*+E$@$ and let people enjoy their games.

AAwiidog
AAwiidog

this game looks sweeeeeeeeeet

Nomad0404
Nomad0404

Spoiler = There's a least three skiing events in Wii Fit.

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

sking/snowboarding games = booooooooooring. as the snow starts to fall who whats to go and play sims? maybe good fo a bit in summer though

MischiefmAker
MischiefmAker

With the $30 price tag, this has me interested, but since I believe there's a skiing game in Wii Fit if maybe I should wait for a bigger game. If it's good enough though, I'll get this. And (somewhat off topic) I've also been wondering about what the balance board could do in the future. Playing Mario Kart I thought the wheel was cool, but could really use pedals. Then I thought of the balance board and began to wonder...

nate1222
nate1222

@kavadias1981 That's a cool idea. I'd like to see some devs do stuff like that. I own a PS2, GC and PC with a 8800 graphics card. But the Wii is the ONLY 7th gen console I actually want. Other than Wii, I'm perfectly happy with my older PC, GC and PS1 & PS2 games. What can I say? The 6th gen (PS2/XBox/GC) rocked and the 7th gen (PS3/360) is just slickly produced, highly predictable, over-priced, propietary crap.

schmiede
schmiede

I think a cool game for the Balance Board would be some sort of Arabian Tales game -- you could sit Indian-style on the board, and lean around from side to side while flying your magic carpet. :)

dreamer2989
dreamer2989

@skyline7284 - Thats assuming they can be bothered to get up and get it, can fit through the front door and not pass a McDonald's on the way. :p But seriouisly the balance board has tons of potential

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@nate1222 - There is a balance test on Wii fit which has you taking steps. This could be well implemented in something like Dragon Quest Swords 2 (if they make it). You take steps to move forwards, the nunchuk to change direction and the Wii remote to slash and stab. Sound good? I sure like the idea.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

does the wii fit tell u how many calories you've burned?

nate1222
nate1222

Companies are ALREADY finding cool things to do with the Wii Fit Board. Devs can do alot of cool stuff with the Wii without astronomical costs. This means there'll be tons of variety on it. All the more reason to get a Wii!

Nomad0404
Nomad0404

Just for an indication of what Wii Fit is capable of, I was out DJing last night (saturday night always out!) and my wife racked up 30mins playing Wii Fit and set some interesting high scores for me to try and beat - she's also unlocked more of the game than me now. It's amazing how it moves people. americahellyeah - The Wii Fit is just about the best made peripheral for the money I have ever seen or purchased - it also comes with a well rounded set of game s to play with it. You'd have to be 155kilos not to want to play on it - because then you can't!

skyline7284
skyline7284

The US has some of the fattest people int he world how will Wii Fit not sell?

Noob_Krusher
Noob_Krusher

Wii Fit is gonna sell like hot-cakes.... dang.

pattywagon313
pattywagon313

I'm interested to see how well this does in the U.S.

D_E_E_G_S
D_E_E_G_S

More shovelware for the Wii. Yay?

HavQ-san
HavQ-san

Foxpro, you are so horribly, horribly wrong. Do you have ANY idea how many casual gamers there are? A LOT. And besides, it's sold so much in Japan, it will easily sell as much in the U.S.. You should seriously think twice before saying bs like that. And learn proper grammar for your own good.

jayntampa
jayntampa

If you don't think it will take off in the US, then you don't understand the market at all. It's already on the bestseller list at GameStop and #1 in video games overall on Amazon -- over GTA4 and anything else, and it's a pre-order! Wii Fit will sell over a million, easy.

foxpro-gt
foxpro-gt

iv said it once ill say it again..... wii fit will NOT take off in the u.s.

americahellyeah
americahellyeah

wow, just when you thought that nintendo couldn't come out with a worse gimmick game than wii sports/play the wii board is the worst effing video game accessorie i've ever seen. Nintendo is all about the gimmicks now :(

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

It's going to be terrible. I have been skiing and snowboard for 32 years and I have never found a simulator that is fun. Plus if you don't feel the G-forces, the board needs to tilt to compensate for the leaning that actually occurs when riding.

tennis12master
tennis12master

Nintendo Power gave We ski a 7.0 or 7.5, somewhere around there. I don't think i'll pick it up.

French023
French023

ya mex roy...i dont really think they will sell millions...i mean what do you expect each school to buy 100 of them...more like each school will buy one of them...but i mean its not like they will be able to find a wii anyways

willauqs
willauqs

kingdomskate. i was thinking the same thing about the pun. i bet its under copyright by nintendo so only first party games can use "wii" in titles

UltimateXShadow
UltimateXShadow

Hmm...intriguing...I may pick it up. I doubt it, though.

kingdomskate
kingdomskate

We ski? should have taken the pun. Although sking games are fun they take alot of tries to complete harder courses like on the more popular sking titles, like ssx. I hope they either lower the difficulty or make you exert minimum energy, because I don't know about you guyes but its gona get tiring for me after an hour or so of sking down insane slopes. I realy don't want my cause-of-dearh to be "Heart attack from We Ski."

MexRoy10
MexRoy10

the wii balance board is going to make millions ive read they are going to get them for gyms and schools 2 all around the world crazy

Smoky_Hill
Smoky_Hill

i think ill just go work out at a gym you know like real people do this wii fit doesnt do anything

packster
packster

Im going to pick it up when I get Wii Fit.

EPaul
EPaul

Awesome now i can ski in the summer

MonkishGamer
MonkishGamer

I would love to see some WiiBoard games, I probably won't pick that up, I'm more excited for Rayman Raving Rabbids 3. I might pick up WiiFit, still working on Mariokart and Brawl.

StargamerX
StargamerX

lol, no Wii pun. BTW, can you buy the Balance Board separately?

TexasAnMGrad2K
TexasAnMGrad2K

The balance board has the potential to make for some interesting and fun games. Wii Fit will surely take full advantage of it. But the key issue here is whether or not the developers will really sit down and come up with competent and executable controls for games. All the Wii owners know about this when it comes to half-assed motion controls for the Wiimote. I'm sure we'll see our fair share of skiing/snowboarding, dance, exercise, skateboarding, surfing games for the board. Hope the developers take the time to perfect the controls though.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

For $30 I might check it out, or at least rent it from Gamefly. The balance board is an interesting idea, and even if it doesn't take off I'll still probably have fun with it. I'm hoping there will eventually be a Tony Hawk or Skate version, though. :)

sunnystarz
sunnystarz

retail for 29.99.... beware the price tag below the average ... hey it may be the best thing to hit wii since my wii mote

diablobasher
diablobasher

Hey Namco Bandai, I think you'll find it's spelled Wii.

Nolite
Nolite

This could be a nice game. But I'm waiting up for a few reviews until I decide on it. Personally I'd need a game like this to get me into buying the Wii Fit package in the first place.

briank555
briank555

I foresee lawsuits with people cracking their heads open on the living room tables... you just watch...

Wula_
Wula_

its probably called We ski instead of Wii ski in case nintendo sued them for taking their trademarked word >.>

DanteRules
DanteRules

People actually think this will get GOTY? Why?

Kenaue
Kenaue

Wait, so it's not actually called "Wii Ski" like every other game with the word "We" or "Wii" in it?

halosniper52
halosniper52

Just some more dumb ass games for wii. Back to gta.