previews\ Jul 6, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage - WII - Preview

Last year, Ubisoft shook the extreme sports genre with their first title to take advantage of the Wii Balance Board, Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip. The game did a fine job of immersing players in the sport like no game before it, and was a fun and accessible experience at the same time. Now, Ubisoft is looking to replicate their original success with the follow up, Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage.

Whereas the first Shaun White title on the Wii was more of an open-type of snowboarding title and allowed players to fool around quite a bit, World Stage is more about competitions. Players will hit the slopes in eight different countries, control eight characters (including Shaun himself) and will be able to play co-operatively with friends.

From your central hub (which is an airport), you’ll be able to select from a variety of events from the beginning and unlock more events and areas as you play. Your overall ranking plays a big role in this, requiring you to win events and get a higher ranking, at which point places in the world will begin to open up for you.

The control scheme for World Stage has been untouched from Road Trip. The game allows players to turn the Balance Board sideways and lean in different directions in order to control the heading of the board. You’ll also hold a Wii remote at the same time which will let you perform grabs and other tricks. While the Balance Board is definitely the most natural mode of play for snowboarding fans, those without a Balance Board (or those who simply aren’t fans of it) will be able to use the Wii Remote exclusively.

You’ll never be alone when you’re on the slopes, as you’ll always have a member of your crew following along and recording your moves with a camera. However, instead of simply filming you, they’ll also give your rider a specific skill boost, so knowing what kind of event you’ll be getting into plays a big role in which teammate you should select for this.

Snowboarding fans who want to take on one of the closest replications of the sport yet should keep an eye out for Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage to hit the Wii this November.

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