Electronic Theatre Preview: Shaun White Skateboarding

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Ubisoft’s first release of Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip for the Nintendo Wii became one of the best selling titles in December 2008 and has to date sold well over three million copies. It was one of the first snowboarding games to use the Wii Balance Board as a primary element within its control system. In November 2009 Ubisoft released a Wii-exclusive sequel to the game called Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage, which made use of both the Wii Balance Board and Wii Motion Plus. Shaun White Skateboarding is the first skateboarding title in the Shaun White series and will include the use of both the Wii Balance Board and Wii Motion Plus in its controls.

The Theme of the game is the same as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 releases, where a government organisation called The Ministry has taken all the life and fun out the city leaving it dull and in black and Electronic Theatre Imagewhite (however the Wii version did seem less ‘dark’). Shaun white is fighting back by building up a resistance of skaters to restore life and colour back into the city show The Ministry and the people that fun can’t be stopped.

When it comes to the controls and gameplay, the version played seemed to be a pretty early build and the Wii Balance Board wasn’t available to use; so it was unclear exactly how many characteristics and features carry over from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. There are five main areas to skate and when skating the different parts of the areas they restore the life and colour back into the city. The main feature of the game is the way it allows the player to edit the areas whilst skating through the story. Players do this by skating certain objects in the areas such as half pipes, quarter pipes, grind rails and banks, which can be custom extended and created by pressing one button.

Although on the build played it was unclear if the extendable areas where fixed in place, on the final build the player will use the Wii Balance Board to add curves and direction to the extension as wanted; enabling them Electronic Theatre Imageto go to new heights and access ledges and rooftops. This feature means that by the end of the game the players will have created their own individual and customised skate city.

In the multiplayer Shaun White Skateboarding allows players to work together to skate and create, save and share their own custom made areas together both on split-screen and over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on Shaun White Skateboarding for Wii, and other forthcoming releases from Ubisoft.



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