We have been very pleased with Wii Ski & Snowboard. It's a simple game to learn and easy for all three of our kids to play (ages 5, 7, & 10). The tutorial is well done, so that even our non-reading 5 year old quickly figured out how the controls worked. Additionally, it has several different play modes, from competitive races for our oldest to leisurely exploring for our middle child.
The two player mode is excellent!!!! The screen is split and both players can ski independently of the other. For example, our daughter likes to ride the lifts up and down and while the adult playing with her would like to ski. That's no problem. We ski and she rides lifts. A wonderful feature for two players that might have different interests or when playing with an ADD child.
It uses the balance board, which means the kids are up and moving. While it can easily be played with just the controller and nunchuck, the kids have more fun using the balance board.
There is one feature I do not like. On the races, even if the player comes in second, it displays "You Lose" and the Mii is visibly upset. It's a bit of a problem for younger children that don't like to lose. It's a minor complaint, but we've had a few melt downs over second place finishes.
To only have the game a few weeks, it's gotten significant play time and does seem to be one that will get some pretty extensive play for the foreseeable future.
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We Ski challenges you with 14 exhilarating courses suitable for every ability level, from beginner to expert. Step onto your Wii Balance Board or grab your Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller to guide your way as you fly down the side of the mountain. Challenge yourself or up to three friends in races, freestyle, moguls and slaloms, and explore other exciting activities, including Ski School, Centipede Races and Search and Rescue. Experience the slopes in a new way at night as brilliant fireworks light the sky and illuminate all 14 courses. With this much fun and excitement around every turn, you'll never want to come down off the mountain.
Synopsis The wind in your face, the rush of snow beneath your feet, the total adrenaline high as you barrel down the slopes — there's nothing quite like skiing. And there's definitely nothing quite like skiing on the Wii. Welcome to Happy Ski Resort, where excitement awaits you on every slope. Shred the slaloms, demonstrate perfect wedge stops and negotiate moguls like a pro. With your Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller or your Wii Balance Board, you're the master of every run as you jump, twist and race your way to the bottom. Key Game Features:
Experience the thrills of skiing, including races, freestyle, moguls and slaloms, with the help of your Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller or Wii Balance Board (not included)