Wii Fit Games: Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip

There’s a good chance you know at least one adrenaline junky. If that’s the case, there’s also a good chance you have some admiration for that person. What kind of guts does it take to fly down a mountain at incredible speeds on nothing more than a simple board? Not only do you have to deal with other snowboarders and skiers, but also stumps, trees, icy patches, and maybe even an avalanche. It’s a daring and dangerous hobby, one that only some individuals have the grit or opportunity to take part in. That is, until now.

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Uncategorized Shaun White Snowboarding Road Trip Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip for Nintendo Wii introduces a whole new way of playing snowboarding games. Developed by Ubisoft, Shaun White Snowboarding was developed from the ground up to take advantage of the Wii Balance Board, giving you an experience that is more intuitive, realistic, and fun.

Land your favorite tricks in combination for the ultimate score. View larger.

You can ride on mountains all over the world, including in Japan. View larger.
Hop Onto the Wii Balance Board for a Realistic Experience
The Wii Balance Board is an accessory from Nintendo that works and is shaped like an elongated scale, with sensors that can tell how much and where pressure is applied when you stand on it. This works perfectly with Shaun White Snowboarding, as it can detect whether you are leaning forward, back, left, or right, and it reacts like a real snowboard would.

The Wii Balance Board gives you an unprecedented, realistic experience. View larger.
To jump, you quickly shift your weight to the balls of your feet, and while in the air, you tap the A or B buttons and lean left and right to grab the board and spin, respectively. A multitude of tricks are available for you to learn, and chaining them together lets you amass more points. As you do tricks, a small little icon shows up on the screen to let you know what you did. For example, if you do a 720-degree turn called a "melon," a little watermelon slice will show up on screen.

If you would rather forego the Balance Board, you can play with just the Wii Remote as well.

Beautiful Graphics with Unique Camera System
Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip features a unique camera system, where you can choose different cameramen and camerawomen to follow you around. Some are better for tricks and others for speed, so be sure to pick the right one, as they'll give you abilities during your ride.

As the cameraperson follows you on your ride, you'll notice different effects, such as image blurs around the edges of the screen to give a sense of speed. The camera will collect snow when you fall, and sometimes the camera will white out after completing a big jump, as the cameraperson has to follow you and do the same moves as well. This unique system adds another element of strategy and fun to the game.

Tour the World with Shaun White
Road Trip begins with you as a newcomer to the snowboarding scene. Shaun White serves as your mentor, and together you travel the world, tackling mountains and making friends as you work your way up to becoming the world's best snowboarder.

As you win competitions and meet new people, they'll show you new tricks and special abilities that will help you against the competition. You'll have to learn different snowboarding skills as you compete in races down a mountain, half-pipe events, slaloms, rail jams, and more. You can also take a breather and just free ride in the back country at your own pace.

Play With or Against Your Friends
Road Trip doesn't have online multiplayer options, but you can play both competitively and cooperatively with a friend on a split screen. In competitive mode, you and a friend can race to the bottom or try to out-trick each other for the highest score. In cooperative mode, both of you ride down the same slope, and the scores are added together. The entire game can be played cooperatively, so you and a friend can tour the world together and unlock new extras.

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With the Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip for Wii game, you too will have an opportunity to hit the slopes at incredible speeds, dodging obstacles and performing outstanding tricks. An added bonus is that this game also offers a terrific workout. For many games, Wii accessories are optional but recommended. For this game, while it’s not required, you’d be out of your mind not to use the Wii Fit Balance Board. It’s possibly to play with only the wiimote, but the experience is so much better with the balance board.

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This game makes you feel as though you’re on the mountain. This has been stated repeatedly by many people who snowboard regularly – even professionals. The Wii Fit Balance Board is very sensitive, which adds to the challenge and rush this game can offer. The sensitivity can be set to low, medium, or high, which makes this game a good option for anyone. Even senior citizens play this game and enjoy it. They never had a chance to go snowboarding in their lives. This is a great way for them to experience it. And with all the changeable music options, realistic sound effects, and beautiful scenery, it’s like the mountain has been brought to them. If you’re an experienced snowboarder, not to worry, you will find this game extremely challenging. Not only can you set the sensitivity to high, but you will also have to clear one slope in order to move on to the next location.

As far as movements go, lean forward to move faster, lean back to slow down, lean to the sides for direction, and bend your legs and spring up quickly to perform a jump. The most exhilarating aspect of this game is that you’re always moving. That constant adrenaline rush will only increase as you move from the slopes of Canada to the likes of Park City, Chile, Japan, and Switzerland. And all of this is done while traveling wit Shaun White and crew, which makes the game all the more fun.