Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage

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Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage

Everything except Modern Warfare 2 has fled from Q4 2009. Mass Effect 2, BioShock 2, Heavy Rain. All gone. It's because none of them wanted to go up against Shaun White: World Stage, for fear of the inevitable - for fear of being crushed, like fragile snowmen, in the terrible wake of the Flying Tomato.

It's not hard to understand why, either. I have fond - if rather vague - memories of Shaun White: Road Trip. Nice, chunky character art comes to mind, along with a solid, colourful world, and a soundtrack featuring the Blue Oyster Cult along with, I think, some Bob Dylan.

It wasn't all great, of course - I seem to remember the half-pipe sections were about as much fun as being forced to do the catering at your own funeral, and the trick system was fuzzy to the point of being faintly pointless - but I'm pretty sure I enjoyed the game overall, and even brought it out once or twice over Christmas, at which point a friend of mine fell off the balance board and broke that little bookcase I should have placed safely in the hallway.

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Ubi announces Shaun White sequel

Ubi announces Shaun White sequel

World Stage is a Wii exclusive.

Ubisoft has announced that it will release Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage as a Wii exclusive this Christmas.

The sequel to last year's extreme sports hit will see players following the Olympic gold medallist around the world's top snowboarding competitions in France, Canada and Japan, as well as hitting a half-pipe in the middle of New York's Times Square.

World Stage will be compatible with the Balance Board, as was the Wii version of last year's game, Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip. Balance Board was one of the things which distinguished the decent Road Trip from its ropey sister game on PC, 360 and PS3 - and may be why Ubisoft's decided to go the single-format route this time.

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