Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. 79
    Skate It turned out really well on the Nintendo DS, and offers the same challenge and sense of satisfaction that the design did on the consoles. It also has an enormous amount of features to bulk up its list of things to do.
  2. Intuitive controls and a lengthy list of features make Skate It a good choice if you want to go skateboarding on your DS.
  3. This is a great opportunity for boarders and the gamers who love them to learn an innovative control scheme, pull off some tricks, and design their dream skate parks.
  4. Although it has a few rough edges, Skate It nevertheless ollies over the competition and triumphantly kick-flips its way to the top of the DS skateboarding pile.
  5. 80
    Skate It's fun comes from the using the Stylus in creative ways to pull off tricks that aren't really exaggerated at all. Sure, grinding is a little easier on this version of the game than any other console, but most of the other tricks could be seen on any standard skate video. The uniqueness of this game comes from how you play, not what you pull off. Skate It isn't perfect, but it's no poser either.
  6. Games Master UK
    Less accessible and trickier to control, but it offers similar satisfaction to the console Skates. [Feb 2009, p.82]
  7. 58
    Solid controls, multiplayer options, and creation tools stand out, though some jagged textures and their frustrating side effects hamper an otherwise solid execution.
  8. Skate It for Nintendo DS offers a fresh and successful take on skating controls. The story mode is not so deeply but the multiplayer mode has a lengthy list of features. The realistic skating action comes to the NDS.
  9. Your enjoyment of Skate It on DS will largely be determined by your enjoyment of skateboarding in general. The controls are fiendishly difficult but, if you're into the sport, they're rewarding to master.
  10. Nintendo Power
    You spend more time keeping a grip on the handheld than dealing with the game's challenges. [Jan 2009, p.90]
  11. Nintendo Gamer
    There's loads to do. [Feb 2009, p.77]
  12. If you know your laser flips from your rocket airs and don’t mind enduring a little hand cramp while you train your brain to skate and draw at the same time, then Skate It on the DS packs an impressive simulation of skateboarding.
  13. Once again, EA has managed to innovate in a genre that had grown stale and tedious. With its numerous graphical glitches, control issues, and overall lack of polish, it’s obvious that Skate It is a first effort. Still, pulling off big tricks (and even small ones) can be very satisfying, and there’s a real feeling that this is a series that will benefit greatly from further iteration.

Awards & Rankings

#82 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#54 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. DarrenZ.
    Dec 17, 2008
    Using the stylus to perform different tricks is surprisingly intuitive, more so than having to remember a few dozen button combinations.Using the stylus to perform different tricks is surprisingly intuitive, more so than having to remember a few dozen button combinations. Unfortunately, the DS version of Skate It suffers from poor stroke recognition, so while it's easy to pull off tricks, it's difficult to pull off the trick you want. Add to that muddy graphics that make it hard to discern the environment ("Is that a shadow or curb? Oops, my skater just fell over, so I guess it was a curb."), occasional framerate slowdown, and some nasty pop-in and you have a game that's hard to recommend. Full Review »