Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. 100
    Shaun White will probably draw comparisons to the Wii's other snow-topped mountain experience, We Ski, but Road Trip throws out that title's kiddy aesthetic for a cool anime look with a great licensed soundtrack. The game does so many things right, it's almost hard to believe that the same company developed both this and its PS3/360 counterpart.
  2. 90
    For those of you who haven't gotten into the Balance Board yet but still want a taste of the carefree life of the world's preeminent pro snowboarder, Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip won't disappoint.
  3. The game is fun and addicting, that much cannot be emphasized enough. The game is short, and multiplayer could have given this title a boost if it were playable online.
  4. Not quite as stuffed with content as "SSX Blur" but the charm-filled SWS takes snowboarding games to new heights with its controls. [Christmas 2008, p.52]
  5. 84
    A kid-friendly, motion-controlled version of Shaun White Snowboarding could have been a disaster, but this turns out to be a truly slick edition of the franchise. Not only is this one of the best-looking Wii games available, both remote and balance board controls feel really nice.
  6. The perfect example of how to do games right on the Wii. Sure, you can't model every individual snowflake, but you can still provide a great looking, stylish game.
  7. This version also contains a rider/cameraman feature that lets you select two different characters (one to film, which adds a special ability, and one to board) to enhance your overall performance. That is yet another dynamic that makes Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip for Wii the best version available.
  8. Maybe it's because I'm a girl and this kind of thing could get messy and cold, but I don't remember ever having had so much fun just by taking a Wii in the snow.
  9. If you plan on picking the game up, and do not have a Balance Board, then drop the score a whole point. Yes, it makes that much of a difference. If this is a first glimpse at the future of games utilizing it, then it’s a very bright future indeed.
  10. It may not compare to SSX Tricky, Amped 3 or 1080 in terms of sheer arcade enjoyment, but the Wii version is better than the 360 and the balance board is the reason why. It’s fun for a moderate amount of time and looks good. Worth a shot.
  11. Road Trip is surprising. On paper it reads like a cheapened, cut-down version of its PS3 and 360 cousin but Ubisoft has really done the Wii justice with this one. Everything from the cartoony, charismatic art style to the well put-together motion control system just fits the console perfectly.
  12. If you want to really get into a snowboarding game, actually standing on a board is probably the best choice, and the integration with the Balance Board raises Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip above the pack in that respect, but it's in no way gimmicky, as it can be just as enjoyable with your Wii-mote, thanks to a very intuitive control system.
  13. Road Trip is the best snowboarding game we've played in a long while (at least since 2005's Amped 3). It's better than Shaun White on 360 and PS3, too. It's no SSX, or 1080, but it's about as good as it gets for virtual versions of the sport these days.
  14. We're glad that Shaun finally got an excellent snowboarding game worthy of his talents.
  15. 80
    Even without the board, though, I'd recommend Shaun White's Wii adventure over his less impressive 360 and PS3 treks. It's a tighter, more polished experience that puts the focus on fun over the other entries' ambitious, but not always rewarding free-roaming gameplay.
  16. 80
    Whether you use the Balance Board or the normal controls, Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip is a blast to play.
  17. This is a very forgiving title that makes cruising down virtual slopes with friends a joy. Fortunately, it emphasizes the strengths of the Wii without completely dumbing down the final product. As such, a wide range of players should enjoy this whimsical tour through the boarding world.
  18. Intuitive and fun motion controls make Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip a healthy alternative to the real sport.
  19. Edge Magazine
    Not only is Road Trip competent, it’s full of character, with cartoon styling and gentle humour eschewing the too-cool, branding-heavy nature of its peers, while also being one of the console’s better looking titles. [Christmas 2008, p.101]
  20. Nintendo Power
    Despite these issues, Road Trip makes a great party game (you can play co-op or versus with up to four people), and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to dust off their Balance Board. [Holiday 2008, p.84]
  21. It can't reach the heights of SSX or the first and second Amped, but what it lacks in precision, it makes up for in slightly mindless fun.
  22. Games Master UK
    Enjoyable and works well with the board, but lacking in thrills. [Christmas 2008, p.82]
  23. Unfortunately the huge potential that slumbers within a snowboard legend and a global publisher hasn’t been used. Shaun White is something for the hardcore boarder – only the balance-board-controls truly have their unique feeling.
  24. Not all that original, but the Balance Board makes it a unique prospect.
  25. Overall, Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip is a good entry in the genre that wisely chooses to build on the strengths of the platform rather then shoehorn another game into it.
  26. In a sport searching for the next big crazy trick, this game’s insistence on the basics only takes players so far.
  27. games(TM)
    Wii has plenty of other titles that offer a few hours of undemanding fun. The abandoned potential of Road Trip is proof of what a wasteful approach that can be. [Christmas 2008, p.103]

Awards & Rankings

#48 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008
#51 Most Shared Wii Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. FrankiR
    Aug 16, 2009
    I just bought this game today, and so far it's great! The song track is good, and it satisfies my snowboarding needs. I live no where I just bought this game today, and so far it's great! The song track is good, and it satisfies my snowboarding needs. I live no where near snowboarding/skiing places, and this pretty much helps satisfy my craving to snowboard. Full Review »
  2. JamesR
    Jan 2, 2009
    This game is a lot of fun. The art style really suits the Wii, as well. It's nice to see Ubisoft stepping up. The Balance Board This game is a lot of fun. The art style really suits the Wii, as well. It's nice to see Ubisoft stepping up. The Balance Board implementation is really good and adds a lot of depth to the game. Full Review »
  3. jareta
    Dec 20, 2008
    fun, enjoyable experience. makes the balance board a must own