Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. This is a must have for any Wii owner and yet another reason to own a Wii Board. The best skater in the current gen.
  2. One of the most innovative and fun Wii games to come out this year.
  3. The best extreme sports game available for Wii this Christmas.
  4. 85
    Skate It comes highly recommended. The original Skate rejuvenated skating games with a new control scheme and a real sense of freedom, and that success carries over to the Wii.
  5. 85
    This is a game that will appeal most directly to the Wii's casual market. But anyone who enjoys an innovative game should spend some time here. In staggering their releases on Wii and 360/PS3 EA have certainly kept Skate in the public eye.
  6. 84
    Skate It is a solid entry in the franchise and it really couldn't have been done any better for Nintendo's motion-controlled console.
  7. Concerning tricks you will have to face a big challenge: The Balance Board got divided into six regions and two pressure levels. Invest a few hours and you will feel the ultimate skate experience.
  8. Even if Skate It isn’t the perfect skateboarding game, EA has delivered a solid game on a system that definitely needs innovation and something else than just dumb mini-games. While the game has a daunting learning curve and some average graphics, the game is worth checking out as it will find a nice and warm place in your Wii game collection.
  9. A must have title for Wii-owning skate fans, but casual gamers beware!
  10. Like we said, if you look at Skate It as a place to screw around and have a little fun on a skateboard you’ll have a tremendous time. It’s not a particularly complete game in any other sense. One for real skating fans, for sure dudes.
  11. 80
    Skate It has got it where it counts. The developers have made good use of the Wii controls and provided fans of skateboarding games a much needed change of pace. If you’re interested in a reason to drag out that little-used Wii Balance Board, give Skate It a shot.
  12. 80
    From the excellent tutorials to the toughest challenges, the entire world seems like a skating arena made just for you.
  13. 80
    A lengthy career mode is Skate It's highlight, as it sees you building your skills through increasingly difficult challenges.
  14. At the end of the day, except for a few graphical drawbacks, Skate It is a solid skateboarding game for the Wii and will make an excellent game for any fan of sport.
  15. The best part about Skate It is that it doesn’t feel like a translation of another game. It’s its own beast.
  16. Fun stuff. [Jan 2009, p.80]
  17. One for fans of the genre only. [Jan 2009, p.78]
  18. While the quick menus help you get on your board as soon as possible and the camera never gets in the way of your next trick, this game would have benefited so much from better controls that didn’t cause you to miss rails and slam into walls.
  19. This is an okay skateboarding game that utilizes the Wii's special controllers to give you a realistic experience.
  20. Skate It offers a serious experience of this extreme sport. The Skate's intuitive control won't be for everyone and the graphics need to be improved too. With patience and effort this game can provide a great experience for players.
  21. This is about as solid a next-gen port as we’ve seen on Wii, but it’s probably going to take an act of God to make us think a downscaled port is better than the original. Other than an earthquake, we mean.
  22. Skate It won't appeal to everyone, but it's as close to skateboarding as you can get without falling off the real thing and scraping your knees.
  23. EA's latest skateboarding foray, Skate It, does a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong. The only part of the formula that truly impresses is the controls, everything else is limited by the technical limitations of the Wii. Skate It does share a lot of what made the original Skate great, but if you want the full experience you're better of with Skate for the Xbox 360 or the Playstation 3.
  24. The biggest draw of this skateboard simulation is the unique controls, which are intuitive but disappointing.
  25. 70
    The game is plenty big enough to satisfy even very demanding gamers, but I would be concerned about those controls. Not everyone wants to spend too long getting to know a difficult control system, these days. Often, immediacy is key and this is a step away from plug and play.
  26. A risky game with a control system based on the movement and the Wii Balance Board. The best skaters will see in it a different proposal and a quality game for Nintendo's console. But there are also problems and frustrations with that system.
  27. While not as fully realized as its Xbox 360/PS3 counterpart, Skate It proves to be enough fun to recommend ... but only if you're willing to put the time in to get over the mountainous learning curve!
  28. Sadly, it ends up being a bit of a disappointment, with iffy controls and less than impressive graphics.
  29. Save your money for a better action-sports game. [Jan 2009, p.89]
  30. 58
    And that's a small taste of the poor control scheme. The slightest twitch or turn of the Wii-mote creates a wholly new effect -- and frequently, it's one you don't even want. It's even worse on the Wii Balance Board; by default, the turning is overly responsive, even after reducing the board's sensitivity. However, this makes it harder for the device to register a trick.
  31. You won't be buying this game for its (un)exemplary graphics or "innovative" control method, but if you're prepared to sink hours into it, there's fun to be had.
  32. There will surely be a great skateboarding game for the Wii, perhaps with the next iteration of the balance board, but this isn't it.
  33. Skate It is better in theory than it is in practise. We can forgive the awful Wii Balance Board controls because you're not forced to use Nintendo's Wii Fit peripheral to play the game. But we just can't get away from the fact that EA's focus on creating a hardcore skater sim has resulted in a frustrating experience, for no other reason than the Wii itself isn't built for that kind of game.
  34. Nice idea ruined by slow and inaccurate controls that is Skate It for Wii. Every move, every trick -doesn’t matter if pad or wiimote is used- is a true pain in the a**. [Feb 2009]
  35. If the balance board controls worked, the game world wasn't so barren and there weren't severe balancing issues, this would be okay. [Feb 2009, p.64]
  36. Judged solely on its Balance Board controls, Skate It comes up little short of unplayable thanks to a bewildering complexity. [Jan 2009, p.96]
  37. As with the original Skate, Skate It manages to feel authentic and it comes with some sharp ideas. But the game's presentation and control just don't pan out, and it seems like a game that'll frustrate players more often than not. If you're a Skate fan looking for what's next, do yourself a solid and wait for Skate 2.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. samfleming
    Jul 15, 2009
    9
    this is a rather addicting game once you get the hang of it. the balance board whilst fun to use is very difficult unless you have heaps of practise using it. use the remote an nunchuk for best game experience. the career mode is awesome fun , as most of the challenges dont take 100's of tries to get, but only some will u get first go. i also love to take a break from career and have some fun with thrashers hall of meat. so far i have managed to break all but one bone (it was sprained) in the one fall. best place for this is dannys mega park, HUGE RAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MUST HAVE GAME Full Review »
  2. ABoone
    May 2, 2009
    10
    Awsome and great with just the wii mote and nunchuck i have not tried ti with the wii balance board but it is well worth every cent i say go out and by it as soon as possibe. It has great graphics the best i have seen on the wii. Full Review »
  3. MikeJ.
    Nov 20, 2008
    9
    This game rocks. nunchuk/wii remote combo is easiest.. I beat this game already with that. Wii remote on its own and board are way harder but i am definately improving at both, plan to beat this game usin all 3 control methods graphics do have jaggies, but overall yu dont notice, cause the skateboard has the focus, not th rider, you almost forget about the rider as you work on sequences and lines with the board...IGN has it right, 1up must have issues, deep hatred of skating or something. Full Review »