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    1080° Snowboarding

    Game » consists of 9 releases. Released Feb 28, 1998

    1080° Snowboarding, initially released on the N64 in North America on April 1st 1998, is among the best-selling snowboard racing games and well known for its excellent controls as well as outstanding gameplay. Due to its success on the N64 it was later re-released for the Wii virtual console in early 2008.

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    1080° Snowboarding last edited by reverendhunt on 04/03/22 03:56PM View full history

    Overview

    1080° Snowboarding - Title Screen
    1080° Snowboarding - Title Screen

    In 1080 Snowboarding, you control one of five characters in one of six different modes. These include a training mode for practicing tricks, a trick attack and contest mode, as well as, a time attack and single and multiplayer race modes.

    Characters

    Kensuke Kimachi

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    "Well known in Japan for his snowboarding skills. Kensuke joined the team because he wanted to be the best in the world."

    NationJapan
    Age19
    GenderMale
    SkillPoints
    Technique8
    Maximum Speed8
    Balance6
    Power7
    Jump6

    Rob Haywood

    • Nation: USA
    • Age: 20 Years Old
    • Gender: Male

    "Rob joined the team through Ricky's father. He's a skilled snowboarder, but still has a lot to learn."

    Skills

    Technique: 8

    Maximum Speed: 9

    Balance: 7

    Power: 6

    Jump: 6

    Akari Hayami

    • Nation: Japan
    • Age: 17 Years Old
    • Gender: Female

    "Akari is new to the sport, but a hard worker. Her technique and jumping ability could make her a valuable asset to the team."

    Skills

    Technique: 8

    Maximum Speed: 5

    Balance: 9

    Power: 3

    Jump: 8

    Dion Blaster

    • Nation: England
    • Age: 28 Years Old
    • Gender: Male

    "Dion is one of the best overall snowboarders on the team. However he doesn't excel when it comes to tricks. This makes him impatient and irrational at times."

    Skills

    Technique: 4

    Maximum Speed: 10

    Balance: 5

    Power: 3

    Jump: 4

    Ricky Winterborn

    • Nation: Canada
    • Age: 14 Years Old
    • Gender: Male

    "Ricky is a cocky little kid. That's probably because his dad founded this team. Although he's not strong, he has excellent trick technique."

    Skills

    Technique: 10

    Maximum Speed: 4

    Balance: 7

    Power: 4

    Jump: 10

    Boards

    Tahoe 151

    Edge Control: 9

    Acceleration: 10

    Response: 10

    Stability: 9

    Flex: 7

    Merlot 147

    Edge Control: 5

    Acceleration: 6

    Response: 6

    Stability: 6

    Flex: 5

    B-Line 149

    Edge Control: 8

    Acceleration: 7

    Response: 6

    Stability: 6

    Flex: 6

    Scout 156

    Edge Control: 8

    Acceleration: 8

    Response: 8

    Stability: 7

    Flex: 7

    Tahoe 155

    Edge Control: 9

    Acceleration: 10

    Response: 10

    Stability: 9

    Flex: 8

    Scout Limited 162

    Edge Control: 8

    Acceleration: 8

    Response: 8

    Stability: 7

    Flex: 9

    Merlot 143

    Edge Control: 5

    Acceleration: 6

    Response: 5

    Stability: 6

    Flex: 4

    B-Line 154

    Edge Control: 8

    Acceleration: 7

    Response: 6

    Stability: 6

    Flex: 6

    Reception and Legacy

    At the time of 1080's release, it out did every other snowboarding game on the market. Like Wave Race and it's praise garnered for it's water physics, 1080° was well received based on how the snow was represented. Down the slopes you would hear the "swoosh" sounds coming from the snow, and would be have appropriately as in real life. Powdered snow would send a cloud of it in the air, ice would show your reflection, and your board would leave behind tracks in the snow.

    Surprisingly, unlike it's other extreme sport cousin, 1080° was noted to be a very technical and overall difficult game. The hardest aspect of the game was positioning your board properly in order to land without wiping out. Other criticisms were given towards the game's AI, which would actually rubberband and would catch up to you much faster than the player trying to catch up to the computer.

    Nonetheless, the game had no rival at it's time, and it took several years until it was trumped by EA's SSX series. A sequel to 1080 Snowboarding was released on the Gamecube called 1080 Avalanche. Developed by NST, the game received harsher criticisms compared to it's predecessor, most common complaints being frame rate issues and very little gameplay.

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