Retro Game Friday: Snowboard Kids 2

Michael Blaker
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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering the sequel to Snowboard Kids! It’s Snowboard Kids 2!

Plot Synopsis: The game is set in Snow Town, which is the hometown of the protagonists, and follows the lives of Slash, Nancy, Jam, Linda, Tommy and Wendy. The game shows their daily lives, as they try to arrive at school on time, work part-time delivering newspapers, or take part on trick festivals; as well as the adventures that lead them to each race.

Plot: Wow that sounds like a really boring game, which is probably why most racing games don’t bother to even mask it with a story. Granted that the game is actually fun along the lines of Mario Kart or Diddy Kong Racing (my favorite racing game of the N64 generation), unlike most contemporary racing games.

Characters: Unlike the first game we get to learn more about all the various characters rather than them just being varied in terms of stats. Personally I like the penguin, Coach the most.

Gameplay: The game is lots of fun, and replaced the combo input required for tricks and replaced it with the ability to do multiple tricks in midair, which is was a very welcome change. It plays a lot like Mario Kart.

Art: The art is really aged, but that’s expected given that it’s a N64 game.

Music: Sadly I don’t remember any of it.

Overall: An even better sequel to an already excellent game.

For those who like: Racing, Sports, Snowboarding, Games With a Plot, Excellent Gameplay.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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