1080° Snowboarding

aka: Vertical Edge Snowboarding
Moby ID: 8384
Nintendo 64 Specs
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1080° Snowboarding is a snowboard racing game. The player will find 6 downhill slopes and a half-pipe as courses, several characters to choose from, and be able to perform more than 25 tricks. After choosing a character and a board among the available eight, the player can compete in a variety of events:

  • Match Race: Race head-to-head against a computer controlled opponent.
  • Time Attack: Try to beat the best time down a slope.
  • Trick Attack: Try to get the best trick score on a slope.
  • Contest: Race for the best time down a slalom route.
  • 2P Vs.: Race against a friend.
  • Practice: Practice tricks in a half-pipe or jump slope.

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  • TenEighty Snowboarding - Alternate spelling
  • テン・エイティ スノーボーディング - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 85% (based on 39 ratings)

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Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 42 ratings with 2 reviews)

Carving the Slopes of Nostalgia

The Good
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  • Immersive Gameplay: 1080 Snowboarding delivers a satisfying and immersive snowboarding experience. The controls are intuitive, allowing players to execute tricks and navigate the slopes with precision. The sense of speed and the weighty feel of the characters create an authentic and adrenaline-pumping gameplay experience.

  • Varied and Challenging Courses: The game offers a diverse selection of well-designed courses, each with its own unique challenges and hazards. From icy slopes to treacherous cliffs, the environments provide a thrilling and dynamic backdrop for exhilarating races and trick competitions.

  • Impressive Graphics: For its time, 1080 Snowboarding showcased impressive graphics on the N64. The snow-covered landscapes are visually appealing, with detailed textures and realistic lighting effects. The smooth frame rate contributes to a seamless and visually pleasing gameplay experience.

  • Trick System and Combo Potential: The game's trick system allows players to perform a wide array of stylish moves and combinations. Mastering the timing and execution of tricks adds depth to the gameplay, rewarding players with satisfying visuals and point bonuses.

  • Memorable Soundtrack: The game features an energetic and catchy soundtrack that complements the fast-paced action on the slopes. The music enhances the immersive experience, making each run feel exhilarating and memorable.

  • Multiplayer Fun: 1080 Snowboarding shines in multiplayer mode, offering split-screen competitions for up to four players. Whether racing head-to-head or competing for the highest score, the multiplayer aspect adds replayability and hours of enjoyable snowboarding battles with friends.

  • Unlockable Content: The game provides an incentive for replayability by offering unlockable characters, boards, and secret courses. Discovering these hidden treasures adds excitement and encourages players to explore the game further.

    The Bad

  • Limited Game Modes: While the core gameplay is enjoyable, the game lacks variety in its game modes. With only a limited number of race and trick-based challenges, some players may crave additional modes to keep the experience fresh.

  • Steep Learning Curve: While the controls are intuitive, mastering the more advanced tricks and techniques requires practice and patience. The learning curve might be steep for beginners, potentially leading to frustration early on.

  • Outdated Graphics: Despite being visually impressive for its time, the graphics of 1080 Snowboarding can feel dated by today's standards. The low polygon count and lack of visual detail compared to modern games may deter some players from seeking a more visually stunning experience.

  • Limited Character Roster: Although the game offers a selection of characters, the roster feels somewhat limited, with only a handful of unique snowboarders to choose from. More variety in character abilities and playstyles would have added depth and replay value.

  • Lack of Online Multiplayer: As an older title, 1080 Snowboarding does not feature online multiplayer capabilities. While local multiplayer is still enjoyable, the absence of online functionality prevents players from competing against a wider community. Can't help but constantly think about it and wish.

  • Repetitive Sound Effects: While the soundtrack is commendable, the sound effects, such as the character grunts and board slides, can become repetitive over time. Additional variety in sound design could

    The Bottom Line
    1080 Snowboarding delivers a thrilling snowboarding experience with immersive gameplay and a catchy soundtrack. The varied courses and trick system offer depth and replayability, especially in multiplayer mode. However, the limited game modes, steep learning curve, and outdated graphics may detract from the overall experience. Despite its flaws, 1080 Snowboarding remains a nostalgic gem that captures the joy of shredding the slopes and competing with friends.

Nintendo 64 · by WONDERなパン (16793) · 2023

THE best snowboarding game, ever

The Good
The game feels right. It actually feels like you are pelting down the slopes and crashing into the walls. Though they may look dated now, at the time the graphics were astounding. The glare of the sun, the reflection on the ice, all added to the feeling of realism. A nice collection of game modes in which to humiliate your friends was also welcome, who can forget the big air contest, where you hurl yourself off of a ramp and try to pull off tricks before crashing headfirst into the snow at the bottom. The unlockables in the game also had a nice progression to them, including hidden characters, tracks and boards.

The Bad
The controls could be quite 'Clunky' in that it would be hard to do what you wanted to, when you wanted to. This also made tricks hard to pull off, and the titular trick, the 1080, was really,really hard to pull off.

Another bad point of this game was that at some point it had to end, shame really.

The Bottom Line
The best snowboarding game of all time. Spend some time with it, learn the in's and out's, and you will find an immersive experience, brimming with fun

Nintendo 64 · by Tracer__ (11) · 2003

Trivia

1001 Video Games

The N64 version of 1080° Snowboarding appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

References

Towards the end of the Mountain Village course, what appears to be Mr Bean's yellow Mini lies stranded in a snowdrift, next to Bean's arch-nemesis, the blue Reliant Robin.

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Game added by quizzley7.

Wii U added by Michael Cassidy. Nintendo Switch added by Kam1Kaz3NL77. Wii added by gamewarrior.

Additional contributors: Andrew Hill, Alaka, gamewarrior, formercontrib, DreinIX, Patrick Bregger, FatherJack.

Game added February 14, 2003. Last modified May 6, 2024.