Review by Wubb

Reviewed: 12/01/00 | Updated: 12/01/00

1080 Snowboarding delivers the goods

Whenever Nintendo releases any game, it is always highly anticipated. 1080 Snowboarding is no exception. Being only one of a handful of N64 games not overly cute, gamers had lots of reasons to look forward to this game. Did it deliver? If you want the short answer, yes. 1080 is a great game. Before you rush off and buy it, however, I suggest you read on.

The control is tricky at first. (It's hard to land jumps without falling on your face.) but then what game worth a darn isn't a little tricky at first. Some have complained that you can fall too easily on little bumps. I disagree, in the real world when you are snowboarding you have to pay close attention to your board and the slope or *pow* you're gonna end up on your butt. Same thing with 1080.

The game allows for a *lot* of exploration (although it isn't perfect) You can ski on top of rooms off cliffs, through houses, over cars, on streets, etc. However there are several spots in the game where you will hit an 'invisible wall' this is annoying and a definite downside to an otherwise very explorable game. (I'd give it a 7 out of 10 on the exploration scale.)

As far as the physics model is concerned. 1080 is superb. The developers even made the board perform differently based on what surface you are boarding over (deep powder, packed snow, even icy roads). Your boarder leans from side to side to maintain balance and just looks pretty darn cool.

The graphics of 1080 (like nearly all Nintendo made games) are great! The snow and tracks are really nice looking. And the boarders are animated really nicely. The Crystal Boarder in particular is stunning. He reflects the surroundings on his crystal body, very cool. The only gripe I have is that some of the scenery at the end of the course is flat and 2D looking, out of sync with the rest of the game.

1080 has great sound. Different sound effects for boarding on ice, roads, deep powder, etc. really add to the realism. Also each boarder has 3 different voice clips for the character select screen. One for when you highlight them, another for when you actually select them, and a third for if you deselect them (this one is indignant, check out Ricky's it's funny) This is a nice touch and indicative of the overall polish of this game.

At first 1080 is gonna seem very hard. However after a week or so of playing, you will probably have obtained all of the boarders (there is a crystal, metal and panda boarder in the game) and gotten the Penguin board. After that there are still trick attack and contest modes to conquer, not to mention playing your buddy head-to-head. So there is a lot to do, and it will probably take at least 20 hours of playing time to get through all of this. I don't think you could see all there is in this game from one rental. Two rentals... maybe. If you like racing games and have some buddies to play with, though, this game should have a lot of replay value for you.

An excellent game, but fails to improve on WaveRace's legacy.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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