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1080 Snowboarding is a decent snowboard simulation game with good physics and a variety of different riders. However, in trying to be too realistic, the game arguably lacks the fun element to keep you going back.

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      18.10.2010 19:28
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      It would be a decent game if you could go fast and get some big air and tricks, but sadly you can't.

      The first thing i thought of when i played this game was 'Wow this is really hard!'. And i still thought that after a couple more attempts at the first race, but eventually i was able to beat my opponent. Once you get the hang of the game, it really isn't all that hard, sure there are a few close calls here and there, especially when its your first time on a certain track, but you generally pull through.

      1080 Snowboarding has fairly detailed 3d Graphics for an N64 game, the levels are quite detailed, with scenary that you can crash into and fairly smooth terrains. Unfortunately this does cause slowdown in some intense areas, for instance when you enter a forest on one of the levels, the framerate is probably cut in half for a few seconds. Despite this its still a visually appealing game.

      There are a few tracks out there, all challenging in there own way, theres even one with fog, which makes it very hard to see what your about to whack into.

      1080 Snowboarding allows you to pick your rider when you first start up a race, each rider has different stats for different things, which again is fairly rare in a N64 game. I didn't notice a massive amount of difference between them, but when they're side by side on a straight downhill run, you can tell which one is faster.

      The one problem i feel this game has, is that its fairly dull. With games like SSX, there are several racers all running at once, and other snowboarding games monopolize on tricks instead of racing, 1080 doesn't have either of these. Tricks are almost non-existant in a real race, and there is only a maximum of 2 boarders. Because of this, the game does wear out after a while, once you've managed to win every race again and again. There is a 2 player mode which helps the replay value a small amount, but it just isn't that thrilling when theres just the two of you boarding down the mountain on your own.

      I can't say i particularly recommend this game to anyone, but if you must buy it, don't pay more than you have to. I would say £4 is the highest you should pay.

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        27.07.2010 17:41
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        I'm going back to snowboard kids it's not worth risking a 1080 trick!

        This was one of my brother's Nintendo games, but when he first got it I had the chance to sneak on it and have a game!
        But however, when I first played the game I knew it was all about snowboarding and snowboarding wasn't really something I was into - as I am more of a skiing person!
        When it came to controls it was quite difficult and they were tricky to get used to.
        But as of volume it was pretty loud, even if the volume was on a low level, so there may be a few telling offs for volume - don't worry blame the game!

        There are five characters from different natonalities : Japan, Amercia, Canada and England.
        Rob Haywood who's American
        Dion Blaster who's British
        Ricky Winterborn who's Canadian
        Akari Hayami and Kensuke Kimachi who are both Japanese.

        There are two different modes you can do while playing this game they are trick mode where you can practise your tricks and gain points, or there's a race mode where you can race other snow boarders or even play two player (which is the max as you can't play three or four player on this game) There are three levels on race mode and you must win the game in order to complete the title!

        Personally i thought this game was Ok-ish but I got bored of it after a while but my brother didn't! But it a good game if you have an interest in snowboarding and you can even learn new tricks! Give it a go you may like it or hate it depends whether you're a skier like me or a snowboarder!

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        06.01.2009 18:53

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        This game is back into the forefront of gamers minds as you can get it through the wii

        This game (available for download on the wii) is great fun, I played it on the N64 back in the day and when it became available for the wii I was glad to pick it back up again.

        Its challenging but the further you get the more there is to do. This above all else gives you a chance to hone your skills before being thrown into harder more competitive levels. This is a factor which more recent games have started to neglect making it possible to advance without being able to use a specific skill properly.

        Much like a racing game the main disadvantage with this game is it doesn't really feel like you're snowboarding as using controllers has never really been a decent simulation/replacement for the real thing. However as a game it is still a fun one to play and I'm glad I can play it again.

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        20.01.2005 11:57
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        This is a review of the Gamecube edition of the 1080 snowboarding series:

        Is this the coolest Nintendo game ever?

        I don’t honestly believe I played a Nintendo game quite like this. Despite the game being utterly fantastic, despite the iced appearance of Mario and despite featuring that special finish only Nintendo can manage, 1080 feels, looks and plays like a top of the range “cool” Playstation title, forget SSX3, ignore Amped 2... this is THE only snowboard game to own.

        1080 Snowboarding appeared on the N64 back in 1998 to both critical and fan based acclaim. The title sold by the bucket load and was called the most realistic yet fun snowboarding game ever. So when Nintendo announced a sequel for the Gamecube the hype wheel would begin to start... yet it didn’t. Mixed reports from magazines and low coverage meant the game sneaked out just before Christmas to lacklustre sales, 1080 had gone from a Nintendo legend to an unsung hero. Despite failing to attract the fans 1080 Avalanche, as it became, still impressed the critics and those 10 or so people that bought it. Including me.

        The main complaint about the title is the length, a game that took me a couple of hours to finish on the simplest settings. Nevertheless the replay value is fantastic, the multiplayer (with LAN connection) is simply amazing, racing your own Ghost means there’s always something to do and more to the point this will be the best few hours of your life. The game is filled with classic gaming moments, zipping through trees, leaping over boulders, escaping an oncoming avalanche and pushing over your opponent whilst listening to the latest and greatest alternative music is the order of the day here.

        Avalanche is absolutely gorgeous, the game features fantastically detailed villages, train stations, car crashes, explosions, snow effects, the works. You will be simply amazed and yet the only chance you have to take stock and look is during the opening cut scenes, speeding down a hill at 130 MPH requires your up most attention. The control system is pretty nifty, by standing you can control your board easily with the analogue stick, pressing L tucks your boarder allowing for increased speed but is far harder to turn. The A button builds up your jump which is very useful for doing the odd trick or gaining extra height when you fall several hundred feet from a cliff allowing for some superb trickery using the X and Y buttons. You can also lose your balance but the game gives you the opportunity to correct yourself before you fall. It is all a very realistic and enjoyable gaming experience, even if it is less realistic than its predecessor is.

        1080 Avalanche has been beautifully crafted with clever menus, fantastic array of music which really aids the entire experience and some lovely character models. Racing to an ice statue of Mario, falling from a cliff, doing some tough tricks whilst trying desperately to avoid an avalanche or simply speeding down a slope to the Nu-metal tunes of Finger Eleven... this is a Nintendo gaming experience like none other.

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          10.11.2001 17:56

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          this is the only game i know of that you can sprain your hand whilst playing - Advantages: fun, fun, fun - Disadvantages: you can easily sprain your thumb when playing

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          25.10.2001 20:48
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          Well we're on to biger and better things now I've got a PS2 but this is still a classic! 1080! What a game, there is a lot to say about this and I intend to get it all off my chest. The game is a bit special to me, I do not have an N64 down in London with me so I only get use of one when I visit the family, this is usually only 2 or 3 times a year so I relish the opportunity of getting my hands on it. The game: --------- A simple concept, you are a snowboarder (get to pick which of 4 board riders you want to be, each with different skills and speeds - then pick your board accordingly out of a choice of about 8) who gets a choice of riding scenarios to choose from. You can do freestyle, time trial, standard racing, slalom etc. you then follow the route and try to achieve the goal. This goal can be simply to reach the bottom of the course quickest, to get the high score for freestyle tricks or the highest score for slalom time trials. Once a course is completed you get to change riders, try again and will soon find yourself addicted. Graphics: --------- Comparing the game to one such as Goldeneye (an unfair comparison as they are completely different scenarios really but graphics wise...) where the characters are blocky and jerky in their movements, 1080 snowboarding is incredibly smoothly animated. The graphics are detailed and well presented - lots of trees to contend with, a fair degree of realism in such things as snow flurries and helicopters which crop up as you ride the courses. You will notice a lot of details on your 3rd or 4th play that you simply were not expecting to find, you won't notice everything on the 1st play as you are so amazed by the gameplay. Which brings me nicely on to....... Gameplay: --------- This is quite outstanding, you are offered a practice run to begin with and this gives you a hand with getting to grips with control of the handset to
          control your character. It is quite complicated so a good idea is to get to grips with the controls in p ractice sessions first. You still get to choose which board and rider you'd like and can get to find your favourite from this section. Tricks - this is a major part of the game, the ideal trick is the 1080 degree spin in mid air (after a lot of practice I got to be able to do a 900 degree turn - 1080=very hard to do. On the practice sessions you get a choice of going along a long half-pipe or opting for ramps in free riding. You will be told which trick to try and are given the buttons to press and in which order to do so. This gets your confidence levels up and gets you used to controlling the riders. Other than the tricks there is little difference to other game controls, simplw left/right to turn, up/down to go faster (you duck when you press down and lean forwards when you press up) the only strange bit is that you need to turn 90 degrees and dig the board in to stop (you won't need to do this much anyway). It's easy to get the hang of controls but takes a while to get into the tricks. Music/SFX: ------ An important part of the game as you tend to get shouted at a lot by the compueter console - when you're doing tricks you'll be told which one's you've just done "Indy", "Stalefish" and "180" tend to be the most popular when I play - easiest to do and you get the points for them. The music is good, nice simple stuff but adds a lot to the game, you'll soon get annoyed by the "Ooooph" sound as you fall down but, if you're like me, it'll make you want to get beter and not fall so much! Overall: -------- It's a great game, it has graphics to die for, music that can be put up with and characters which are great. You'll never tire of the freestyling game, you get to do as many tricks as y
          ou ca n fir in along a number of courses - scoring points for each that lands safely. This, in my family's home, has got incredibly competitive and adds a great lot to a visit home for me. I love the game, nothing to fault it on really - the only Part I get frustrated with is the "Big air" ramp - you fly really high, fit in a lot of tricks and have a huge score but 9 times out of 10 find it impossible to land. Annoying but gives determination. Get a go on this as soon as possible, it's a great game for all to enjoy.

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            03.10.2001 22:20
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            1080 Snowboarding is one of the best snowboarding games available on any system. It's an exhilarating-looking game with a great combo-driven trick system and tracks that are actually fun to race. It also requires a lot more skill than most of the competition. Graphically, 1080 delivers smooth, evenly scrolling downhill tracks and half pipes. There's little, if any, polygon dropout in the riders, the backgrounds, or the tracks. Each of the tracks is stylistically different, too, from Crystal Mountain's dense fog, thick powder, and realistic snow and ice effects - it's actually snowing onscreen, and it looks great - to Golden Forest's clear skies, narrow trenches, and warm mountain treescapes. The most striking visual element of the game is the undeniable sensation of speed. 1080 looks and feels very fast. The track really blurs by, and you feel every turn. The only visual shortcoming is in the slowdown that occurs when you race through on-track trees, which is a great effect and a hair-raising test of skill, but causes a noticeable lag. Control is thoroughly involving. The crouch move alone - which makes for supertight turns - makes this fun to play. The physics model is very solid throughout. 1080 Snowboarding features five different riders and eight different boards. The inclusion of a balance statistic in the riders' profiles makes for many different styles of play, and control varies throughout, depending on the rider and board combination selected. Riders range from cute little folks who don't move too fast but can really cut up the track, to Dennis Rodman-looking giants travelling at 120mph who can barely stand up. Unlike a lot of snowboarding games, landings are not automatic, so you've really got to earn those big jumps by learning how to finish them without crashing. This brings us to the issue of skill. From Indy nosebone 540's to stalefish to mute grab 720's, all the usual tricks are here,
            but this time around they require a lot more skill in execution. Though a lot of the grabs are simple, two-button moves, the big rotations are executed with combos. That is, unlike a lot of snowboarding games, in which the angular prowess of each jump is decided simply by the length of time you've held down a button, in this game, you need to master a fairly intricate combo to pull off the big payback 1080-degree spins. In addition, the tracks vary in powder thickness, which has a big impact on speed and maneuverability. Some tracks have ice on them too, which is a much more dangerous surface - with refreshingly realistic physics. Since the game features a damage meter that can pull you out of a race after one too many falls, 1080 Snowboarding's varying terrain, coupled with the skill required to land after the more grandiose moves, requires a higher degree of finesse than most of the competition. Unlike a lot of snowboarding games, whose half pipe modes are their only real thrill, the 1080's downhill races and time trials are great. The tracks are treacherous, and each is different from the last. Moguls, giant drops, and impossible curves are littered throughout. When time limits are imposed, it's not with occasional banners and 45-second bonuses, but through slalom flags, each of which doles out a two-second bonus. While initially this is frustrating, it does add tension to the trial, and it's a much better use of slalom flags than simply throwing you out for missing some predetermined and arbitrary number. Initially three tracks are offered, but an additional three can be unlocked by winning races. 1080 Snowboarding is the best snowboarding game around. Control is some of the most involving in racing - check out the impact crouching makes on your turning. If it weren't for the slowdown caused by the onscreen trees - why do designers always go for that one last feature that messes things up? - the graphics would be perfe
            ct. Innovative level design and gameplay that requires skill and rewards you for seeing your death-defying tricks through to completion, rather than just knowing the move, add up to one of the best values in both sports and racing gaming.

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              23.07.2001 16:51
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              The Wave Race 64 team is at it again, and this time its on the snow slopes. Miyamoto took the genious design team possibly made the best N64 racer, and exchanged the Kawasaki Jet-Ski’s for Lamar Snow boards. No, literally, that’s what they did. 1080 Snowboarding can be best described as Wave Race 64… in the snow. 1080 retains the same options and game play modes that were featured in Wave Race 6. Miyamoto and the design team did obtain new licenses for this wintry racing game. As mentioned, Nintendo signed on Lamar to provide models of their Snow boards for use in the game (my favorite being the Tahoe 155). Not only did they manage to obtain usage of the snowboards, but they acquired rights for Tommy Hilfiger clothing! Each racer has their own Tommy Gear outfits that will brighten up the TV set during your races. The graphics that are featured in 1080 make this game the most realistic for its genre. Each of the atmospheres are fully detailed with trees, rocks, lighting and more. There can be a minor touch of slowdown because of the great detail and vast courses. The multiplayer mode (2 Player Vs.) has many of the details cut down since it would slow the game down to at least 20fps. The music in the game tries to take on a style that would suite the atmosphere of the game. Sometimes, the music is repetetive and could get somewhat annoying. But it isn’t that bad. There is no voice usage in the game, except the announcer of the events and status of the race. The snowboards make the appropriate “swooshing” sound, so the sound is right on target. Is 1080 Snowboarding worth having another Wave Race 64? That depends. Did you like Wave Race 64? I loved it, which means naturally, I loved 1080. There is nothing new on the game besides the addition of more than four characters, but I only used one specific one in the first place.

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              15.05.2001 00:41

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              The N64 is an excellent console, (as explained in "A good cheap con...."), and some of the games are quite good, but 1080 Snowboarding is a bit of a lame attempt at a snowboarding game! I mean if you look at all the extreme sports games like "Tony Hawks Skateboarding" on the Playstation and "SSX" on the Playstation 2 you will find that the N64's attempt at an extreme sports game is rather lame! An extreme sports game needs speed, a variety of tricks and a little fun away from racing. "1080" has hardly any of these, it's slow, it's not the most inventive game in the world, the tricks are all the same "180", "360" and guess what’s next, yep you probably guessed it "540". This game has a poor fun factor as well. In the following bullet points I shall rate: SPEED. FUN FACTOR. GRAPHICS. ADDICTIVENESS. HOW EXTREME? Firstly: SPEED: 1080 snowboarding has extremely poor speed, even for an extreme sports game. I would have accepted the speed if the graphics had been good, but they weren’t exactly the best either! The speed on this game is very slow compared to other extreme sports games like “SSX” and “Tony Hawks”. FUN FACTOR: Not good, not good at all! This is where 1080 has got it all wrong. Extreme sports games are supposed to be fun, e.g.; have loads of different tricks, but, as I’ve pointed out above, 1080 doesn’t have a pinch of originality when it comes to tricks. Most of the tricks are all turns, 180, 360, 540 and so on. GRAPHICS: Yet another mistake by the producers of 1080, if you aren’t concentrating on the speed, you should at lest give it some good graphics. 1080’s graphics are pathetic! In fact, the less said about the graphics the better! ADDICTIVENESS: Let’s just say that I would rather play on “Ren and Stimpy” on the
              mega drive than 1080. This game just gets on my nerves after a while; it’s so slow you feel like the boarder has just drunk 10 pints of lager because his turning and braking reactions are also slow. HOW EXTREME: This is the least extreme, extreme game I’ve ever played on. Extreme games have to have all of the above, although bad graphics can be accepted. I haven’t played on worse extreme sports game, and I hope I never will play on a worse extreme sports game than this! Although this is a bad game, it does have some good points like: It’s the same set out as “SSX” It’s competitive and you earn different things, e.g. Boards, Boarders, etc. In conclusion, I think if you want an extreme sports game, buy something else!

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              15.02.2001 00:14
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              For all of you big-time snowboarding fans, this is the perfect game. The graphics are great; the different weather conditions actually effect your board’s performance. But when you’re carving down the mountain at high speed, the only thing that’s going through you’re mind is ’WOW!’. There are five different boarders to chose from, each with different good and bad areas, such as; speed, jumping skills, control and so on. There is also a choice of eight Lamar boards, again, these have different good and bad areas, and each have there own cool designs. Unfortunately, there are only six game modes and courses, but in each of these await some seriously big jumps. Giving you the chance to get some ’PHAT AIR’. There are 20 funky tricks to try out; methods, tail-grabs, mute-grabs, stiffys, etc(don’t get the wrong idea). I am a boarder myself, and i think that this is pretty much as close to the real Mckoy as you can get. All in all this is a brilliantly addictive game, SO GO PLAY IT!

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                24.01.2001 03:06
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                I've had this game for nearly 3 years now. After playing on loads of other games for the N64 i think this is easily still the best after many years. There are six riders to choose from which is a huge choice but each is very different in certain skills which is good. Boards all vary aswell so not many are needed either. There are amany sections like training, match race etc. and the multiplayer which is good fun. Cheats can be won from acheiving certain tricks like panda man whos great for tricks or penguin board for speed, plus many more. As you go along you win new tracks eventually leaving you with six to choose from. Progressively getting longer, harder and better. The last level, deadly falls, has a huge number of ways to go. There is a nice number of tricks you can pull including the huge 1080 spin and you can get records for these on trick attack. The graphics are pretty good with music and the occaisonal sound from the rider as you hit a cliff. Powder and ice are both included too.Takes a while to get used to but once your good its a great game. I always come back to 1080 snowboarding and I still think it is the best game around for the N64!

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                this game has definetly some class, you choose your snowboarder from a choice of 5, select your coarse from a choice of 6 and then you and your snowboarder hit the snow. When you start the game you are given options 1 player, vs, match race and trick attack. 1- player 1 player is a slalomn where you go in and out of flags which are placed on the course that you selected. vs vs is just if you want to play your friend in a race to get to the bottom of a selected course or if you fall to much you have to forfit. match race a match race is where you play against the computer in a race to complete the race before your opponent does. trick attack and trick attack is where you go on to the half-pipe and test your skills on tricks from indys alleys up to the big 1080. cheats and hints are available !!!!!!

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                  11.12.2000 02:16

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                  i brought this game about a week after it came out as i couldn't get hold of a copy before that because it was all sold out everwhere, i wanted this game so much because i had read about it in the montly N64 magazine and it got a really got review and a Rating of about 80 to 85%. When i first played the game it was worth the wait with all trick mode and match race and contest and other things like that there is any more options that would be worth having on the game. There is everytype of snowbording level from halfpipe, slalom to a normal straight forward ski run. The character each are adapted for a certain thing like Jumping, Speed etc just the same with all the boards. With the 1080 2 on the talk of coming out i wonder what this could have in it?? For £14.99 you should by it for a preview of what is going to be in 1080 2

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                  02.12.2000 05:37

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                  1080 Snowboarding is a fun game and is one of the best of its kind. I think that though the graphics are good, some elements could be more realistic. For instance the boards being unusually big. I truly think that a few adjustments in the graphics could have made this game the best of its kind. 1080 is still a great game, I like all the hills equally, and I love the concept of hidden characters. In 1080 the selection of tricks is incredible, it’s better then any other snowboarding game out there. I also think that 1080 is at the perfect level of difficulty. It is not to hard to frustrate the new players, yet it is hard enough to challenge even the most advanced players. I recommend 1080 to everyone and all ages, even younger children who might not quit understand the concept of moving the joystick and performing jumps. I think that 1080 will provide hours of enjoyment, to even the most impatient person. 1080 is truly fun for everyone.

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                  1080 snowboarding is one of the best extreme sports games that I have ever played on. The graphics are totally cool and with the 3D stick you really can get a feel of the game, and pulling off the almost impossible 1080 is one of the most satisfying things that a computer game can give. There are six courses to choose from, and all six look quite stunning, a true tribute to the 64 bit power that Nintendo have got. Each track is unique in its own way, you can board through a town, or from a mountain, and each one really makes you feel that you are there on the board. However the last two tracks have to be accessed by completing the single player on medium and hard, and both are well worth sitting and trying to get them. There are also three extra boarders that can be accessed by completing the game (with the help of a cheat mind), the first is when you finish the final track for the first time, then you can access the ice boarder, who you have to beat on the final race, and he is faster than any boarder that you can choose. The second is when you finish the final track for a second time, then you can gain access to the fastest boarder on the game, the gold boarder. You can also gain access to a panda boarder by completing all of the available tricks on the game in trick attack, which also includes have to pull off the very hard to do 1080 Even though the six tracks are all very good, they get a bit boring after a while, I think that the developers should have put some extra boarders and tracks to choose from. And the multiplayer game is good at first, but the problem of limited tracks and boarders makes it a little boring after while. On the whole, this is one great game, and anybody with a N64 should not be without this classic. And I think that the developers should bring out a sequel to this truly amazing game.

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