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''Snowboard Kids'' is an action racing series produced by {{Atlus}} and Racjin debuting in 1997 on the Nintendo 64. While it didn't make much of a splash compared to [[VideoGame/MarioKart similar first-party titles]], the cute atmosphere and unique character designs were part of what helped it gain enough recognition to spawn two sequels - ''Snowboard Kids 2'' and ''Snowboard Kids Plus'' (the latter released [[NoExportForYou only in Japan]] for the Playstation).

Years of inactivity passed until 2005, when ''SBK: Snowboard Kids'' was announced out of the blue for the Nintendo DS. Unfortunately, this attempt at re-imagining the series to [[DarkerAndEdgier appeal to teenagers]] did poorly with both critics and the fanbase. Despite this, Atlus claims they haven't given up on the series yet, but only time will tell...
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!!'''The series consists of the following games:'''
* ''Snobow Kids'' (1997, [[NintendoSixtyFour N64]])
** ''Snowboard Kids'' (1998, [[NintendoSixtyFour N64]])
* ''Snobow Kids Plus'' (1999, [[PlayStation PSX]]): Japan only, essentially a MissionPackSequel of the previous game.
* ''Chō Snobow Kids'' (1999, [[NintendoSixtyFour N64]])
** ''Snowboard Kids 2'' (1999, [[NintendoSixtyFour N64]])
* ''SBK: Snowboard Kids'' (2005, [[NintendoDS NDS]])
** ''Snowboard Kids Party'' (2005, [[NintendoDS NDS]]): Released in Japan a few days after the US version.
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'''Examples:'''
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The houses on Snowboard Street in ''2'' are shaped like the people who live in them, including Damien's. [[FridgeLogic ...Wait, Damien lives in Snow Town?]]
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Good ''Lord'', where do we start...the first game gets ridiculous by the last few courses due to unfair AI advantages and [[GameBreaker Shinobin]]. This is toned down in the second game, but Expert Mode brings back the omniscient AI just to taunt you.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Linda wants Nicole to eat peanuts with her eyes. Nicole wants Linda to eat spaghetti through her nose. [[spoiler: Pamela tries to get them to do both in her ending.]]
** By the way, [[spoiler:Linda]] is the only one who actually goes through with it. [[NauseaFuel Yuck.]]
* CuttingOffTheBranches: ''Plus'' takes place only a short time after ''1'', and makes it clear that Linda was the winner.
* DropTheWashtub: The Pan item, which [[SquashedFlat flattens]] everyone save for the user. The DS game uses a [[AnvilOnHead 1000-ton weight]] instead, minus the squishing.
* DummiedOut: Digging through the announcer's voice data in both language versions of ''DS'' reveals that each course has one or two unused names, which may also indicate that the Alps course was originally meant to be playable outside of Trick Match mode.
** Also, there's a couple of unused stills from Ruby's ending in ''Plus''.
* EasyLevelsHardBosses: Very much so.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Unless they're an obstacle. Or you're racing against one.
* FantasyKitchenSink: ''2'' introduces a veritable one, compared to the more mundane settings of the other games.
* FiveManBand - with odd parallels to Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks
** Slash is TheHero
** Jam is TheLancer (as a {{foil}} to Slash) and TheSmartGuy (AllThereInTheManual)
** Tommy is TheBigGuy (as a BigEater of the group)
** Linda is TheChick (as the prettiest one of the group) and TheLancer (as TheRival to Slash) and
** Wendy is TheSmartGuy (as the wisest one of the group)
** Nancy is TheHeart
* FreeRangeChildren
* GagNose: '''''The whole freaking human cast.'''''
* HereWeGoAgain: The ending of ''2.'' [[spoiler: Damien will never stop, will he?]]
* HonestAxe: Spoofed in one of the second game's {{Yonkoma}}. A hooded stranger approaches Linda and asks if the pan she dropped just then was gold or silver. She gleefully admits the former in hopes of having it returned; unfortunately for her, the stranger turns out to be a disgruntled Slash.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: In Snowboard Kids 2 the implied couples are Slash and Linda, Jam and Wendy, and Tommy and Nancy.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: The basis behind the "Wendy's House" level in ''Snowboard Kids 2'', as the eponymous character built a course in her own home.
* InterfaceScrew: A projectile item, staple to the series, turns any opponents it hits into a snowman, preventing him or her from steering for several seconds.
* InvisibleParents: Aside from brief mentions of Linda and Nicole's family members, we never actually get to see any parental figures. [[spoiler:Except Slash's mother.]]
* InvisibleWall
* LetsPlay: One was done by {{CrazyCommentaries}}, which tried adding the interpretation that Tommy (the guy with the bandaged nose) was actually Tommy Pickles from {{Rugrats}} and Nancy (the blonde-haired girl) was actually Angelica.
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: The animal characters are a minority compared to the humans, but it still counts.
* NintendoHard
* NoExportForYou: While ''Plus'' was considered for an English release, it eventually got quietly canned.
* PersonalSpaceInvader: The Ghosts, once deployed, will zero in on the opposing racer in the highest position and harass him or her. During this time, the afflicted character's top speed is halved. This can be stacked up to three times.
* RandomEventsPlot: While the other games in the series involved a tournament, ''2'' has this instead. The only thing tying everything together is Damien.
* RecycledInSpace: ''MarioKart'' [-ON SNOWBOARDS-]!
* RememberTheNewGuy: The new characters in ''Plus'', though 3/4 have an explanation for their absence - Nicole is from a different town, Pamela was working on a film at the time, and Ruby simply didn't take notice since no prize money was involved.
* RubberBandAI
* StillbornFranchise: Sadly so. What really makes this surprising is that the first game sold ''a million copies'', an impressive feat for a third party game on the N64. It even ended up being included in Nintendo's Player's Choice games.
* {{Snowlems}}: In ''2'' and ''DS'', both Version III. (They're bosses, after all.)
* WackyRacing: Most of the racetracks? ''They have no snow.''
* VideoGameSettings:
** AmusementPark: Dizzy Land (''1/Plus'')
** BigBoosHaunt: Haunted House (''2'')
** BigFancyCastle: Linda's Castle (''2'')
** GreenHillZone: Grass Valley (''1/Plus'')
** JungleJapes: Crazy Jungle (''2'')
** MacroZone: Wendy's House (''2'')
** PalmtreePanic: Turtle Island (''2'')
** ShiftingSandLand: Quicksand Valley (''1/Plus'')
** SlippySlideyIceWorld: Most of the other courses, naturally.
** SpaceZone: Starlight Highway (''2'')
** {{Wutai}}: Ninja Land (''1/Plus'')
* WackyHomeroom: In ''Plus'', where most of the cutscenes take place.
* {{Yonkoma}}: The instruction manuals for the first and second games featured these, showing off all the items.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: At least in ''Plus'', where it's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in Ruby's bio.
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