Look at the size of those things! (By which we mean the noses, of course.)
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 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 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 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...
The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Good Lord, where do we start...the first game gets ridiculous by the last few courses due to unfair AI advantages and Shinobin. This is toned down in the second game, but Expert Mode brings back the omniscient AI just to taunt you.
Cool and Unusual Punishment: Linda wants Nicole to eat peanuts with her eyes. Nicole wants Linda to eat spaghetti through her nose. Pamela tries to get them to do both in her ending.
By the way, Linda is the only one who actually goes through with it. Yuck.
Dummied Out: 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.
Honest Axe: 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.
Implied Love Interest: In Snowboard Kids 2 the implied couples are Slash and Linda, Jam and Wendy, and Tommy and Nancy.
Incredible Shrinking Man: The basis behind the "Wendy's House" level in Snowboard Kids 2, as the eponymous character built a course in her own home.
Interface Screw: A projectile item, staple to the series, turns any opponents it hits into a snowman, preventing him or her from steering for several seconds.
Invisible Parents: Aside from brief mentions of Linda and Nicole's family members, we never actually get to see any parental figures. Except Slash's mother.
Let's Play: 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.
No Export for You: While Plus was considered for an English release, it eventually got quietly canned.
Personal Space Invader: 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.
Random Events Plot: While the other games in the series involved a tournament, 2 has this instead. The only thing tying everything together is Damien.
Remember the New Guy: 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.
Stillborn Franchise: 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.)