1080° Snowboarding, often referred to as just 1080°, is a snowboard Racing Game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 and first released in Japan on 28 February 1998. It was re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console service in 2008. The player controls one of five playable snowboarders from a third-person perspective using a combination of buttons to jump and perform tricks over eight levels.
Its sequel 1080: Avalanche, released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2003, is the most recent release.
1080° Snowboarding contains examples of:
- Anti-Frustration Features: The player cannot take damage in Stunt Attack mode.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Ricky Winterborn.
- Color-Coded Multiplayer: If two players use the same character, their outfit changes color.
- Cool Shades: Rob Haywood always wears these.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: You can unlock a penguin-shaped snowboard.
- Five-Token Band: The five boarders, who are roughly a Five-Man Band.
- Kensuke is Japanese. He's The Hero and a Jack-of-All-Stats who wants to be the best snowboarder and is already well known for his skills. Wears red.
- Rob is American. The Lancer, he's skilled but still learning. Wears blue.
- Ricky is Canadian, eh?. The cocky Tagalong Kid and rough analog to The Smart Guy, by being the smallest and weakest, but the most technically gifted trick master. His dad is also the founder of the team. Wears green.
- Dion is black and British. The Mighty Glacier Big Guy of the group. He's the fastest racer, but gets impatient over tricks. Wears black.
- Akari is Japanese and the only female boarder. A Naïve Newcomer, but a hard worker. Wears yellow.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Akari wears goggles only on top of her head, even when racing down a mountain.
- J-Pop: A good portion of the background music is this.
- Life Meter: Present in the racing and Time Trial modes.
- Nintendo Hard: The notoriously difficult trick system takes a very long time to master. The ultimate prize for many is pulling off the titular 1080. Let's not even get into the AI in the racing modes.
- Racing Ghost
- Skybox: Very noticable in the training level.
- Time Trial: One of the game modes.
1080° Avalanche contains examples of:
- Age Lift: In their last appearance Rob, Akari, and Ricky were 20, 17, and 14 respectively. They're now 23, 19, and 18. The Time Skip affected some more than others.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Kensuke Kimachi is absent. Especially odd as he was a playable character in many trailers leading up to the release, and a picture of him still appears in the background at the chalet. Ricky Winterborn takes over as the main character, Rob Haywood becomes The Leader of the team, but no one has balanced stats. Dion is also missing. The only characters to return are the ones who guest starred in Wave Race.
- Console Cameo: You can get a snowboard that is a giant NES Controller that in game is named "Old School". It makes Mario jump sound effects every time you jump.
- Five-Token Band: A little change up from before
- Rob is White American and now The Leader of the group with Kensuke gone. Main color is now green. Has the best balance. Listens to hard rock.
- Ricky is Canadian, eh?. He's The Lancer as a competitive rebellious kid compared to Rob's serious athleticism. Also The Face of the group. His main color is a bluish cyan. Has the highest jump. Listens to punk rock and electronic music.
- Akari is Japanese and still The Chick as the most energetic, friendly and supportive member of the group. Main color is pink. Has the best turning. Listens to pop, and starting to get into punk via Ricky.
- Kemen is from Chile. The new Big Guy replacing Dion. A laid back Gentle Giant. Main color is red. Has the fastest top speed. Listens to rap.
- Tara is Black American, The Stoic newest recruit who doesn't show any emotions that would take away from her 'hip hop diva' style. Main color is orange/yellow. Has the best acceleration. Listens to hip hop.
- Genre Motif: All of the riders have a signature musical genre in the manual. However only rock, punk, and electronic are actually in the soundtrack. There's no real rap or hip hop.
- Pink Means Feminine: Akari wears pink this time round, and is rather girlier than the more tomboyish Tara.
- Ship Tease: Akari is interested in Ricky now that he's grown up from the first game. Rumor mill says they're together.