Snowboard Kids 2
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|Snowboard Kids 2|
North American Nintendo 64 cover art
Snowboard Kids 2 超スノボキッズ (chō sunobo kizzu) is a snowboarding video game developed by Racdym and published by Atlus. It is the sequel to Snowboard Kids and was itself followed by a sequel, SBK: Snowboard Kids.
Snowboard Kids 2 retains the core gameplay of its predecessor, while making changes to game mechanics.
The main game is separated in two modes. Story Mode unites the Battle Races and Skill Games from the previous installment; it also introduces recurring boss stages after a set number of races, and a hub town that replaces the game menu. Battle Mode features multiplayer, customizable races. Training races that teach the game's mechanics are also available.
Four new characters are introduced and one is absent from the previous game, making for a total of nine characters. Only the six starter characters can be used in Story Mode, while all nine characters can be used in Battle Mode, provided that the remaining three are unlocked. The five returning characters are hevily redesigned, and every character now has a set of four costumes to fit in with the different themes of the races.
The game features a total of fifteen courses. Like the previous game, the themes and terrain of the races are not restricted only to snow, now featuring a tropical island, a castle, a haunted house, and even space. Story Mode features the standard nine race courses, three Skill Game courses and three Boss Stages; these are modified versions of race courses with changes in the time of day, weather and/or course hazards. All of them can be played as race courses in Battle Mode. All courses now have a standard 3-lap count, which can be customized for Battle Mode.
New additions and changes were made to the Items and Shots as well. All of them were redesigned, the Shots were renamed Weapons, and both groups received additions. Changes were also made in the effects of these power ups: for instance, the slapstick has a new effect of making the affected player lose coins, the freeze time of the freezing shot was reduced, and the frying pan now has a standard effect time that is not affected by pressing buttons.
The special tricks (which were different for each character and required the player to perform a combo) were replaced by the ability of doing multiple tricks while in the air. Also new is the ability to repel Weapon attacks by performing a Trick or Board Grab in the imminence of the hit. The player can also look behind by pressing the R button.
Slash Kamei, voiced by Chiaki Morita (Japanese), Lani Minella (English): He's an active and noisy boy, and is seen throughout the game to be friendly and playful with most of the characters, being friends with Tommy since earlier ages and best friends with Jam. He's also shown alongside Jam annoying Linda and sometimes the other girls. Slash is an All-around type - he's the most balanced character in the game with average stats on speed, turning, and jump and is the best character for beginners, and is also the character players use while in Training mode.
Nancy Neil, voiced by Rio Natsuki (Japanese), Julie Noble (English): She's a nice and reliable girl, sweet to everyone and always tries, with no success, to make Linda and Slash set things up and get along well. Otherwise, she remains unaffected by their fights. She seems to be best friends with Linda. Nancy is shown to be fond of cute animals, such as bunnies and butterflies, and very appreciative of nature in general. She is a Trick Type, good at turning and jumps but lacks speed, so she is most used in courses which have narrow paths and difficult turns.
Jam Kuehnemund, voiced by Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Mike Muratre (English): Jam is a conceited boy and thinks quite highly of himself. He can usually be found break-dancing, eating a sandwich, wreaking havoc or taunting Linda with Slash, although he can also be seen arguing or fighting with his friend due to his bad temper. He is also an All-around, balanced character similar to Slash. He is sometimes seen talking to Wendy in the Snow Town Downtown in Story mode, and it's implied by their dialogue that they're dating.
Linda Maltinie, voiced by Rio Natsuki (Japanese), Julie Noble (English): Linda is a very rich girl who lives in a castle located in a section of Snow Town which seems unaffected by snow and remains green and grassy. Although acting like a snobbish brat sometimes, she is good-hearted and nice to most of the characters, and is constantly being taunted by Slash and Jam, what causes her to lose her temper and pursue the two boys until she catches or lose them. She is also very competitive. She is a Speed type, fast but lacks a bit in turning and tricks.
Tommy Parsy, voiced by Kōichi Tōchika (Japanese), Ari Rossi (English): Tommy, although being a skilled snowboarder, pretty much prefers food over competition, which makes him an overweight boy. He is nice to everyone and has been friends with Slash since their early childhood and. He is a Speed type that makes up for his low turning and trick stats with blinding speed, being the fastest character tied with Mr Dog. He is a good pick for more experienced players.
Wendy Lane, voiced by Shizuka Ishikawa (Japanese), Lani Minella (English): Wendy is an addition to the series. She is a child who loves inventing stuff. She is, in fact, shown as the inventor of the Rocket and of a spaceship that serves as her home and also takes the kids to Starlight Highway. She is kind to everyone and has the same stats as Nancy, thus making her a Trick type. Wendy is sometimes seen talking to Jam in the Snow Town Downtown in Story mode, and it is implied by their dialogue that they are dating.
Damien, voiced by Chiaki Morita (Japanese), Lani Minella (English): Damien (known as Black Kid in the original Japanese version) is a bright, yet very stupid boy. Throughout the story he is constantly trying to interfere with the other kids games or activities but his plans fail (usually comically) and is often caught in the crossfire of the others' arguments. He lives in a house in a secret spot of Snow Town, and has a laboratory in Ice Land. Damien also seems to have a crush on Nancy, but he fails to talk to her. His character type isn't specified in game, although he does have good numbers in all stats. He can be unlocked by beating Story mode.
Coach, voiced by Kōichi Tōchika (Japanese), Mike Muratre (English): This penguin is an arduous Snowboard teacher, and is shown in an episode of Story mode as the kids' snowboard teacher, as well as the "master trickster" of Snow Town. He is the NPC you race against when in Training Mode. He is a trick type with stats equal to Wendy and Nancy. Beating the Trick game unlocks him.
Mr. Dog, voiced by Kōichi Tōchika (Japanese), Ari Rossi (English) Mr. Dog is a well-known kind old man. Like in the previous game, he runs the board shops in Snow Town. The fastest character in the game tied with Tommy, Mr. Dog has trouble navigating simple turns or jumping trivial gaps in the course, probably due to his weight. When the Shoot Game is beat, he will be unlocked.
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