Critics Give Snowboard Kids DS the Frostbitten Shoulder


Although the pre-release hype for Snowboard Kids DS was hot (better than ever… this is the sequel you’ve been waiting for!), critics went Simon Cowell all over the game. SBK was originally an action/racing game on the Nintendo 64 that has attracted a cult following. The DS sequel sports a new look, brand new adventures and supports 4 players with single-card download play. Unfortunately, the makeovers were not cool enough for the critics:

“Snowboard Kids DS… has a solid engine running underneath it, yet it’s broken because of its design. Snowboard Kids is lacking focus, and it’s a critical flaw that sends it into obscurity.” DS Avenue

“Small replay value, disappointing multiplayer, 9 courses, annoying music (sometimes)…” Neoseeker

“If you took a traditional snowboarding game–SSX, for example–and crossed it with Mario Kart in some sort of Frankenstein experiment, you’d end up with something like SBK: Snowboard Kids. A few rough spots aside, the main problem with Atlus’ snow-themed racing game is that the single-player content is exhausted so quickly… Tough to defend against magical shots… seven courses isn’t enough… less personality than the n64’s snowboard kids games.” Gamespot

Brrrrr! We haven’t heard reviews like that since William Hung covered Ricky Martin.

Although the pre-release hype for Snowboard Kids DS was hot (better than ever… this is the sequel you’ve been waiting for!), critics went Simon Cowell all over the game. SBK was originally an action/racing game on the Nintendo 64 that has attracted a cult following. The DS sequel sports a new look, brand new adventures and supports 4 players with single-card download play. Unfortunately, the makeovers were not cool enough for the critics:

“Snowboard Kids DS… has a solid engine running underneath it, yet it’s broken because of its design. Snowboard Kids is lacking focus, and it’s a critical flaw that sends it into obscurity.” DS Avenue

“Small replay value, disappointing multiplayer, 9 courses, annoying music (sometimes)…” Neoseeker

“If you took a traditional snowboarding game–SSX, for example–and crossed it with Mario Kart in some sort of Frankenstein experiment, you’d end up with something like SBK: Snowboard Kids. A few rough spots aside, the main problem with Atlus’ snow-themed racing game is that the single-player content is exhausted so quickly… Tough to defend against magical shots… seven courses isn’t enough… less personality than the n64’s snowboard kids games.” Gamespot

Brrrrr! We haven’t heard reviews like that since William Hung covered Ricky Martin.

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