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FAQ by Dr. Omicron

Version: 2.5 | Updated: 08/10/98

Date: Sat, 28 Nov 1998 15:04:05 EST

       ***The only Snowboard Kids FAQ! ver. 2.5***

# <--detonator mines to separate the sections

Snowboard Kids was ATLUS's first time on the N64,
the  developer's  greatest  hit,  and  N64's  first
snowboarding game. This game is quite a toughie, and
I can tell you every strategy I know in this game! Also,
there will be codes and other stuff. Oh, and they're 
making a sequel that should be out by summer '99. Are
you gonna get it?


How to read trick explanations:

Slash's      Banzai      Bash<---name
 (A)      <-        ->     (A)
250G<---how much money you earn for pulling it off
 hold |move control stick
  A   | left, then right.
button|hold last of these 
      |moves until you near the jump.
      |Then release A and
      |see your trick in motion.

-> right
<- left
U  up
D  down
o> rotate full circle counterclockwise
<o rotate full circle clockwise
U< upper left
U> upper right
D< lower left
D> lower right


First, we'll start with the characters:

Slash Kamei:

He's well rounded. Good for beginners. One thing bothers
me: what's that Thailand flag doing on his cheek? Oh
yeah, it also means "I'm number 1!"

Slash's Banzai Bash
(A)   <-   ->   (A)

The Slash Spin
(A) U D U (A)

The Slash Dynamite
(A)-> <-  -> <-(A)

Nancy Neil:

She's slow. However, she's a master at the tricks and
handling. She's good too. However, it looks like she has
a tattoo and she's wearing pajamas! What's with this

Nancy's Spinning Star
(A)   <-     ->   (A)

The Nancy Cross
(A)  U<  U> (A)

The Nancy Grab

Nancy's Best
(A)U D <-(A)

The Nancy Groove
(A)<- -> U D (A)

Jam Kuehnemund:

The majority picks him the best of the nonsecret bunch.
He's second in handling and trick abilities and second
worst in speed. The perfect combination.

Jam's Spinning Moon
(A)   <-   ->   (A)

The  Jam   Jam

The Strawberry Jam
(A) U  D  U  D (A)

The Blueberry Jam
(A)  D  U  <- (A)

The Boysenberry Jam
(A)  D <o <o D  (A)

Linda Maltinie:

Stranger. She's so darn rich! She's the opposite of
Jam, being second at top speed and you know the rest.
Like Slash and Tommy, she's only got three tricks up
her sleeve...if she had sleeves.

Linda's Whirlagig
(A)  <-   ->  (A)

Linda's   Spinner
(A) <- -> U D (A)

Linda's      Leap
(A) U D U D <-(A)

Tommy Parsy:

This guy is the one you must avoid. He blazes fast only
because he eats a whole lotta hamburgers. That keeps his
handling and trick ability down, though. That sucks. Oh
well. Better not try him with the expert ice board.

Twirling   Tommy
(A) -> <- -> (A)

The Tommy Shake
(A)<--> <-->(A)

The Tommy Tumble
(A) U  o>  U (A)


That new guy can be won by beating him in Ninja Land
(very difficult). He has his own three boards. He can do
four tricks with these guys.

Shinobin's   1080° (yes, they have 'em here too)
(A)-> <-  -> <-(A)

Shinobin's Quick Draw
(A) ->  <o <o  -> (A)

Shinobin's Special Flip
(A)  U  o>   o>  U  (A)

Shinobin's Double Dash
(A)  <-  U  ->  D  (A)



3    6    0    °*
(A) <- or -> (A)

360°   flip*
(A) U< or U>

board  grab:
any C button

*<--- if the trick is marked with that, then it means
you can grab your board during the trick


Let's move on to the controls:

A jump

hold A while approaching a jump and do the right moves.
Release A as you near the edge and you'll have done a
trick! Press A to hop. If you time it right you can
hop over certain weapons and accelerate once you lose

B use item

when something appears in the second box, press the B
button to use it.

Z use weapon

when something appears in the first box, use the Z
button to fire it. You get 3 of each weapon.

C buttons

use them to grab your board in midair. The longer
you grab it, the more money you get. It ranges from 20 G
to 99 G, less than the most basic trick. However, it's
very fun to do. Touch your toes!

control stick

steers. Need I say more?


Boards are what you ride on. The snowboard is just like
its many cousins, like the surfboard and the skateboard.
Here there are a total of 15 boards, 6 of which are
hidden. The hidden boards can't go in reverse, and the
trick to turning sharp is to hold D> or D< while
turning. This proves quite handy in Dizzy-Land or Quick-
sand Valley:

There are 3 types of nonsecret boards.

Free Style

LEVEL 1: You start with this. It's slow, but handles 
well and is good at tricks. Definitely choose this if
you select Tommy or Linda.
0 G

LEVEL 2: Same, but faster and handles better and better
at tricks. Get this if you can.
120000 G

LEVEL 3: Earn enough bucks to buy the best. There's only
three levels of each board. That's a relief.
240000 G

All Around

LEVEL 1: Recommended for Slash. It's got no advantage
over others, nor are there any disadvantages. After a
while, though, you'll find this quite useless.
0 G

LEVEL 2: It's basically the same thing, only it makes
the AI more stupid.
10000 G

LEVEL 3: Grab the moolah while you can to actually play
as Slash on Night Highway and be a match. It gets that
hard that quickly.
20000 G


LEVEL 1: If you're going to choose Jam or Nancy, you 
gotta get this baby. It's fast, but the character's good
handling  and  trick  ability  makes  up  for  its
disadvantages. The only kind of board you can put in
reverse, though that will severely make you lose speed.
0 G

LEVEL 2: Get this. It's the not expensive, so if you
get through all the Skill Games, then race in Rookie 
Mt., you'll be able to buy this board. It costs only
11000 G

LEVEL 3: Man, oh man, this has one heck of a good speed!
Use this in Night Highway with Nancy or Jam. Good Luck!
There are also known cases of getting 17 seconds using
Tommy with this on Ninja Land, the game's shortest
22000 G


LEVEL 1: Also known as the Star Board, (not the Port or
Stern) this can be received after you defeat Shinobin.
Remember, this is a special board, and you get 10000 G
alone when you come in 1st in Ninja Land, so it's quite
expensive for a board.
80000 G

LEVEL 2: This is the Feather Board. It's a feather, and
is great in Animal Land. However, it's super hard to do
this, for you have to earn 2500 points there (Animal
Land). Now you can get it for the low, low price of
100000 G

LEVEL 3: That was a lot of 0's up there! This is the Ice
Board. You can get this by simply getting all nine
nonsecret boards, and the Ice Board is yours. This price
is a bargain, which is
1000 G


LEVEL 1: This board is recommended in Quicksand Valley,
where there are a lot of sharp turns (you know that it's
slow, and handles well and does tricks excellently now?
Oh well). I call it the Scroll Board. It's a scroll.
:beat Shinobin:

LEVEL 2: Imagine a big-nosed ninja sliding down the 
snowy slopes on an abacus. This Abacus Board is well
rounded, and is recommended on Night Highway, Grass
Valley, Dizzy-Land, and Silver Mt.
:beat Shinobin:

LEVEL 3: He's got a sword with a rectangular shadow. You
can use this in every other course. Oh, and that's the
board he's using when you race him. It's like the Alpine
Boards, only it's Shinobin's.
:beat Shinobin:


Ooh, you'll need shots. Each cost 100 G and when you
run into red Clown Shops, you get something good.

Slap Stick: It'll make you flip!

It's a fast heat-seeking thingy.

Bomb: It's da bomb!

Explodes on contact, wiping out anyone in the range. I
hate it.

Snowman: Snowman can't turn!

They bounce around, and if they hit anyone they morph 
into a snowman and can't turn. My favorite shot.

Freeze Shot: This freeze is a breeze!

Hit anyone and they will freeze in a slab of ice. Wait 
for it to melt.

Parachute: It'll lift your spirits!

Brings one up into the air really high, then sets 'em 
back down. By then he would be been in last.

Items. You get one, just one. Run into a blue Clown Shop
to get something cooler.

Pan: It'll make you go FLAT out!

This sucker falls on everyone's head but yours, giving
you a chance to pull into 1st from 4th.

Fan: Don't fan with me!

This is a speed boost that lasts about 5 seconds.

Ghost: Make the ghost out of this!

Ghosties haunt the guy in 1st, making them slow down.
You can tell if they got haunted or not by seeing their
icon on the right turn blue.

Rock: It'll rock you over!

Anyone who slides into it will trip.

Invisible: Also invincible too!

You'll be immune to any weapon except the ghost and the

Rat Face: This mouse is a steal!

The rat steals everyone else's coins, leaving them broke
and you wealthy.


The modes:

Battle Race: 
It's the only mode available in multiplayer
mode. However, you can only race in the courses you've
opened. Otherwise, you won't even see it on the menu.

Skill Game:
        Speed Cross: Pick up as many fans as you can to 
        hit a record and gain points. An extra 300 G is 
        rewarded for picking up every fan there is. If
        you run out of time you'll lose everything that
        you were supposed to earn.
        Shoot Cross: Shoot bunches of snowmen to gain
        some money. There will be another reward for for
        blasting all the snowmen. Don't worry, the time 
        left doesn't do anything. And guess what? If you
        blast all the snowmen, you get a 1000G bonus!
        Trick Cross: Go into Animal Land and perform 
        lots of cool moves to gain more money. The stick
        near the end here doubles your score, so it's
        vital to your success. Also, there'll be awards
        for every trick you do. Don't even think about
        beating my record of 5210! Okay, okay, I used a
        cool glitch. When the time remaining reads
        00' 03" 23 when you get on the stick, it doubles
        your score. But the cool part is it doubles
        again when you get off!

Time Attack: Bust the AI's records and claim your 
victory. Just pick a fast board and start zoomin'!

Board Shop: Buy your boards here and paint them from 18
different designs. Simple, huh? Just choose a design you
like best or just leave it as a default.

Exit/Save: The controller pak: Don't leave Snowboard
Kids without it. If you haven't got one, then I guess...
you can't save!


The Courses:


There is basically five laps in this course. Use any 
board you wish, they'll all be great here. There's not
much to worry about here, just learn to use the weapons
and items and you'll be fine. The course starts on a 
straightaway, and after a heap of coins, you'll past by
an Item Shop. Then it's an easy left, a right, then the
first jump in the game. It's on to another straightaway.
After that it's a slightly sharp right, then an S-curve,
and you'll see the ski lift. Just enter the turnstile, 
being careful not to bump into it. Once you enter the 
turnstile, everything is automatic. After the chair, you
start another lap at the beginning.
541 m
difficulty: Newcomer
5 Laps
Best Racer: Tommy (I know, Shinobin's best everywhere.
I mean nonsecret character.)
Best Board: Alpine (All Around with Tommy)


This is the longest course in the game. Fortunately, 
it's only 2 laps! You'll start with a bunch of S-curves,
then a big drop. You'll go through the longest 
straightaway so far, and into a tunnel. Now to the jump.
After that, you'll have to dodge the many trees in the 
forest. Pass the snowman and you'll enter a sharp turn.
After that jump, be careful, for you're on a cliff with 
a chance of falling off to the left. Don't worry, you'll
be back in the race in 3 seconds. After another sharp 
dip, you'll go through another cliff, this time 
guardrailed and to the right. Pass the waterfalls, and
across the two jumps, and you'll see more trees. Dodge
them and you will see nother set of jumps. Now for the 
ski lift! You'll exit on an offroad path, but you'll be
racing again soon. The main tip here is to look FAR
ahead. There are long straightaways and wide turns, so
it's veyr easy to do that.
1750 m
difficulty: Beginner
2 laps
Best Racer: Slash
Best Board: Alpine


This place is mysterious because of its perpetual
sunset. Here is where you new guys can be stuck on 
because of that stupid big jump. Level 2 boards are
recommended. This course starts out normally on a good
ol' straightaway but almost immediately after that the
trouble begins. When you get to the rocks go either left
or right of all of them. Then go to the middle of the 
course as you negotiate the sharp left. Now stay in the
middle again to dodge the dozen or so penguins, and 
you'll get to a jump. I recommend one does their second
power or third power tricks, like the Slash Spin ( (A)
U D U (A) ). Then you'll encounter another problem. Stay
to the far right, being careful not to fall off. Then,
as soon as you see the jump, do the highest power trick
your character has, like the Nancy Groove 
( (A) <- -> U D (A) ). Now, aim for the center once 
again, and tap the A button as you near the stick. If 
you get it just right, you'll go across the flimsy stick
and gain 300 G! Now you have an option: choose the jump
and gain some money, or don't and take it easy. Don't
do any special tricks, not even first level, or you'll
crash and lose time. After the falling rocks again, you
will meet a snowman who wants company! Keep yourSELF 
from joining the Snowman Group by aiming yourself just 
to the right of him. Now, you'll meet the rocks again,
but the banked turns force you to another technique: for
the first four rows of rocks, go left, and then 
gradually move right. Now for the big jump: as you slide 
down hold the A button and maybe do a special trick! 
You'll have nothing to worry about from the ice cave on
except for the ski lift. Keep following this and you're
on to Night Highway!
1706 m
difficulty: Rookie
3 laps
Best Racer: Linda
Best Board: All Around


Ooh man, you'll have to rustle up some dough before you
even set foot here! You'll need your level 3 board if 
you're using Alpine (Level 2 for Free Style or All 
Around), and even then it's quite a challenge. Earlier I didn't
mention about shortcuts, now I will, since you need 
them. They are quite difficult to aim for, but they'll
at least bring you closer to the bunch or get you 
farther ahead. After the first jump here you'll face a
left turn, and then veer right. Time it just right and 
you'll hit the shortcut! Turn right and enter the 
tunnel. Go left and pass a series of big jumps. After 
the second veer right again and if you're lucky, you'll 
enter a cave chock full of gold coins and come out 
proud. Now you'll need to turn a sharp right across the
hairpin, then a jump. Try not to get hit here the most
because you're actually going uphill. You'll start going 
down again around the middle of the suspension bridge.
Do a plain flip on this jump. After the ice tunnel you
will meet the biggest jump in the game: so big, that if
you did a Boysenberry Jam ( (A) D o< o< D (A) ) you'll 
still have enough time for another trick, but you can't.
After the 90° it's the ski lift.
1368 m
difficulty: Intermediate
3 laps
Best Racer: Nancy
Best Board: All Around


This is the fifth course in the game, and what a 
challenge it is! You're good even if you've made it 
here! Well, let's get on with it. The race starts out
innocently enough. However, the abandoned mine is where 
it starts gettin' wild! (you might notice a suspension
bridge next to the series of jumps, but it's a longcut
and not worth it.) After an easy right there's a sharp
left. Stay along the inside edges. After a few more 
sharp turns in the mine you'll meet the grass. From here
to the sunflower patch take the normal path and you 
should not have much hassle except for the AI, which 
does it all the time (aim all their stuff at you). After
the patch, keep your speed up, for you'll be jumping 
over a stream. Then you'll meet a steel bridge--don't
fall off it! After the next left turn things really 
start getting hectic. Sharp turns are found everywhere 
in this section, but, after the vilage, there will be a 
jump. Pass the "Snobow Kids" billboard and you'll see 
the turnstile. Keep it up and you'll be ready for Dizzy-
1490 m
difficulty: Hard
3 laps
Best Racer: Jam
Best Board: All Around


Someone has been slacking off when they put in the
attributes of Dizzy-Land. Just look below! Anyways, you
will also need your level 3 board, for it is the last
course--or is it? There's not much to worry here either,
since most of the difficulty lies in the sharp turns, 
and by now, you should be able to handle them quite
easily. The teacup ride is a pain because if you hit one
your board goes in reverse. There's well over a dozen
teacups, so you better follow my advice! When you enter,
go between the first two, right of the third, fourth, &
fifth, you know, slalom! That way you're almost 
guaranteed to get a 1st when you finish it because the 
AI always hits the third one. Now into the tunnel. You
MUST take the shortcut here. Near the beginning, as soon
as you see the two apatosauruses, turn 90° left. You'll
find an offroad path. You'll be almost out of the 
winding cavern. (You'll have to find the jumps yourself
because there's no indication. Besides, where, in a
theme park, can you find a jump for snowboards?) After
a few sharp turns, you'll meet the rapids. The turns 
are sharper than you see because it's pushing you 
against the turns. In the distance, if you find a ferris
wheel, you've found the ski lift!
1490 m
difficulty: Hard
3 laps
Best Racer: Jam
Best Board: All Around


Ha! I bet you weren't expecting the Sahara Desert, were
you? This is a far cry from the freezing previous
courses, now it's scorching! After you start, turn 
right, then left. The path leading "up" is the ski lift 
part. I can't help you very much, just pick a good-
handling person or board to manage through the quicksand 
unharmed. Can you find the two shortcuts? At the end of 
the second one, choose the right path. Do a 360° flip
to gain some speed so you can pass that first place 
player! Also, get the blue shop near the end, and if you
are lucky, you might get pans or ghosts, in case he gets
you instead.
1638 m
difficulty: Expert
Best Racer: Nancy
Best Board: Free Style


This course is shrouded in fog. This place is so complex
that I shouldn't type all this stuff in! Don't let the
many sights distract you, and when it says "JUMP!", it
says "JUMP!". You didn't? Too bad. You fell off the 
course. Something bothers me though, what (or who) are
those guys leaping above me about 2/3 through the lap?
Oh well. With all the jumps, do a flip, except for the
fourth. Just before it, go left, then aim for the right
wall, or you'll crash into the restaurant. Darn! Also,
the characters themselves aren't affected by the fog.
No shortcuts here. Darn again!
1664 m
difficulty: Very Hard
3 laps
Best Racer: Jam
Best Board: All Around


Alright, time for the final showdown! Shinobin's here,
and he can turn invisible whenever he wants to! The 
course has no particularly sharp turns, so don't worry 
about the course, worry about the competition! The best
strategy is to get a weapon, fire it at Shinobin or 
Slash, then fire it again as their invisibles wear off.
You'll hit them. Also, near the end of the final lap, it
is good to let someone pass you so you get into 2nd,
then someone'll pull a ghost, and it'll haunt him 
instead! You'll get into 1st, earn 10000+ G, see the
credits, get Shinobin, and earn the Star Board! What a
deal, what a deal, what a deal! It's worth the 
difficulty, and it's much harder than Silver Mt. It also
goes the fastest of the courses.
382 m
difficulty: Rookie
9 laps
Best Racer: Linda
Best Board: Alpine


This is the trick course. If you follow my directions
you will be able to at least get 750 pts. When you get 
to the halfpipe area keep doing the simplest special
trick up and down the walls until you've got 50 seconds
left. Do another special trick off the jump, then as you
hit the shallow halfpipe, you'll go backwards. Do it
again as you hit the cliffs. You should do it. Now do
as the sign says, then release A as soon as you touch
the part that says "GO!" If you did it successfully you
should have just less than 20 seconds left. Hurry and do 
a last special trick, then head for the pipe. If you 
make it across the pipe you're done and ready for the 
feather board!
541 m
difficulty: Intermediate
1 lap
Best Racer: Nancy
Best Board: Free Style


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I turn better? I always keep crashing into 

Tommy knows.
Tommy: I think that you should get a better-controlling 
board or character. Also, pushing the stick D> or D< to
turn better. Just be careful not to get your board into
reverse with the Alpine.

Where's the best places to do tricks?

Nancy has an idea!
Nancy: If you want to perform special tricks, head for
Big Snowman, Sunset Rock, or Night Highway and practice
them. Don't do tricks on banked turns or bumps, that'll
usually make you crash and lose time. Still, my tricks
are the coolest of them all.

I keep losing. What is there to do?

We think Jam should take over here.
Jam:Yo! You've got to take advantage of the weapons or 
you will be as doomed as Linda on a cold winter day...

Linda: Hey!

Jam: Sor-REE! Why do you dress like that then? As I was
saying, weapons handle pretty badly when they seek out,
so fire them only when you have room. Howeer, occasion-
ally they can make up to 45° turns, especially the hand.
Just fire away!

(Yep. it's a different version of the instruction manual
FAQ. This is more detailed, and also, some of you guys
don't even read instruction manuals!)

Which boards should I choose?

Linda's an expert on these things.
Linda: Above are all the boards recommended for each 
course. In Speed Cross, however, use the Free Style
board, despite the instruction manual thingy. I recom-
mend also the Free Style Board in Shot Cross. In Time
Attack, you should use...well...the boards listed above!

What do they mean by "Trick"?

Slash would like to answer.
Slash: Good question! Trick ability is,......the ability
to do tricks! A good handling character usually has more 
tricks that average characters. Darn! I only have 3!
Trick ability itself is how fast a character can do a 
trick. Since mine is average, and if I get a Free Style
board, I can do tricks in less time, thus having the
ability to do it on much smaller jumps, especially the
Slash Dynamite (Ooh, I LOVE that!)

Shinobin, everyone has always pictured you as a "?".
What do you really look like?

It's time for Shinobin.
Shinobin: It's a secret. I'm not really a question mark,
how stupid can THAT be? Like the 5 other characters,
this ninja dude has his own big nose (sorry if I was
acting immortal, I'm much better than the bunch). Also,
in case someone tries to act smart, I just get my
trusty sword on my left. Yes, I'm a lefty.

What are the character attributes?

Oh geez! Here they are...

Speed (fastest to slowest)
Linda   \tie
Shino   /tie
J a m

Handling (best to worst)
J a m   \tie
Shino   /tie

Tricks (best to worst)
J a m   \tie
Shino   /tie

Tricks (most to least)
Nancy  5
J a m  5
Shino  4
Slash  3
Linda  3
Tommy  3

Course (hard to easy)
Quicksand Valley  *   *   *   *
Silver  Mountain  *   *   *  1/2  
D i z z y - Land  *     *     *
Grass  V al le y  *     *     *
Night    Highway  *     *    1/2
Sunset   R o c k  *           *
N i n j a  La nd  *           *
B i g    Snowman  *          1/2
Rookie  Mountain        *



This one is extremely hard to do, but if you manage to 
do it, you'll get a great reward. Go to Animal Land, and
do lots of tricks. Then, make sure your time is EXACTLY
00'03"23 as you get on the sick at the end, and your
score will double when you get on and again when you get


(Dizzy-Land stitchlights turn on)
(trumpets start playing victory music)

J= control stick (J> J< JU JD)
D-Pad = normal directions: (<- -> U D)
C= c-buttons (C> C< CU CD)
S= start button

At the title screen, where there's "start", "lesson", &
"option", press in:

You'll hear Slash say "YEAH!" and you'll get:
all the boards
all the courses
clone characters


Info on Snowboard Kids 2

This game is as mysterious as Shinobin himself. Not much
is known at this point, except that it will star the
regular kids, and you'll be able to race on the varied
textures of the game that came before it. You know,
sand, grass, brick, mud, ice, water, dirt, asphalt, clay,
and, of course, snow. There will also be more tricks 
that will be harder to perform and more kids to choose 
from. Judging from other peoples' complaints, Atlus 
heard them and added: MORE COURSES! That's right, there 
will actually be more than 15! Uh oh, I gave out too 
much information already!


P.S. If you'd like to ask something or you find a typo,
e-mail me at "PRAMAT@aol.com". I'll do what I can do.
Also, how come I'm so good if I never actually bought
the game, just rented it lots of times?


                     THE END


2.0 completed 8:59 PM 5/29/98.
2.5 completed 8:21 PM 8/10/98.

P.S. I might not have much on Rookie Mt., Big Snowman, or 
Sunset Rock, but can you find anyone who's actually 
stuck on those courses?

P.S.S. (c) Dr. Omicron. All rights reserved, whatever
THAT is.

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