Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Collector Bits: Snowboard Kids 2 N64

Today I'd like to introduce a new series of post we like to call Collector Bits. This series will include a wide variety of games and consoles, but focus primarily on why this title should be added to your retro game collection. We will be including games from super rare games with high price tags to relatively common games that are just incredibly fun to play. After all, collecting video games is more than just buying the rarest and most expensive. To some it's about finding that game that you had that emotional attachment to as a child. In those days we didn't care about the money or value of the game, we just wanted to have fun with it. So to launch this new series I'd like to introduce to you a title that is both rare and incredibly fun to play: Snowboard Kids 2 for the N64.

Snowboard Kids 2 is the 2nd installment of this highly addicting snowboard racing game for the N64. With it's lap style racing and the ability to fling a variety of different weapons at your fellow racers, it's easy to see why this game is frequently compared to games like Mario Kart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing. For the most part, though, this game mainly resembles that of it's predecessor, but with a grip of added features which include 9 different characters (3 unlockable), 11 unique courses, and a wide variety of weapons. As well as 3 different gameplay modes: Story mode, Battle mode (multiplayer), and Training mode.

Developed by Racdym and published by Atlus in February 1999, Snowboard Kids 2 saw releases in all three regions, NTSC, JP, and PAL, however, the game's PAL version was only released in Australia and was never officially released in Europe. Due to the very limited number of PAL releases, this game has become very sought after among collectors and can reach some incredibly high prices on eBay and Amazon. Though still considered an uncommon game, the NTSC version is much easier to find than it's PAL counterpart and is much more affordable. For the longest time you could typically find a loose copy of this game in the $20 range, but over the past couple years the price has risen to well over $30 for a cart in good condition.

If you haven't played this game yet, you should. This was always one of my favorite games growing up and still remains one of my favorite games to unwind with. Just an all around fun experience. And it's always great seeing your favorite games appreciate over time, however, with the sudden rise in N64 prices it's becoming increasingly harder to grow your collection. If you see this game, jump on it! Soon it may become unobtainable.

Pricing 2015
$35 - $45
$100 - $130

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