- NA release: 11th November 1998
- JP release: 18th December 1998
- PAL release: 12th March 1999
- Developer: Boss Game Studios
- Publisher: Midway (NA), Kemco (JP, PAL)
- N64 Magazine Score: 60%
The first emulator I booted Twisted Edge in didn’t have the sound working. After moving to one that worked better, I regretted it due to the game’s utterly dreadful music. I even checked YouTube videos just to make sure what I was hearing wasn’t an emulator issue, but it sounded just as terrible.
Twisted Edge is a snowboarding racing game similar to 1080° Snowboarding, but massively lacking the kind of polish that Nintendo put on their games.
The biggest weakness of Twisted Edge are the tracks. They all look too close to each other and mostly feel the same. There are a few short sections that are noticeable, such as a bridge and the inside of a pipe, but at the end of the game I would have guessed that there were only three tracks (with some slightly longer versions), but it turned out I raced on seven.
The tracks are also very boring, mostly wide open and not much to interact with. The inside of the pipe I mentioned? Whenever you see one of those, your first instinct is to do all loop, but the side is essentially a flat wall and you’ll fall over if you get too close.
Your recovery speed is also the main difficulty of the game. Fall over and it takes ages to reach top speed (which still feels slow). This also counts if an opponent touches you. When the main movement is quite dull, having to restart due to one mistake (or even an opponent flying into the back of you) is just frustrating.
The best part of the game so far is the game’s announcer saying the odd move names like “tuna salad” or “stale fish air”.
And getting back to speed is a significant problem for the game, particularly as it isn’t very fast in the first place. Whilst the speed-o-meter might be telling you you’re pelting along at 60mph, it really doens’t feel like it.Tim Weaver, N64 Magazine #24
Remake or remaster?
There’s nothing interesting enough in this game to re-do.
Official ways to get the game.
There is no official way to get Twisted Edge Extreme Snowboarding
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