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14 skateboarding games forgotten by time


This game appeared on so many ancient consoles, many gamers mistake it for Pong. Shitty jokes aside, you’re probably better off doing so anyway since the game holds up about as well as sleeveless Ralph Macchio t-shirt.


Above: Long before Yaris and Target Mountain, Cali Games embraced its inner whore

As is usually the case with multi-evented sports games, the developers operated on the assumption that if you can’t make a good game with any depth, make several short and shallow ones to falsify the illusion of value! Most third-party Wii titles still operate under this very principle.


Above: Left Image from a console you’ve never played. Right image from a console you’ve never heard of

Representing the Golden State and all its contributions to culture, California Games featured numerous events most could never perform without a Master System, such as hacky sack and Frisbee tossing. But for the purposes of this feature, let’s hurry and acknowledge the ability to frolic in a half pipe with some archaic spin-based trickery. We assure you: At the time, it was quite tubular.

The sequel further perpetuated California action sports stereotypes by adding Jet skis and hang gliding into the mix. Of course, they didn’t let the beefier new consoles go to waste. California Games II may have churned out some of the worst music committed to midi, but it cranked the SNES’s Mode 7 up to 8.4!


Above: Profanity filters were still years away

However, Epyx upped the skating stakes significantly. Figuring a “Game Over" screen was far too lenient, California Games II literally put the fear of death into the player. Skate or Die were no longer mere words. It was programmed outcome.


Above: You will be missed. You’re bogus skillz will not


How did Atari go about making the ultimate outdated skateboard game? Well, outside of appearing only in arcades and the NES, they named it after the “ultimate trick” of the day: The 720 ° - two complete aerial spins. Of course, Tony Hawk pulled off a 900° in 1999 and Shaun White nearly landed a 1080° in 2005, so Atari’s antiquated title would go on to be like an MLB game with an unlockable Negro League.


Above: “The ‘Ramp’ is one of twenty skate parks!” So, 20 Ramps = 20 Parks?

Either way, 720° is by no means devoid of a moderate amount of 4-wheeled fun. Through the Skate City hub, players had to improve their menagerie of tricks in order to open up the four event types: Jump, Downhill, Ramp, and Slalom. And when we say “had,” we’re not just talking about normal progression. When not in an event, a timer counts down until killer bees are unleashed upon your inactive skate-rat and it's game over.


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37 comments

  • Javv - August 16, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    how dare you say bad things about espn extreme games? i still play that thing in my ps1 go cash course!
  • thochaos - January 24, 2009 4:16 a.m.

    I used to play the shit our of the 2xtreme demo. And also California Games on the Master System.
  • BenitoMasterSystem - January 24, 2009 2:59 a.m.

    i loved grind session, there i said it. Suck it internet
  • MGS4SolidSnake - January 24, 2009 2 a.m.

    lol gotta love snake skateboardibg
  • mozaralio - January 23, 2009 3:44 a.m.

    The only reason i read this whole damn article is becuase I wanted to see Snake skateboarding truthfully I've only completed 2 skate board games in my life on for nintendo 64 and the other for xbox go figure?
  • freakincarl - January 23, 2009 2:55 a.m.

    i can't believe how many of these i have played. omfg the roll n rocker! i had that piece of dung. it never worked right. another useless game peripheral!
  • Grossburger - January 22, 2009 7:33 p.m.

    comadore 64+california games=:)
  • gorillazbmx6 - January 21, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    i remember renting disney skateboarding game from block buster and i remember it blowing goats too
  • XplorerGT - January 21, 2009 7:16 p.m.

    '' were all gonna get layed '' LOL
  • Nitemarish - January 21, 2009 6:36 p.m.

    Urgh, I have Simpson's Skateboarding. I think I played it once, stopped, then started crying.
  • Gunslinger - January 21, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    Hot damn... I totally forgot about Simpsons Skateboarding. That really did suck, I remember thinking that, even at the age where you think every game you see is the shit. That was just shit... I feel ashamed at my lack of knowledge on old-school games.
  • Cynwyddon - January 21, 2009 2:31 p.m.

    I've somehow played like 10 of these.
  • NadaNuff - January 21, 2009 12:33 p.m.

    I remember playing Super Skateboardin'. Even worse, I remember liking it.
  • mykie - January 21, 2009 6:39 a.m.

    Allow me to introduce you to forgotten skateboard game #15, Street Surfer: http://www.lemon64.com/reviews/view.php%3Fid%3D156 Yes, I am that old.
  • Curtis_Stone - January 21, 2009 4:32 a.m.

    I had a feeling "2Xtreme" would be on the list... LOL!! Top Skater FTW!! I pumped so many $$ into that cabinet!!
  • JoeMasturbaby - January 21, 2009 3:53 a.m.

    i've played ALL the tony hawk games, handhelds included, and proving ground for ps2 was by far the shittiest of them all. im done with tony hawk for awhile. but i remember evolution skateboarding as well, it was too bad, but wasnt very smooth either.
  • ileowen - January 20, 2009 11:48 p.m.

    I refuse to be first, yet all in all a good article. God do I want Skate 2.
  • Bootsiuv - January 29, 2009 4:31 a.m.

    LMAO at T&C Surf and board or whatever the hell it is... I totally forgot that, not only did I own that game around 89', I also ENJOYED it. Aaaah, simpler 8-bit times.
  • doomdoomdoom - January 25, 2009 4:05 p.m.

    From my point of view the only good skate is skate or skate 2 all the others are ripping each other off The Easter Bunny hates you!!!
  • SheetSandwich - January 24, 2009 11:56 p.m.

    These games should have been left in the quality gutter you found them in! I remember these, and I wish I didn't.

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