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14 skateboarding games forgotten by time


Because it worked so well when Bart fought Space Mutants and the World, why the hell not flesh it out into a full blown Simpsons Skateboarding game? Nevermind that Bart hadn’t really picked up a board (outside of the opening credits) since the early nineties. The public demanded more Homer and Co in 2002 and the wrestling rip-off shit the bed, a GTA clone was a year away, and Fox Interactive was in desperate need of another genre to steal and reskin in yellow overbites.


Above: Yeah… this definitely should’ve happened

The Simpsons took to three dimensional shredage like a lymphatic cat to water. Grotesque level design and character models were barely edged out by the piss-poor skate mechanics (featuring dynamic trick commentary from Kent Brockman!) in terms of Xtreme Awful. It also had the distinction of being a frontrunner for the worst game of that year... which it also failed to achieve. D’oh! Track it down if you’re feeling masochistic.


Above: That’s what we used to think


If you need the best example of just how big Tony Hawk series was earlier this decade, look no further than the fact that this game exists. Why anybody imagined people would want to grind rails and perform Christ Airs with characters from The Lion King, Tarzan and Toy Story is beyond comprehension. Nevertheless, Disney convinced Activision to come onboard, and they brought along their Tony Hawk 4 engine to help pull off a previously unthinkable 1080 backflip of synergistic stupidity.


Above: Are they hurting Simba?!

The only thing more bizarre than seeing young Simba bustin’ a handplant on a skateboard made of tree bark, is seeing him do it to a soundtrack angst metal like TRUSTcompany or Lil’ Romeo (also an unlockable character?!) Oddly enough, the game received favorable reviews in spite of dumbed-down single-button manuals and obstacle based trick variants, yet somehow couldn’t muster enough kiddie appeal to merit a sequel - which kinda sucks.


Above: Some things can’t go to Extremes

Now that the concept is already burned into our brains, there’s no reason we should have to go to the grave without witnessing Geppetto performing lip tricks while listening to Insane Clown Posse. It’s our right as Americans!


Above: LET’S MOVE ON


In 2002, Konami looked out upon an endless horizon of Tony Hawk me-toos, disregarded the probability of success, and defiantly bellowed “Gimme Some!” Starring only a “who’s this?” roster of stars like Rick McCrank, Danny Way, and Kerry Getz, Konami wasn’t quite foolhardy enough to head into battle armed with only a B-squad of Tony Hawk leftovers. Their ace in the hole? Solid Snake himself appears as a playable character, albeit in a form no one wanted to see, wrapped in a game nobody asked for.


Above: “I’m too high to care if love can bloom on the battlefield! Weeee!”

The proposed “Evolution” proved to be anything but, with an enhanced sticker editor standing tall as the sole redeeming feature that would in any way improve over the dominant Tony Hawk series, then in its fourth stage of refinement.

If you really care enough to experience this failed experiment, you’re probably better off picking up Metal Gear Solid: Substance on PS2. Here you may enjoy an identical skate minigame featuring a playable Snake and Raiden, using the same engine. This way you can entertain your morbid curiosity and still own a decent game when all is said and done. You’re welcome.


Above: Metal Trucks Loosened

Now, for the brave few who made it this far, it’s probably about time you go pick up Skate 2, dontcha think?

Jan 20, 2009


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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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