1080: Avalanche GameCube


Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
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  1. Play Magazine
    There's just no way to put it except to say that it's quite possibly the ultimate rush. [Jan 2004, p.58]
  2. Small but perfectly formed. 1080 is the choice of the discerning gamer who looks for fewer stunts and a more solid racing experience. [NGC]
  3. Snowboarding simply does not get any better than this.
  4. Oh and that password feature I just don't get why it's there and why you have to use it to replay the avalanche tracks. That's the biggest downside I can think of, why couldn't beating the avalanche tracks just unlock them in the Time Trail mode is mind boggling.
  5. 90
    The sensation of speed as you rocket down the mountain will truly rattle your senses, and the exceptional control pays off nicely.
  6. Nintendo Power
    As revolutionary as "SSX" was, now 1080: Avalanche is the one that hits the slopes with style and innovation. The extreme-survival angle puts the edge back in snowboarding. [Jan 2004, p.155]
  7. If you really dig "SSX though," you might not take too kindly to 1080. If you’re just somebody wanting to have a little fun from time to time, 1080 is your game. Unfortunately, like most racing games, it can be mastered rather quickly.
  8. 82
    Although 1080 Avalanche is a solid snowboarding game that will give you a few hours of pleasure, it has nothing on the "SSX" series.
  9. Edge Magazine
    Avalanche imparts the varying depths of snow, anything from sheet ice to knee-deep drifts, much better than its nearest rivals. Crouching for speed, leaping precipices and then absorbing the shock upon landing is a majestic sensation only bettered by the original. [Feb 2004, p.104]
  10. We can't recommend this game enough. If it's an adrenalin rush you're after, then 1080° Avalanche could be the snowboarding rush you've dreamed of. From Nintendo, with Love.
  11. AceGamez
    Although the lack of online play prevents Avalanche from being a major player, the actual gameplay and experience is so good I'd be tempted to say it's better than both "Amped" and "SSX."
  12. Cheat Code Central
    As good as the game is, this one will take time to beat no matter your skill level. There was one thing that had me a little disappointed and that was the trick controls.
  13. Technically sound and built on a solid gameplay engine that provides a fast and frantic experience. It’s an adrenaline rush that fans of racing games should not miss out on.
  14. So 1080 isn't massively original, but it does have one killer gimmick in the form of avalanches.
  15. A fast-paced snowboarding game with good looking graphics and outstanding course design. The time trial and gate challenge are both highly addicted modes, but the trick attack I found to be rather useless.
  16. 75
    It may look nice and deliver speed, but it's bested by "SSX" 3 in just about every way.
  17. Even great visuals and sound can’t save a game from the dual curse of poor game control and little replay value.
  18. 73
    The NST-developed sequel is a fun snowboarding game with an impressive sense of speed and entertaining avalanche elements, but it's also relatively shallow, not to mention decidedly less intuitive and less refined than efforts from the competition.
  19. The button configuration allows a fluid, effortless motion to pull of a trick. You don't have to be double jointed to land a simple grab trick.
  20. Weekly Famitsu
    7 / 7 / 7 / 7 - 28 [Vol 788; 23 Jan 2004]
  21. 70
    If you get your head round the fact that Avalanche is trying to do its own thing whilst still keeping to the spirit of N64 1080, it gives constant thrills and a slightly new slant on the snowboarding genre that will be returned to time and again until each course is rinsed.
  22. What Avalanche does right is give the gamer the sickest sense of speed in any snowboarding game to date.
  23. I polished off the three main Match Race cups, most of the Time Trials (to unlock the better boards), the final Extreme Challenge and most of the Gate Challenges, not to mention completing each Trick Attack course to a decent standard, well within one five-hour sitting.
  24. games(TM)
    A pleasant surprise. It certainly does not offer the same experience that "SSX 3's" genre-leading gameplay does, but because Avalanche is just as good for different reasons, it doesn't necessarily have to. [Christmas 2003, p.94]
  25. The downside of the game is simply that it is not up to par with "SSX3," which is what happens when you go head to head with someone who has had two previous tries in one console generation to get it right.
  26. Just decent. It doesn’t live up to its older brother at all and its simplified trick system is a big disappointment.
  27. 70
    It's a good racing game, that's for sure, but bizarrely one that has little replay value and a mediocre multiplayer option.
  28. 70
    It ultimately lacks the long-term appeal of EA's offering.
  29. Delivers a sometimes thrilling sensation of speed and features a number of nice touches not found in other snowboarding games on the market, but it has very limited lasting value in its single-player mode, and the split-screen multiplayer mode and network play option don't do much to compensate for this shortcoming.
  30. When all of its gameplay modes and disappointing multiplayer options are handicapped by game-ending obstacles (you can actually become trapped by a fence) and unnecessarily fussy controls (rotating the stick to maintain balance sucks), the once-mighty 1080° is relegated to benchwarmer status in no time at all.
  31. Unfortunately, it's just too shallow to enjoy for any length of time, and feels restricting when compared with the king of the slopes, "SSX 3."
  32. Whoever designed Avalanche's trick system obviously got his or her doctorate in stupidity. [Jan 2004, p.136]
  33. The main career mode is broken up into three difficulty levels, but thanks to some extremely rubber AI, unless you do extremely poorly it won't take you very long to get through everything 1080 Avalanche has to offer you.
  34. 60
    Fans of the "1080" franchise will find that other games have left the franchise behind on the bunny slope. Rent it, ride the avalanche, and return it.
  35. An awkward trick design and emphasis on speed over style keeps it from reclaiming its past glory, leaving this ex-champ struggling in the snow.
  36. GameNow
    Too short, too straightforward, and too limited to recommend to all but the staunchest snowboarding aficionados. The game can be beaten in two hours on your first go. [Jan 2003, p.49]
  37. A short, but decent title for snowboard racing, and not much else. The LAN option is a nice feature and can increase a player’s game value if they plan to take advantage of it. However, the lack of gameplay variety and light content really hurts the overall value of the game.

Awards & Rankings

#16 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#12 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Sep 1, 2013
    AWESOME avalanches Duh 1080: AVALANCHE ).
    + Gate Challenge offers for more replay value.
    + Realistic and very fast racing. + Almost
    AWESOME avalanches Duh 1080: AVALANCHE ).
    + Gate Challenge offers for more replay value.
    + Realistic and very fast racing.
    + Almost every single track has a pretty awesome atmosphere. But are a tad too short ).
    + You'll be coming back for more.

    *- Character models could've used some polish.
    *- Tricking falls flat compared to the competition. SSX, Amped )
    *- Could use more variety in the soundtrack department.
    - Just 5 boarders They could've added Dion and Kensuke and another female boarder into the mix )
    - Barely any character customization. Just 3 skins per character and 5 character selected boards
    ( An SSX3 style character customization would've been so awesome).

    * A very minor flaw or just something out of preference.

    1080: Avalanche 7.75/10...
    1080 has some problems in the trick and extra character content department. But 1080 hits the perfect spots when it comes to the other three major aspects of the game. Match Race, Gate Challenge and of course Time Attack. And one more very important thing, it makes you want to play the game again and again and again...
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  2. R.W
    Jul 30, 2005
    Too many ppl are going on about how 1080 is short and doesnt have enough tricks. there are 15 grabs in total and 4 spins/flips. but when u Too many ppl are going on about how 1080 is short and doesnt have enough tricks. there are 15 grabs in total and 4 spins/flips. but when u combine these you get all sorts of combos so it doesnt feel like there's not enough for me at all. the moves are awesome. also, the games length (in terms of beating the match races) doesnt take too long like everyone says BUT that doesnt mean you have finished the game. theres lots of other stuff to do like the trick modes, time trials and unlocking extra boards, and its heaps fun. plus its not like you get bored of each course once you've played it already. 1080 is different to ssx3 but i prefer 1080 more because its a lot more realistic and is what you call a true snowboarding game, unlike ssx3 where you do real unrealistic moves that sorta ruins the snowboarding feel. what makes 1080 special though is the fact that its the sequal to the N64 version of 1080 which was a great game...so if you liked the original, 1080 avalanche will bring back the good old memories from the moment you start it up and choose your character like ricky winterborn. to me ssx3 just feels like a gimicky snowboarding game but 1080 is a solid awesome looking game that shouldnt be missed. in the end, 1080 seems to be the most oringal and unique. ive played many other snowboarding games out there and they dont feel as special. Full Review »
  3. Dec 27, 2016
    This was one of the first Gamecube games I ever played, and in many ways one of the worst. I understand that if you enjoy racing andThis was one of the first Gamecube games I ever played, and in many ways one of the worst. I understand that if you enjoy racing and winter-sports this is probably a game you will have fun with. Overall, there is nothing special in this game. It is very simple simple game-play with a somewhat steep learning curve. There is no story mode and there are very limited game modes. You basically have your standard time races, match races, and a mode where you chain tricks. That's about it. You can choose from several different characters with several different snowboards, although the differences between the playable characters are very minimal. especially when you unlock the best boards. The frame rates are terrible and all the stages are very similar to each other. You basically have about 5 or 6 different stages and then just variations of those. Racing against the avalanches are really not that compelling as the result often totally wiping out at the beginning or going through the course without a worry. Full Review »