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Release year: 1990 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Electronic Arts

Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble (NES)

Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble is a skateboarding adventure / action video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), developed and published by Electronic Arts in 1990. It is the sequel to Skate or Die!.

It is well known for successfully using digitized vocals and electric guitar in the opening theme (composed, along with the rest of the game’s music, by Rob Hubbard), rarely seen on the NES. A 2012 three-part video interview on black metal revealed that the skater on the box art was young Jef Whitehead, the sole member of Leviathan.

Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble Cover Box

Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble Cover (NES)

Skate or Die, the first release of the series, didn’t really make too many friends when it was released. It was boring, difficult, and quirky. Some critics even wish it was never released so as to save skaters from the dark days. So when Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble was released, too many people were asking why.

In a bid to improve on the previous flop, the developers decided to ditch much of the original’s gameplay. It has become a side-scroller now, which is a better format than the top down view of the previous episode. The main character is now more controllable than ever. Skate of Die 2 also introduced a story mode where you skate around picking up tacos and other stuff that you can exchange for skater upgrades.

You have a paintball gun that you can use against stray dogs and other skaters. You’ll think it’s funny but it’s not. You’re better off steering away from these other characters rather than shooting at them because it’s so frustratingly difficult. Good thing there’s another option, the halfpipe and Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble somewhat shines on this one.

With the limited resources of the NES graphics chip, Skate or Die 2 was able to pull off impressive visuals. Animated sequences are a rarity during those 8-bit gaming days, but the developers were able to squeeze some into the game. The characters, although just palette swaps of one model had enough detail.

Both music and sound effects are good but not exceptional for a game in that era. There are some memorable tunes here and there and audible voice overs, too.

If you played the original and want more, go ahead and get this one. If you’re not really a skating fanatic, keep off. Anyway, you can always visit us to play the game online.

Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble has only been ported to Nintendo NES (this version).

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