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The Snowboard (スノーボード Sunōbōdo?) is a recurring item used by multiple characters in several games of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are boards that are built to be used on snow-like terrain. The bobsled is used for the same purpose in the games it appears in.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and the lock-on Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & KnucklesSonic the Hedgehog uses a snowboard at the beginning of IceCap Zone Act 1 and rides down the mountain. It is discarded after Sonic crashes into a wall.

Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble

In Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble, a Snowboard (renamed "Jet Board" in localized manuals) can be used by Sonic in Robotnik Winter Zone. Found in Item Boxes, this type of Snowboard allows Sonic to move at high speeds. The Snowboard is removed if the player takes damage or if the player presses both Game Gear I Button and Game Gear II Button at the same time.

Sonic Adventure

In Sonic Adventure, Sonic and Tails use snowboards to outrun an avalanche in Ice Cap. Tails also uses his snowboard in Sand Hill. Sonic's is light blue with a snowflake, while Tails' is green and yellow. Metal Sonic also use one when playing as him on the appropriate stages.

Sonic Adventure 2

In Sonic Adventure 2, during the beginning of the Hero Story, Sonic rips off some metal from a helicopter to use as a makeshift snowboard at the beginning of City Escape. During Multiplayer, all characters in the race type use a snowboard model based after them in Downtown Race and the beginning of City Escape.

Sonic Advance 3

The snowboard appears in Sonic Advance 3 and Sonic is the only character that can use one. Sonic can only use one when he is partnered with Amy. The snowboard is only used for grinding on rails.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) in White Acropolis, Sonic uses a snowboard to outrun an avalanche in a similar manner to Sonic Adventure. It is bright blue with orange stripes, but not used for the whole stage. In Crisis City, Sonic uses a piece of debris.

Sonic Rush Adventure

In Sonic Rush Adventure, when the heroes arrive at Blizzard Peaks, Tails gives Sonic and Blaze snowboards to traverse the snowy terrains. Sonic's is blue with his head emblazoned upon it while Blaze's is purple with her head emblazoned on it.

In gameplay, Snowboards are used in Blizzard Peaks Act 1 and Hidden Island 12. While riding a snowboard, the player automatically moves forward and cannot stop or turn around. In addition, the player only jump and use moves like the Super Boost/Fire Boost and the Trick Actions. However, the player can press left on Controlpadds to slow down. After reaching a certain point, the snowboards are automatically discarded.

Sonic Generations

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Sonic using the Snowboard in Sonic Generations.

In Sonic Generations, Modern Sonic uses a navy blue snowboard to ride down the first third of City Escape Act 2.

Sonic Lost World

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, Sonic uses a snowboard similar to the one he used in Sonic Generations during the few separated sections of Frozen Factory Zone 1.

Trivia

  • In Sonic Adventure, there is a glitch that makes Sonic use his sandboard instead of his snowboard.
  • In Sonic Generations, Sonic uses a snowboard in City Escape, but in Sonic Adventure 2, he uses a flap he ripped off a helicopter.
  • The use of a snowboard in City Escape is a development joke back in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 where Sonic would have used the door that came flying off as a snowboard to enter IceCap Zone when Sonic escaped the Flying Battery Zone before the level was put further ahead.

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