Don’t get me wrong. When it’s time to review
a game that is well known among NES junkies, I really, really try my very best to give
the game a chance. Usually, it works out and I dig. But if I dislike it, to suggest that
it was a good game is something that I just cannot do. It’s that time again, to call a
spade a spade, and to warn you, the gaming public, against making the same mistakes I
have by playing Skate or Die, an 8-bit skating game that, although it laid the foundation
for the legendary Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, is still flawed in many, many ways. Developed
and published by Electronic Arts for the NES, among many personal computer gaming systems
at the time, Skate or Die attempts to re-create skate culture in the late 80s as best as it
can, with this funky mohawk guy that looks like Rodney Dangerfield and various challenges
that you’ll see at the X-games today with the world’s greatest street shredders. But
when the control of your skater is limited to the jerkiness of your D-pad and other layouts
that you’ll never understand until you read the instruction manual, well, suffice to say
that the fun factor takes a huge hit. Take the freestyle event, where you perform vert
tricks in a halfpipe. Pump the A button to pick up speed and you’ll launch yourself into
the air, which should provide for creative license, right? Well, maybe, unless you’re
trying to perform spin tricks in the air, in which case you’ll never land them, even
if you land your board flush with the halfpipe on the way down. Even more frustrating is
the pool joust, where you must knock your opponent off his board within five ticks of
the clock before the hands switch and he’s allowed to use the boffer. Alas, even the
lowly Poseur Pete is better than me. A game with such a questionable control scheme should
not be allowed to have events such as the downhill race or the jam where you must avoid
obstacles inside claustrophobic alleyways along with the attacks of your opponent. Although
Skate or Die has retained somewhat of a cult following amongst gamers and skaters alike
and should be recognized as the spiritual forefather of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, those
that have not picked it up yet should probably leave it be. If this game applied to real
life, well, I guess I’d be dead.

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43 thoughts on “CGRundertow SKATE OR DIE for NES Video Game Review

  • January 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm
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    Wow, this would be the first time that I'm the first viewer. Ever. Haha, awesome. ^_^

    Good review, the game doesn't look very fun. I'm not a skater but I enjoyed Tony Hawk Underground 2 on the XBOX back in around 2006. Haha that was a fun game. But I definitely wouldn't pick this up.

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  • January 10, 2012 at 11:29 pm
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    Love this game

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  • January 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm
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    @JuanitoShet Sorry, but you arent

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  • January 11, 2012 at 12:26 am
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    Forefather of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater? NO. It's the forefather of Skate. As in Skate or Die. Published by EA.

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  • January 11, 2012 at 12:31 am
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    Before Funny or Die polluted our subscription boxes, Skate or die polluted our NES collections

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  • January 11, 2012 at 12:32 am
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    This game was originally developed for the C64, and with the right joystick/control pad, it's a much better game, including the graphics, and music, only bummer is the load time of it being on a floppy disk, or tape, depending on which version you have the NTSC(Floppy), PAL(Tape).

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  • January 11, 2012 at 1:18 am
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    720 in the arcades was probably 100 times better than this looks.

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  • January 11, 2012 at 1:21 am
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    @WebVManReturns You realize publishers have very little to developing of a game? Not to mention Pro Skater came out much earlier.

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  • January 11, 2012 at 1:49 am
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    This was the epitome of skateboarding games when I was a kid! I played it recently and I didn't remember how hard is was to control, but you kinda adapt over time to it's inefficiencies. Great review brother!

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  • January 11, 2012 at 3:11 am
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    The GameBoy version plays …. nothing like this.

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  • January 11, 2012 at 4:10 am
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    This looks more fun to watch than play.

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  • January 11, 2012 at 7:06 am
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    This game had a lot going for it, if you remember that it's competition was other NES games. Good variety, interesting soundtrack, and positive attitude and humor. The reviewer craps all over the game as though it was released the same year as Uncharted 3 or something.

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  • January 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm
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    Thumbs up if you're the 302nd viewer! lol just kidding

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  • January 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm
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    I loved this game growing up. You have to get use to the controls. The only event I had difficulty with was the high jump. Just because you suck at a game doesn't mean you should give it a bad review. Oh well.

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  • January 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm
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    IN the half pipe once you start spinning you have to hit either a or b (don't remember which) to stop the spinning while your bourd is flush with the ramp. If you let it keep spinning you will always crash no matter how it looks. Not that this game is realistic at all, but actually a real vert skater would crash too if he attempted to just keep spinning after re-entering the halfpipe. Just sayin'

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  • January 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm
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    3:23 Unnatural pause. I thought it was just a Ryan thing..

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  • January 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm
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    Just because you suck at a game doesn't mean it's a bad game.

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  • January 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm
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    "…Skate or Die. An 8-bit skating game that laid the foundation for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater."

    Oh good god! Not this mistake again (he did this in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater review). Skate or Die did not found the skateboarding genre, when other games (like Atari/Midway's 720 degrees) came before it and founded it then. Did you learn ANYTHING from your last blunders Eric?

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  • January 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm
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    @timrussell22 He did this before with his Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (N64) and 007 Nightfire (GBA) reviews. He always blames his failures against the game. I've seen reviewers who aren't good at some games and still made good reviews.

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  • January 12, 2012 at 12:18 am
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    "like most 8 bit computer systems at the time" you mean just the NES and a few other obscure ones???

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  • January 12, 2012 at 12:20 am
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    I really dont like this reviewer, and that is saying something, I generally like all of CGR's reviews, ALL OF THEM (maybe besides just a couple from derik) but this guy is biased beyond belief

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  • January 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm
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    720 was way better

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  • January 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm
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    i love the hand joust event in the xgames

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  • January 14, 2012 at 3:56 am
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    i like the animations

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  • January 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm
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    @d1664256 well to be fair it does look terrible i wouldn't play it

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  • January 18, 2012 at 2:57 am
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    It's been a while since I last saw a review by the cowboy.

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  • January 27, 2012 at 1:34 am
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    Skate or Die….Beberapa!

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  • February 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm
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    "720" is actually the best skateboarding video game to play on the NES, which I actually remember playing as a kid. 🙂

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  • December 16, 2012 at 9:12 am
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    i played this for hours

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  • December 16, 2012 at 9:14 am
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    its easy for freestyle, this guy sucked at this

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  • August 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm
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    Dude you're supposed to STOP your board from spinning before landing the move on freestyle. Sorry dude, you should try to figure out what you're doing wrong in older games. It's hard to take you seriously when you don't. You can't just pick up old games and be instantly good at them.

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  • August 19, 2013 at 3:38 am
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    skate or die is so cool.

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  • November 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm
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    skate or die was a great game…

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  • August 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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    This might not be a great game, but I think your lack of skill is definitely coloring your opinion.  Landing a 360 is not that hard and beating poser pete is not that hard.  I think gamers of today have become accustomed to giving up on games that they aren't immediately successful at.

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  • July 19, 2015 at 12:03 am
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    Your giving this game a bad review because you suck man

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  • October 19, 2016 at 4:01 pm
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    This game is awesome. You're giving a bad review because you suck at this game.

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  • December 4, 2016 at 3:26 am
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    It looks like he did one take of each game mode and called it a review. No sense of mastery in modern day gamers. It's sad. I failed a lot playing the game… I called it learning.

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  • July 19, 2017 at 9:16 am
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    Very good game but you really suck! jajajajajajaja

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  • September 7, 2017 at 5:22 am
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    Dude your dumb please find a better review

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  • September 15, 2018 at 4:16 am
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    Bro skate or die was the shit bro for back in the day. Best one of the time

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  • October 16, 2018 at 11:59 am
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    Dude you just dont know how to play. Skate or die was just a heart game it gave the skateboard community great exposure to those who dont skate. For years the skateboarder culture was not excepted in most communities. It was games like this and movies like Glimming the Cube and Police academy 3… which had Tony hawk in it. Help normalize and expertise into communities

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  • November 23, 2018 at 10:20 pm
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    You got Pwned by Poser Pete

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  • May 13, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    He gulped at reading the manual.
    The one thing that could’ve saved his enjoyment of the game for him.
    I’m appalled.

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