The GameCube version differs from other versions since there is an exclusive track called Nintendo Village, and Nintendo characters Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach are available as playable characters. They also make an appearance in another EA Sports game, NBA Street V3.
The PSP version also differs greatly from the main console versions, with limited customization to custom-characters. It also has omitted the use of bonuses on the special "Monster Tricks".
Despite the similarities, numerous changes were made to the structure of races and events themselves. Players can now create their own characters, selecting his/her symbol, makeup, height, clothes and hair, in addition to whether they are a snowboarder or a skier (skiing being a new feature in the game). Once created, their 'boarder can compete in official competitions (known as "Events"), or unofficial challenges known as "Shreds". Each completed event or challenge gains their character "Hype", raising their profile and moving them up the SSX charts, with the ultimate goal of reaching number one.
With the focus now on custom-created characters, the original SSX cast is moved into the background slightly, appearing in various Shreds against the player, and available to play as when not on the Tour itself. In addition to seven returning SSX veterans, three new characters make an appearance: Tyson, Sid, and Skye. Some characters have to be unlocked to be used.
Unlike its predecessor, SSX3, no online play was included on any of the versions of SSX On Tour. The main focus was on improving the single-player storyline mode, implementing the character-creation system, the selection of new tracks, and the addition of skiing as well as snowboarding.
This style was continued to an extent on the actual races themselves, with the graphics smoothed down from SSX3, helping to improve frame rates and to keep the overall feel of the game as fresh as possible. New effects were also added, such as a blurring effect when racers reach a certain speed, similar to the effect used in Burnout 3, another game released by Electronic Arts.
However, the game has its detractors. The game was viewed by fans as bland and lacking the personality of the other SSX titles. The characters don't speak or have unique monster tricks at all. There are also far less Monster Tricks (referred to in SSX Tricky and SSX 3 as "Uber Tricks") in SSX On Tour than in Tricky and 3. Some see it as being more geared towards newcomers to the series, and longer running fans of the series feel that they have been short-changed with the exclusion of what made SSX games stand out from other snowboarding titles, such as being able to play the campaign mode ("The Tour" in this game) with returning characters. This is mainly attributed to the fact that SSX on Tour has a create-a-character-type mode, while the previous games had a lineup of characters with unique personalities.
One of the biggest gripes among fans was the lack of a "Merqury City" track in the game. This track was present in SSX Tricky and SSX3, and was structured around a huge city lit with neon lights, allowing for more variety in tracks. The lack of diversity among the tracks present in SSX on Tour was something that previous fans disliked, despite the various improvements in terms of the numbers of short-cuts and track lengths in general. X-Play gave it a 3/5.
The line "Canine Snipers", used by the "Ski Patrol" during the game, was originally intended to be "...canine and snipers...". During recording, Ross Tweedale misread it, yet the producers found it amusing and kept it in the game. Interestingly, of the voice actors, only Michael Dobson & Alistair Abell reprised their roles from SSX 3.
The soundtrack is integrated with the game rather than used as a background to it. Tracks used on the menu screens play only as instrumental versions of the ones used during races. In addition, when performing "Monster Tricks" during an event, the music will fade away, to be replaced with the sound of the wind whistling by as the player cuts through the air. Upon hitting the ground again, the music cuts back in, enhancing the sensations of the game.
"*" Means is in Blur version.
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As a bonus to the long time fans of the SSX series, Electronic Arts included a fan-made snowboard and ski design in SSX On Tour. The "Merqury City" Snowboard and "Merqury Ultimates" skis was designed by a fan from the SSX Fan Site Merqury City named Nicholas Murga (a.k.a. Royank). This board is the best board in the game, giving the player maximum stats such as speed, edging, tricks and stability.