Lost In Translation/Snow Bros. - Nick & Tom

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Snow Bros.
Nick & Tom
Snow Bros. marquee.
No screen shot.
Snow Bros. control panel.
Manufacturer Toaplan
Released 1990
8-way Joystick
3 Button(s)
Main CPU 68000 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 6.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
YM3812 (@ 3.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
256 x 224 pixels
57.50 Hz
256 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 4 ROMs
819,200 bytes (800.00 KiB)
MAME ID snowbros · snowbro3 · snowbroa · snowbrob · snowbroc · snowbroj · wintbob

About The Game

Snow Bros. - Nick & Tom is an arcade video platform game.

One or two players take on the roles of snowmen Nick and Tom as they battle a variety of monsters over fifty platform-based, single screen levels. The snowmen must throw snowballs at the enemies, eventually encasing them completely in snow. The encased enemies must them be kicked in order to destroy them. This is achieved by standing next to the snowball and pressing the "kick out" button, which sends the giant snowball flying around the screen, killing any enemies that lay in its path. During every 10th level, the players must face and defeat an end-of-level boss.

A number of power-ups are available, in the form of coloured potions. The power-ups are as follows :

  • Yellow = Long shot
  • Red = Speed up
  • Blue = Bigger snowballs (encases monsters quicker)
  • Green = Inflates the players like a balloon and lets them fly around the screen, killing any monsters they touch.


Released in April 1990.

Like Taito's "Liquid Kids", Snow Bros. was licensed to Manchester's Ocean Software for conversion to both the Atari ST and the Commodore Amiga home computers but, again like "Liquid Kids", Ocean decided that the game wouldn't perform well at retail and the game was cancelled. It's not known how far into production Snow Bros was before cancellation, although several work-in-progress screen-shots were published in the games magazines of the time.

This game was released as a conversion kit only (often factory installed in a generic cabinet), so any such machine could be converted into a proper Snow Bros. machine. This title is JAMMA compatible (the circuit board for it is one of the smallest ever made, it is barely larger than a Nintendo Famicom cartridge). The marquee for this title shows a 'Snow Bros.' logo, with two snowmen, and a couple of cartoon enemies in the background - in keeping with the game's 'cute' theme.

Licensed to Romstar for USA distribution.

A bootleg of this game is known as "The Winter Bobble".

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Out Zone, Snow Bros. - PCCB-00044) on 21/10/1990.

Tips and tricks

Money Bonus

Killing all the monsters on a level with a single snowball causes money bonuses, worth 10,000 points, to fall down, but sometimes a glowing cake bonus will appear instead. When the cake is collected, the game stops and four blue snowball creatures appear for a short time. If these enemies are killed, they each provide a letter : 'S','N','O' or 'W'. Collect all four of these letters for an extra life. The glowing cake can also appear at other times during the game.

Hidden Functions

If the 'Invulnerability dip switch' is enabled, you are invulnerable but you may also 'Pause' the game with P2 Start and restart with P1 Start.


  1. Snow Bros. - Nick & Tom (1990)
  2. Snow Bros. 2 - With New Elves (1994)
  3. Snow Brothers 3 - Magical Adventure (2002)


Music Composed By
Osamu Ohta

Cabinet and Artwork


Nintendo Famicom (1991)
Sega Mega Drive (1993)
Nintendo Game Boy ("Snow Bros. Jr.")
Amstrad CPC (1991)
Commodore Amiga ("Snow Bros", unpublished, Ocean)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Out Zone / Snow Bros. PCCB-00044[1] 1990-10-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.


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The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
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