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Kaori Nishidake is a character from the video game series SSX (Snowboard Supercross). She has appeared in all the games along with Mac Fraser, Elise Riggs, and Zoe Payne.

Kaori Nishidake
Kaori render
First appearance

SSX (2000)

Appears in(games)

SSX Tricky (2002)

SSX 3 (2003)

SSX On Tour (2005)

SSX Blur (2007)

SSX (2012)

Voice Actors

Yuko Nagashima (SSX - Tricky)

Mariko Kage (SSX 3)

Alex Price (SSX On Tour)



Eye Color Hazel
Hair Color

Brown (Formely)

Black With Purple Streaks

Nickname(s) Tricky

Mac Fraser (All)

Brodi Ford (SSX Tricky)

Marty Stieber (SSX Tricky)

Sid (SSX On Tour)


Psymon Stark (Currently)

Maya Nolet (SSX Blur)


Mac Fraser (Hinted)

Friend(s): Mac Fraser (all games), Brodi Ford (SSX Tricky), Marty Stieber (SSX Tricky), Sid (SSX On Tour)

Enemies: Psymon Stark (Currently), Maya Nolet (SSX Blur)


A freestyle rider with a positive groove.

Kaori's Personal InfoEdit

  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Height: 5’0”
  • Weight: 100 lbs
  • Age: 16
  • Blood Type: B+
  • Style: Freestyle
  • Edging: 15/32
  • Speed: 9/23
  • Stability: 9/24
  • Tricks: 15/32
  • Friend: Mac
  • Enemy: JP

SSX TrickyEdit

Kaori is extroverted, fun loving and gregarious. On the surface, she is a racer with a cheerful disposition. Yet beneath this veneer is a warrior fighting a generation-old guest, a hero searching for answers. Despite her size, she has fantastic energy reserves and always has something left in the tank at the end of a long race or series. She wears fun, vibrant outfits to express her boundless energy and sunny disposition. Kaori is tough to upset but has no tolerance for intentional thuggery in competition. If pushed over the edge she'll take decisive action but her anger diffuses quickly as the race progresses and she rarely holds a grudge.

  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Height: 5'0"
  • Weight: 110 lbs
  • Age: 17
  • Blood Type: B+
  • Rider Style: Freestyle
  • Alternate Sport: In-line Skating
  • Motto: "Ganbatte masu"
  • Dream Date: Fujishima Kosuke
  • Friend: Brodi
  • Enemy: Psymon

  • Favorite Movie: Japanese Sci-fi
  • Favorite Reading: Nonno Magazine
  • Favorite Music: Dance
  • Favorite Course: Snowdream
  • Favorite Trick: Pirouette Grind

  • Other Hobbies: voice of anime character Orange Explosion Fun Girl, makes clothing for dolls of anime show, hangs with friends/family, rides scooter
  • Greatest Strength: Friends and family
  • Greatest Weakness: Lazy, doesn't practice as much as she should, easily distracted on the course

SSX 3Edit

Kaori has built a reputation on the circuit as being extroverted, fun loving,and gregarious. She has always been tough to upset, but has had little tolerance for thuggery in competition. Kaori has achieved a celebrity status few female athletes in Japan could dream of. Fame and recognition have helped Kaori to grow up and radiate a more sophisticated air. Her riding has progressed to a more assured and confident level. The boundless energy is still evident but now it's channeled and harnessed to get what she wants.

  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Height: 5'0
  • Weight: 105 lbs
  • Age: 19

Rider's FavesEdit

  • Thing in the World: Manga
  • Thing to Hate: Idiots
  • Place to Ride: Nagano, Japan
  • Riding Partner: Mac Fraser
  • Riding Victim: Psymon Stark
  • Other Sport: Shopping
  • Trick: Cab 900
  • SSX Event: Slopestyle
  • Secret Spot: Big Sky resort, Montana, it's so huge!
  • Food: Tiger Treats
  • Accessory: Bear Backpack
  • Career Highlight: Beating Mac in a backcountry showdown

Rider's QnAEdit

  • Boxers or Briefs: You are very strange in needing to know this...
  • Things You Have Broken: My own expectations.
  • If You Weren't A Pro: I'd be shopping.
  • The Word: "Snowboarding is not to be taken seriously, it's to be enjoyed."

Text MessagesEdit

Text messages was a feature added on SSX 3 where players receive text messages from the other riders. However, you can't text back.

SSX BlurEdit

Kaori's enthusiastic and gregarious nature is a breath of fresh air on the SSX Circuit. She's always looking good, and smiling when she's competing -and winning her fair share of competitions at the same time!

  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Height: 5'0"
  • Weight: 105 lbs
  • Age: 23
  • Blood Type: B+
  • Favorite Event: Slopestyle
  • Stance: Regular
  • Likes: Manga
  • Dislikes: Idiots
  • Trait: Cheerful
  • Partner: Mac
  • Rival: Maya
  • Motivation: Having a great time!

Quotes from DJ AtomikaEdit

  • The rumor mill is churning out some interesting dish - it appears a little rivalry is brewing between SSX sweetheart Kaori and the new kid on the block Maya. How will this play out on the peaks?
  • Kaori Nishidake takes her celebrity status with a grain of rice. She is here to have a great time and it shows in her gregarious nature and enthusiastic outlook.
  • Kaori returns to the SSX circuit a little more sophisticated and a lot more confident. It's the type of progress that leads to one place - the podium.
  • What does Kaori-san do when she's not shredding? Why, she goes shopping of course. She's one focused fashionista. She likes ripping it up and looking good doing it.
  • SSX Veteran Kaori has always been tough to upset, and this year is no exception. She's learned to harness her boundless energy to get what she wants - epic.

SSX On TourEdit

Known in the past as the ‘Tokyo Pop Girl’, Kaori was always the friendliest, chirpiest one on the circuit. Although still ready with a smile – Kaori has toned it down a bit – especially after hanging out with ‘crazy man’ Sid.

Her attitude has shifted to fully focusing on her success. Her style of riding and fashion has grown up a bit - but still uniquely hers. With the new circuit underway Kaori is dead centre of the winning, the partying, and the action. Friendly to a fault, Kaori has developed a bit of an edge this time around. Some say it’s the increased level of competition – others blame it on her new ‘friend’ – Sid.

  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Height: 5'0"
  • Weight: 108 lbs
  • Age: 21
  • Blood Type: B+
  • Stance: Regular
  • AKA: Tricky' Nishidake
  • Riding Partner: Sid
  • Riding Victim: Psymon Stark

After the Tour...Edit

Joined forces with a trio of rogue Japanese theme park mascots - a bear, alligator and kangaroo - to fight global crime. Calls herself "Kaori X", lives on a mysterious island. Seriously. -Not True Kaori Says...



In the beginning Kaori had designs on joining the Japanese Olympic Team, but once The Tour came knocking, she quickly changed gears and focused on snowboarding as a career. Kaori worked her way through The Tour rankings and quickly established herself as one of the best. While she was burning up the circuit on her snowboard, her older brother Akira was busy working on his latest creation: The Tokyo Megaplex Snowboard Park. And he wanted Kaori to be the first to ride it. The Megaplex was a love letter to urban snowboarding, and theme park nuts, but mostly Akira’s way of telling his little sister how proud he was of her.


Shows her reflecting her time in SSX. Currently there is no mention of Sid in her back story comic.

SSX (2012) - Official Kaori Nishidake Comic Book Trailer00:53

SSX (2012) - Official Kaori Nishidake Comic Book Trailer


  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: 110 lbs
  • Age: 26
  • Blood Type: B+
  • AKA: Tricky/None
  • Home Mountain: Hokkaido
  • Partner: Mac Fraser
  • Rival: Psymon Stark


  • Likes: Spinning records, dancing, making art, skateboarding, anime backpacks
  • Dislikes: Being waken up early, being told to turn it down
  • Motto: "Turn It Up!"
  • Music: Drum & Bass, Zero 7, Operation Ivy
  • Film: Natural Born Killers, Pixar
  • TV: Japanese game-shows, anything her brother made
  • Briefs: None
  • Visual Style: Skater / Punk Rock


Mac FraserEdit

Kaori and Mac have been friends since day one. It is hinted by DJ Atomika that they like-like each other. And they have been riding partners in every game. It is most likely that Mac and Kaori are more than friends to each other.

Theme SongsEdit

SSX Tricky

  • Baby Portable Rock by Pizzicato 5 (Theme/Music Video)


  • Do Your Thing by Basement Jaxx (Theme)
  • Deep End [Utah Saints Remix] by Swollen Members (Requested)

SSX On Tour

  • Come Back by Sweatshop Union (Theme/Music Video)

Voice ActressesEdit

  • Yûko Nagashima - SSX-SSX Tricky (2000-2001)
  • Mariko Kage - SSX 3 (2003)
  • Alex Price - SSX On Tour (2005)



  • Kaori is the shortest female in the SSX games, at 5'0".
  • In her interview in Tricky, states that her father is a manga artist, who created the character "Orange Explosion Fun Girl." In which Kaori cosplays as.
  • Her name translates to "Only the Western Scent."
  • Kaori is the only character who has a Bear Backpack that she can ride on the SSX Circuit.
  • Kaori is one of the three characters thus far who hail from Japan. The other being Hiro and Sid
  • Kaori's lottery purchase would be clothes.
  • Kaori has a digital pet cat called Lammy.
  • In Kaori's pocket's?-Credit cards.
  • The person Kaori loves the most is Mac Fraser.
  • Superhero power- Uber boost.
  • Her favorite spot is Nagano, Japan; where it was the first city to introduce snowboarding as an Olympic sport back in 1998, 2 and a half years before the first SSX game came out.
  • Kaori is one of the three characters who appears in NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. The other two are Mac and Elise.
  • In SSX (2012) Kaori has to use oxygen as she descends Mount Everest.
  • Kaori only speaks Japanese. Although she might have a understanding of another language.

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