- "If you like the cold, you'll love Ando Prime."
- ―Anakin Skywalker
In later years, the planet had a population surge, following the establishment of several mining communities, including the capital Elesa. Giant water pipes were constructed to supply the growing towns and cities, and took years to finish.
Although the planet was covered with snow, it hosted many podraces during its history. Most of these courses were controlled and sponsored by the Desilijic Hutt clan. Some of these events were televised across the galaxy, even viewed by patrons of nightclubs and sports bars on cosmopolitan worlds like Coruscant. Ando Prime's podracing courses included:
- Ando Overland
- Beedo's Wild Ride - Amateur Podracing Circuit
- Howler Gorge - Semipro Podracing Circuit
- Andobi Mountain Run - Galactic Podracing Circuit
- Ando Prime Centrum - Invitational Podracing Circuit
At some point before 27 BBY, aspiring Human crime lord Kaeline Ungasan attempted to wrest the criminal control of podraces in Ando Prime from the Hutts. He sponsored his own podracing event, the Ungasan Cross Country, whose course changed every time it was run. Ungasan secretly used the Cross Country as a cover for his illegal mining operation of vonium, which was present in Ando Prime. The Hutts sent the bounty hunter Davon Gitta to find Ungasan on Ando Prime. In 27 BBY, Ungasan's shady activities and his use of the Cross Country as a front were discovered, in what was the first of many controversies in podracing, leading to the ultimate criminalization of the sport.
Behind the scenes
In the 1999 video game Star Wars Episode I: Racer, the name of the planet was (pronounced /ɑndəʊ priːm/) (rhyming with "cream") instead of the usual /ɑndəʊ praɪm/ (rhyming with "crime"). Ando Prime is the only planet represented in all four of the game's circuits.
- Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm 1 (In flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode I: Racer (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Anakin's Speedway (Non-canonical appearance)
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (Appears in hologram)
- The Clone Wars: Decide Your Destiny: The Lost Legion
- Outward Bound (Mentioned only)
- "Around the Galaxy: The Art of the Game"—Star Wars Galaxy Collector 6 (Indirect mention only)
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode I
- Snow Job"—Star Wars Gamer 2 "
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 44 (COR21, Coruscant - Outlander Club)
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 132 (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
- "Podracing 101!"—Star Wars Magazine 2