OILD – Winters

Day 5 and we’re getting some new hits. Hopefully this will mean more money for Ally’s House! Now everyone smile and say “fuzzy pickles,” because today’s ice level is Winters, from Earthbound!

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Yes, Winters! Home to Snow Wood boarding school, Lake Tess, Brick Road’s dungeon, and Pond Cave. It’s also where you first meet Jeff Andonuts, boy genius, scientist, and member of the Chosen Four who must stop the evil Giygas. When Jeff hear’s Paula’s psychic call for help, he leaves Snow Wood and embarks on his quest. Along the way he encounters the Bubble Monkey, a monkey that loves… wait for it… bubblegum. He and the monkey journey to Lake Tess, where Tessie the friendly plesiosaur lives. Fortunately, Tessie’s cool with carrying Jeff and the monkey across the lake. On the other side, Jeff finds a dungeon built by Brick Road, dungeon fanatic. After passing through it and Pond Cave, Jeff treks past Stonehenge and ends up in the laboratory of Dr. Andonuts, his father. The doctor may not have much of a relationship with his son, but thankfully he has a good enough heart to give Jeff a flying machine called the Sky Runner, which he uses to find Paula and Ness. Ness, Paula, Jeff, and Poo eventually return to Winters, and there they discover that Giygas’ Starman army has set up a base under Stonehenge. Naturally, the Chosen Four shut down the base. Winters is also home to Rainy Circle, one of Ness’ “Your Sanctuary” locations and one of the keys to defeating Giygas.

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Oh baby! It’s today’s wallpaper! Inside the present, there was a full resolution version!

And it really wouldn’t be an Earthbound post on The Speed Gamers’ blog without a shout-out to Starmen.net, the biggest, greatest Earthbound fansite around! Starmen.net is where I first learned about The Speed Gamers. They’ve been incredibly helpful and generous, too! They donated rare EB-themed prizes for TSG’s Mother marathon, which helped them raise $10,586 for the Susan G. Komen foundation! They also run the Fangamer store, which sells wonderful game-inspired products. In fact, a portion of the profits of their Special Forces messenger bag go to The Speed Gamers to help with things like server costs! Really anything from their store would make a great gift for your gamer friends, so check it out! And if anyone from Starmen.net is reading this, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your help and for being such a friendly, fun community!

And now for today’s music! In Winters you’ll hear a theme called Snowman. But did you know that this theme actually appears in all three Mother games? Here’s Snowman as it appears in Mother! And Snowman as it appears in Earthbound/Mother 2! And Snowman as it appears in Mother 3! The theme also found its way onto Super Smash Brothers Brawl, so here’s Snowman (SSBB version)!

And if you want remixes, then you’re totally in luck. There’s a whole Earthbound remix album out there. It’s called Bound Together, and it’s fantastic. It has covers of every song found in Winters, so it’s perfect for your ice remix needs. It includes Snowbound, a remix of Snowman by bLiNd. However, there are other great Winters-inspired tunes out there! Unleashed! The Large-Hearted Scientist Boy is another great Snowman remix, this time by Adhesive_Boy.  Brainshock (by Aluminum) is a remix of Tessie!, which is of course Tessie’s theme.

Naturally, there’s the unrelated-but-still-completely-awesome remix Ice Cold Retro, a remix of Sonic the Hedgehog 3’s Ice Cap Zone, by Joshua Morse. Like Frost Bossa, this mix relies on a catchy, fun beat. Like I said in yesterday’s post, Joshua Morse was very helpful and informative about the whole commissioning deal, so we all know he deserves some attention. Did you notice that both he and Posu Yan contributed to Bound Together? What more proof do you need that they’re both rad to the max?

8 thoughts on “OILD – Winters”

  1. Fuzzy pickles! Great choice for todays ice level, Winters was expected because of how renown it is just for being in Earthbound, though because of Winters I always think of Jeff’s creepy friend Tony, when ever I remember the boarding school. Thinking of this brings me back to that adorable flash you made with Eight Melodies. Still loving what your doing for the community Ana, looking forward to future work!

  2. Oh heck yes!

    Just ask any of my friends on the forums; I’m a Mother fanatic! I love all the areas in EarthBound (except for maybe Peaceful Rest Valley XD), and Winters is no exception. I just love the calmness of the place. It gives you a nice break after going through a zombie-infested Threed.

    Good stuff Ana, I look forward to the next one!

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