Ten? TEN??? I feel like I’m in heaven! It’s day 10 of Obligatory Ice Level Day! We’re counting down to the Mario marathon on December 14th, when we’ll be raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation! Tune in for some awesome games and sweet prizes, like handmade wooden item blocks and a Wii U Deluxe! The marathon’s almost here! I’m so happy I could sing. That’s why today’s ice level is really more of an ice GENRE. It’s Forest Snow, from Pop’n Music!
Yeah it counts! Shut up!
So you might be wondering what the heck Pop’n Music even is. Well, you know Dance Dance Revolution and Beatmania? Those are just two of Konami’s “Bemani” series. Bemani includes quite a few music games, and Pop’n Music is one of them. In this game, you have a huge controller with nine giant, dome-shaped buttons. The idea is simply to hit each button when the marker on the screen falls onto that button’s onscreen counterpart. Pop’n Music is known for its bold, flat art style and its cast of characters. The characters don’t really affect the mechanics of the game, but they do add some nice flair to the experience! They hang out on the sides of the screen and animate depending on how well you’re doing. The characters also represent the music, as each song is tied to a specific character. The game has a high learning curve but hey, it’s still pretty fun!
So what is the “Forest Snow” genre? See, Pop’n Music is known for making up ridiculous “genres” for each song. Stuff like “Contemporary Nation,” “Andes Healing,” or simply “Dreamy.” Yeah, that makes sense, right? Forest Snow has two songs in it, and each song has its own character. The characters are on snowy backgrounds, so hey, it’s kind of an ice level, right? The first song is called 月雪に舞う華のように, which means “Like the Flowers that Whirl in the Moon Snow,” and the second is 白夜幻燈, which means “Midnight Sun Lantern”! The two characters are Chira, the white tengu-like bird, and Yamabuki, the flute-playing fox. Both of these are among my favorite ice level tunes, so I’m really glad to include these!
I REFER TO ALL JAPANESE FLUTES AS “WLOOOO WLOOOO” SINCE THAT’S WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE TO ME
So, music! Naturally, here are Like the Flowers that Whirl in the Moon Snow, and Midnight Sun Lantern, from Pop’n Music! I know I linked to some of these before, but hey, let’s have a Bemani ice song bonanza! Penguin, Winter Dance, and White Lovers are also from Pop n’ Music! Let’s Go Back Home For Christmas and Frozen Ray are from Keyboardmania! Let the Snow Paint Me and Snow Storm are from Beatmania!
Remix time! There aren’t a ton of Bemani ice remixes out there, so let’s get some Donkey Kong remix greatness! Okay, so for DKC I know I showed of Chekan Winter, the Northern Hemispheres remix by Jason Covenant, and Christmas Cave, the Ice Cave Chant remix by Deimos! For Donkey Kong Country 2, we have Us Monkeys Together, a remix of In A Snow-Bound Land, and it’s by Flickerfall, Palpable, and diotrans! For Donkey Kong Country 3, there’s mojo gogo, a remix of Jangle Bells, and it’s by prophetik! There’s also Accident! A Rescue By Skies! Glory!, a remix of Frosty Frolics, and it’s by Protodome! For Diddy Kong Racing, there’s Samba Primata, remix of Everfrost Peak, by guifrog!
So last year I made a bunch of OILD art as usual, but I couldn’t post them all. One of these was Forest Snow, so here’s the unused wallpaper for it! You can see how I pretty much reworked the design for the card this year.
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ON THE TENTH STAGE OF OILD, TSG GAVE TO ME~
FOREST SNOW A-DANCIN’
MUTANT LEAGUE A-SLAYIN’
RAPTURE’S FREEZING TUNNELS
MT. VACKEL IRON
DEAD FROZEN RIDLEY
BLOCKY MINECRAFT DOGS
HAPPY VAULT SKAGS
AN F-ZERO DRAWING
AND A DARK SOULS MINI-LP~
Remember, TSG’s Mario Marathon starts on December 14th! You might win a Wii U Deluxe if you donate! All the money goes straight to the Make A Wish Foundation, so tune in and help out a great cause! Spread the word and you might win some digital games!
… oh, and FYI, Arino retweeted me. EEEEE~