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OILD Day 6: Snowball Park

Day 6 is here! Well, we’ve had some nice little games shown so far, but now it’s time to show off some big stars. And it’s a level from a game I had a ton of fun playing not too long ago!  Today’s Obligatory Ice Level is Snowball Park, from Super Mario 3D World!

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Super Mario 3D World. Do I really have to introduce this game? Probably not, but I’m going to anyway! This is essentially a multiplayer equivalent of Super Mario 3D Land. The stages are large obstacle courses full of dangerous traps, treacherous terrain, and lots of enemies. But on the plus side, you do get some neat power-ups, most notably the Super Bell, which gives you all the powers of a cartoon cat. Plus the music is really good!

Snowball Park is the first stage in World 3, which has a general snow theme. This stage is known for being full of SNOW POKEYS. What’s a Snow Pokey? Well, it’s like that classic cactus enemy, the Pokey, only made of snow! And just like a snowman, naturally it wears a fez on its head. Call it a “bucket” all you want, but it’s so totally a fez. There’s also a lot of slippery ice, which can be quite a problem when there are four players who are constantly running into each other anyway. But you know what else this level has? Goombas in ice skates! Seriously! They’re just riding around in giant ice skates! It’s awesome! And what’s more, you can defeat the Goombas and steal the skate for yourself! The skate’s kind of hard to control, but it’s really fun and pretty hilarious looking.

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GOOMBAS! ON! IIIIIICE!

Music? You want music? Well I’m pretty sure I got you covered there! Freezeflame Galaxy‘s icy theme from Super Mario Galaxy is nice and serene. Likewise, Freezy Flake Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a sweet little tune! The Snow Overworld theme from New Super Mario Bros. U is really catchy, so much so that event he baby Yoshis sing along to it! And of course we can’t forget Snowball Park‘s theme! And on top of that, here’s Frappe Snowland from Mario Kart 64!

And for a remix, I really like this guitar rendition of Frappe Snowland, by CSGuitar89! It’s a simple, but wonderful take on this classic tune.

So what will tomorrow’s ice level be? Will it be from a famous game, a forgotten gem, or an obscure new title that needs more love? Guess you have to just wait and see!

OILD Day 4: Holiday Hare

Well hi! You know, we’re doing a Sonic marathon later this month. And well, I feel that during this special Obligatory Ice Level Day, we need to respect the legacy Sonic left behind. A legacy of fast games, wonderful music, adorable graphics, but mostly… an army of copycat mascot characters. That’s why today’s ice level is Holiday Hare, from Jazz Jackrabbit!

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Okay, you have to admit you didn’t see this one coming. If you actually remember Jazz Jackrabbit, then I’m honored that you took time out of your busy haunting schedule to read this, ancient souls from beyond the grave. This  game was made by, no fooling, Cliffy B. Yes, the BulletStorm guy. And I’m pretty sure it was animated by the guy who made Dust. Anyway, it starred a green jackrabbit. Oh, but not just any rabbit! This was a rad-to-the-max rabbit with ‘tude flowing though his bodacious veins! He’s got a headband! And a laser gun! Because ’90s! And he’s going to run at the speed of light and blast everything in sight in his quest to–rescue a princess and save the world? Seriously? That old routine? Hey, it beats doing homework, I guess. Am I right, kids? Eh? Ehhh?

So Holiday Hare wasn’t just one level, but rather two free demos the team put out in 1994 and 1995. The ’94 version had its own map and holiday-themed backgrounds and music, but the enemies were from the full version of the game. The ’95 game had a snow level and a toy-themed level, plus they made new enemies just for this demo. Plus there were giant pieces of candy, collectible candy canes, and parodies of the Energizer Bunny. Because ’90s.

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BECAUSE! 90S! YEEAAHHH!!

So are you ready for the music from these games? I’m not sure if you are. Holiday Hare Level 1 is honestly just a medley of holiday music. But in .MOD format! ’90s! Candion is a hip, way-totally-cool-to-the-max version of the Carol of the Bells, and Bloxonius is… wait for it… a hip-hop version of The Little Drummer Boy. Because ’90s. Hmm, you know what? I think I’ll add Blizzard Buffalo from Mega Man X3, just so we have at least one video game creature that isn’t oozing ‘tude from its ears and eyes.

Actually, that’s a good idea! Because The Leidenfrost Effect is a really good Blizzard Buffalo remix by Level 99 and Hemophiliac! You can download it (and other great MMX mixes) from here!

So ok, today’s level was pretty obscure. But tomorrow’s is definitely from a much more famous game! And chances are it’s a game you may have even  gotten this year! What could it be? HMMMM…