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OILD – Snowcap Mountain

WHO’S READY FOR THE MARATHON? You know I am! The OILD ’11 Facebook page is still up! And let’s not forget our fine friends over at Fantasy Kingdoms! Have you all collected the items I made yet? Anyway, today’s level is from a game well-loved by Starmen.net and Fangamer. It’s Snowcap Mountain, from Mother 3!

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OILD – Crystal World

Man, the third day of OILD and already we’ve done quite a bit! Notm put up an OILD 2011 page, we may get some remixes yet, and we made some new friends in the crew of Fantasy Kingdoms! So, what do you plan on doing to help promote? Let us know! Today’s level is one of the few featured levels from an arcade game. But man is it ever a fun one! It’s Crystal World, from Gradius 2!

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OILD – Snow World

Oh yeah, let’s keep on moving! OILD is all about giving, so today we’re going to look at a game that’s freely available online! Though you’ll have to find an English patch for it. This ice level is actually somewhat notorious on the internet, though not in a way you’d guess. It’s the Snow World, from Yume Nikki!

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OILD – Ice Land

MERRY OBLIGATORY ICE LEVEL DAY!! Did you get anything good? Were your friends and family happy to get gifts from you? Did you spread tons of cheer? GREAT! Today’s the final OILD post, so you know the stage has to be huge. It’s from a game widely considered to be one of the best of all time. That’s right! It’s Ice Land, from Super Mario Bros. 3!

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YES! Ice Land! This isn’t just one stage. It’s a whole icy world! In fact, it’s the biggest world in Mario 3.

This was the first time I saw a game have icy blocks that could be melted. In this case, grabbing a Fire Flower and shooting fireballs at the blocks could clear a path or even thaw out some coins. Sometimes this would be helpful, but other times you needed to stand on those blocks. Needless to say, you slid around when walking on these. There were also throwable frozen blocks, which you could use against enemies. However, creatures called Buster Beetles could just as easily pick them up and lob them in your direction. Ice Land is also home to little monsters called Spikes, which are among my favorite Mario enemies. Spikes are little shelled creatures that could inexplicably spit out spiked spheres, hence the name.

Ice Land made good use of the slippery ice platforms. A few stages placed them high above bottomless pits, forcing you to get the hang of walking on them. One fortress is nothing but ice, so there was no avoiding it. Another level placed not only coins inside the ice, but invincible Muncher plant enemies. You may be shocked to hear this, but you don’t want to thaw them out and jump into their mouths.

This land has been taken over by my favorite Koopaling: the googly-eyed “Clown Prince of Koopas,” Lemmy Koopa. Having stolen Ice Land’s king’s magic wand and turned him into a seal, Lemmy flew off in his blue airship. The ship itself isn’t difficult to board, but the battle against Lemmy himself is a bit strange. He balances on top of a big rubber ball, and bounces other rubber balls around the room. You can bounce off of these if you want, but make sure to avoid the magical blasts from the stolen wand. After defeating Lemmy, you were able to use the wand to restore the king. I always thought the king’s real form looked kind of like a cat with a mustache, so I’m not sure why being a seal interfered with his ability to rule the country, but whatever. At least you get another step closer to defeating Bowser!

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The final wallpaper! Raccoon Mario flies over Ice Land. Get the full version here!

And of course we have music! Ice Land’s map screen is very repetitive though. How about Snow Road, Cold Reception in Shiver City, Over Shiver Mountain, from Paper Mario? Oh I know! How about Silent Hill, from Dance Dance Revolution? Is that full of enough corny holiday cheer?

And you know I couldn’t forget a bonus remix! Especially one of the best bonus remixes ever. Super Mario’s Sleigh Ride by the OneUps is very much a holiday remix. It combines a few well-known winter tunes with some famous Mario music! The OneUps are a great group of folks! You should really buy some of their stuff on iTunes, Amazon, or Bandcamp. And hey, buying some downloads would make great surprise gifts for your gamer friends!

Don’t forget to visit the OILD page and download the soundtrack if you haven’t yet! Hey, might as well have these great tracks for next year, right?

Welp, that’s it from me. Thanks for joining me on this confusing and overwhelmingly nerdy journey through ice levels! It’s been great fun showing them to you. And thanks again for promoting, donating to, and watching The Speed Gamers’ marathon! I hope you stick around because 2010 is going to be even better. I want to thank TSG for putting on such a great marathon, Ally’s House for being such a noble charity, Nina Matsumoto (author of Yokaiden vol. 1 and vol. 2) for making those rad wallpapers, Posu Yan, Joshua Morse, and Select Start for making those wonderful remixes for the OILD soundtrack, my brother for playing Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts way too many times, MR. GREG for being the most awesome person in the history of anything ever, and everyone who helped along the way. YOU ROCK! MERRY OBLIGATORY ICE LEVEL DAY TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GREAT EXTRA STAGE!

Now get out of here and spend some time with your loved ones, you paragons of excellence, you!

OILD – Christmas NiGHTS

Ah, Obligatory Ice Level Eve. Such a wonderful time of year. Surely tonight you’ll be dreaming of what awesome presents you’ll get tomorrow, right? Or even better, what awesome presents you’ll give tomorrow. Today I’m going to talk about an unusual stage. It’s Christmas NiGHTS!

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Christmas NiGHTS, the stage that thinks it’s a game. Or is it a game that thinks it’s a stage? Either way, this is a pretty special little ice level. This was a special version of NiGHTS: Into Dreams… that was given away by certain game magazines.

In this stage, the Elliot and Claris (the two children from the main game) team up with NiGHTS and journey to the dreamland of Nightopia to find a star that normally sits upon their favorite Christmas tree. This stage is actually based on the “Spring Valley” stage from the main game, but now it’s been given a holiday makeover.

Unlike the full NiGHTS game, it was only one level, but it had many fun features. Specifically, it used the Sega Saturn’s clock and changed elements of the stage depending on the date. Normally the title screen says “NiGHTS: Limited Edition,” but in November and January, it changes to “Winter NiGHTS.” During this time, the green landscape becomes cold and snowy. In December, the game becomes “Christmas NiGHTS.” This is when the real fun begins, because the stage goes into full-blown holiday mode. Christmas trees decorate the stage, the Nightopian creatures dress as elves, and item boxes turn into presents! The music even takes on a holiday tone. NiGHTS himself also dresses for the occasion, replacing his usual purple outfit with a red and white one. From November to January, the weather will also change according to the hour. It’s such a weird, fun idea to have an action game change with the seasons like this. I wish more games did it!

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Today’s wallpaper! NiGHTS and the Nightopians fly during the holidays. Get the full version here!

Oh but here’s more! Others have gotten into the OILD spirit! Check out this sweet Ninja Gaiden picture by Chuckmingus, and this cute Okami picture by Ninjaliz-chan! Thanks to both of you for posting these!

And some music for this nice Ice Level Eve! Christmas in Nightopia is really just a version of Jingle Bells, but it’s still cute, isn’t it? Gillwing’s Christmas Theme plays if you fight the boss Gillwing while the game’s in Christmas NiGHTS mode, and is a holiday version of the monster’s theme. Dreams, Dreams – A Cappella is a slow, sweet version of Dreams, Dreams, which is the main theme of the NiGHTS games. Dreams, Dreams ~Sweet Snow~ is actually from NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, but it plays during a snowy scene and has a wintery sound to it.

And our remix for today: MerryLittleChristmas is a lovely remix of Dreams, Dreams, and it’s by Dale North. It really is a beautiful arrangement. Every year I play this and I usually get a few people asking where it’s from.

Well, tomorrow’s Obligatory Ice Level Day, and the final OILD post of the year. Hmm, I wonder what it will be? Anyway, hopefully you had fun with this silly fake holiday. I sure had fun sharing it with you! Thanks to The Speed Gamers for hosting this madness and for the awesome Pokemon marathon! Thanks to Posu Yan, Joshua Morse, and Select Start for making the wonderful OILD album! And thanks to YOU for supporting Ally’s House and making this marathon one of the best yet!

OILD – Ice Cap Zone

OH YEAH BABY!! I’ve gotten almost no sleep in the past 72 hours. There were lots of highs, lots of lows, but as you know by now, the goal was reached! All 493 caught, more than enough money raised, and tons of fun had. You helped out a great cause, and because of that I’m making one of my biggest Obligatory Ice Level Day posts of the month. You knew this was coming… it’s Ice Cap Zone, from Sonic the Hedgehog 3!!

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You’d be hard pressed to find a more famous ice level. Act I starts off with Sonic snowboarding down a giant hill before crashing into an icy cave. Inside the cave is a series of steep slopes that will repeat from now until the end of time (or at least until the end of the game’s timer) if you don’t hop onto a frozen ledge and allow it to smash through a few icy barriers. Killer icicles rule the day in this cave; if they’re not sticking out of the walls, they’re covering the floors. Sometimes you even have let a huge icicle crash into the spiky floor and hop onto it in order to progress. Dr. Robotnik Eggman ROBOTNIK has worked to make this place even more dangerous by installing machines that blow freezing air and building penguin-like badniks. After busting out of the cave you’ll end up on an iceberg, and face off against a robot that uses levitating ice as a shield. Defeating it leads directly into Act II, which starts off in a more open, snowy area. Here you’ll find some shuttle loops that the Sonic series is known for, as well as some springy platforms. Really this Act isn’t as long as the first one.  Once you get to the end, you can find Robotnik piloting yet another silly robo-vehicle. It blows cold air that can freeze Sonic, and the spiky weight it pushes out can crush him. However, if you jump on the weight, you can get close enough to hit the machine and destroy it.

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Ice Cap Zone wallpaper, oh yes! I couldn’t decide which part to draw, so I drew ALL OF IT (kind of). Get the full version here!

I think you can guess what today’s music is. Yep, it’s Ice Cap Zone Act I and Ice Cap Zone Act II! This is a pretty famous theme. How famous? Well…

TODAY’S REMIXES: I won’t lie. Ice Cap Zone has been remixed so many times that it’s almost a running gag. Regardless, I like a lot of Ice Cap remixes. So let’s list a ton of them, shall we?

IceCapped by McVaffe is a very gentle remix, with a lot of harp and flute sounds in it. It’s one of the first Ice Cap remixes I ever downloaded and I still love it. IceCap Zone (Frozen Knuckles Mix), by Rayza, starts off with a decidedly bizarre speaking part, but quickly moves into a great mix that stays close to the source material. Ice Attack is by Trance-Canada and is a really nice trance interpretation of the song. Hot Ice is by DarkeSword and is a calmer version with a nice beat, and it also mixes in music from Lava Reef Zone. Snow Motion, by SkyHigh, is a slow version that nevertheless doesn’t drag and is great fun to listen to. Memories Frozen in Time is by DCT and Just Us, and is a rap version about the struggle of following a dream. Eastern Ice Field is by Big Giant Circles and is a uniquely eastern take on the song. Breaking the Ice, by DigiE, is a great electronica version that has a lot of cool synth sounds. Snowboardin’ Sonic is by Willrock and is a lively mix with some fun solos in it. As you can see, you could make a whole playlist of great Ice Cap Zone remixes! I love all of these.

Speaking of which, remember how I said remixing Ice Cap is practically a running gag? Well a few years ago, OC ReMix pulled a hilarious April Fool’s joke with ReCapitated: An Official OverClocked ReMix Tribute Arrangement Album Project. I think by now you can figure out what the gag is. But what made it even funnier was that OCR regulars actually made gag songs for this “project.” All of these remixes are wonderfully terrible, so get a good laugh out of it! Hey, I told you Obligatory Ice Level Day isn’t a serious holiday, didn’t I?

And let’s not forget about my favorite Ice Cap Zone remix: ICE COLD RETRO! It’s by Joshua Morse and was made for our OILD soundtrack. It has a great beat and is tons of fun to listen to! And don’t forget that the soundtrack also has wonderful mixes by Posu Yan and Select Start! Please go download it if you haven’t already. And visit their websites too! Let them know how rad they are for helping out with this event! Those artists deserve some love!

THANKS AGAIN for watching the marathon! You all deserve some love too! Give yourselves a hand, ok?

OILD – Sunset Rock

Today’s the big day! The Pokemon marathon starts TONIGHT! I know the stream is already up and as such, few people will see these next few updates until after the marathon. But that’s ok! For some folks it might be like a flood of fun after the show. Today’s level is kind of an unexpected one, but cute nonetheless. It’s Sunset Rock, from Snowboard Kids!

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Snowboard Kids naturally had a lot of snowy courses, but Sunset Rock is the cutest in my opinion. Mostly because of the penguins. Near the beginning of the course, you race past a huge penguin-shaped house. There are also penguins waddling around the course, and running into them will cause you to lose precious time. After that, you can board past a snowy forest, but make sure to avoid the gigantic boulders that rain down from above! There are also several huge jumps after this, which offers you a few chances to pull some nice tricks. There’s also a huge snowman that shoots ice out of its eyes, which is a bit bizarre. After that is a snowy cave with huge penguin signs stapled to the entrance, as all snowy caves should have. When you get to the end, a flock of macaroni penguins are there to greet you! Congratulations! You have now snowboarded your way into their little spheniscene hearts.

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Today’s wallpaper, folks! I got the idea for this after seeing 1stpkmnfan’s Snowboard Kids marathon. Get the full-size version here!

And our music! I couldn’t pick a single Snowboard Kids tune, so instead I went with Frozen Ray, a song from Keyboardmania. YES IT HAS “FROZEN” IN THE NAME SO IT COUNTS QUIET YOU.

And now for a bonus remix! Rainbow Snowland is actually two remixes in one. It combines Frappe Snowland and Rainbow Road, from Mario Kart 64, and it’s by Dhsu!

And don’t forget to visit the official Obligatory Ice Level Day page and download the soundtrack! It has great remixes by Posu Yan, Joshua Morse, and Select Start! What are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD IT!

OILD – Ice Forest

Tomorrow! Tomorrow’s the big marathon! Oh I can’t wait! For any newcomers: Welcome to The Speed Gamers! You’ll be in for a great show. I hope you can help out Ally’s House by donating or by promoting the marathon. Either way, thanks!And if you’re new: This is part of the Obligatory Ice Level Day celebration. All month long I’ve been posting about famous ice levels. Why not visit the OILD page and download the official soundtrack? It’s got great ice remixes by some super-talented musicians! You can also find a link back to all the previous OILD posts and see all the other wallpapers. This goes on until December 25, so there’s still a lot to talk about!

Today’s Obligatory Ice Level Day obligatory ice level is a tricky one. It’s Ice Forest, from Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts!

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Yep, Ice Forest. The Ghosts n’ Goblins series is notoriously difficult, so some people never reach this level. I certainly can’t: BIG THANK YOUS go to my brother for capturing these shots for me, as he’s run through the game hundreds of times.

Arthur ended up in the Ice Forest after fighting his way through some demonic intestines. This stage doesn’t have slippery floors, but it does have blizzards. And spikes. And bottomless pits. The earlier volcanic level had a giant cat-like monster called Fire Woo, but this level is home to the ice-breathing (regular) Woo. After fighting through a small army of Woos, Arthur had to dodge some freaky ice vines that grew right out of the snow. Right after that lies a cave made entirely out of ice, which is full of ravenous wolf-devils. The cave leads to the top of a huge icy mountain range. Here things get a bit weird, because avalanches fall in short bursts. You have to dodge these, because otherwise they’ll push you back a ways. Oddly enough this is one of the few things in the game that doesn’t kill you in a single hit. The same goes for the boss, a giant frost demon. When Arthur reaches it, its frozen legs instantly shatter, leaving the upper body to float around. This is actually one of the easier bosses in the game; it’s main attack merely freezes you instead of destroying you. After a chilly battle, Arthur can be granted access to the evil Sardius’ castle.

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And today’s wallpaper! My brother said I was obligated to work longer on this one. Get the full version here!

Aaaand music! Ice Forest is the theme of the stage! It’s one of the best songs in the game, in my oh so humble opinion.

And a remix! Ice Mountain Symphony is a remix of Ice Forest, by McVaffe! It’s a really old mix but very awesome. You definitely need to hear it!
And while you’re at it, why not visit the homepages of the artists involved in the OILD soundtrack? Posu Yan, Joshua Morse, and Select Start are very talented and very nice, so show them some love!

OILD – Viaduct

And now it’s Day 7 of the OILD celebration! It’s been a fun week, hasn’t it? And there’s still more fun to be had! Especially on today’s level. It’s Viaduct, from Team Fortress 2!

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One of the newest ice levels to be featured in this year’s OILD, this version of the map is also known as koth_viaduct. “KOTH” refers to “King of the Hill,” and this is the first new official TF2 map to feature King of the Hill-style gameplay. The goal is simple; capture the single control point, and hold it for a total of three minutes. As with all TF2 matches, this quickly escalates into two teams of lunatics violently destroying each other.

Unlike most ice levels, the snowy theme really doesn’t affect gameplay. There are no slippery ice patches or evil snowmen. Instead the snow theme is purely aesthetic, but I have to say this may be the best looking official TF2 map out there. The snow-covered evergreens in the distance, the way the sunlight reflects off the snow on the roofs, the distant mountains, the gentle flurry… it’d almost be soothing if it wasn’t for the maniacs constantly shooting, stabbing, and exploding each other. As the first official KOTH map, this is also the home of the infamous “overtime” glitch; if the game goes into overtime and the two teams are still running all over the point, the announcer will yell “OVERTIME!” repeatedly, sometimes interrupting herself. This leads to a pretty amusing bout of “Overtime….OVERTI–overtime…OVERTIME! ooovertiiiime” until the match ends. It was so popular that even after they patched it, Valve allowed for the glitch to be “turned on” by a server if the server’s owner so chose.

Speaking of which, Valve is another developer that’s very nice to its fans. Not only do they listen to the community’s suggestions for future content, but they’re very supportive of the modding community. They don’t slap people with lawsuits for fanwork; in fact, buying their games gives you access to all sorts of tools for animating their models and making your own maps. They want you to have your own fun with their games, and I love that about them. If you’re looking for some awesome holiday cards, why not get some Team Fortress 2 cards, or even Left 4 Dead or Left 4 Dead 2 cards?

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Hooray for today’s wallpaper! The full version is here, so GET GOING!

Viaduct doesn’t have it’s own unique music, but there’s still music to be had! Sno, Yell Oh! is from Sno, the ice level in Skullmonkeys. I figured it’s appropriately goofy for a post about the funniest game in the world.

And the bonus remix! Flurry of the Frozen Fury is a remix of Blizzard Man’s stage from Mega Man 6, by Vurez. It’s not goofy, but still really great.

And of course our other bonus remix and final track on the official Obligatory Ice Level soundtrack, Select Start’s Route 216, from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl! I was so glad when Select Start said they’d take on this song. Route 216 is snowy, from Pokémon, and full of catchy music, so I knew it’d be great for this event. They did such a wonderful job on it, too! Just like the tracks by Joshua Morse and Posu Yan, Select Start’s songs turned out even better than I anticipated. They all deserve a round of applause, don’t they? And speaking of Select Start, tomorrow I’ll be posting some awesome news about them! You won’t want to miss it, so be sure to check back!

OILD – Arctic Cavern

Oh boy oh boy! Day 3 of the OILD celebration is here! You’ve been visiting the OILD page, right? It’s now been updated to have all the current wallpapers and easily links back to all the previous OILD posts through the link to TSG’s blog! Promote, promote, promote! And while you’re promoting, check out today’s level. It’s the Arctic Cavern, from Battletoads!

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“What?? Battletoads?! Are you serious???” Yes and no. Yes this is really today’s stage, but no I’m not serious. Like I said, this is an absurd holiday! If we can’t laugh at the craziness in games, then what can we laugh at? For those of you just tuning in, Battletoads was Rare’s attempt to cash-in on the whole “fighting mutant animal hero” craze of the early 90’s.  It starred some toads. Who battled things. Stop me if I’m moving too quickly here.

Battletoads is infamous for being so difficult that it’s essentially unplayable. Arctic Cavern was a pretty good example of this. By the time you reach this stage, nearly everything kills you in one hit, rendering your health bar nothing more than a cute decoration. The stage had many icy ramps, and on those ramps slid many ice blocks. Oh, but you needed those blocks, you did! Barriers were set up all over the place, and those blocks needed to slide into them. So make sure you keep them onscreen at all times! And just as an extra slap in the face, at one point you had to slide down many short ramps and race against one of the blocks without dying, just to destroy a barrier. Snowmen tossed deadly snowballs at you, and after destroying these enemies with roughly eighty-million punches, you could use their snowball hoard to destroy the barriers as well. This stage also inexplicably featured a yellow, spiky shell that slid all over the floor. If you touched the shell then guess what… you lost! Battletoads is unforgiving and insane, but I think the world is richer for having it. From now until the end of time, we can say “hey, this game isn’t so hard… after all, it’s not Battletoads.”

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Here’s a wallpaper for the Arctic Cavern! Slide your way over here for the full version!

Yay for music! Here’s Arctic Cavern! And for no reason at all, here’s Ice Edge, the polar movie stage from Viewtiful Joe 2. Hey, VJ’s a crazy difficult beat-em-up too, so it fits, right?

And yay for remixes! Slalomicide is a Slalom remix by Mazedude, so go get it! I never played Slalom but it’s still a great mix.

Our other bonus remix is Holiday, a remix of Penguin from Pop n’ Music, made by Posu Yan. Oh yeah, you better believe I’m still plugging this soundtrack! Posu Yan was very friendly and helpful during the commissioning process. In fact, he’s the one who reminded me of Arctic Cavern in the first place! His remix is so fun and happy that it just makes me want to dance. Please check out his site and promote his greatness!

Here are the lyrics to Holiday as well. So if you’re the go-out-and-sing type this time of year, you’re in luck!

I know holidays are here
I can see the joy on people’s faces
it’s the most wonderful time of the year
I can feel the warmth of their embraces

warm and toasty fires, vibrant candle lights
fill the air with comfort and relaxation
brightly lit up houses, trees covered in white
fill the sky with such majestic decoration

holidays are here
I can smell the smoky firewood
it’s the most wonderful time of the year
I can hear the laughter, everything’s good

fluffy little snowflakes, melting in my hands
makes me wanna go outside and play
cheery happy people, all across the land
makes me wanna dance and have a joyful holiday

I know holidays are here
I can see the joy on people’s faces
it’s the most wonderful time of the year
I can feel the warmth of their embraces

crackling fireplaces, cozy conversations
makes me feel the kindliness of the days
nice delightful dinners, family celebrations
makes me feel that I am loved in every way

holidays are here
I can smell the smoky firewood
it’s the most wonderful time of the year
I can hear the laughter, everything’s good

fluffy little snowflakes, falling everywhere
makes me wanna go outside and play
cheery happy people, smiling with no cares
really makes me wanna dance and have a happy holiday

If that doesn’t make you the happiest person in the world, nothing will. So spread the love and let everyone hear this awesome tune!