The Top 5 Best (And Worst) Ice Levels In Gaming History

The "ice level" is a long-standing video game staple, and just like a real winter day they can either be crisp breezy fun, or a slippery, slide into hell.

knifefight4253d ago

This is an interesting idea for an article. Hopefully something like a "Volcano levels" feature follows XD

Relientk774253d ago

The Ice Cap Zone in Sonic 3 is awesome

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The 7 Best Rare Games: A Pioneering Legacy

Rare has had an astonishing journey since being founded in 1985. But of the 125 titles released to date, which are the 7 best Rare games?

darthv72125d ago

I was always a fan of Cobra Triangle.


30 years later, Sonic 3 is still a divisive game

Today marks Sonic 3’s 30th anniversary, one of the Blue Blur’s most talked about entries among fans.

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ZeekQuattro172d ago

Sonic 3 & Knuckles is peak 2D Sonic for me. Probably my most played Genesis game.

Chocoburger172d ago

No, not a divisive game. The visuals, levels, music, controls were all great. Having to buy Sonic & Knuckles wasn't an issue at all, just more awesome gaming made available to me at the time. I lived through that era, and I don't remember anyone complaining that they had to buy another cartridge just to get the complete game, if you enjoyed Sonic games on the Genesis, you were happy to get another one back then.

The only issue with Sonic 3 is that stupid freakin' horrible "BARREL OF DOOM!" all because Sonic Team didn't properly communicate to the player what to do.

rambot89172d ago

This! This! THIS!!!

The only divisive thing about Sonic 3 was that freaking barrel.

Number1TailzFan172d ago

I had 1 & 2, I played 3 at someone else's house. When I heard about S3 & Knuckles I assumed it was the same game with just Knuckles added in and thought it was stupid, until I found out a while later it was much more. I wonder how much more they could've put onto the game carts, I know there were cut levels in some of the games.

gold_drake169d ago

is it divisive?

i think its the best 2d sonic.


35 years later, Mario 3 still does some things better than every Mario since

If all the world is a stage, then Mario is adept at playing all the roles – something Miyamoto was very keen to tell us.

Number1TailzFan273d ago

3 had a good balance of difficulty before crybabies stepped in and cried about the difficulty of SMW, which is why the game was made easier before release. Would also explain why most other games have been easier except for special worlds etc.. or ones you unlock after you beat the main game.

Isn't the reason we got a Doki Doki Panic sprite swap because Lost Levels was originally deemed too difficult?

ChasterMies273d ago

This is a lot of revisionist history. All games back then had to be difficult or else they would be over in less than an hour. Super Mario 3 was actually super approachable because you could use the map and warp whistles to go right to the boss. And as with Super Mario World, you could farm stages for more lives. The beautify of Super Mario 3 was the abundance of secret areas and tools like Hammer Bros. suits. You didn’t really want to rush it. The lost levels were a different beast. They were never marketed as a mainline Mario game.

qalpha272d ago

I watched an interview with a developer (I think it was for Disney's Aladdin) from years ago and he said they were required to raise the difficulty because so many games were rented back then. They didn't want the game finished quickly so you had to rent it longer. it was the home-rental equivalent of pumping more quarters into an arcade machine.

Rebel_Scum273d ago

The cry babies? It was Nintendo’s perception that yanks didnt like difficult games hence the easing of the difficulty.

ChasterMies272d ago

This is an odd statement considering the history of Japanese games that had you press X on your way to victory. Seriously, games like Ninja Gaiden in the 00s was born of the developer’s belief that Japanese gamers had grown too soft.

CrimsonWing69273d ago

Yep, it's the best 2D Mario game, in my humblest of humble opinions.

goldwyncq273d ago

Still my favorite Mario game.

Terry_B273d ago

SMB3 and Mario World are still the best Mario Games.