Though we stand behind our first tribute to snow levels, we realize we overlooked a bunch of really great ones. So here's part 2! Enjoy our second tribute to the greatest wintery levels in videogame history. And if we missed one, maybe we'll make a part 3!
But don't count on it.
Few games seem so easily adaptable to the videogame world as Scott Pilgrim probably because Scott Pilgrim itself was so deeply influenced by videogames. Whether you think the Michael Cera film version was awesome or the awesomest (it's actually a little of both), it's hard to deny how great this throwback, beat-em-up game was and this level was a pretty fantastic introduction. It's games like this that make me wish my girlfriend had evil exes for me to defeat. And that people I beat up would turn into coins, instead of assault charges.
Ice Man may look like a relatively nonthreatening, slightly-deformed, neckless eskimo, but looks can be deceiving in the world of Mega Man. His stage is one of the most challenging in the original much moreso than the barely-not-copyright-infringing Bomb Man or the effective-against-Paper-Man Cut Man. The most challenging aspect was that nagging question: Why are there frozen-over palm trees in the background? Was it a bold statement about climate change, or did Capcom just try to lazily re-use some beach level sprites? You be the judge.
Imagine you're Indiana Jones being chased by a boulder, except you're a bandicoot. Next, imagine you know what a bandicoot is. Got it? Eh, don't worry. After you're done imagining those things, imagine that instead of a boulder you're being chased by a succession of huge polar bears. Okay, now stop imagining, because videogames have already done the work for you. It's hard to get more thrilling than this level nothing but pure adrenaline rush, and if you happen die, you don't have to look at that stupid bandicoot's face anymore. Win-win.
Are hover-bikes the future of sports? God, I hope so. While the game was essentially Wave Race on land, Jet Moto was fast and ridiculously fun (when it wasn't getting too buggy). And Ice Crusher was a great example of how great it could be plummeting downhill a snowy mountain down narrow roads and bumpy paths required a lot of skill and an even greater dedication to the masterful art of the hover-bike. Be prepared according to Marty McFly, we all have about 5 years until we can finally test our skills.