Game music of the (holi)day: Ristar

Game: Ristar

Song: Ring Rink

Composer: Tomoko Sasaki

Above: Ring Rink from Ristar

Even though 2D mascot platformers were falling out of style by 1995, Sega's long-armed Ristar still managed to charm the pants off enough people to make his game a minor classic. I personally didn't play much of the game, but upon hearing this delightfully cheery music, knew it had to be shared with everyone else who missed it the first time.

I first came across this song (and game, for the most part) while researching the Top 7... Winter Wonderlands last year. The combination of frosty visuals with this upbeat, relentlessly happy tune made an immediate impression... and then Ristar built a little snowman! *Swooooon* So adorable, and the song never fails to cheer me up. Just put it on and let Ristar melt your troubles away...

Above: The next level on Planet Freon is called "Ice Scream," which sounds suspiciously like Streets of Rage

Interesting fact about Ristar - he and Sonic are both said to have come from the same idea. Sonic creator Yuji Naka said Sonic began as a rabbit with ears that could extend outward, but he eventually became a hedgehog that could roll into and jump on enemies. Later, the reachy ears thing blossomed into Ristar, whose stretchy limbs enable him to pull and yank himself around the level. It's a cute little game, one that's also on Wii's Virtual Console and various other Sega compilations, so if you've still got a fondness for 16-bit run-and-jumpery, check him out.


Game music of the day: Diddy Kong Racing
Walrus Cove by David Wise



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Ice Cap Zone by Brooks, Buxer, Senhoue and (possibly) Michael Jackson



Game music of the day: Tron Evolution
Derezzed by Daft Punk


  • WelcomeGhosts10 - December 23, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    Damn, I remember buying Ristar for my game gear as a kid, brings back such good memories!
  • philipshaw - December 23, 2010 2:20 p.m.

    That did cheer me up
  • san0ake - December 23, 2010 6:40 a.m.

    Ristar is one game I have very fond memories of. To me it's one of those games that reminds you why you became interested in gaming in the first place. I wish there was more games like these nowadays. An iPhone remake will be awesome though.
  • ExcessGiraffe - December 23, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    I was playing Ristar just this morning. I got that Sega Mega Drive compendium game, I forget the name... Anyway, good choice, music is rather awesome. Still can't beat Streets Of Rage though!
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - December 23, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    @ninja You definitely wanna check back tomorrow then...
  • LarzimusPrime - December 23, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    I was actually Pondering whether to play this game yesterday, decided not to though :p
  • batmanboy11 - December 22, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    Awesome music. Never played the game though.
  • ninjaemperor - December 22, 2010 11:36 p.m.

    Brett, I cannot believe you still haven't done ducktales XD

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