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.
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