For the past couple days, I've been pretty much snowed in here in Seattle. And looking at all this white stuff has got me thinking about all the different incarnations of snow-themed levels that have been appearing in games for basically forever. The slippery snow levels in the original Mario on the NES. The icy dungeons in Zelda. The ice-themed levels in almost every RPG ever created. Metal Gear Solid is pretty much cold and snowy all throughout. And now that I think about it, Snatcher actually takes place around Christmas time.
So are there any games that stand out as being particularly Christmassy or winter holiday appropriate? Christmas NiGHTS for the Saturn is an obvious choice here. I don't actually have the game, though I would love to have a copy just so that I could pop it into my Sega Saturn Kiosk every year. There are plenty of winter sports games, although these aren't explicitly holiday oriented. A quick search on GiantBomb reveals a number of Christmas-related games, such as the Nintendo DS version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
So what does everyone else think? Is there a particular game out there that you consider the ideal Christmas game? Maybe it's a game that doesn't directly have anything to do with Christmas and yet somehow feels strangely fitting or appropriate. What game best evokes Christmassy feelings for you? Is there a video game that you especially like to play at this time of year?
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