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Stiq Figures, August 13 - 19: SkiFree edition


Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don't matter. Every week, we take a look at, uh, something – meanwhile, the previous week's Japanese hardware sales figures are posted after the jump, and a discussion of said figures takes place in our comments. It may not be conventional, but it's a time-honored Joystiq tradition.

SkiFree is one of those games that I felt completely hopeless while playing. No matter how well I navigated around rocks and trees, the speedy yeti-like monster would always catch my skier, gobbling his entire body in one gulp.

Released in 1991 by developer Chris Pirih, SkiFree would eventually be included in the Best of Windows Entertainment Pack alongside games like JezzBall and Chip's Challenge. According to Pirih's official site for the game, he began work on a second version in 1993 that would later be abandoned. SkiFree 2.0 was slated to include multiplayer, robot opponents, network play and enhanced physics.

Thanks to DeviantArt user Omny87, who recently crafted a more terrifying version of the monster, I'm definitely never going skiing again. And yes, I anticipate that every comment on this post will start with "Press 'F' to go faster." I wouldn't have it any other way.

3DS LL: 66,412 [UP] 1,757 (2.72%)
3DS: 45,445 [UP] 7,454 (19.62%)
PS3: 16,277 [UP] 1,697 (11.64%)
Wii: 15,640 [DOWN] 505 (3.13%)
PSP: 13,285 [UP] 1,267 (10.54%)
Vita: 11,298 [UP] 1,852 (19.61%)
PS2: 1,433 [UP] 246 (20.72%)
DSi LL: 1,187 [UP] 760 (177.99%)
DSi: 1,069 [UP] 544 (103.62%)
Xbox 360: 978 [DOWN] 20 (2.00%)

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