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Spyro: Season of Ice

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Title Screen

Spyro: Season of Ice

Also known as: Spyro Advance (JP)
Developer: Digital Eclipse
Publisher: Universal Interactive Studios
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Released in JP: December 26, 2002
Released in US: October 29, 2001
Released in EU: November 16, 2001

RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

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Spyro's first handheld adventure. A two-headed Rhynoc named Grendor has kidnapped all of the fairies of the land! Of course, Spyro is the only one that actually does anything about it...

Regional Differences

Title Screen

With most, if not all, games, it's a matter of course that the Japanese release will always have a very different-looking title screen. Spyro: Season of Ice is no exception.

International Japan
Spyrosoi-titlescreen.png Ripto?


The main characters have completely different models used for the game's cutscenes. Strangely, the red balloon from the intro cutscene has eyes. For no reason.

International Japan
And then a two-headed Rhynoc happened... Spyrosoi-introjap.png
Where are the other 98? TO THE MESOSPHERE! FINALLY WE CAN DIE!!
You have two heads? Nawww.... Ah, yes, the ever-popular Pac-Man eyes.
Spyrosoi-zoecutint.png Spyrosoi-zoecutjap.png
Spyrosoi-endingint.png You did it! YAAAY!!

Character Icons

Some of the characters now have different designs for their icons as well. Hunter's icon is easily the most changed of the lot. Bianca, as with the cutscenes, just has bigger eyes and more rounded cheeks. Moneybags looks a little more sinister compared to his international design. And the blue fairy has been changed to look more like it does in the overworld, with icy-blue skin. The design for the fireflies from Twilight Bulb Factory and the Professor have also been overhauled. The rest have few changes, usually to make them look directly at the screen.

International Japan
Spyrosoi-charmugsint.png Spyrosoi-charmugsjap.png

Market Mesa Llamas

The sprites for the Llamas in Market Mesa have been completely redone. They now look much better, with smoother animation. Additionally, the llama's rotation is messed up in the international version. As a result, their rotation always stops at their sides, never showing their fronts. This is fixed in the Japanese version.

International Japan
Spyrosoi-llamaint.gif Spyrosoi-llamajap.gif


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  • Pressing Select in the international version opens the Atlas. In the Japanese version, it brings up a map of the entire stage, which is infinitely more useful.
  • A lot of the gems have been moved around.
  • Grendor's angry growl when he gets hit has been replaced with the same roar as the Yeti from Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!.