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Ice Climber

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In Ice Climber one or two players need to climb their way to the top of 32 different mountains. Each mountain is broken up into eight levels of platforms along with a bonus stage at the top. Attempting to stop the player from making upward progress are different creatures ranging from polar bears to condors, as well as treacherous landscapes with falling icicles, moving platforms, and icy floors. To help out, the players have a weapon, a mallet, which can be used to knock out enemies as well as bust away bricks in the platforms to provide some room to jump up to the next level. When the player finally reaches the top, it's time to move on to the next, more difficult level.


Ice Climber NES Seal bashing. I think that's illegal in most countries. (Japanese/European version)
Ice Climber NES Title screen
Ice Climber Game Boy Advance Start
Ice Climber Sharp X1 Bonus stage, recover stolen vegetables and get to the top of the peak

Alternate Titles

  • "VS. Ice Climber" -- Arcade title
  • "Ice Climber-e" -- e-Reader title
  • "アイスクライマー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Play for ten minutes and you're ready to write your review NES Pixelspeech (955)

The Press Says

VicioJuegos.com NES Jul 24, 2007 81 out of 100 81
Total! (Germany) NES Feb, 1997 2 out of 6 80
Génération 4 NES 1987 74 out of 100 74
Pixel-Heroes.de NES Sep, 2004 7 out of 10 70
HonestGamers NES Apr 22, 2013 7 out of 10 70
neXGam NES 2002 7 out of 10 70
Power Play NES Sep, 1988 62 out of 100 62
All Game Guide NES 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
1UP! NES May 18, 2002 48 out of 100 48
The Video Game Critic NES Nov 17, 2004 C- 42


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References to the game

The Ice Climbers appear as a playable character in Super Smash Bros.: Melee (2001) and Super Smash Bros.: Brawl (2008).

Version differences

In the original Japanese version, one of Popo and Nana's main enemies was a seal. In the American version, the seal was replaced with a Yeti-like creature.

However, in the American version of Tetris DS for the Nintendo DS, the Ice Climber themed level shows the Eskimos once again fighting a seal in the animations while you play.

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