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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 Bonus!
Ice Climber PC-88 The second bonus area has a different vegetable
Ice Climber NES Title screen
Ice Climber Arcade Climbing up

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews NES Jul 24, 2007 81 out of 100 81
Total! (Germany) NES Feb, 1997 2 out of 6 80
GameZone Game Boy Advance Jun 30, 2004 7.3 out of 10 73 NES Sep, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Power Play NES Sep, 1988 62 out of 100 62
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Jun 04, 2004 6.2 out of 10 62
NES Times NES Dec 09, 2006 6 out of 10 60
1UP Game Boy Advance Jun 08, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Nintendo Life Wii Feb 13, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50
1UP! NES May 18, 2002 48 out of 100 48


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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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