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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 PC-88 Title screen
Ice Climber PC-88 Bash the birds, too!
Ice Climber PC-88 Game over...
Ice Climber Arcade Title screen

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

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The Press Says

Retroage NES Apr 14, 2008 8.3 out of 10 83
Tilt NES Dec, 1987 16 out of 20 80
Génération 4 NES 1987 74 out of 100 74 NES Jan 06, 2006 7.2 out of 10 72
GamePro (US) Game Boy Advance Aug 02, 2004 3.5 out of 5 70
neXGam NES 2002 7 out of 10 70 (UK) Wii Jun 09, 2007 7 out of 10 70
HonestGamers NES Apr 22, 2013 7 out of 10 70
IGN Wii Mar 06, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
Power Play NES Sep, 1988 62 out of 100 62


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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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