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It's simple, it's cute and - with two players - it's undemanding fun. It's no surprise that Taito produced a very similar game just one year after Ice Climber debuted, in which two dinosaurs made a similar ascent using bubbles instead of bashing. While Bubble Bobble is the superior game, Ice Climber is still worth having on your console.
Ice Climber was part of the recent series of NES classics chosen for re-release on the Game Boy Advance, back in 2004. It was also hidden in the GameCube game Animal Crossing a few years before that, and was one of the games released on the e-Reader card format around the same time. Through those three releases, or even with the original NES cartridge, it's entirely possible that you've already had the chance to experience Ice Climber. But for those who've missed out on it over the years, and for those who might be looking for another fun two-player co-op experience on the VC, it's definitely worth consideration. 500 Points, and you get the game nobody remembered. But they remember it now.
As with many of the NES games we've seen so far on the VC, the suitability rests on two key factors - if you were a fan of the game back in the day then you will probably want to play this. If you weren't, then we'd recommend that you try some of the other games out there before buying this.