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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 Game Boy Advance Attacking a yeti.
Ice Climber Game Boy Advance Bonus vegetable stage
Ice Climber Game Boy Advance That blasted bird!
Ice Climber Game Boy Advance Start

Promo Images

Ice Climber Screenshot
Ice Climber Screenshot
Ice Climber Screenshot
Ice Climber Screenshot

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

Thunderbolt Games Jun 21, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Jun 30, 2004 7.3 out of 10 73
IGN Jun 04, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) Aug 02, 2004 3.5 out of 5 70
64 Power / big.N / N Games Aug, 2004 68 out of 100 68
GameSpot Jun 04, 2004 6.2 out of 10 62
1UP Jun 08, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Cheat Code Central 2004 2 out of 5 40


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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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Kartanym (12768) added Ice Climber (Game Boy Advance) on Aug 29, 2003
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