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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 Watch out for falling icicles...
Ice Climber NES Some levels are very difficult
Ice Climber NES Bonus!
Ice Climber NES Seal bashing. I think that's illegal in most countries. (Japanese/European version)

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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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User Reviews

Play for ten minutes and you're ready to write your review Pixelspeech (1006) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

Retroage Apr 14, 2008 8.3 out of 10 83 Jul 24, 2007 81 out of 100 81
Total! (Germany) Feb, 1997 2 out of 6 80
Tilt Dec, 1987 16 out of 20 80 Jan 06, 2006 7.2 out of 10 72
neXGam 2002 7 out of 10 70
NES Times Dec 09, 2006 6 out of 10 60
All Game Guide 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
1UP! May 18, 2002 48 out of 100 48
The Video Game Critic 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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