Ice Climber

アイスクライマー

Ice Climber Screenshot
System Famicom/NES
Developer Nintendo
Genre 2D Platformer

Popo and Nana are the Ice Climbers. Together, they climb to the summits of the world's most dangerous mountains.

Along the way, Topis, Nitpickers and Polar Bears will try to stop them from reaching the peak. Once there, they can grab the vegetables and the Condor to truly conquer the mountain.

Popo can either climb the mountain alone, or a second player can join in and help with Nana.

Alternate Versions

VS. Ice Climber

VS. Ice Climber

The arcade VS. Ice Climber and the Famicom Disk System port Ice Climber features 24 new mountains to climb, as well as several new features:

  • A new stage select shows which stages have been cleared. Stages cleared by grabbing the Condor are displayed with Popo, while stages cleared by reaching the bonus area only are displayed with a Topi.
  • A new Bee enemy appears that flies horizontally across the screen. This has been replaced with a Nitpicker in the Disk System version.
  • Windy stages constantly push Popo or Nana.
  • When you break some platforms you will find a Bonus Multiplier item. If you clear the stage with it, then your score will be doubled.

Release Information

Ice Climber

Region Date Name System
Japan 30 Jan 1985 アイスクライマー Ice Climber Famicom/NES
US 18 Oct 1985 Ice Climber Famicom/NES
Europe 01 Sep 1986 Ice Climber Famicom/NES
US 11 Nov 2002 NES Classics: Ice Climber-e Game Boy Advance
e-Reader
Japan 14 Feb 2004 ファミコンミニ03 アイスクライマー Famicom Mini 03. Ice Climber Game Boy Advance
US 07 Jun 2004 Classic NES Series 03. Ice Climber Game Boy Advance
Europe 09 Jul 2004 NES Classics 03. Ice Climber Game Boy Advance
Japan 16 Jan 2007 アイスクライマー Ice Climber Wii
Virtual Console
US 12 Feb 2007 Ice Climber Wii
Virtual Console
Europe 16 Mar 2007 Ice Climber Wii
Virtual Console
Japan 04 Jul 2012 アイスクライマー Ice Climber Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console
US 31 Jan 2013 Ice Climber Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console
US 26 Apr 2013 Ice Climber Wii U
Virtual Console
Japan 27 Apr 2013 アイスクライマー Ice Climber Wii U
Virtual Console
Europe 27 Apr 2013 Ice Climber Wii U
Virtual Console
Europe 02 May 2013 Ice Climber Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console

VS. Ice Climber

Region Date Name System
Japan 1985 VSアイスクライマー VS. Ice Climber Arcade
US 1985 VS. Ice Climber Arcade
Japan 18 Nov 1988 アイスクライマー Ice Climber Famicom
Disk System

Other Availability

Characters

Popo

Popo

The hero of Ice Climber. Popo is a mountain climber wearing a blue parka and carrying a large ice mallet. He can jump up to break the ice above him and jump up through the gap to scale each mountain.

Nana

Nana

In the 2 Player Game, the second player controls Nana in the pink parka. The two Ice Climbers can work together to beat enemies or clear a path, but only one of them can enter the Bonus Stage and grab the Condor.

Enemies & Obstacles

Topi

Topi

A creature that lives on the mountains, working tirelessly to plug any holes created by the Ice Climbers. When Topi finds a hole it will dash to its cave and return with a block of ice to fill it. It appears as a seal in the Japanese version and a fuzzy yeti in other versions.

Nitpicker

Nitpicker

A pink bird that flies around near Popo and Nana, getting in the way. If it flies into the Ice Climbers, they will lose a life. Jump up and hit it with the mallet to take it out and receive bonus points.


Polar Bear

Polar Bear

If you spend too long on one level, the Polar Bear appears. It causes an earthquake by jumping, pushing the whole stage downwards by one level. If you are on the bottom level, you will fall off the bottom of the screen.

Icicle

Icicle

On certain levels, icicles form underneath platforms, break off and drop down onto the Ice Climbers. Avoid it or jump up and hit it with a mallet.


Condor

Condor

The Condor flies around at the very top of the mountain, where it has hidden all of the Vegetables. Popo or Nana has to grab its feet to clear each stage.

Bee

Bee

The bee only appears in VS. Ice Climber. It flies horizontally across the screen. In the Famicom Disk System version, it is replaced with a Nitpicker.

Items

Vegetables

Vegetables

These delicious Vegetables were stolen by the Condor and appear in the Bonus Stage. Grab as many as you can for bonus points. For each stage you clear, a different vegetable will appear.