Ice Climber (NES)

Game Profile

Conquer treacherous mountain peaks, leap across icy chasms and swat snow-dwelling beasts – solo or with a friend – in this NES classic from 1984.

Use your hammer to bash blocks from below and to defend yourself from the wildlife as you jump from floor to floor towards the summit. Make it through all eight floors to reach the Bonus Stage and grab as many vegetables as you can before hitching a lift on a friendly condor.

In two player mode, either work together to reach the mountain-top or compete to see who can get the glory first!

Game Review

Wii U eShop Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Stephen Kelly

Slippery controls are on thin ice

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3DS eShop Review

USA USA Version

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Cold Mountain

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Game Review

Virtual Console Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

Ice Ice Baby

Ice Climber is another classic NES title for the Virtual Console — and thankfully, it's decent enough to be worth considering for download. Ice Climber is a fantastic little game, if somewhat basic. Graphically it's exactly what you'd expect an 8-bit...

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User Comments (32)



Echo said:

This is easily one of the best two-player/co-op games on NES. I still play it with friends from time to time. And the music is a classic.



Wolf said:

I loved this game sooooo much as a kid. I hated the way they jumped such a short distance but I couldn't stop laughing in multiplayer! Oh man, and once you get the controls down it's a blast to scroll your friends off the screen! hahaha The only regret I have is the horrible free-play arcade setup. You can go to any level at any time so there's really nothing to expand on. The levels were so similar to one another there's just so little to keep one's interest. I'd have to say co-op only on this one.

__Mario's bro


Mario's bro said:

This game is a all time favotite of mine I could play it for hours getting some fun out of it with my friends. I reccomend this game to everyone it is a classic.



SKTTR said:

If you'd play all the 32 levels from the beginning I doubt anyone could beat this game. I think it was a good idea to have a level selection right from the start. So you can hop in where you left or drowned.

Again, the fun multiplies if you have comrades to play with.
But also one player will have a good challenge for beating all 32 stages.

__Mii be you


Mii be you said:

This game's good. The gameplay is simple.
You try to climb the mountain and recover veggies from a giant
condor! Sounds simple, but can you do it in 32 mountains?



Ross said:

The person playing in the video isn't every good :S Good game though, theres not that much to do in it apart from jump around levels.



tuomas_t said:

I just love the game. Its not that easy, so you can play it quite long before mastering it. Music is quite hypnotic. Characters are funny. We good game.



Beau_Skunk said:

The first few minutes I started playing, I wasn't sure if it was that good, then after getting used to the way it plays, it's acctually a very good game, and in some ways quite advanced for it's day. Such as having 32 levels to chose from on the tittle screen, so you can always start off from the last level you were at. Simple, challenging, and engaging. I now understand why they included them in the Smash Bros. series. The Ice Climbers deserve more kudos.



StarSoldier1 said:

I'm sorry but this game blows. The jumping is inconsistant, the game is censored so you can't club the seals, and there is no ending to the game either.



learn_japanese_ds said:

The cover for this game is just hilarious! You could never release a game these days that had an Eskimo about to club a polar bear on the front.



Manicfatty said:

I downloaded this for a friend who loves it but didn't have a Wii at the time. I'd play it when he came over, and it was moderately fun. Jumping blows. He has his own Wii now, and we play it at his place. Mine is on my SD card.



Jupiter_Adept said:

I hope I can get this on Animal Crossing soon... anyone who can give me the password on Animal Crossing or send it to me on Animal Crossing will be thanked somehow (hopefully!). PM me on vcforums or Nsider2 if you're feeling nice.



calc_nerd said:

Ice Climber was a fun game while it lasted...too bad we only saw Nana and Popo again in the Super Smash Bros. series



hand2097 said:

I accidentally downloaded this (don't absentmindedly browse the VC store while on the phone) but since I used to like it, it's OK.

The main problem is the stiff controls.



SBOY said:

I have it on E-Reader (yep I'm one of those freak that bought it since it was a good way before they came out on cartbridge to get retro NES game) and this game is great... 4* to me...



MasterMario said:

After playing the trial version on Brawl, I would have to give this one a miss. Why? I really don't like the way the ice climbers jump. You woudn't know if you reached the platform or not.



Smileface said:

Hmm . . . .
Im having a hard time deciding
Im collecting all of the classics, but I didnt like it much when I pplayed it on SSBB.
I can never reach the platform. I always fall through the edge
What do you think?



megacody said:

One of my favorite games. Better when played with a friend, but solo is still very fun. I didn't like how you jump, but I got used to it. One of the best NES games. A must have, if your a retro gamer.



Ricardo91 said:

This game is alright. I still have this game in e-card form, and it's pretty fun, but the problematic jumping makes it frustrating especially in the later levels. 3 stars for me.



Corbs said:

I bought this game the day it was released for the NES and I've loved it ever since. The control is tricky, but once you get it down, this game becomes surprisingly addictive.



Kurachi said:

me too played this on nes, i only have so many games i want atm, not sure if i buy this, but it was fun back then
they should make an rpg of ice climbers, lol, also multiplayer
if there is one, i dont know
this one was kinda hard until i got used to the controls, and i too like the multiplayer mode, its just that if you play it to go through the game, you have to wait for each other a lot



grumblegrumble said:

I love this game... grew up playing it when it came out... Still so much fun! The music is intoxicating after awhile lol



grumblegrumble said:

OMG. We are getting this along with our 10 free Ambassador Games and I am so excited ;D Can't wait to play it on the go again like I did when i had it as a "NES Classic" cartridge on my GBA I really think it's high time for a follow up to this. Yes, a sequel. But it could be more of a platformer with some of the same enemies as level bosses, what do the rest of you think?



grumblegrumble said:

@Corbs totally agree with u Great piece of my childhood as well as a great game today! 5/10 is way too low for the review score. It should be 9/10!

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