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Ice Climber [Model HVC-IC-JPN]

Nintendo Famicom cart. published 39 years ago by Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Listed in MAME

Ice Climber [Model HVC-IC-JPN] screenshot

Ice Climber © 1985 Nintendo.

You are an Eskimo who wants to climb mountains. You can jump and break the ice, or splat monsters with a handily provided hammer. Bad weather will hamper your progress through 20 different scenarios. A fun platform game in 2 player mode, but pretty unimpressive in 1 player mode.




Ice Climber was released on January 30, 1985 in Japan at a retail price of 4500 Yen.

The name of the blue Eskimo is Popo and the pink Eskimo is named Nana. The Ice Climbers (Nana and Popo) were absent from the Nintendo world until their appearance as selectable fighters in Super Smash Brothers Melee (Nintendo GameCube). They both fight as a pair and have moves inspired by the original Ice Climber game. They also have a stage inspired by their game and in the Adventure mode, the Polar Bear and Topi appear as enemies/obstacles. The freezie appears in Super Smash Brothers Melee as an item/weapon.

Export releases:
[US] "Ice Climber [Model NES-IC-USA]"

In the US version, Topi (a seal) was replaced with the miniature Abominable Snowman, over concerns of animal cruelty (i.e., seal-clubbing).


Executive Producer: Hiroshi Yamauchi
Producer: Masayuki Uemura
Director: Kenji Miki
Programmers: Kazuaki Morita, Toshihiko Nakago
Graphic Designer: Tadashi Sugiyama
Music Composer: Akito Nakatsuka (NAK)
Music Programmer: Hirokazu Tanaka


Nintendo GameCube (2001) "Animal Crossing" as an unlockable Bonus game.
Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2002) "e-Reader Series"
Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2004) "Classic Nes Series"
Nintendo WII (2007) "Virtual Console"

NEC PC-8801 (1985)

Arcade (1985) "Vs. Ice Climber"


Game's ROM.