Ice Climber RetroActive Review

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Ice Climber

Original Release Date: 1985

If you’re like me, you probably never heard of the Ice Climbers before their introduction in Super Smash Bros Melee. For years, I’ve been wondering why they were included. After playing their original game for the NES, I’m still wondering. It’s not like they were representing some previously underrated franchise, as was the case for characters like Marth and Roy, since the Ice Climbers have only starred in one game. And it’s not like they were chosen for Melee because their game was really good, because it’s really not.

Ice Climber is an arcade style platformer where you control one of the Ice Climbers and try to get to the top of the mountain. And…that’s it. There’s nothing else to it. It’s essentially the same level over and over again, just switched around to be a little harder each time.

It’s the perfect game that exemplifies why the NES era was not as good as many would have you believe. While there were undeniably good games, many of them were glorified arcade mini-games, and had so little content it’s actually rather insulting. Ice climber is essentially just a less fun variation of the original Mario Bros game, and is definitely not worth the five dollars it’s being charged for on the Nintendo e-shop.

There’s really nothing else to say about Ice Climber. It was an okay game for its time, and a downright terrible game by today’s standards. Don’t even bother with this one.

How well it holds up       1/4

Overall quality                 3/10

Not Recommended

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