Ice Climbers

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This article is about the recurring duo in the Super Smash Bros. series. For information about the microgame from WarioWare, Inc.: Minigame Mania, see here. For the microgame from WarioWare: Twisted!, see here. For the WarioWare: D.I.Y. microgame, see here.
IceClimbers Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. Character
Ice Climbers
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Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Special Moves
Standard:  Ice Shot
Side:  Squall Hammer
Up:  Belay
Down:  Blizzard
Final Smash:  Iceberg
Battle Entrance
The Ice Climbers are flown to the stage by the Condor.

The Ice Climbers, named Ice Climber in Japan, are a pair consisting of a little boy named Popo and a little girl named Nana, who originate from a NES game called Ice Climber. Though they've only had one single game of their own, aside from VS. Ice Climber, they've made frequent crossover appearances in other Nintendo games, including Game & Watch Gallery 4, WarioWare: Twisted!, WarioWare: Touched!, Tetris DS, a mention in Game & Watch Gallery 3, and another appearance in NES Remix. Both Ice Climbers are playable fighters in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

History[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

The Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Main article: SmashWiki:Ice Climbers (SSBM)

The Ice Climbers appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee, as one of the new characters. On top of being new, they were also default. The two are unique, as they fight as a team, but act as two separate characters. Thus, they act as a literal 2-in-1 player. For instance, if the player chooses to play as them, the player will get to control Popo, while Nana is controlled by the computer.

They can be very hard to avoid, as they are a team, but if Nana is defeated first, the other is easier to fight. If Popo is defeated first, it will count as a defeat for both, even if Nana wasn't actually defeated. Their attacks are not incredibly powerful, but they can use two attacks at once, as well as use two items at once, and hold and throw two people at once. However, their reach is very short, making their grab game difficult to master.

Both Popo and Nana are voiced by Sanae Kobayashi.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Ice Climbers (SSBB)
Ice Climbers SSBB.png

The Ice Climbers return to the series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with an updated appearance, retaining their moveset and gameplay mechanics from Super Smash Bros. Melee. Their appearance now adds detailed fur to their parkas. Their Hammers also have a more detailed appearance, actually showing the wood rings on their hammers. The Ice Climber stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is called Summit, which matches the Ice Climber style completely. The fish from Balloon Fight can be found on this stage. Their battle entrance features them holding on to a Condor, with them jumping off to land on the stage. Their Final Smash is Iceberg, in which they create a large iceberg in the middle of the stage.

Solid Snake Codec Conversation[edit]
  • Snake: So those two are the Ice Climbers, huh?
  • Mei Ling: Snake, have you ever heard of a "blood bond"?
  • Snake: Sure.
  • Mei Ling: It refers to a bond between two people that's so strong they'd die for each other. The Ice Climbers have conquered frozen glaciers and dangerous mountaintops together. I think they've formed a bond that we can't even fathom.
  • Snake: I dunno. Seems to me they'd get in each other's way fighting to see who gets to the top first.
  • Mei Ling: Snake, in China they say, "Though brothers may quarrel at home, outside they defend each other from slight."
  • Snake: Is that really a Chinese proverb?
  • Mei Ling: Even though they may get in each other's way occasionally, they'll pull together in times of need. They're an inseparable team, Snake. Don't underestimate them!
The Subspace Emissary[edit]
The Ice Climbers' snapshot in The Subspace Emissary.

The Ice Climbers were first seen climbing up the Glacial Peak, completely oblivious to the shootout between the Great Fox and the Battleship Halberd. However, they do see Meta Knight climbing past them, trying to get to the Halberd. The Ice Climbers see this as a challenge, and race him to the top, managing to reach it first. However, they discover the Aura Pokémon Lucario up there, who challenges Meta Knight. Popo and Nana could only watch. Just after the battle, the Halberd rams the Great Fox into the mountain. While Meta Knight and Lucario take this chance to get inside the Halberd, the Ice Climbers fall into the Canyon, where they find themselves with Marth, Lucas, the Pokémon Trainer, and Ike. The Subspace Army attacks them all, but they are saved by Mario, Link, Yoshi, Kirby, and Pit. The Ice Climbers eventually go to Subspace with all of the heroes, where they all get turned into trophies by Tabuu. Fortunately, Kirby is then revived by a badge created by King Dedede, so he saves Popo and Nana along with some other characters. The entire team then goes after Tabuu.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

The Ice Climbers do not return in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, making them the only playable characters in the entire series that have been playable more than one game to be cut. Sakurai has stated this is because they were unable to run smoothly on the 3DS version of the game. Instead, they appear as a trophy in the 3DS version of the game. Also, the Polar Bears from their series appear as enemies in the 3DS exclusive mode, Smash Run.

Despite Sakurai mentioning that the Ice Climbers running perfectly in the Wii U version, it is unknown to know if Sakurai decided to keep them or cuts them also for the Wii U version, especially since Sakurai has stated he wanted both versions to share a consistent roster. Ice Climber's theme from Brawl returns in the Wii U version despite the characters not confirmed.

Special Moves[edit]

Ice Shot[edit]

The Ice Shot in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
The Ice Shot in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Main article: SmashWiki:Ice Shot

Ice Shot is a move executed by the Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. To use it, the player has to simply press B Button. Two small chunks of ice will appear out of nowhere, and the Ice Climbers will hit it along the ground, hurting anyone it happens to hit. It deals about 5 to 8 damage. In the case of Popo/Nana being the only Ice Climber active, only one small chunk of ice will appear. Ice Shot is a long-range move, which acts as an advantage for the Ice Climbers. If the Ice Climbers' powers are copied by Kirby, he will be able to use Ice Shot.

Squall Hammer[edit]

The Squall Hammer in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Squall Hammer in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Main article: SmashWiki:Squall Hammer

Squall Hammer is a move used by the Ice Climbers in the game Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is performed by pressing B Button and pushing Control Stick to the side. It will make both Nana and Popo spin around with their hammers held far out. They would proceed to spin forward in the direction the Control Stick was tilted. It usually deals about 7-19 damage. The attack is less effective if only one Ice Climber is in battle, but it still works alone. Squall Hammer is very useful in barging through a big crowd of opponents. In Super Smash Bros. Melee Popo and Nana use their left hands to swing the mallets.

Belay[edit]

The Belay in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Belay in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Main article: SmashWiki:Belay

Belay is an attack performed by the Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It was done by pressing Up+B Button. Popo/Nana would then throw Nana/Popo up into the air, allowing Nana/Popo to use a belay to pull Popo/Nana upwards. It is also able to damage anyone who gets in the way of the attack. However, the attack is worthless if only Popo/Nana is in the battle. This makes it a hard move to master, but it can be useful for getting out of many bad situations. The attack is inspired from the belay that real ice climbers use when climbing a mountain as a team. Both climbers will be put into a helpless state once the move finishes.

Blizzard[edit]

The Blizzard in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Another snapshot of the Ice Climbers using Blizzard in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Main article: SmashWiki:Blizzard

Blizzard is the name of an attack that the Ice Climbers perform in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is executed by pressing Down+B Button. It will make a small blizzard come out of both of the Ice Climbers's hands. It will usually deal around 5%-13% damage. It is an effective move to use when surrounded, as the two will blast snow in both directions. However, if Nana/Popo has been defeated, leaving Popo/Nana left to fight alone, they will only be able to shoot snow in one direction. So, the attack is best used when the two are together. Sometimes, the attack can briefly freeze an opponent.

Iceberg[edit]

“Ice doesn’t just make the available ledges smaller and more slippery, but it also damages your opponents! But, of course, the Ice Climbers can handle it no problem. They look as cool and refreshed as ever.”
Masahiro Sakurai, Smash Bros. DOJO!!

The Iceberg.
Main article: SmashWiki:Iceberg

Iceberg is the name of a Final Smash attributed to the Ice Climbers in the game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Once the duo break open the Smash Ball, the two high-five each other. Once this is done, a giant iceberg falls onto the stage, taking up almost all of the stage's space. This not only freezes any platform in the surrounding area, but also damages any opposing player who touches the iceberg, doing a heavy amount of damage, if not KO them. The Ice Climbers, however, are not affected by the Iceberg, and are able to add to the amount of damage by attacking the players that get frozen. The attack can also be done with only one Ice Climber.

Official Stats and Profiles[edit]

Trophy Information[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

# Name Image First Game/Move Description
37 Ice Climbers
(Classic)
Trophy37.PNG Ice Climber
10/85
That's Popo in the blue and Nana in the pink. These two stars of the game Ice Climber have scaled many an icy summit in their mountaineering careers. Back in their glory days, they chased eggplants, cucumbers, and other vegetables that inexplicably fell from frosty summits when a condor reigned supreme. They're rarely seen apart.
38 Ice Climbers [Smash]
(Adventure)
Trophy38.PNG B Button: Ice Shot
Smash B: Squall Hammer
This unique twosome fights together as a team. Your score will not be affected if the CPU-controlled character is KO's, but a lone Ice Climber won't be able to use teamwork moves, which will make for a tough and frantic solo fight. The Ice Shot fires mini-glaciers out of their hammers, while Squall Hammer is at its strongest when Nana and Popo combine their strength.
39 Ice Climbers [Smash]
(All-Star)
Trophy39.PNG Up & B Button: Belay
Down & B: Blizzard
The colors of the Ice Climbers' parkas denotes who's in the lead: Nana's in pink or orange, while Popo's in green or blue. Their hairstyles are also slightly different. Belay allows them to cover great distances, but doesn't give foes the chance to target their landing. Blizzard is best used in close quarters; in the fray, Nana and Popo will sometimes freeze opponents.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Ice Climbers BrawlTrophy025.png NES Ice Climber The one in blue is Popo, and the one in pink is Nana. They use their incredible jumping powers and hammers to break blocks and climb to the summit. They grab veggies, and if they can catch the condor at the end, they conquer the mountain. Other than breaking blocks, their hammers are good for sending foes flying, climbing down from blocks, and destroying icicles.
Iceberg BrawlTrophy026.png Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl The Ice Climbers' Final Smash. This giant ice mountain appears in the middle of a stage--it's incredibly slippery, so it's hard to control yourself when traversing it. In addition to being slick, this ice is also COLD, so opponents will take damage just from touching it. Attack the ice, and it will take damage and slowly shrink. Is it actually useful? That's a mystery.

Stickers[edit]

Image Game Effect
Nana Sticker.jpg Ice Climber [Specials: Direct] - Attack +29
Usable by: Ice Climbers

Name in other languages[edit]

Ice Climbers[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アイスクライマー
Aisu Kuraimā
Ice Climber
Korean 얼음 타기
Eol'eum Tagi
Ice Climbing (mistranslation of "Ice Climbers").
Chinese 雪人兄弟
Xuěrén Xiōngdì
Snowman Brothers

Popo and Nana[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポポとナナ
Popo to Nana
Spanish Popo y Nana
French Popo et Nana
Dutch Popo en Nana
German Pepe und Nana (Read in the "Trivia" section.)
Russian Попо и Нана
Popo i Nana
Korean 포포 와 나나
Popo wa Nana
Chinese 波波和娜娜
Bōbō hé Nànà

Trivia[edit]

  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, when playing a battle with one or more Ice Climbers in the field, the character and environment animations are done in slow motion. This happens most likely of the "constriction" of the physics engine in the game.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Ice Climbers, being that they wear cleats, have regular traction on ice; unlike other characters, they do not slip and can travel across frosty landscapes with ease.
    • Despite this however, the Ice Climbers are still prone to tripping in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • In the German version, Popo has been renamed "Pepe", because in German "Popo" means "buttocks".