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 Ice Climber (WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!). For the microgame from WarioWare: Twisted!, see Ice Climber (WarioWare: Twisted!). For the WarioWare: D.I.Y. microgame, see Ice Climbers (WarioWare: D.I.Y.).
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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 the NES game Ice Climber. Though they have only had one single game of their own, aside from VS. Ice Climber, they have 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 appear as a new, playable default character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The two are unique, as they fight as a team, but act as two separate characters. Depending on the alternate costume, the player can control either Popo or Nana, while the other is a computer player that copies their inputs. The Ice Climbers attack simultaneously, and as they are two characters the player can grab two opponents and hold two items at once. If the second climber is KO'd, the leading one can still fight, but their attacks are not as powerful as they would be if both are present. However, if the player-controlled climber is KO'd, they are both sent back to the respawn platform. Also unique to the Ice Climbers is that they have normal traction on slippery ground.

Their neutral special move is Ice Shot, which sends out icicles toward the opponents. Their side special is Squall Hammer, in which the climbers spin around with their hammers. Their down special move is Blizzard, which has Popo and Nana send out a blast of cold air. Their up special move is Belay, in which one of the climbers throws the others into the air with a rope to pull the other up.

Both Popo and Nana are voiced by Sanae Kobayashi.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Ice Climbers (SSBB)
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The Ice Climbers return to the series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, retaining their moveset and attributes from Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, both Ice Climbers are able to grab a ledge at the same time; in the previous game, the other climber cannot grab on if one is already on the ledge. Their Final Smash is Iceberg, in which they create a large iceberg in the middle of the stage.

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 as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, making them the only playable characters in the entire series that have been playable in more than one game to be cut. The director of the games, Masahiro 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 both versions of the game; the trophy is a random unlockable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS; to unlock the trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the player has to KO his/her rival four times in a single Rival Smash match.

Despite Sakurai mentioning that the Ice Climbers were running perfectly in the Wii U version, they were not kept in since Sakurai has stated he wanted both versions to share a consistent roster. Icicle Mountain's theme from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ice Climbers' theme from Super Smash Bros. Brawl returns in the Wii U version as alternate themes for the Wrecking Crew stage, despite the characters removed.

On a side note, the Polar Bears from their series appear as enemies in the 3DS-exclusive game mode, Smash Run.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

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The Ice Climbers will appear as one of the add-on Mystery Mushroom costumes that are unlocked after completing an Event Course in Super Mario Maker. Their animations and sound effects are taken directly from their original game.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Trophies[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]

Snake's codec[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!

Trophies[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

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

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Ice Climbers IceClimbersTrophy3DS.png IceClimbersTrophyWiiU.png NES Ice Climber (10/1985) This pair of adventurers starred in an action game released in 1985. Popo wears blue, and Nana wears red. The goal of their adventure was to reach the top of the mountain, collecting vegetables and defeating animals along the way. Grabbing the condor earned them a nice bonus too! Popo (in blue) and Nana (in pink) are the daring adventurers from the two-player platformer Ice Climber, released in Europe in 1986. In that game, your goal is to head up a mountain, breaking blocks and taking out pesky critters along the way. When you get to the top, you can collect veg and grab on to the condor to get bonus points! Nice!

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

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 Popo and 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 the German version, Popo has been renamed "Pepe", because in German "Popo" means "buttocks".
    • Although in Spanish "popó" means "poop", Popo still has his name.
  • The Ice Climbers' Chinese name literally translates to "Snowman Brothers", despite the fact that Nana is female.