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A Freezie (originally known as a Slipice, alternatively spelled Freezy and also known as icicle or ice) is an enemy made entirely of ice that first appeared in the arcade game Mario Bros. They vary greatly in size and shape, but each have a distinct puzzled expression. Occasionally, Freezies (alternatively pluralized Freezys) are used as items to freeze enemies.
In the original Mario Bros., Freezies emerge from pipes and travel along the stages' platforms, just like other enemies. They first appear in Phase 9 (Phase 10 in Japan). When a Freezie reaches the center of a platform, it will coat the entire platform with ice, destroying itself in the process. A frozen platform is very slippery, meaning that Mario and Luigi should eliminate these enemies quickly.
It can freeze the central floating platform and the two lower platforms above the bottom pipes. If all three platforms are frozen, no more Freezies will appear for that phase. Hitting a Freezie from below destroys it and awards the player five hundred points. Freezies do not count as regular enemies, meaning Mario and Luigi do not have to clear them from the stage to complete the level. If Mario or Luigi touch a Freezie, they will lose a life; unlike most enemies, Freezies will only reverse direction if they bump into another enemy, which is the only way they can reach and freeze the upper platforms.
Freezie is the only recurring enemy from Mario Bros. that has kept its Nintendo Entertainment System name rather than its original arcade name.
Super Smash Bros. series
Freezies are used as items in the Super Smash Bros. series, starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee. In these games, they have a wider, more rounded design than in the Mario games. When a Freezie appears, it will slide across the stage until picked up by a character, falling off the stage, or broken. Freezies in Melee break after a single attack is used on them, provided the attack does damage, while the ones in Brawl are a bit more resilient.
Upon being picked up, the Freezie can then be thrown at an opponent, encasing the opponent in a block of ice. While frozen, the opponent will be defenseless for a few seconds, allowing other characters to mercilessly attack the incapacitated foe. The larger the opponent's damage, the longer they will be trapped. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a Freezie that hits an opponent makes the same sound effect as a defeated Freezie in Mario Bros.. If an opponent is knocked-out by a thrown Freezie in Melee, the player receives a "Freezie KO" Bonus. Additionally, the Freezie appears as a collectible trophy.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, large, stationary Freezies are located on the ice lake at the end of the racetrack Sherbet Land. If a character drives into a Freezie, their kart will become frozen in a block of ice for a few seconds. After being hit (by kart or item), a Freezie will slide along the ground until it hits a wall and shatters. However, a sliding Freezie can still freeze any karts that it runs into.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Freezies appear as hazards once again on the GCN Sherbet Land course, which is now a retro track. They seem to retain their original appearance from Mario Bros. In this game they do not freeze players when they are run into, instead spinning them out. They also break when hit, instead of sliding.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Mario Party series
Mario Party 6
Mario Party 8
Mario Pinball Land
In Mario Pinball Land, a Freezie appears in the Frosty Frontier Stage. On the second screen of this stage, a Freezie can be found sitting in the middle of the screen while penguins walk around it. Mario must hit this Freezie, pushing the ice creature over a crack in the ice. This creates a hole that leads to the boss area.
Mario Power Tennis
Freezies appear as a rare obstacle in Mario Power Tennis. On the Mario Bros. Classic stage, the original sprites for enemies are used (instead of modern sprites). When playing a Gimmick Match, Freezies will occasionally slide onto the court and freeze half of a character's play area. Hitting the POW Block will stop it.
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix
Freezies reappear in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix. In this game, a huge Freezie is the boss of World Four and is the keeper of the fourth Music Key, with the key being lodged inside the Freezie's head. This huge Freezie resides on the top of a snow-capped mountain and is surrounded by normal Freezies. When Mario (or Luigi) and Toad arrive to retrieve the key, Toad asks the huge Freezie to return the Music Key, and the Freezie does not respond. As such, Toad tells Mario to melt the giant icicle with his "burning hot dance moves." As the player starts dancing, the huge Freezie attempts to block the player's dance steps with ice and the player counters this by activating Fire Flowers on the beat. Once the player finishes the song the huge Freezie melts away and Mario recovers the final Music Key. The music playing in this battle is a remix of "Fever" from Dr. Mario.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3
Super Princess Peach
Mario Super Sluggers
In Mario Super Sluggers, Freezies appear as stage hazards in Peach Ice Garden, sliding around on the ice. One is also seen crashing into Toad while he is trying to catch a baseball in the game's introductory cut scene. Fortunately for Toad, Blue Toad appears and accidentally slips, crashing into the Freezie and freeing Toad.
Super Mario series
Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
Freezies appear in Luigi Bros., an additional game featured in Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch port. Like the other enemies in Luigi Bros., Freezies behave in the same way as they did in Mario Bros., which the game is based on.
Super Mario Maker
A Freezie makes a cameo appearance in Super Mario Maker. While the player wears the Fighter Fly costume available after version 1.20 of the game, if is pressed and held, the costume will turn into a Freezie.
Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy
Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
Names in other languages