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, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
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 and returns to the player when they are separated. 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
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
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
The Ice Climbers do not return as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, making them the only playable characters in the entire series that have been playable in more than one game before being 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, and that while the Ice Climbers were running perfectly in the Wii U version, they were cut as they were unlikely to get a new game and Sakurai didn’t want the Wii U version to have an exclusive character. 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. 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 being cut.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Ice Climbers, alongside all Super Smash Bros. series veterans, return as unlockable playable fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They received many aesthetic changes, such as Nana being more expressive when Popo grabs an opponent, or vice-versa. The Ice Climbers also have 8 costumes, like all other characters in the game. On a side note, the Ice Climbers' victory theme has been shortened compared to Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
The Ice Climbers retain their Final Smash from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, though it functions slightly differently.
Classic Mode route
Ice Shot is the Ice Climbers' standard special move. Two small chunks of ice appear, and the Ice Climbers hit it along the ground, hurting anyone it happens to hit. It deals approximately 5-8% damage. In the case of Popo/Nana being the only Ice Climber active, only one small chunk of ice appears. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Ice Climbers take damage from their own Ice Shots if reflected back at them.
Squall Hammer is the Ice Climbers' side special move. Popo and Nana spin forward with their mallets held out in the direction the Control Stick is tilted. It deals approximately 7-19% damage. The attack is less effective if only one Ice Climber is in battle. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Popo and Nana use only their left hands to swing the mallets, as opposed to Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where they use both of their hands to swing their mallets.
Belay is the Ice Climbers' up special move. Popo/Nana throws their partner up into the air, allowing them to use a belay to pull themselves upwards. It is also able to damage anyone who gets in the way of the attack. The attack is far less effective if only Popo/Nana is in the battle, where the solo Ice Climber performs only a little hop, and has no effect when used on the ground. Both Ice Climbers are put into a helpless state once the move finishes.
Blizzard is the Ice Climbers' down special move. When used, a small blizzard comes out of both of the Ice Climbers' hands; if two Ice Climbers are present, the player Ice Climber faces forward while the CPU partner faces back, making the Blizzard cover both sides. If used in the air, Popo and Nana both fire the blizzard in the same direction as the player Ice Climber. It usually deals around 5-13% damage. However, if the Ice Climber partner has been defeated, Popo/Nana can shoot only one blizzard. The attack can briefly freeze an opponent if the opponent has high enough damage.
Iceberg is the Ice Climbers' Final Smash. Once the Ice Climbers break the Smash Ball and the move is activated, the two high-five each other and a giant iceberg appears from below, taking up a large amount of space on stages. 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 and sometimes freezing them. The attack can also be done with only one Ice Climber, and if done by one Ice Climber, the solo Ice Climber raises their hammer to call the iceberg. Players can attack the iceberg to shrink it, though the iceberg shrinks completely after a period of time.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Final Smash is slightly different. The iceberg now revolves, and no longer freezes opponents, instead only damaging them. The condor flies overhead, which the Ice Climbers can grab as it flies back and forth above the stage. The Polar Bear from Ice Climber can also be seen teetering on the side of the iceberg.
Popo makes a number of appearances in the WarioWare series in microgames based on Ice Climber. The player controls Popo in the Ice Climber microgame in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! and WarioWare Gold, the Ice Climber microgame in WarioWare: Twisted!, and the Ice Climbers microgame in WarioWare: D.I.Y. In WarioWare: Touched!, Popo appears as the sprite in the third level of 8-Bit Hero. In WarioWare: Get It Together!, he makes a cameo in the Ice Climber microgame, where he is seen hanging onto the Condor.
Super Mario Maker
The Ice Climbers appear as one of the add-on Mystery Mushroom costumes that are unlocked after completing an Event Course titled "Popo & Nana's Climbing Challenge" in Super Mario Maker. Their animations and sound effects are taken directly from their original game.
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Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Name in other languages
Popo and Nana