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Ice Climber (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . I'm not against the idea of re-releasing early NES games on the Nintendo 3DS, but must we start from the very beginning? Who needs this crummy launch game when they could have Snow Bros. Jr., Capcom's wonderfully exciting ice-themed action game? Best of all, that's a real Game Boy game; the one thing we were promised when Nintendo launched the 3DS Virtual Console. Please, Nintendo, I'm begging you; let Ice Climber die somewhere on the middle of that mountain. Rating: 20%
Ice Climber (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? First released as an arcade game in 1984, Ice Climber is best known as the colorful two-player Nintendo Entertainment System launch game. It tells the story of a brave climber (and his equally brave, though differently colored buddy) who uses a mallet to climb through 32 treacherous levels of ice and rock. To make matters worse, these two climbers will be forced to contend with birds, small yetis and other vicious animals that call home to the cold climate.

Ice Climber (Virtual Console)

No matter if you play solo or with a friend, Ice Climber's end game is always the same. You break through ice ceilings, surf on clouds and slowly float past enemies on the many conveyer belts. But just because the first few levels are a piece of cake, that doesn't mean you'll painlessly walk through all 32 stages. There comes a point in Ice Climber where the masochistic side of Nintendo comes out and dares you to climb higher. You may get to the top, but it's not going to be easy.

Does It Still Hold Up? The levels are tough and the enemies are abundant, but that's not reason why you'll fail at Ice Climber. Your enemy is the outdated gameplay. It all stems from the jumping mechanics, which are too floaty and never feel right. The game is also a jerk most of the time, making you fall through platforms for no reason and placing enemies in the worst locations. With Super Mario Bros. being released on the same day, there's no excuse for gameplay this busted.

Ice Climber (Virtual Console)

Is It Worth The Money? I'm not against the idea of re-releasing early NES games on the Nintendo 3DS, but must we start from the very beginning? Who needs this crummy launch game when they could have Snow Bros. Jr., Capcom's wonderfully exciting ice-themed action game? Best of all, that's a real Game Boy game; the one thing we were promised when Nintendo launched the 3DS Virtual Console. Please, Nintendo, I'm begging you; let Ice Climber die somewhere on the middle of that mountain.
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