The Ice Climbers are playable characters in the Super Smash Bros. series. They are from the Ice Climber series.
The Ice Climbers consist of the duo of Popo (who wears a blue coat) and Nana (who wears a pink coat). While their relationship has been hinted at before, it was never confirmed.
In WarioWare series
In this game, Popo, the duo's leader, shows up in the microgame Ice Climber. He has to make his way to the top and grab the condor.
Popo returns and has to smash the oncoming enemies with his hammer.
Popo reappeared in WarioWare Gold in the microgame, Ice Climber. The player's objective is to grab onto the condor before time runs out. On the third level difficulty, he has to reach the eggplant before time runs out.
In Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
The Ice Climbers made their debut appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series, after sixteen years of the release of their original game. They are a dual-controlled pair of fighters, making them unique compared to the other fighters. They, as a singular entity, are one of the 14 default characters available from the start.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The Ice Climbers yet again consist of the duo Popo and Nana. They still fight as a pair with Nana following along. With Nana, special moves are better than just being Popo. Both Ice Climbers can now hang on a ledge at the same time and their Down Special in the air is no longer an auto-freeze. The Ice Climbers' Final Smash consists of a large iceberg taking up a large portion of the screen. The iceberg can damage, and eventually freezes, enemies who come near it.
Super Smash Bros. 4
The Ice Climbers do not return as playable characters for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, although they appear in both versions as a collectible trophy. According to Masahiro Sakurai, the Ice Climbers were fully functional in the Wii U version, but because the 3DS has a lack of hardware power, he was forced to cut the Ice Climbers from both versions so that they share the same roster because Sakurai did not want version-exclusive characters. Additionally, they were deemed as low-priority characters since it was very unlikely that the duo would have a new game in their series.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Ice Climbers return for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Unlike their previous appearances in the series, they are unlockable characters.
- The Ice Climbers are the first duo characters in the Super Smash Bros. series.
- They are also the first playable character whose name starts with a vowel.
- The Ice Climbers were the only characters to be cut after appearing in multiple installments.
- Nana is the only female character to be cut in the series.