Those who have seen the full character roster for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS may have been wondering where the Ice Climbers are. The game’s director, Masahiro Sakurai, says they were omitted due to the technical limitations of the 3DS.
Speaking to Famitsu, Sakurai said that while the Ice Climbers were working normally on the Wii U, there were problems getting them to run properly on the 3DS. And since there is not a new Ice Climbers game on the horizon, the decision was made to remove them entirely.
Sakurai has been adamant about making the gameplay and roster the same on both games. While each game has different stages and some different modes, the characters and their associated movesets are identical.
With the recent reveal of the New Nintendo 3DS, perhaps it’s possible that the Ice Climbers will arrive later, since the New Nintendo 3DS has more processing power. However, there has been no indication of this from Nintendo.
This is disappointing, as the Ice Climbers are among the most unique characters in the series. While I understand the reasoning, I hope Sakurai finds a way to include them in some form in the future, even if it means they only come to Wii U or the New Nintendo 3DS.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launches on October 3rd, with the Wii U version coming later this year.