The random number generator has chosen a very good game for me to write about, but it’s a very long game that some people may intend to play eventually, so I’ll try not to spoil too much about the story.
The game I’m going to be writing about this time is Xenoblade Chronicles 3D for the New Nintendo 3DS. It was originally released for the Nintendo Wii. If you’re scrolling through Zelgerath.com, everything after this paragraph is concealed behind a “Continue reading” tag, but if you’ve clicked straight into this article, there is no such protection from minor spoilers.
The random number generator has chosen for me to write about the first game I finished after starting this website. The game I finished right after I purchased Zelgerath.com was Ice Climber!
Right after “beating Duck Hunt” (See my article about the endeavor) I was in an NES Virtual Console mood. Most NES games weren’t designed to be beaten, but to go on indefinitely like an arcade game, yet I am still able to find ways of defining for myself when I have beaten a game like that. I’m also pretty lax about it; Barring the occasional exception, I’m not really into beating games to 100% completion anymore, and I also use restore points when they are available if they make a difficult task much more possible for me to overcome.
I say this to note that I am not actually good at Ice Climber, but I was patient enough to struggle through the 32 mountains in the game using the Wii U Virtual Console’s restore point feature.
As daunting a task as beating all of the Nintendo games might be, it’s best to think about it one character/series at a time. Part of why I beat Duck Hunt in such an enthusiastic rush was that Duck Hunt is the only game in its series, so when I finished the game I also finished all of the games associated with an entire fighter in Super Smash Brothers. Following my Duck Hunt achievement, I remembered that the Ice Climbers were cut from the most recent version of Super Smash Brothers, so I decided that it was time to take on the entire Ice Climber series (which is only one game long) to avenge them.
And avenge them I did… Ice Climber is essentially a vertical Mario game. Instead of going from left to right, the Ice Climber goes from bottom to top. His weapon is a hammer, which helps a little bit, but most of the challenge is very precise platforming. I found the platforming to be archaic and difficult; The jumping in the first Super Mario Bros. was much better. There were many times in Ice Climber when I had to jump a gap and it looked like I made it, but didn’t because the visual area of the ice climber didn’t correspond with what the game considered his location to be. Luckily, I knew this was a problem with the game and so I used lots of restore points at moments like that and at other dangerous parts.
In the course of a few days, I slowly made my way to the summit of every mountain in the game, always successfully reaching the bonus Pterodactyl at the top because my use of restore points made me the master of time and space.
The mountains got more and more treacherous the further I went, but after I climbed the 32nd mountain, I was brought back to the first one. Like an arcade game, Ice Climber never ends until you get a Game Over, but I knew I was done and so added Ice Climber to my list of beaten games.
Also, concerning the Ice Climbers’ absence in the newest Super Smash Bros. game, I think that they will come back, if not as DLC then in the next installment. The only reason they were cut from Smash Bros. 4 is that presumably the original 3DS couldn’t handle 4 players playing as 4 different sets of Ice Climbers fighting at the same time without significant lag, which could potentially happen if players were allowed to fight as them in the game. I’m sure the Wii U could handle even 8 sets of Ice Climbers fighting, but Nintendo probably wanted the same fighters in the Wii U version to be available in the 3DS version, so they canceled their appearance this time.
But once they bring the Ice Climbers back to Smash Bros (and they will), I’m sure they’ll also make an Ice Climbers Amiibo.