Stage: Icicle Ruins


Name: Icicle Ruins

Universe: Ice Climbers

Debut: Super Smash Bros. 4

Size: Medium

Hazard Level: 4 (out of 5)

Availability: Starter

Icicle Ruins is a stage based off from the Ice Climbers series.  While no such locale exists in the game, this stage tries to capture the feel of the Ice Climbers.  This giant monolithic structure is caked in ice and snow and offers a lot of chances for adventure and peril.  You can tell by the cracked pillars by years of ice and frost.


Appearance

The stage consists of a single stone platform held up by two arches.  Underneath these is a swirling snowstorm that threatens to carries of the players away.  Above the single platform is a roof to shelter the platform from the elements.  Or so we may assume because the right portion of the roof and collapsed.  You can see the remains of the roof on the right side of the platform.  Players can jump ontop of the left portion of the roof as well.  Littered around the stage are fall boulders and stone from the right side of the roof.  Players can climb on top of these.

It looks as if the ruins were built into the side of a mountain because, on the right side, it ends into a cliff face and subterranean tunnels seem to lead to no where.  Players can fall off on both sides and the cliff face is just a part of the background.  On the left hand side, players have access to a brilliant winter wonderland and alpine snow-clad mountains.


Hazards

This stage is full of hazards.  Occasionally, a snow storm will brew and any trace of the stage vanishes.  All players see is a swirling mass of white snow so players are not sure if they land; if it will be sweet solid ground or a bottomless pit.  As well, during these blizzards, polar bears may come out to play with the players.  After the blizzard subsides, players can gawk at the amazing beauty behind them.  However, a minute after the snowstorm, a warning will appear.  The mountain will shake briefly and boulders will begin falling down the ruins.  Being hit by these massive boulders will always amount to a OHKO.  You can predict when a boulder will hit by watching the shadow on the ground.  They can be broken apart by strong attacks but can break shields.


Music

Ice Climbers (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)

Ice Climbers 8-Bit (Ice Climbers)

Phendrana Drifts (Metroid Prime)

Freezyflake Galaxy (Super Mario Galaxy 2)

Snowstage (Kirby’s Return to Dreamland)

Snowpeak Ruins (Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)


Cameos

Polar Bear


My Thoughts

I really struggled with an Ice Climbers based stage.  They don`t have too many games and none recently.  Therefore, it`s hard to come up with a stage for them.  I wanted a less goofy stage though and more of a grimmer, ancient few to a Ice Climbers stage.  I was also  partially inpsired by the hacked Snow Shrine stage.  Oh and I know that picture is from Skyrim.  Well aware of that.

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2 responses to “Stage: Icicle Ruins

  1. The Ice Climbers have always been one of my favorite characters in Brawl. The Summit stage was kinda cartoony with the polar bears and fish, though. This stage is a really cool idea, though. 😀

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