The Ice Climbers were originally cut from Super Smash Bros. 4 due to limitations of the Nintendo 3DS

Will we see the return of this duo for the upcoming Smash Bros. title for the Nintendo Switch?

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • March 11, 2018 at 4:42 a.m. PDT

A game in the Super Smash Bros. series was recently announced for the Nintendo Switch. We currently do not yet know if this will simply be a port of the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game with additional content, or a brand new entry.

Regardless of what this new title is all about, there's been a lot of speculation that the Ice Climbers will be making a return. This retro duo debuted in Super Smash Bros. Melee and returned in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but were noticeably absent in Smash 4.

So why were they missing? It's no secret that the two were originally planned to be a part of the roster in both versions of the fourth game. According to Masahiro Sakurai in a bi-weekly Famitsu column, the Ice Climbers actually functioned properly in the Wii U version.

The problems arose when they tried to implement the two into the handheld game. Since they haven't had a new game in their own franchise for awhile, Sakurai felt that they weren't to high on the list of priorities.

These retro fighters were ultimately cut from both versions of the game despite there being no issues in the Wii U version. Sakurai was adamant about keeping the roster the same for both titles.

What this is going to come down to is whether or not the Switch in its portable mode is powerful enough to handle so many fighters on the screen at once. It is obviously more powerful than the 3DS.

Of course, there was something else that was changed for both versions in order to accommodate the 3DS. Characters that were previously able to transform and alter their movesets were made into separate fighters.

This meant that Zelda and Sheik no longer occupied the same slot. The same goes for Samus and Zero Suit Samus. Finally, the Pokemon Trainer's Charizard joined Smash 4 on his own while Squirtle and Ivysaur were cut.

Finally, there were also unconfirmed rumors that the Chorus Kids from Rhythm Heaven were also planned at one point. The idea behind these fighters would be similar to the Ice Climbers, except there would be three of them rather than two.

You might be surprised to hear that there was quite a bit of excitement surrounding these three. So much so that someone even created an unofficial fan trailer that showcased their "announcement."

The waiting game for information on the new Smash title has only just begun. We will eventually find out which of these fighters and mechanics will make it into the upcoming game.

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