posted 6:31 PM on Wednesday Sep 17, 2014
Yes. Some of you love them, a lot of you hate to be chaingrabbed by them. All of you at this point should know that they're not back in Smash 4.
However, apparently Sakurai was planning to bring them back, and they were doing pretty fine running in the Wii U version. http://mynintendonews.com/2014/09/16/sakurai-explains-why-ice-climbers-arent-in-smash-bros-wii-u-and-nintendo-3ds/ http://nintendoeverything.com/sakurai-addresses-ice-climbers-absence-in-smash-bros-wii-u3ds-and-more-in-new-famitsu-column/ http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ice-climbers-axed-from-smash-bros-3ds-roster-due-t/1100-6422368/
Technical limitations. He doesn't say it directly, but I'm sure they're gone because the 3DS can't handle the AI that powers Nana following Popo, or vice-versa if you like to use Nana more. Because of this, they we're left out of the 3DS version and KICKED OUT of the Wii U version.
He also made them a low priority for the new roster because their one and only game really didn't do anything to make them stand out compared to other retro games like Duck Hunt (that dog, NES Zapper, etc.). The fact that they haven't had another game in almost 30 years also made them hardly anything to consider.
The barrier in this is Sakurai's insistence to keep both versions' rosters exactly the same. It would do him no good just to put the cute eskimos in the Wii U version, but keep them out of the 3DS version.
The only chance they, and some other characters, may have left is Wii U DLC, but Sakurai hasn't made any solid decisions about that, yet. The New3DS makes this all pretty curious to think about, too.
So in short, yes. I guess the 3DS version DID limit the roster. Just not in the way most of us were expecting it to...
Remember, though. Even if they do comeback, Smash 4 doesn't let you chaingrab anymore. Please Understand
Now here's a new P:M alt of them to cheer you up.