Balloon Fight

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Balloon Fight
DeveloperNintendo R&D1
PublisherSega
Systemsarcade, iQue Player, NES, PC-8800 series, Sharp X1, Zaurus, GBA, e-Reader, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, NES Classic Edition, Nintendo Switch
ReleasedArcade: 1985
NES: January 22, 1985
PC-8800 series: October 1985
Sharp X1: November 1985
Zaurus: September 2001
N64 (Animal Forest): April 14, 2001
GC (Animal Crossing): September 15, 2002
Nintendo e-reader: September 16, 2002
GBA: May 21, 2004
iQue Player (Animal Forest): June 1, 2006
Wii: July 2, 2007
3DS: July 11, 2011
Wii U: May 16, 2013
NES CE: November 10, 2016
Switch Online: September 18, 2018
Added to
museum
GC (Animal Crossing): January 20, 2003
NES Classic: June 22, 2017
FC Mini: August 10, 2017
e-reader: January 20, 2018

Balloon Fight is a single screen action game by Nintendo. It is the home version of VS. Balloon Fight, the game that used the VS. System for use in arcades. It was released for the Family Computer on January 22, 1985, and for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America on June 1986. It was one of the thirty games included with the NES Classic Edition and the Famicom Mini, which was released on November 10, 2016.

Story

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A nameless balloon fighter has two balloons attached to a helmet, and variates the flying height in order to drop down on opponents to pop their balloons.

The goal of the game is for the balloon fighters to pop all of the balloons of the enemies, while keeping their own balloons afloat.

Balloon Fight can be played with a single balloon fighter, or with two balloon fighters in two player cooperative mode.

There is also an additional mode called Balloon Trip, in which the goal is to avoid lightning while collecting balloons, aiming to get the high score.

Development

Balloon Fight was simultaneously developed for use in arcades using the Nintendo VS. System, as well as for the Family Computer, the Japanese version of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Because both systems share the same processor, the code for the Famicom version was shared with the team making the arcade version. The VS. System version did have a few differences from the Famicom version, due to the fact that it had slightly more capable hardware.

Versions

The Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System version had three modes, A was single player mode, B was two player mode, and C was the aforementioned Balloon Trip mode. When Hudson Soft ported the game to the computers that were popular in Japan at the time, the NEC PC-8800 series and Sharp X1, they retained all three modes. The Nintendo Entertainment System version, with the three game modes, was released to arcades in 1985 using the PlayChoice-10 system. This system allowed gamers to choose between ten Nintendo Entertainment System games. To allow the games to be played in an arcade, a separate CPU was used to control the game select, give hints for the game, and display a timer. The timer would end the game session, but the gamer was allowed to play as many games as they wanted until time ran out.

Retro gaming took off in the early 21st century, as gamers who grew up with the games of the 1980s and 1990s became adults. In lieu of this, Balloon Fight was re-released several times, for many different systems. It was ported to the Sharp Zaurus personal data assistant in 2001. In 2002, the Nintendo Entertainment System version was re-released for the Game Boy Advance e-Reader unit, which allowed gamers to scan in cards to play games or get in-game add-ons for Game Boy Advance games. In 2004, the Famicom version was re-released in Japan for the Game Boy Advance on a cartridge.

It has been available on all of Nintendo's Virtual Console digital distribution platforms. It was released for the Virtual Console on Wii in 2007, on 3DS in 2011, and on Wii U in 2013. It was released for the NES Classic Edition microconsole in 2016. It was also released on the Nintendo Switch NES online emulator, with an online multiplayer function, in 2018.

Sequels

It spawned a sequel for the Game Boy titled Balloon Kid (released for the Game Boy Color in Japan as Balloon Fight GB and for the Famicom as Hello Kitty World). There was also a remake for the Nintendo DS starring Tingle, from The Legend of Zelda series, titled Tingle's Balloon Fight.