Balloon Fight

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Balloon Fight
Balloon Fight NES Box Art.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo R&D1
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Yoshio Sakamoto
Release date(s) JapanJanuary 22, 1985
United States of AmericaJune 3, 1986
EuropeMarch 12, 1987
Genre(s) Platformer
Ratings ESRB: E
Sell price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 750 Bells

Guide at StrategyWiki

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Balloon Fight (バルーンファイト, Barūn Faito) is a Nintendo Entertainment System game ported from an arcade system. Originally released in 1984, the game was released for the Nintendo Entertainment system in Japan, North America, and Europe in 1985, 1986, and 1987, respectively.

It can be won at Tom Nook's lottery, purchased at Crazy Redd's, or found buried by a villager.


When playing Balloon Fight, the player controls a small Balloon Fighter that has two balloons attached to his back. To make the Balloon Fighter flap his "wings" and fly, the player can press A or B repeatedly. The objective of the game is to defeat bird-shaped Balloon Fighters. The player advances to the next stage if they manage to defeat all of the Balloon Fighters. If an enemy pops one of the player's balloons, their ability to fly is decreased. The player only has three lives, and they lose one if both of their balloons are popped, if they fall into the water, if they are eaten by the Giant Piranha at the water's surface, or if they are struck by lightning.

Balloon Trip[edit]

Balloon Trip is another gameplay mode that is a side-scroller platformer. The player has to avoid obstacles and get balloons, aiming for the high score. The player starts this mode with only one life.

Reception and Impact on the Animal Crossing series[edit]

Balloon Fight has been referenced numerous times in various Nintendo media since its release. Despite this, the game has received mixed reviews from critics. For instance, IGN gave the game a 6 out of 10, criticizing its lack of originality and comparable gameplay to Joust, an arcade game with similar gameplay, and its "ear-grating sounds" during stages, but praises it for offering enough fun "as it is" despite lacking in originality. GameSpot gave the game a 6.5 out of 10, praising its fun gameplay and satisfying premise, but criticizing its lack of extensive content.

The Villager using Balloons from Balloon Fight in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Due to being featured in Animal Crossing, the Villager in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U uses a similar premise as Balloon Fight for his recovery action, summoning a pair of balloons and wearing a helmet similar to that worn by the protagonist of Balloon Fight. Their falling animation afterward also resembles the animation used when loosing a life in the original game.