Balloon Fight could be a veiled metaphor for the underground animal fighting circuit, only with balloons instead of gambling. Harmless creatures are tied to balloons and thrust into outdoor arenas, where stray lightning and big-mouth bass wait to engulf their beings.
You control the scrappy champion, Balloon Fighter. Work hard to pop the balloons of the others by bouncing on them, and don’t let your own balloons get popped. “Work hard,” because furious button tapping to stay afloat is the action that will ensure Balloon Fighter remains the G.O.A.T.. Balloons don’t hold up heavy creatures very well, and thus, your Fighter is constantly floating downwards.
The side mode Balloon Trip is a one-man navigation through the electrocuting stars. As you collect balloons, your rank moves from 50 to 1. It’s an interesting way to give a simple game some replay, but once you reach rank 01, nothing else happens. You continue to collect balloons and float through the black abyss of space, until a wayward star strikes your body.
Best feature of Balloon Fight: pop your enemies’ balloon, then sit on the sidelines and watch as they float slowly down to the water. The big-mouthed bass below is always hungry.
PUBLISHER/DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Arcade
RELEASE DATE: 01/22/85 – (JP), 06/1986 – (US), 03/12/87 – (EU)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: Arcade, e-Reader, GBA, NS, NEC PC88, Sharp X1, VC (Wii, 3DS, Wii U), NS Online