This game is emulated from a slightly modified version of the original game, so there are very few gameplay differences. The main difference between this version and the original is the lack of multiplayer, as the option has been entirely removed, with Balloon Trip now taking the place of Game B. The other difference which is shared by virtually all NES to Game Boy Advance ports was the "squished" resolution, as the system's screen was lower resolution than the NES' output.
This game was distributed as a set of five cards, which the player would then need to scan using an e-Reader to play the game. Once the game was scanned, it could be saved to the accessory to be played later without re-scanning the cards.
This was not the only version of Balloon Fight available on the Game Boy Advance. A nearly identical port was available through the GameCube game Animal Crossing, where after getting an item in the game, the player could download Balloon Fight to their Game Boy Advance through a link cable. In Japan, a port with more features was available as a cartridge in the Famicom Mini series.
Most of these cards have standard gameplay tips and other information. There does seem to be a few inconsistencies and errors in their text, however. This may be due to translation errors, or possibly just typos.
"Enemy balloons are coming and they're armed with more than hot air. Man your balloon quickly and counter-attack. The balloon fight is on!"
On this card, there is also a diagram of the controls.
"Hop aboard your balloon and try to burst an enemy's balloon. Hit the enemy from above and send it into the drink below.
Strike again as the enemy floats down or it will return with a stronger attack. Watch for enemy bubbles rising out of the sea and pop them for extra points!
Flying with only one balloon is difficult, so guard your balloons carefully! If both balloons pop, you'll fall into the water and lose a life. Fall into the water three times and your game is over."
"BEWARE! If the parachutist lands safely, he'll blow up another balloon and take off into the sky again. If this happens, he'll be even stronger than before!"
There is also a section explaining scoring:
- Pop an enemy's balloon... 500-1,000 points
- Destroy a parachute in mid-air... 1,000-2,000 points
- Kick an enemy and make him fall... 750-1,500 points
- Pop a bubble... 500 points
"In this game, the scene drifts slowly from left to right.
Be careful not to get hit by lightning or run into stars while you try to pop as many balloons as possible.
Keep an eye of the rank displayed in the top-right corner of the screen. Try to be number 1."
There is also a brief section on scoring in Balloon Trip:
- Pop a balloon... 300-700 points
- Pop a bubble... 500 points
- Pop 20 balloons in a row... ?? points
"Watch out! If you fly too close to the water, a fish might stick out his head and eat you.
Avoid getting hit by lightning bolts by popping enemy balloons as quickly as possible.
For top marks, burst an enemy's balloon and then rip his parachute while he's on his way down."
|Balloon Fighting Games||Vs. Balloon Fight (Arcade) - Balloon Fight (NES)|
|Remakes||PC-8801 - Sharp X1 - Sharp MZ-1500 - Tingle's Balloon Fight DS (DS)|
|Ports||Playchoice-10 - Sharp Zaurus - Balloon Fight-e (GBA) - Famicom Mini: Balloon Fight (GBA) - Wii Virtual Console - Balloon Fight (3DS) - Wii U Virtual Console - Nintendo Switch Online - Arcade Archives VS. BALLOON FIGHT (Switch)|
|Balloon Trip Games||Balloon Fight (Game & Watch) - Balloon Kid (GB) - Balloon Trip Breeze (Wii U)|
|Remakes||Hello Kitty World (Famicom) - Balloon Fight GB (GBC)|
|Ports||Balloon Fight GB (3DS) - Balloon Kid (3DS)|