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Balloon Fight GB is a Japan-exclusive color remake of Balloon Kid released for the Game Boy Color.

Features

The game includes all levels, features, and modes from the original version, with a few changes and additions. The main addition from the original is that on a Game Boy Color all of the graphics have been given colors. The game also saves the player's progress when they clear a level, and then allows them to select any level they have cleared from a new map screen. The game also features a completely redone title screen, with the three game modes now moved to a secondary menu separate from the title screen.

Availability

The game was first available as a pre-written Nintendo Power cartridge on July 31st, 2000, which included a pamphlet about the game, as well as the rewritable cartridge which had the game already installed. The box was the standard blank Nintendo Power cartridge packaging, with a unique sticker with the game's art. This set would cost 3,300 yen.

One day later on August 1st, 2000, the game became available to be written onto a cartridge through a kiosk for 1000 yen. Players could also send in a Nintendo Power cartridge to Nintendo to get the game installed up until 2007.

Main article: Balloon Fight GB/3DS

Later, the game would be released on the 3DS Virtual Console on October 11th, 2011. This version would be exclusive to Japan, just as the original was.

Trivia

  • On the world map, Pencilvania is simply called "City," though the game's website does still state that Alice and Jim live in Pencilvania.
  • Although a completely new logo is used for the title screen, the original title screen logo of Balloon Kid appears in the game's files, but is never used in-game.
  • When playing the Vs. Game, it is possible to link this game to a copy of Balloon Kid.
  • Even though the game is enhanced when played on a Game Boy Color, it is possible to play the game in monochrome by playing it in an original Game Boy.
  • This game has specific functionality for the Super Game Boy and Super Game Boy 2. When playing the game using either accessory, there would be a special border which depicted a simple landscape shot. Although the game wouldn't have full color like that of a Game Boy Color, it would use different palettes for each stage.
    • There is a hidden border that can be used by holding in any button as the game is loading. This alternate border depicts multicolored Balloons floating in the sky.
  • If the player presses A+B+Start+Select, the game will reboot to the title screen. If the player holds this combination while on the title screen, a prompt will come up asking if they want to delete their save data. This prompt has "はい" (yes) on the left and "いいえ" (no) on the right, and will start with the cursor on "no."
  • According to an interview with a developer, Balloon Kid was originally not released in Japan partially due to the rising interest in large-scale role-playing games and the time since Balloon Fight originally released. However, Balloon Fight GB was made and released later due to a growing trend of reviving older games.
  • The price of the re-write version was increased some time around April 2004 by 50 yen, but inexplicably the price was reverted back to 1000 yen on the official website at some point around late August 2013 despite the fact the service was no longer being offered. This was common across all Game Boy games sold through the Nintendo Power service.

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Games
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)
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