Balloon Fight Wiki

Starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee, each game in the Super Smash Bros. series has included cameos and references to the Balloon Fight series, mostly the original NES game.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Main article: Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros. Melee Balloon Fight References

The Propellers from Vs. Balloon Fight and the NES version appear in the game as an item that can be used during matches, though in-game they are referred to as "Flippers." The same model is also available as an unlockable trophy as well, which describes both how it works in this game as well as how it works in the original game. According to a post on the game's original Japanese website, the Balloon Fighter was briefly considered but ultimately the Ice Climbers were chosen instead to represent the NES generation of games. While the Balloon Fighter did not become a playable character, he became a trophy.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Main article: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Balloon Fight References

While the Flippers in Melee were changed back to being more generic Bumpers, there are several other new references. There is a remix of the Balloon Trip and Bonus Stage song, which plays on the Ice Climber themed Summit stage. The Summit stage also features a section where falling into the water will bring up the Balloon Fish, which will try to eat any players. There are also stickers in the game of the Balloon Fighter and a Balloon Bird, both taken from the Famicom box art. Both the NES game and Balloon Kid are also listed in the in-game chronicle of Nintendo games.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Main article: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

This game was the first to introduce the Villager from Animal Crossing as a playable character. The Villager's Up Special move has them flying using a helmet with Balloons, likely a reference to how Balloon Fight was playable in the original version of Animal Crossing. There is also another remix based on the Balloon Trip and Bonus Stage song which can play on a stage themed around Balloon Fight.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Main article: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

All Balloon Fight References in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

As the game has the same roster of fighters as the 3DS version, the Villager and their Up Special move are carried over. The new song from the 3DS game is also carried over, though the stage is not included. There is also a "Masterpieces" section which includes short playable demos of the original games of several fighters, and the game used for the Villager is the NES version of Balloon Fight. There is also a stage based on the Gamer mode of Game & Wario, which has a random chance of including the Balloon Fighter handheld system.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Main article: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

All Balloon Fight References in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Villager is still included as a playable character, and both the stage from the 3DS game and the Gamer stage from the Wii U version are also included. The Summit stage from Brawl is included as well. Both songs from previous games are included. The new Spirit fight mode also includes one fight based on the Balloon Fighter and another for the Balloon Fish. In the Balloon Fighter battle, the player fights four of the Villager in a timed battle on the Balloon Fight stage. For the Balloon Fish (which is simply called "Fish") the player fights King Dedede whose inhale move has been made stronger.