Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is an entry in the Super Smash Bros. series for the Wii U. It was released as a companion title to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, sharing the same gameplay and roster of characters, as well as some stages and trophies. The two games could also link to share custom fighters, and both were compatible with the same line of amiibo figures.
Much like the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the Villager from Animal Crossing is a playable fighter. Their up special move is called Balloon Trip, and in it they put on a helmet with Balloons and begin to fly like the Balloon Fighter. This is a reference to Balloon Fight being playable in the original Animal Crossing on both the GameCube and N64. There is also a tip which can sometimes appear on the loading screens, explaining the move:
"Your balloons can be popped if hit. If you lose one, you'll lose lift. If you lose both, down you'll go!"
There are two custom variations of the move as well, which can be unlocked randomly. Each variation of the move has a description in the menu for assigning custom moves:
- Balloon Trip: "Don a balloon hat and fly around. You have a lot of control, but the balloons can be popped."
- Extreme Balloon Trip: "Fly using special balloons that don't rise as fast but cause an explosion when they burst."
- Balloon High Jump: "Rise to an incredible height. Any foes you hit will take damage."
New to this version, there is a stage based on the Gamer mode of Game & Wario. The stage features randomized stage elements, and can rarely also include the Balloon Fighter handheld featured in the original game. It can play the same animation of the Balloon Fighter flying as was seen between microgames in the original, as well as the title screen based on the NES game. Sometimes, it will also become a hazard, with 5-Volt coming out of the system's screen and possibly damaging fighters near the system.
There is a section which includes short playable demos of older games to show the origins of certain fighters, stages, and moves, called "Masterpieces." In it, one of the games is Balloon Fight, and it features a picture of the Balloon Trip move on the menu. It is a direct emulation of the original NES game, similar to the Wii U Virtual Console version, but without access to the Virtual Console menu for restore points or controller settings. The demo can be played for two minutes, and it lists support for the Wii U Gamepad, Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote, and Wii Classic Controller. When selected on the menu or at the end of the demo, the player is also given the option to view the Virtual Console version on the Nintendo eShop. In the US version, the release date for Balloon Fight is listed as 4/15/1986, which is not correct, possibly mixed up with the release date of Dōbutsu no Mori April 14, 2001, which was the first version of Animal Crossing. In the Japanese version, the release date is listed as 1985/1/22.
Two songs based on Balloon Fight appear in this game, being the Balloon Fight Medley and Balloon Trip. Both appeared in the 3DS version as well, and the Balloon Fight Medley appeared on the promotional CD Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U - A Smashing Soundtrack, which was given to Club Nintendo members who registered both the 3DS and Wii U games.