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Balloon Fight

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Platform Votes Score
Arcade 3 2.6
Game Boy Advance 6 4.0
NES 27 3.5
Nintendo 3DS 2 4.5
PC-88 2 4.5
Sharp X1 Awaiting 1 votes...
Wii 3 4.0
Wii U Awaiting 1 votes...
Combined MobyScore 43 3.7

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NESGame Freaks 365
Balloon Fight is a perfect example of why Nintendo's programming team back in the day was a force to fear. They knew how to make games, they knew how to program them, they knew how to design them, they rarely did anything that could be considered bad. Balloon Fight is without a doubt one of the earlier masterpieces of Nintendo, right up there with Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong, though sadly not remembered as much anymore. Gamers who know it and own it have fond memories and fun playing it for a reason. Definitely worth your time, new gamer or old.
The majority of games simply aren't this good. It stands aside from the crowd and you'd be crazy to miss it.
NESComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Overall this is a great game for those of you with that urge to surge and a little bit of finesse on the joystick.
NESGénération 4
C'est un remake du célèbre Joust, me direz-vous ? Oui, mais encore amélioré, ce qui n'est pas peu dire ! Vous pourrez y jouer à deux, en partenaires ou... en ennemis, si vous trouvez que ceux-ci ne sont pas assez nombreux ! Une dernière option, totalement différente des deux premières, vous invitera à slalomer entre des obstacles pour récupérer des ballons. Un très bon jeu.
NESAction Button Dot Net
More than any other game, Balloon Fight gives a window into R&D#1′s design process: analyze, break down, reassemble. It doesn’t take itself seriously, it has fun with its pieces, and it conveys that playfulness to the audience. It’s the product of a warm and ambitious spirit, strangled and left for dead nearly twenty years ago. And coming as it does from Nintendo’s first postmodern era, it feels weirdly current today.
NESNES Archives
If you like Joust you will probably like Balloon Fight. If you hate Joust you still might like Balloon Fight especially if the controls are the issue or you are an animal rights activist who is disgusted by dueling, flying ostriches (by the way, yes you are correct, ostriches cannot fly). It’s a fun game to play every now and then especially with a competitive friend.
En conclusión, Balloon Fight es un título que aún con apartado técnico (gráfico y sonoro) bastante mediocre, en el que influye bastante la temprana fecha de salida, la originalidad de su planteamiento, que dista de todo lo visto antes en el género de las plataformas y su gran control y diversión hacen que sea una gran opción para jugar con tu NES. Su divertidísimo multijugador garantiza horas de diversión junto a un acompañante y el modo Extra le da variedad a la hora de jugar. Una buena opción para todo tipo de jugadores.
Fort simple et distrayant, cette cartouche propose des graphismes simples et le style dépouillé de l'ensemble est du meilleur aloi. Point dé débauche de couleurs, mais un écran clair et dégagé afin de faciliter l'identification des personnages et objets en mouvement. Le tout, avec une animation de qualité et une bande sonore sobre et agréable. Un jeu très séduisant.
Game Boy AdvanceIGN
Balloon Fight is, honestly, a blatant ripoff of Williams' own classic arcade game Joust. Which isn't a bad thing, actually, since the Joust that was made on the Game Boy Advance is so darn crappy...for five bucks you can get a much better clone of that classic Williams game. The only problem? The e-Reader NES games do not support link the NES emulation will not allow two players to get into the action. A shame, because the game really took off when it was a competition against a second player. Without the two player support, the e-Reader version is much more limiting. But the single player game is a lot of fun regardless...and a recommended purchase, especially for five bucks.
Of course, the best news is that time hasn't entirely dulled this title's appeal. If you can find it for a good price, it's definitely recommended. Not all of Nintendo's early attempts at greatness remained enjoyable for more than a few years, but this one certainly did. And if you have a friend with a craving for some retro action, you really can't go wrong with Balloon Fight.
I've read reviews. This game takes the brunt of the reviewers onslaught time and again. "Loose control" seems to be the "broken record" of their final say about the game. Ironically, the scapegoat of their grading criteria is probably what I like MOST about the game. The control of Balloon Fight is not's unique. It feels like you are riding a balloon. You glide about the screen, always bouncing and sailing. The game has a unique feel, and to top that, a unique look and sound as well. In closing, Balloon Fight, though unsuccessful in the realm of fame and popularity, did much to improve the face of gaming. OK that's a complete lie. This game did not contribute to the improvement of gaming. It did, however, find a place in my collection. And although unsure of how that happened, I am nonetheless glad that it did, and hope that it happens to most of you as well.
NESPower Play
Wenn zwei Leute spielen, bleibt wirklich kein Auge mehr trocken. Obwohl im Prinzip recht einfach, fasziniert mich dieses Programm ungemein. Komisch, denn „Joust“ war nie einer meiner Favoriten. Ein hübsches Spiel, das zu zweit viel Spaß macht. Ohne Mitspieler ist die Motivation aber spürbar niedriger..
You won't regret spending 500 Wii points ($5) to download the NES version of Balloon Fight to your Wii. It's good for those occasions when you only have a little bit of time to kill and need a quick jolt of fun.
60 (UK)
It's only really worth the download if you plan on playing it with a friend though. The inclusion of another human element makes the frantic flapping funny rather than annoying, and it's a game where vindictive competition is much more fun than clearing the levels properly.
NESVideo Game Den
Although levels can be a bit repetitive after a while, Balloon Fight showcases all the heart-pounding and addictive fun of the classic arcade games of the 80's, and a brilliant simultaneous two-player mode.
Balloon Fight's a welcome addition to the NES Virtual Console lineup. As a second wave 8-bit title from 1986, it's not quite as early as the Big N's earliest '80s efforts, and though it clones the scenario and style of Midway's Joust, it adds enough to the formula to make its Fights feel unique. Download this one if you're a fan of simple, one-screen arcade action. Don't download this one if you already own it in another form – like as an item in your virtual Animal Crossing home.
WiiThe Virtual Console Archive
Compared to the longevity of many other NES games it is hard to say if this is good value or not. It’s certainly a fun game but probably won’t hold your attention for that long. Tracking down a copy of Animal Crossing on the Gamecube might be the best bet, it’s a much cheaper way to play this and many other NES classics.
„Balloon Fight“ hat die Zeiten eher schlecht überdauert und kann durch seine Präsentation niemanden hinter dem Ofen hervorlocken. Der Soundtrack ist kultig, aber wenig abwechslungsreich. Auch das Spielprinzip begeistert heute kaum noch. Hinzu kommt, dass der Wii U-Port mehr schlecht als recht ist. Retro-Fans dürften aber dennoch ihren Spaß haben. Abseits dieser Mängel wird schließlich ein äußerst solider Klassiker geboten.
Wii UNintendo Life
Balloon Trip is an old game, and its age is starting to show. While it's an entertaining game that showcases the simplicity of many classic arcade titles that found their way onto the NES home console, it also has the kind of repetitive gameplay that can become tiresome sooner rather than later. While this Wii U re-release is a suitable port of the original with the much-appreciated additions of off-screen play, Virtual Console restore points, and Miiverse integration, it’s a difficult recommendation for new audiences who weren’t around to enjoy it when it was originally released. Balloon Fight attempts to fly high, but you can't help feeling that it's just full of hot air.
WiiNintendo Life
Balloon Fight is a great idea that just doesn't have enough depth or originality to keep you coming back for more. Even the cute characters and additional mode aren't enough to lift the experience up and keep the fun rolling. Unless you're just a diehard Nintendo fan that has to own everything the company has produced over the years, you'd definitely be better off passing on this rather bland and repetitive arcade experience.
Wii UDefunct Games
Beyond the fact that this plays almost exactly like Joust, Balloon Fight really doesn't make any sense. Wouldn't a dart gun be a more effective weapon to combat the evil balloon men? And why do I have to mash on the buttons to move my character up? You're using balloons; shouldn't you float without mashing the buttons? Like Soccer and Urban Champion before it, Balloon Fight is an early Nintendo title that deserves to be left in the past.