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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.
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.
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
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 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.