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NESGame Freaks 365 (2005)
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.
NESHonestGamers (Jun 10, 2005)
The majority of games simply aren't this good. It stands aside from the crowd and you'd be crazy to miss it.
NESRetro Game Reviews (Aug 18, 2015)
While Joust might have established this style of gameplay it's Balloon Fight that perfected it. Granted, it's not the deepest of games but it's aged amazingly well and is still an enjoyable way to spend 30 minutes, especially if you have a friend to play with.
Overall this is a great game for those of you with that urge to surge and a little bit of finesse on the joystick.
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 (Apr 10, 2007)
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 (Aug 12, 2008)
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.
71 (Sep 14, 2007)
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.
Overall, it’s a simple concept buoyed by cute character design, nice controls, and some bubbly music. The two-player simultaneous mode adds some balloon spice!
NESTilt (Dec, 1987)
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 (Sep 17, 2002)
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.
NESHonestGamers (Sep 11, 2002)
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.
NESVideo Chums (Oct 27, 2014)
Balloon Fight is a classic Nintendo game that is still a lot of fun in this day and age. With only a couple of limitations for today's standards, it's easily recommendable for gamers to download or track down a physical copy as almost everyone will find some enjoyment in this frantic balloon popping adventure.
67 (Jan, 2011)
Balloon Fight feels like an updated version of Joust, which is good. The idea behind Joust was interesting, but the execution fell short, thanks to sloppy controls. Balloon Fight‘s controls aren’t amazing, but they’re more precise than Joust‘s by a mile. At a time when the NES hadn’t reached its potential, and Super Mario Bros. was still the most complex game available, Balloon Fight was just OK. As of 2011, I only like it because I grew up with it, and because I can still take out those dastardly balloon freaks with one hand behind my back (Getting to level 25 is a regular occurrence, as is cruising my way through Balloon Trip until I’m ranked number 01). Otherwise, it’s uneventful.
66 (Aug, 2002)
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 (1987)
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..
WiiGameSpot (Aug 08, 2007)
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) (Jun 09, 2007)
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 (Feb 13, 2012)
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.
WiiIGN (Jul 20, 2007)
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.
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.
NESRetro4Ever (Apr 19, 2012)
It has a lot of old-school charm, but you can get the same basic experience from playing Joust, which is available on almost all systems in one form or another since Midway put out so many arcade compilations. Balloon Fight is cute, but will not hold your interest unless you have some serious nostalgia.
Wii (Mar 08, 2013)
„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 (Jan 28, 2013)
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 (Jun 09, 2007)
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 (Jan 25, 2013)
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.