About The Game
Go up, up and away with this NES classic from the 1980s. In Balloon Fight you have one simple mission: pop or be popped!
Burst enemies' balloons from above, and hit them again before they have time to re-inflate. Danger comes from the sky or sea, too; watch out for lightning strikes and a very hungry fish.
Balloon Fight also features a two-player mode with cooperative and competitive play, plus a survival mode called Balloon Trip - which may be familiar to fans of Nintendo Land™!
Balloon Fight like many games from the Nes Era will is largely a high score chasers only game.
Of course those that have little interest in high scores can still play it but most are unlikely to return once the novelty has worn off.
Firstly the game features 2 modes as Balloon fight which can be played by one or 2 players.
In this mode you must kill all the balloon men (everyone calls them men they still look like foxes to me)
To do this you must pop their balloon and then hit their safety parachute or when they land on the ground hit them again to finish them off.
That might sound a little on the harsh side but they are just as intent on doing the same thing to you.
You'll start with 2 balloons while all the enemy only get 1.
Lose both your balloons and you'll lose a life. (No parachute for you)
Away from the enemy trying to pop your balloon's a giant fish lurks in the water and will eat anyone who gets too close (you or the foxes)
And the background clouds will eventually become bored of you taking time on a level and fire out a lighting bolt that will instantly kill you on touch regardless of your balloon status!
The game starts off with just 3 enemy and proves to be a decent learning curb for new players
If you go down the 2 player route the game plays exactly the same way with the same number of enemy and all.
The only difference is you can either work together or go for glory and try and pop each others balloons as well as the enemy. (Note even if you are working together you can still pop each others balloons accidental or otherwise there is no option to stop it from happening)
In the games other mode Balloon Trip (single player only) you'll head across the screen from right to left trying to rack up as many points as possible.
Unlike the Nintendo Land version there are no breaks or landing spots you just continue until you die.
Get too close to the water and you'll be eaten by the fish.
Hit the lighting star and it's also game over.
Balloon trip mode sees you float across the screen trying to avoid all the stars.
The biggest issue with the Original Nes game for the high score chasers is when you turned the game off the score was gone.
Thankfully the Wii U Vc solves this with it's auto restore points (unless you go into the menu and reset the game)
So now you can show off your high scores in style on miiverse!
However the problem with every single high score game on virtual console is the restore points leave the game so open to cheats almost any and every score could be deemed void on the grounds of possible if not probable cheating!
Why Nintendo didn't choose to block restore points from games that clearly have no benefits to having them is beyond me. (too much extra work I suppose)
The bonus game sees balloons pop out of pipes, the more you pop the more bonus points you'll get.
Will still offer occasional fun for the high score chasers.
Classic Arcade style 2 player option (that will almost certainly always end in war even when it started as a team affair)
Phase 10 so often appears to be my downfall.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Controls aren't the best in the world.
High scores posted on Miiverse are almost exclusively redundant due to game restores.
And of course right here it was my downfall once again
I like Balloon fight and I always have.
It's not the best looking Nes game by a long way and the music is fairly average.
The concept in principle is fine and the controls mean the game is never simple to rack up the massive scores.
The fact restore points are available in every Vc game does ruin the community of not only this game but all high score games.
Of course playing purely for yourself you'll know your best score and if you cheated to get there or not.
But if you want to compare that skill against others on Miiverse you might as well forget it right now.
A review copy of the game was purchased by Video Game Legacy and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.