Balloon Fight (universe)
The Balloon Fight universe (バルーンファイト, Balloon Fight) refers to the Super Smash Bros. series' collection of properties that hail from the Balloon Fight series of platformers developed and published by Nintendo.
Development began at some point in 1983 when Gunpei Yokoi suggested Yoshio Sakamoto to make a game "focused on giving players a sense of floating through space that also has fighting elements." Two versions were developed around the same time: The arcade version titled VS. Balloon Fight, released in November of 1984, and an NES version simply titled Balloon Fight, released in January of 1985. The game was a critical and financial success, with both the arcade and home console versions each receiving several ports and rereleases to this day.
An official sequel was co-developed by most of the same developers alongside Pax Softnica in 1990 for Game Boy, titled Balloon Kid. Aside from the portable aspect, this game stands out from it's predecessor by having more emphasis on story, with a plot and defined characters in its single-player mode. A notable aspect about this game is that the original Game Boy version was never officially released in Japan. However, Sanrio reskinned the game with the Hello Kitty brand and ported it to Famicom in 1992 titled Hello Kitty World. The game was also fully remade for Game Boy Color and also released exclusively in Japan in 2000 titled Balloon Fight GB.
The brand was resurrected one last time in 2007 with Tingle's Balloon Fight, a slightly modified version of the original Balloon Fight featuring Tingle from The Legend of Zelda franchise, released for the Nintendo DS exclusively to members of Club Nintendo Japan.
The game and brand have been frequently referenced in other Nintendo media, particularly in minigame collections like WarioWare and NES Remix, as well as a full level in Nintendo Land titled "Balloon Trip Breeze."
Balloon Fight receives minor recognition in Melee. The anonymous protagonist of the game, the Balloon Fighter, is a collectible trophy in Melee, and the Flipper - an obstacle from Balloon Fight - is a usable item and as well as a trophy. The original background music for Balloon Fight can also be heard in the Icicle Mountain stage as alternate music.
A Balloon Fight reference can be found in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. On the stage Summit, a fish originating from the game appears when the summit of Icicle Mountain slides into the water. The fish is capable of eating any player unfortunate enough to be in the water at the time, dragging them off the screen and taking a life.
The Balloon Fight universe sees a substantial boost in representation in Smash 4.
Stage (for Nintendo 3DS only)
Main article: Masterpieces
The Balloon Fight universe returns largely unchanged in Ultimate.
The fish returns as a stage hazard on Balloon Fight and the returning Ice Climber stage Summit from Brawl.
The following characters from the series are spirits.
Games with elements appearing in the Super Smash Bros. series
VS Balloon Fight