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. Originally released as a 1984 arcade game, later titles included an NES port and numerous sequels and rereleases. The series has constantly been referenced in numerous other Nintendo franchises such as Game & Watch and Wario. It has even had spin-offs starring Tingle and Hello Kitty.
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.
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.