Balloon Trip (move)
The user will summon balloons to fly.
When activating this move, Villager will put on a hat similar to the one worn by the Balloon Fighters in Balloon Fight. Villager can then fly around the stage for a short period of time to recover by using the two attached balloons; holding the special move button can also make him increase height, making it one of the best recovery moves in the entire Smash Bros. series. After a few seconds, the balloons will both dissociate from Villager, leaving him helpless; this state can also be manually performed if the player presses a standard attack button.
Opponents can potentially pop balloons that Villager spawns; popping one balloon significantly impairs Villager's potential vertical height, and popping both balloons causes Villager to immediately become helpless. This is much easier said than done, however, as most feasible hits to the balloons will hit Villager himself, knocking him out of helplessness and allowing him to use the move again. Following patch 1.0.8, Balloon Trip takes a few seconds to recharge after one use; using it consecutively will reduce flight time to approximately one-half the original distance of Balloon Trip.
In Ultimate, Balloon Trip recharges helium even slower, and if the helium is low enough, it will only spawn one balloon instead of two. This will slow Villager's ascent and makes him more susceptible to edgeguarding.
Isabelle's version is functionally similar, but it uses a vastly different animation where she sits on a swing carried by two bunny-ear balloons, and she rocks on the swing to gain height; it has different sound effects as well. Her version travels a slightly shorter distance compared to Villager's version, making it slightly worse for recovery.
Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:
The move does not originate from the Animal Crossing series, instead is based off of the behavior of the Balloon Fighters in Balloon Fight, and the move's name comes from one of the gameplay modes in that game. Like in Smash, a Balloon Fighter starts with two balloons, where popping one will significantly impair mobility and popping both will cause the Balloon Fighter to fall helplessly.
In Animal Crossing, the whole Balloon Fight game makes an appearance in the GCN version, where the player can obtain the Balloon Fight Retro Game from Tom Nook's store, Crazy Redd's, or underground. The game can then be placed in the player's house and played.
The Balloon Fighter hat by itself does not make an appearance, but red balloons like those in the move do. One balloon will fly over the town every hour, and the player can use the slingshot to pop these balloons and release a present.
Balloons are also available as handheld items, in a similar vein to shovels and axes. A variant of this is the Bunny Balloon. Both types of balloons are only available during specific events throughout the series. They have no usage beyond aesthetic appeal, and regular balloons will float away if the player trips or steps on a Pitfall Seed.