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Balloon Fight: Aerial Ace
BFAA eShopPromotionalArt
Balloon Fight: Aerial Ace's eShop promotional picture
Developer(s) Amuza
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Genre(s) Action
Release Date(s)
Flag of Japan June 16, 2014
25px-Flag of USA June 16, 2014
Flag of European Union June 16, 2014
25px-Flag of Australia June 16, 2014

Multiplayer Online

Age Rating(s)
ERating 3Rating OFLC-G
Media Included Media DL icon Digital Download

Balloon Fight: Aerial Ace (バルーンファイト:空のエース!Balloon Fight: Ace of the Skies! in Japan) is an upcoming game, only available on the Nintendo eShop. It is to be released on the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U on July 16 worldwide.

It is a sequel to the 1985 game, Balloon Fight, and generally retains the same gameplay mechanics. However, there are new modes of play, each adding something unique to the Balloon Fight series, such as Helium Fly were the objective is to fly vertically without getting caught under objects.

Nintendo eShop Description

Balloon Fight is back and bigger than ever! Take flight in 8 different modes including the high-flying Helium Fly or take it old-school with the classic Balloon Fight. With new modes, new items and new customization, everything's new in Balloon Fight: Aerial Ace!


The gameplay is mostly the same as the original game, Balloon Fight. The player controls a Balloon Fighter which will usually be their Mii and can customive their balloons and clothes. The Balloon Fighter has two balloons attached to their helmet which enables them to fly around.

Balloons represent the players life, meaning that if the player runs out of balloons they will lose. To lose balloons, the player has to either get hit twice by enemies, fall into the water, get eaten by the fish near the surface of the water get hit by lightning, or get hit by one of the items.
Balloon Trip Gameplay

Gameplay of Balloon Trip in the Wii U version

In total, there are eight modes of play each with their own gameplay. They consist of: the Balloon Fight mode where the goal is to defeat all the enemies on screen before they defeat you, Sky Races mode where the goal is to come first in fast-paced races, Game of Balloons where the goal is to win the most amount of minigames, Balloon Quest where the player goes across a sidescrolling world on a journey to stop Balord, the Balloon Trip mode where the goal is to avoid obstacles on a side-scrolling level, Helium Fly where the goal is to fly upwards without getting trapped and taken into the thunderclouds, World of Balloons where the goal is to complete tasks for people in the world and Balloonboards where you can compete in daily challenges and get ranked on a world leaderboard


In the Balloon Fight, Sky Races and Balloon Quest mode, special items can appear to wreak havoc on your enemies. When an item box appears, the first player, or enemy, to run into the item box will get the item. There are currently an unconfirmed amount of items in the game.

Item Description

Dart Item1

Watch out for this spiky nuisance barreling towards your balloons. Throwing this dart will freak your friends as they try to avoid it or get one of their balloons popped.

Shrinking Potion

When being big is just to big, take a shrinking potion to make yourself small! Your enemies will have a much harder time trying to hit you now.

Angel Wings Item
Angel Wings

If your arms are tired from flapping them in the air, strap on a pair of angel wings to quickly fly around the place. With the angel wings, flying has never been so fast... and dangerous!

Golden Balloon

When rubber isn't enough, cover your balloons in a thick golden layer. Not only will your balloons shimmer in the sky, but they'll even be able to take an extra hit. But be warned, gold has it's weight too.


The magical rainbow is here to save your day! When under the influence of the rainbow, your Balloon Fighter will be completely protected from any damage for a limited time. Plus, any enemy you'll touch will lose a balloon until the Rainbow's effects wear off.

Super Horn

This horn really is super! It lets of a large shockwave to tell your enemies you mean business. If anyone comes into contact with it, they'll lose a balloon and any item around you will be destroyed by it's power.

Lightning Bolt

Now the mighty lightning bolt is at your disposal! Shock your enemies with this electric fueled attack. Watch the lightning bolt fly across the sky and make your enemies hairs stand on end.


In Balloon Fight: Aerial Ace, there are many different modes to play, each with their own different gameplay. Their is currently an unconfirmed amount of modes playable, although four modes have been revealed, Balloon Fight, Balloon Trip, Helium Flight and Sky Races.

Logo Description


Battle against computers, your friends or even anyone in the world! Compete to pop all your enemies balloons before all yours are popped. Or, you and others can team up to fight waves of enemies before they beat you. But watch out for the fish!

1-4Players  Web Yes


It's a day at the races for the Balloon Fighters. Take flight in races with up to eight Balloon Fighters and make a hectic dash to get to the front of the pack. Nothing is simple in this fast-paced 3D racing game.

1-4PlayersWeb Yes


It's a battle of wits, skills and everything in between. Pit it out against opponents in an assortment of mini-games that will test you your limits. Win mini-games to pop your balloons and get to the ground before the tornado sweeps by.

1-4PlayersWeb Yes

Balloon Quest Logo

Oh no! Balord has sent his army of duckees to drop bombs over the world! Quick, fly across to Balord's Lair and defeat that little pest before his army bombs the world.

1-2PlayersWeb No


This single-player game will get your Balloon Fighter round the world and back. Travel across stages collecting balloons but watch out for the nasty enemies. Compete for the highest score on the world leaderboards or just your consoles leaderboards.

1Player  Web Yes


Up, up and away! Fly up high into the sky using your helium filled balloons. But don't get stuck other whys you'll end up in the thunderclouds. Reach the cosmos in this high-altitude, high fun game.

1Player  Web No


Welcome to the World of Balloons! Not everything is easy in this world though. Help out with missions for people in the world and fly across the globe to complete them.

1PlayerWeb No

Balloonboards Logo

Everyday is a new challenge! Test your skills in daily or weekly challenges and see where your score stands up on the world leaderboards. Make sure to compete everyday to see where you stack up against the world!

1PlayerWeb Yes

Balloon Fight

In Mode A, one or more players team up to defeat a waves of enemies that appear on the screen. Each player starts with three lives. In Mode B, it's a free for all brawl. Each Balloon Fighter attempts to pop all the other Balloon Fighter's balloons before their balloons are popped. The players balloons can get popped in numerous different ways, either by getting hit, falling into the water or getting eaten by the fish. The items in the game can be used in this mode.


  • The Fish
  • Duckees
  • Eggos
  • Trident Duckees
  • Flire
  • Chold
  • Gustonnes
  • Gullagas
  • Golden Gullagas
  • The Raven
  • Rotten Eggos
  • Balord

Sky Races

One to four players race against computers, friends or online and try to come first. The tracks are always randomly generated but are set in the Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Night portions of the Balloon Trip mode. The items in the game can be used in this mode.

Game Of Balloons

The Game Of Balloons mode is a collection of numerous different minigames that you and computers, friends or anyone online can compete in. There are a total of 20 minigames ranging from Free-For-All, 2 Vs 2 and 1 Vs 3 types of games.


Name Gameplay Controls
Bad Eggos Collect more eggs that fall from the sky than your rivals. But be careful, running into rotten eggs will cause you to drop some eggs! A: Fly

Joystick: Move

Crash Landing Balord has popped your balloons and your falling through the sky! Make it to the ground first to be saved by the Pencilvania Balloon Corps. Joystick: Move
Is It A Bird? -Find the object that appears on the sign before you rivals get to it first. A: Fly

Joystick: Move

Gone With The Wind A large hurricane has appeared to take the Balloon Fighters. Be the last person flying outside of the hurricane. A: Fly Away
Lighthouse Lookout The Balloon Fighters are surrounded by a lighthouse with a blinding light. Avoid the lights from the lighthouse and be the last player flying. A: Fly
Bull Over Bulls are on the loose towards you. With not enough air to fly, you'll have to jump over each of them and not get hit by one to win. A: Jump
Ball-oon Boy The Balloon Fighters are being ball boys. Catch the most amount of the flying baseballs to win. A: Fly

Joystick: Move

Going Global Fly around the world the most amount of times to win. A: Fly
Fighter Says The Balloon Fighter will tell everyone to do a task in the world. Whoever finishes the task first wins A: Fly

B: Pick Up Joystick: Move

Hot Balloon Keep your balloons cold to avoid them popping around the fire. The last balloons standing wins! A: Fly

Joystick: Move

2 Vs 2
Name Gameplay Controls
Ball Fight It's a ball fight! Throw balls at the enemy team and hit them before they hit you. B: Pick Up/Throw

A: Fly Joystick: Move

Fly Fighter Fly One player is attempting to fly in a hazardous sky, while the other player is attempting to stop the obstacles from hitting their teammate. Last team standing wins! Flying Player:

A: Fly
Joystick: Move
Protecting Player:
Joystick: Move Crosshairs
A: Stop Obstacle

Sugar Rush One player is on a sugar rush whilst the other throw sweets at them to speed them up. Whoever flies the furthest wins! Flying Player:

A: Fly
Sweets Player:
Joystick: Move Crosshairs
A: Pick Up

Armageddon One team drops obstacles on the other team who are flying through the air. If the flying team is still alive after the time limit, they win. But if they're gone, then the other team wins! Bomb Team:

Joystick: Move Crosshairs
A: Select Hazard
Flying Team:
Joystick: Move
A: Fly

Balloonatics Numerous balloons fly around the field. The first team to pop all of their colored balloons, wins! A: Fly

Joystick: Move

1 Vs 3
Name Gameplay Controls
Fly Bye The three players fly around while the lone player controls tornados and tries to make the team players get caught in a tornado and fly away. Lone Player:

Stylus: Create tornados
Team Players:
Joystick: Move

Eye Of The Arrow The lone player uses the GamePad to shoot arrows towards the team players and attempts to pop each balloon the team players have. Lone Player:

Stylus: Cast arrows
Team Players:
A: Fly
Joystick: Move

Fish Out Of Water The lone player flies high above the water on three balloons, whilst the team players shoot cannonballs and try to pop the lone players balloons. Lone Player:

A: Fly
Joystick: Move
Team Players:
Wii Remote: Move Crosshairs
A: Shoot Cannonball

Up, Up And Away The lone player presses a set of six buttons to pump up their balloon, whilst the team players each press 2 buttons to pump up their balloon. Whoever's balloon goes the highest, wins! Press buttons that appear
Night Light The team player fly around Pencilvania at night with a torchlight searching for the lone player, who attempts to not get found to win. A: Fly

Joystick: Move

Balloon Quest

Balord has sent his army of Duckees to bomb the world. Your balloon fighter has to make their way across the world to get to Balord's Lair and defeat him to stop his army. This mode functions like Balloon Trip except with levels.


1-1 We're Off To See Balord Your Balloon Fighter quest starts off right here. A simple level which introduces the gameplay.
1-2 Graylead It's time to head on up to the tip of the skyscrapers of Pencilvania, but it's not going to be easy flying up here.
1-3 Good Knight The sun has disappeared and the Pencilvania nightsky is brightly lit. Unfortunately, it's past curfew and the Pencilvania Police are on patrol.
1-4 Highway Flyway We're finally on the highway out of Pencilvania. Actually, it's the Highway Flyway and cars are flying everywhere!
1-Boss Lord Duckee Demolition Balord has sent Lord Duckee to bomb Pencilvania! Defeat Lord Duckee before he destroys Pencilvania.
Mount Puddle
2-1 A Peak Full Of Puddles At the end of Pencilvania is Mount Puddle where it always seems to rain, and rain is not good for a balloon.
2-2 Hail, Hail Go Away There's more than rain on this mountain and when hail starts to fall, balloons start to pop.
2-3 Peaktip Puddles The peaktip of Mount Puddle is so high up it's covered in ice! The chilly atmosphere will send you Balloon Fighter into a big chill.
2-4 The Summit Slopes From the summit to the bottom, it's time to fly down Mount Puddle's ski slopes. But look out for the skiing duckees.
2-Boss Abominable Snow-Monster The Abominable Snow-Monster is not letting your Balloon Fighter off Mount Puddle that easy. Defeat him quickly before he bombs the entire Mount Puddle!
Spring Willows
3-1 I Heart Blossoms Spring Blossoms is in full bloom! But don't be fooled, this charming place also has some harmful creatures.
3-2 Flower Shower When it rains, it rains flowers! Flowers have a tendency to be mean here though.
3-3 Cruising The Cascades The current really picks up at the Spring Cascades, and whilst most of the animals are nice, you always have to watch out for The Fish.
3-4 No Stop For Picnics These rolling hills really are rolling! Watch out for the bumpy terrain all around this part of Spring Willows.
3-Boss When Flowers Arise It's the dawn of the living flowers, and this living flower doesn't want to place nice, especially now that it has Balord's bombs.
Balord's Lair
4-1 Entering The Lava Lair Entering Balord's Lair is not going to be easy, especially with all this lava around.
4-2 Clockwork Red The mechanical clockwork inside is everywhere! Try and navigate through the red chamber without getting squashed or burnt to bits!
4-3 Lair Flare Balord is not letting you through his lair that easy. He's set up booby traps just for you.
4-4 Dethroned You're approaching Balord, and he doesn't like that idea. His strongest minions are certain to not let you past.
4-Boss Saving The World Finally, it's time to show Balord who's boss. Go give that guy a good kick up the bum.

Balloon Trip

Similar to the Balloon Trip Breeze attraction from Nintendo Land, players use the GamePad screen to make a gust of wind which moves the player through the 2D side-scrolling stages.


  • The Fish
  • Duckees
  • Eggos
  • Trident Duckees
  • Flire
  • Chold
  • Gustonnes
  • Gullagas
  • Golden Gullagas
  • The Raven
  • Rotten Eggos
  • Balord

Helium Fly

One-player is flying in a vertically scrolled stage and has to get as far as they can without reaching the bottom of the screen. To get to the bottom of the screen, the player either has to get caught under obstacles for a long enough time or simpy fail to press A which raises the players altitude.

World Of Balloons

The World Of Balloons mode features a 3D world for the first time in Balloon Fight. The player is given jobs to do in the world such as carrying a present from one person to the other or buying something for another person. The game is intergrated with Miiverse so anyone can post a mission for someone to complete for them.


Much like Challenge Mode in Rayman Legends, Balloonboards is a game where Daily Challenges are uploaded for anyone to compete in. The challenges range from Make It As Far As You Can to Survive In The Hurricane. The better the score the player gets, the higher up the leaderboard they go and if they are in the Top 10, there Nintendo Network ID is highlighted down the bottom of the screen.


References to other Games

  • Galaga: The enemy, Gullaga, is a mockup of the name galaga and they act like enemies from galaga.
  • Balloon Fight: The default Male Balloon Fighter is based on the original Balloon Fighter. Balloon Fight and Balloon Trip modes both appeared in this game.
  • Balloon Kid: The default female Balloon Fighter is based on the Alice's art on the box art. Pencilvania appeared in this game.
  • Super Mario series: In the Balloon Quest level, 3-4: No Stop For Picnics, it is possible to see Princess Peach's Castle.
  • Mario Party 7: The minigame Balloonatics appears as an altered minigame in Balloon Fight: Aerial Ace.
  • Nintendo Land: Duckees are the common enemy that appeared in Balloon Trip Breeze
  • Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze: An exact replica of one the games levels appears in 2-3: Peaktip Puddles in Balloon Quest.
  • Mario Kart 8: The Super Horn originated from this game.


  • In the Wii U version of the game, a Wii Remote can join and help out in any of the single-player modes.
  • The default Balloon Fighters are based off of the original Balloon Fighter from Balloon Fight, and Alice from Balloon Kid, the sequel to Balloon Fight.
  • It is possibile to see Princess Peach's Castle in the background during a Balloon Quest level.

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