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Vs. Balloon Fight Vs. Balloon Fight - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Vs. Balloon Fight - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A kid must float higher than the enemies to pop their balloons while avoiding lighting bolts and the giant fish.

Vs. Balloon Fight was produced by Nintendo in 1984.

Nintendo released 107 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1970. Nintendo was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Nintendo during the time period Vs. Balloon Fight was produced include: Mario Bros., Mario Bros. (PlayChoice), Tennis, Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong Junior, Excitebike (PlayChoice), Balloon Fight, Baseball, Duck Hunt, and Excitebike

VS. Balloon Fight
VS. Balloon Fight


Name Vs. Balloon Fight
Developer Nintendo (Japan)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10349
Class Wide Release
Genre System
Conversion Class Nintendo Vs.
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - A|B
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

Engage the enemies and burst their balloons before losing your own balloons or getting eaten by the giant fish.

Game Play

The control is basically the same as Joust. A and B are both used to "flap" and, by repeated pressing, lift you into the air. The object is to ram an enemy while your are on a higher level than him. This will pop his balloon, forcing him to resort to his parachute. If he manages to land, he will eventually inflate a new balloon and take to the sky again if enough time passes. If you hit the enemy on the ground or break his parachute, you finish off the enemy. You clear a stage by defeating all the enemies.

You start each life with two balloons. If an enemy hits you from above, you lose one of those balloons (as well as a little flying ability). If you lose both balloons, get hit by lightning, or drop too low to the water where the fish can bite you, you will lose a life. Apart from lightning, enemies, and the fish, bubbles will occasionally rise up. You can pop them for points.

Each level is three screens tall and scrolls as you ascend and descend. Every so often, there is a bonus stage where balloons will rise out of the pipes. Fly into them to pop them and go for a perfect score.

Vs. Balloon Fight KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.65 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 3.80

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 3.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 3.50

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 3.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Though the enemies are immune to lightning, they are not immune to the fish. If you can lure an enemy near the water, the fish will try to snap it up. This also holds for those floating down on parachutes.

Cabinet Information

The Vs. DualSystem can be in one of two different cabinet configurations. The western style is a double wide stand-up cabinet that basically looks like two traditional cabinets side by side but at an angle to prevent peeking. The eastern style is a sit-down model with the screens and player controls on opposing sides. Regardless of the configuration, all player-start buttons are located on the player one side of the machine.


All Vs. games can be converted by swapping the ROMs, daughter boards, or other custom chips on the board. The Vs. DualSystem architecture allows two games, serving two separate monitors, to be played from the same board.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Vs. Balloon Fight Census

There are 14,895 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,527 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,094 machines (6,926 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 17 known instances of this machine owned by Vs. Balloon Fight collectors who are active members. Of these, 4 of them are original dedicated machines. 13 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Vs. Balloon Fight circuit board set.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The vs. Dualsystem uses a single board but effectively runs two separate units. There are two Nintendo 2A03 processors on board. The 2A03 is a modified M6502 with a built-in 5-channel PSG. Each CPU runs one of the screens and they communicate between each other when in two-player mode. There are two banks of DIP switches whose roles may vary from game to game. For Vs. Balloon Fight, they simply determine difficulty and number of lives.

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