While the late Nintendo CEO and President, Satoru Iwata, played a role in the development of numerous games, none were so characteristically his as much as Balloon Fight for Nintendo Entertainment System. Balloon Fight, first released in 1985 was one of the first widely recognized game programmed by Satoru Iwata when he was still a programmer (versus the corporate legend he stands as today). With this history in mind, modder John Riggs decided, in memorial of Iwata’s passing, make a modded version of Balloon Fight where you play as Satoru Iwata.
The modded game (which you can see in the above video) features an Iwata-lookalike sprite from Mother, as well as blue Kirby balloons. Additionally, a fan art label (below) has already been made to match the title. If you want to give this a spin, you can download the ROM patch here.
With the passing away of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata developers have flocked to social networks to pay their respects. Hirokazu Tanaka, who is best known for his scores in a number of games produced by Nintendo, has created a beautiful remix of the theme to Balloon Fight which many consider to be Satoru Iwata’s signature video game. You can give the elegant tune a spin above.
Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has popped onto Miiverse for his daily post to showcase another exclusive 3DS stage. The NES Balloon Fight stage was briefly shown during the Smash Bros. Direct earlier this month, along with Pokemon X and Y’s Prism Tower and Animal Crossing New Leaf’s Tortimer Island.
In his Miiverse post, Sakurai details that the stage will wrap around your fighter, allowing you to walk to one end and find yourself back on the other end of the screen, creating the same experience as the NES version – great for retro junkies and for getting the upper hand on enemies. Here’s what Sakurai said on Miiverse:
“Here’s a special stage exclusive to the 3DS version, Balloon Fight!! The stage loops on the left and right sides so you can walk off one side and appear on the other.”
Nintendo Europe has revealed that the next eShop update on Thursday will see the original 50HZ Balloon Fight finally updated to 60HZ. The game is an updated European version of the game and has now been optimised to run at a similar speed to the US version and with corrected aspect ratio. Looks as though people’s voices on Miiverse were finally heard.
If you own the Wii edition of NES title Balloon Fight but want to upgrade to its Wii U edition, which would cost $1 and allows you to play the entire game on the Wii U GamePad, you’ll lose all your save data. So far, Balloon Fight is the the only Virtual Console title in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, but Nintendo confirmed to Kotaku that consumers will not be able transfer their save files when they re-buy any upcoming NES or Super NES title on Wii U’s Virtual Console.
It seems as though people are confused about whether they will keep the discounted Virtual Console games they purchase from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. In Nintendo’s Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campain, each month now through July, one NES or Super NES title will be available for 30 cents on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Whoever purchases that title can keep the game – the discounted price is not a rental price; it is an anniversary price, according to Nintendo. For example, if you purchase Balloon Fight, the first NES game to hit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and costs 30 cents until February 21st, for the new console, it is your game to keep – even when its price is increased to $5, which is its regular price.
After specified promotional period, each game will be made available in the Nintendo eShop at regular price. Wii U owners who have purchased the game(s) during the promotional period will not need to purchase the game(s) again at the regular price. Games purchased during this promotional period are eligible for 2 points in the Deluxe Digital Program. Point value subject to change.
The first Virtual Console title to launch on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U is NES title Balloon Fight, which currently costs 30 cents to download. After one month of being in the Nintendo eShop, the NES game will then cost $5. This is part of a discounted program offered by Nintendo to celebrate the Famicom’s 30th anniversary in Japan. Upon their initial releases on the online marketplace, for 30 days, the NES and Super NES games listed below will cost 30 cents each. Which discounted title(s) do you plan on grabbing?
- January – Balloon Fight
- February – F-Zero
- March – Punch Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
- April – Kirby’s Adventure
- May – Super Metroid
- June – Yoshi
- July – Donkey Kong