Balloon Fight was released on January 22, 1985 in Japan (even if title screen says 1984) at a retail price of 4500 Yen.
"Balloon Fight [Model NES-BF-USA]
"Balloon Fight [Model NES-BF-EEC]
Balloon Fight is based off of the game "Joust
Nintendo also released a Game & Watch version of the same name, it is based on the NES version's Balloon Trip Mode. The protagonist of it is a Balloon Fighter, 'Balloon Man' (according to the manual). Unlike Balloon Fighters, Balloon Man uses a rocket suit instead of flapping his hands to elevate while holding balloons.
In "WarioWare - Smooth Moves" (Nintendo Wii), there is a minigame functioning as a 3-D version of the balloon trip in Balloon Fight.
Balloon Fighter and Flipper trophies are obtainable in "Super Smash Bros. Melee" (Nintendo GameCube), and the Flipper is also a usable item. The original background music for the Balloon trip in Balloon Fight can be heard in Melee's Icicle Mountain stage as alternate music.
The giant fish makes a cameo appearance in "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" (Nintendo Wii). It appears on the Ice Climber-based stage, the Summit, in which it tries to attack the players from the sea.
A single-player game, in the Wii U game "Nintendo Land", (2012) called 'Balloon Trip Breeze', is a tribute to Balloon Fight.