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Title Screen

Balloon Kid

Also known as: Balloon Fight GB (JP)
Developers: Pax Softnica, Nintendo R&D1
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Game Boy, Super Game Boy, Game Boy Color
Released in JP: July 31, 2000 (Balloon Fight GB)
Released in US: October 1990
Released in EU: January 31, 1991

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
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Balloon Kid is a sequel of sorts to the NES launch title Balloon Fight. An enhanced version would release in Japan nearly a decade later as an exclusive title for Nintendo Power kiosks as Balloon Fight GB, only this time with a lot less Hello Kitty.


Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info
Balloon Fight GB
Now in technicolor!

Unused Graphics

To do:
There are a handful of other sprites which might also be unused. Confirm whether they are used or not.


Remnants of an earlier "Balloon Kids" title screen graphic.


What might be the wings of a plane. It isn't clear what context this was supposed to used in. Possibly, it could have been a type of platform.


Alongside the used graphics from the "Vs Play" score screen, there are two T-pipe tiles that go unused. It would have made sense for them to be used, since there are points where the border seems like it should connect this way. Instead, the horizontal pipes just continue and don't properly connect.


This graphic goes completely unused, and its purpose is unknown. Given the flat top, it may have been a kind of platform.


Another small unused sprite with an unknown purpose. It almost looks like a wind effect, though it also may have been meant as a tongue for the frog enemy which appears in Stage 7. In-game, it simply eats the player like the fish. However, given the fact it is named the "flicky frog" in the manual, maybe it was originally meant to flick out its tongue to catch the player?

Unused Enemies

BalloonKid EggplantMan.gif

An enemy which bears a striking resemblance to the Eggplant Man from Wrecking Crew, also by Nintendo R&D1. Based on the animation and how the enemy works in Wrecking Crew, the enemy would have likely walked along the ground. The bottom half of this sprite is used for the walking flame enemies in the final game.

BalloonKid Skull.gif

A menacing skull, present among the enemy graphics. It doesn't really fit with the game's lighthearted theme, which may have contributed to its removal.