What the heck is Tingle’s Balloon Fight?!
Tingle’s Balloon Fight is a game released only in Japan which features the classic Balloon Fight setting… with Tingle-related characters, art, music, and other references. It’s not an adventure game like Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland or Tingle’s Love Balloon Trip; rather, it’s more of an action game. The player controls Tingle, who has two balloons. The object is the same as it was in 1985; the player is to fly around, attempting to pop the balloons of the enemy characters. Once they’ve all been downed, the player proceeds to the next level.
The game also included a mode titled “Balloon Trip”, where the play guides Tingle across the ocean for 99 levels. A gallery of concept art was also included in the game. As specific events are completed, greater levels are reached, and the top scores grow higher, more of the gallery images will be unlocked. There are 20 in all.
Currently, there is no way to obtain an English copy, as none exist, and likely never will*. However, you can find a Japanese import online through third-party dealers with minor difficulty.
*Note: We are currently working on creating an “unofficial” translation patch for the game.