The Villager’s secret identity…?

Posted by admin on September 3rd, 2013

super smash bros balloons

Recent screenshots from the upcoming Super Smash Bros games show Animal Crossing’s protagonist, The Villager, using red balloons to float away from danger. Obviously, for fans of Animal Crossing, these red inflatables bring to mind those that are typically seen drifting across the sky, bearing gifts for any eagle-eyed sharpshooter with a slingshot. However, there is also a far more obscure games reference in there too.

As can be seen in above image, The Villager is wearing a helmet and, by the looks of it, flapping his arms. What’s more, The Villager is attached to two balloons. That’s curious; we know from experience that one AC balloon is more than capable lifting even a piano into the air. So, we have a guy in a helmet, flapping his arms while attached to multiple red balloons. Sound familiar…?

balloon fight

Yes, The Villager looks exactly like the nameless player character from the NES classic, Balloon Fight. But are they the same character? The nameless duo are undoubtedly similar in appearance.

Of course, it could all just be an obscure reference. There were allegedly plans to make ‘The Balloon Fighter’ a character in the last Super Smash Bros game, and Balloon Fight was playable from within the original Animal Crossing game, so maybe that’s the only link there is.

I, for one, would really like it if they transpired to be the same character. Okay, it’s not as though The Balloon Fighter ever had much of a backstory but, given my fondness for The Villager, it’d be nice to believe that he had an exciting former life of unorthodox travel and adventure…


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