Balloon Battle is the most common battle of the Mario Kart series, as it is in every Mario Kart game to date. All racers get 3 balloons, and when one of the racers gets an item and hurts their enemy, their enemy will lose a balloon. When one person loses all his/her balloons, the other person wins. It was introduced in Super Mario Kart and was featured in every Mario Kart game since. In Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart 64, it was the only battle option. In Super Mario Kart, the balloons would float and rotate around the kart, but from Mario Kart 64 to Mario Kart Wii, the balloons hung on the back of the kart. You can press SELECT to inflate another balloon.
In Mario Kart DS, Shine Runners was introduced. Players can also blow on the DS microphone or hold down SELECT to make new balloons. They start with five balloons and whenever you lose one you are able to blow another (unless they are already used).
In Mario Kart Wii, there are 2 battles to choose from: Coin Runners and, as always, Balloon Battle. The Balloon Battle is now team-oriented, points-based, and lacks the "last man standing" approach it was known for. What happens is you get three balloons. Every time another person on the other team loses a balloon because of an item you dropped or threw, you get a point. Every time you lose all three balloons, you are regenerated but you lose a point. The team and individual points are tracked and the battle lasts for three minutes.  Template:No Image