Yeah I can't believe that Nintendo continues to believe that they can sell Balloon Fight to people. There's presumably no information about their Virtual Console sales, right? Obviously it's basically free money, but the Virtual Console process has always seemed like an embarrassment to me.
"I'm pretty sure [Andre Caldwell]'ll do a lot more with Manning than he did with Andy Dalton." - StaggerLee
I actually found the sword training to be very fun- granted, I never did fight him again once I hit the thousand mark- but that little exercise (to avoid any spoilers) is highly relavant to the game, much to my pleasure.