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Bubble Bobble (バブルボブル)

Released in 1986

Developer: Taito
Manufacturer: Taito
Distributor: Taito

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Bubble Bobble marquee
game marquee

Game Summary

As Bub and Bob, you try to capture enemies in bubbles and pop them to complete all 100 levels and rescue your girlfriends.

Hardware Info

Controls: 1 Joystick / Button(s)
Horizontal-mounted Raster monitor
256 x 224 Resolution
Colors: 256 Color

Additional Hardware Info (from Mame)

Z80 cpu @ 6 Mhz
Z80 cpu @ 6 Mhz
Z80 cpu @ 4 Mhz
M68705 cpu @ 2 Mhz
YM-2203 audio @ 3 Mhz
YM-3526 audio @ 3 Mhz

Mame ROMs

bublbobl, Bubble Bobble
boblbobl, Bobble Bobble
bublbobr, Bubble Bobble (US)
sboblbob, Super Bobble Bobble

Game Details

Lots of power-ups and hidden features.

The first game of the Bubble Bobble series. Bub and Bob are changed into bubble dragons and must save their girlfriends from Hyper Drunk.

This game, along with Ms. Pac Man, Bust-a-Move, and Galaga, is one of the steadiest money makers in arcades. Some games are hot for a while and die, but Bubble Bobble seems like it will live for many more years.

The order of arcade games is: Bubble Bobble => Rainbow Islands => Bubble Symphony => Bubble Memories

The naming and order of these games leads to a lot of confusion:

  • Parasol Stars: The Story of Bubble Bobble III (パラソルスター) is a video game by Taito released in 1991. It is a sequel to Rainbow Islands and the third game in the Bubble Bobble series. It was never release in arcades.
  • Bubble Memories: The Story of Bubble Bobble III (バブルメモリーズ, Baburu Memorīzu) is a video game by Taito released to arcades in February 1996. It is the sequel to Bubble Symphony and is the fifth Bubble Bobble game (although it is listed as being the third).
  • Bubble Bobble Part 2, known in Japan as Bubble Bobble 2 (バブルボブル2) is a game in the Bubble Bobble series. While it was never released in the arcade, two versions of the game were developed independently from each other (for the NES and Game Boy formats), with each game receiving a different story line as a result. The Game Boy version is known in Japan as Bubble Bobble Junior (バブルボブルジュニア)
  • Bubble Symphony (バブルシンフォニー, Baburu Shinfonī), also known as Bubble Bobble II (バブルボブルII, Baburu Boburu II), is an arcade video game in the Bubble Bobble series developed by Taito in 1994. While being a new Bubble Bobble for a new generation, in actuality it takes place after Parasol Stars.
  • Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 (レインボーアイランド) is a 1987 arcade game developed and published by Taito. The arcade version was licensed to Romstar for North American manufacturing and distribution. The game is subtitled "The Story of Bubble Bobble 2" and is the sequel to Taito's hit game Bubble Bobble from the previous year. It is the second of four arcade games in the Bubble Bobble series (followed by Bubble Symphony and Bubble Memories, but itself has two direct sequels: Parasol Stars and Bubble Bobble Part 2).
  • Puzzle Bobble, also known as Bust-a-Move, is a 1994 tile-matching puzzle arcade game puzzle video game developed and published by Taito. It is based on Taito's 1986 arcade game Bubble Bobble, featuring characters and themes from that game. Its characteristically cute Japanese animation and music, along with its play mechanics and level designs, made it successful as an arcade title and spawned several sequels and ports to home gaming systems.
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Bubble Bobble control panel
control panel


Bubble Bobble cabinet photo
cabinet photo
Bubble Bobble title screen
title screen
Bubble Bobble gameplay screen shot
gameplay screen
Bubble Bobble promotional flyer
promotional flyer

"Maybe" Images

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Some Bubble Bobble action.Bubble Bobble title screen

Coinop.org Member Ratings / Comments

**** by kk. Comment: "Great pattern-platformer." 2000-08-02 00:05:50Z

***** by sensation. Comment: "best game ever ! -MIKE-" 2003-02-22 20:41:15Z

***** by T_Bone. Comment: "Lovin' it. Probably the greatest game ever...." 2003-04-15 17:15:26Z

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This game page was created 8/3/1998 12:00:00 AM and last updated 1/23/2021 10:17:41 AM