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Bubble Bobble
バブルボブル
1986

 
 

 
 

Arcade (1986)
 

Famicom Disk System (1987)
 

MSX2 (1987)
 
 

Sega Mark III / Master System (1988)
 

X68000 (1990)
 

FM Towns (1990)
 
 


Game Boy (1990)
 

Game Boy Color (2000)
 

Game Boy Advance (2002)
 

 
Bubble Bobble
バブルボブル
FAMICOM DISK SYSTEM
DETAILS
Format Famicom
Released 30 Oct 1987
Publisher Taito
Product ID TFD-BUB
Size (cm) 24 x 12 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.19
PRICE
STATUS
The Famicom Disk System version of Bubble Bobble is notable not only because it is an excellent version, but also because it comes presented inside a cutesy soft plastic pencil case, with a large fold-out instruction manual.
A truly unique form of packaging, matched only by Taito's Disk System version of Kiki Kaikai (1986).
Very hard to find complete.

Standard Disk System case & disc inside soft plastic wallet, fold-out instruction manual.

Bubble Bobble
バブルボブル
MSX2
DETAILS
Format MSX
Released 1987
Publisher Taito
Product ID TMS-02
Size (cm) n/a
Weight (kg) n/a
PRICE
STATUS
The MSX2 puts up a rather good version of Bubble Bobble - technically and visually this is remarkably similar to the Famicom port.
Today it has become a very sought-after version - very valuable in good condition.

Large plastic case, 1Mbit cartridge, manual.

Final Bubble Bobble
ファイナルバブルボブル

SEGA MARK III
DETAILS
Format Mark III
Released 2 July 1988
Publisher Sega
Product ID G-1362
Size (cm) 14 x 10 x 2.5
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
The Mark III 'Final Bubble Bobble' blows away the Famicom and MSX2 versions, presenting larger and more colourful characters, superb playability, and a few bonus features.
The best version of the 8-Bit era.

Standard Mark III packaging, 2Mbit cartridge, instruction manual.

Bubble Bobble
バブルボブル
X68000
DETAILS
Format X68000
Released 9 March 1990
Publisher Dempa
Product ID n/a
Size (cm) n/a
Weight (kg) n/a
PRICE
STATUS
The X68000 offers enough power to accurately reproduce the arcade original, and it does just that: Dempa's conversion is nigh-on superb, near-perfect in every way.
Shame it's so hard to find.

Plastic box packaging, 1 x 5inch floppy, instructions.

Bubble Bobble
バブルボブル
FM TOWNS
DETAILS
Format FM Towns
Released 1990
Publisher Ving
Product ID n/a
Size (cm) n/a
Weight (kg) n/a
PRICE
STATUS
The FM Towns also hosts a superb port of Bubble Bobble, very close to the X68000 version in the technological stakes.
It's just a shame that the CD-ROM is under-used: there is no CD remixed soundtrack, only a beep-perfect rendition of the original arcade BGM.

Large plastic box packaging, FM Towns CD-ROM disc in case, manual.

Bubble Bobble
バブルボブル
GAME BOY
DETAILS
Format Game Boy
Released 7 Dec 1990
Publisher Taito
Product ID DMG-B2A
Size (cm) 10 x 9 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.07
PRICE
STATUS
The GB Bubble Bobble presents a different set of (scrolling) stages and a brand new storyline.
But the hardware inevitably struggles: the scrolling stages are confusing and the bubbles constantly flicker.

Standard small-size GB packaging, 1Mbit cartridge, monochrome booklet.

Taito Memorial Bubble Bobble
タイトーメモリアル バブルボブル

GAME BOY COLOR
DETAILS
Format Game Boy Color
Released 26 May 2000
Publisher Jorudan
Product ID DMG-AVWJ-JPN
Size (cm) 12.2 x 9.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
Re-worked 'Taito Memorial' version of Bubble Bobble for Game Boy Color.
The visuals are vastly improved over the first GB version but here there are a few minor playability problems - bubbles can be a little tough to burst at times.

Standard GBC packaging, 8Mbit cartridge, colour booklet.

Bubble Bobble Old & New
バブルボブル オールド アンド ニュー

GAME BOY ADVANCE
DETAILS
Format Game Boy Advance
Released 25 July 2002
Publisher Taito
Product ID AGB-A2BJ-JPN
Size (cm) 13.5 x 8.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.07
PRICE
STATUS
Bubble Bobble returns for the GBA in a nice 2-in-1 package that includes both a port of the 'Old' arcade original and a 'New' remixed version featuring redesigned characters and backgrounds.

Standard GBA cardboard packaging, 32Mbit cartridge, colour booklet.

 



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