Bubble Bobble

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    PAL
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    NTSC-J
  • Game Gear

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Bubble Bobble
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Master System
Sega
Sega Game Gear
Taito
Developer:
Original system(s): Taito's arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Taito
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Action[1], Arcade[2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
JP
¥5,5005,500 G-1362
Sega Master System
EU
7077
Sega Master System
PT
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[3][4] 7077
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
Sega Master System
KR
GB-2362
Sega Game Gear
US
T-11028
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Non-Sega versions

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Bubble Bobble is an arcade game developed by Taito and released in 1986. It was subsequently ported to a variety of systems including the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear. In Japan, the Master System version of the game is called Final Bubble Bobble (ファイナルバブルボブル), while in Brazil this version is called Dragon Maze.

Bubble Bobble follows two humans who have been transformed into dragons named Bub and Bob. The must progress through various mazes capturing enemies within bubbles and then popping said bubbles. A sequel to this game was later released as Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2.

The two Sega versions are relatively faithful ports of the arcade game, although adjust their levels to suit the differing screen resolutions. This is particularly noticeable with the Game Gear version, as although the objects in the game are the same size, the play areas are much more cramped so as to avoid screen scrolling.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble
English (US) Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble
Japanese ファイナルバブルボブル Final Bubble Bobble
Portuguese (Brazil) Dragon Maze

Production credits

  • Game Programmer: M, Nanno KHK
  • Music And Sound: YAG, Oonui, By ZTT
  • Game Graphic: S.Yamana, S.T
  • Game Design: Rainbow S.T
  • Special thanks to: Original Bubble Bobble Team, MTJ, I.F, Kim, And Taito C.P. Team, Dranker KZM, Gamer Y.K, Hucker N.Santa, Super M.Hatano, Great G.Kuriki, Mr.Nishikado, Other People...
  • Produced: Mr.Sanbe, S.Takahasi
Thanks For Your Playing
©Taito All Rights Reserved 1988
Source:
In-game credits (JP) [6]

Magazine articles

Main article: Bubble Bobble/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Pixel (GR) #96: "Fevrouários 1993" (1993-xx-xx)


Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[7]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
65
[8]
Consoles + (FR) PAL
88
[9]
Console XS (UK) PAL
79
[10]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
74
[3]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
85
[11]
Game Mania (UK) PAL
85
[12]
Gamers (DE)
73
[13]
Games-X (UK) PAL
90
[14]
Joypad (FR)
95
[15]
Joystick (FR) PAL
94
[16]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
85
[17]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
68
[18]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
85
[19]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
85
[20]
Player One (FR) PAL
90
[21]
Play Time (DE)
58
[22]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
89
[23]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
79
[24]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
86
[25]
Video Games (DE)
68
[26]
Sega Master System
80
Based on
21 reviews

Bubble Bobble

Master System, JP
FinalBubbleBobble SMS JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
BubbleBobble SMS JP cart.jpg
Cart
FinalBubbleBobbleSMSJPManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
BubbleBobble SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
BubbleBobble SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Bubble Bobble SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, PT

Master System, AU

BubbleBobble SMS AU cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
BubbleBobble SMS BR cover.jpg
Cover
BubbleBobble SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, KR

Bubble Bobble SMS KR cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
78
[27]
Sega Game Gear
78
Based on
1 review

Bubble Bobble

Game Gear, US
BubbleBobble GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBubbleBobble GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
BubbleBobble GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Bubble Bobble GG US Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 e843ba7e
MD5 d79c186a74550876691e97ca830c66c7
SHA-1 44876b44089b4174858e54202e567e02efa76859
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 3ebb7457
MD5 3573a65921b0506f7124f1f9ffb30974
SHA-1 ab585612fddb90b5285e2804f63fd7fb7ba02900
256kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 fba338c5
MD5 4f08cab3e252c2e3979ef33e9e59f294
SHA-1 c2c99d798bd0d4960021743a55e74644ad9020c6
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
Page

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segamark3/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2019-06-21 03:44)
  2. File:BubbleBobble SMS EU Box.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 Computer & Video Games, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-15), page 91
  4. Sega Power, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-02), page 27
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 226
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUa9pJ9kDp4
  7. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 97
  8. Aktueller Software Markt, "März 1992" (DE; 1992-02-14), page 120
  9. Consoles +, "Février 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 104
  10. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 139
  11. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 131
  12. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  13. Gamers, "Februar/März 1992" (DE; 1992-xx-xx), page 24
  14. Games-X, "28th November-4th December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-28), page 28
  15. Joypad, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 1991-12-1x), page 56
  16. Joystick, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 172
  17. Mega Force, "Septembre/Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-13), page 95
  18. Micromanía (segunda época), "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 78
  19. Mean Machines, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-27), page 80
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 132
  21. Player One, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 48
  22. Play Time, "3/92" (DE; 1992-02-05), page 92
  23. Sega Power, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-02), page 26
  24. Sega Pro, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-16), page 51
  25. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 70
  26. Video Games, "3/91" (DE; 1991-09-06), page 79
  27. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 42


Bubble Bobble

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Prereleases:
Sega Game Gear
Prototypes: Prototype
Bubble Bobble/Rainbow Islands games for Sega systems
Bubble Bobble (1991) | Rainbow Islands Extra (1990) | Rainbow Islands (1993) | Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands (1996) | Bubble Symphony (1997)
Puzzle Bobble/Bust-a-Move games for Sega systems
Bust-A-Move (1996) | Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition (1996) | Bust-A-Move 3 (1997) | Bust-A-Move 4 (2000) | Azumanga Daioh Puzzle Bobble (2002)
Unlicensed Bubble Bobble/Rainbow Islands games for Sega systems
Super Bubble Bobble MD (1995)