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Bub (green) and Bob (blue), the main characters of the series.

Bubble Bobble, or alternatively the Bobble/Bubblen series as a whole, is a side-scrolling platform video game series by Taito.

Video games

  • Bubble Bobble (August 1986). Arcade. Later released on the Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Commodore 64, ZX-Spectrum, NES, MSX2, Sega Mark-III, PC, Sharp X68000, FM-TOWNS, Game Boy, Game Gear, mobile phones, iPhone, iPod Touch and Nintendo 3DS. Rereleased in 2007 for the Wii Virtual Console, in 2009 for the Xbox Live Arcade, in 2014 for the Wii U Virtual Constole and 2016 for PlayStation Network.
    • Final Bubble Bobble (July 2, 1988). Sega Master System. An updated port.
  • Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 (October 1987). Arcade. Later released on NES, Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, XZ-Spectrum, PC-Engine, Sega Master System, Game Boy Color, PC and mobile phones. The first game in the Rainbow Islands spin-off series.
    • Rainbow Islands Extra Edition (March 1988). Arcade. A modified version with different stage order and enemy placement. Later released on Sega Mega Drive and FM-TOWNS (as Rainbow Islands Extra).
  • Parasol Stars: The Story of Bubble Bobble III (February 15, 1991). PC-Engine. Later released on Amiga, Atari ST, NES and Game Boy, all exclusively on Europe. Rereleased in 2008 for the Wii Virtual Console.
  • Bubble Bobble Part II (March 5, 1993). NES, later released on Game Boy. Known as Bubble Bobble 2 in Japan, with the Game Boy port renamed Bubble Bobble Junior.
  • Bubble Symphony (1994). Arcade. Later released on Sega Saturn.
  • Bubble Memories: The Story of Bubble Bobble III (February 1996). Arcade.
  • Classic Bubble Bobble (October 1999). Game Boy Color. Known as Taito Memorial: Bubble Bobble in Japan.
  • Bubble Bobble Old & New (September 28, 2004). Game Boy Advance.
  • Bubble Bobble Revolutions (November 24, 2005). Nintendo DS. Known as Bubble Bobble DS in Japan.
  • Bubble Bobble Evolution (August 13, 2006). PlayStation Portable. Known as Bubble Bobble: Magical Tower Daisakusen!! in Japan.
  • Bubble Bobble Double Shot (March 23, 2007). Nintendo DS.
  • Bubble Bobble Neo! (August 5, 2009). Xbox 360.
    • Bubble Bobble Plus! (February 10, 2009). Wii. Known as Bubble Bobble Wii in Japan.
  • Bubble Bobble Double (October 1, 2010). iOS.

Minor games

  • Packy's Treasure Slot (1997). Medal game.
  • Bubblen Roulette (1998). Slot machines.
  • Bubblen no KuruKuru Jump! (1999). Medal game.
  • Azumanga Daioh Puzzle Bobble (June 1, 2002). Arcade. A format crossover between Puzzle Bobble and the Azumanga Daioh series.
  • Bubblen Golf (2004). Mobile phones.
  • Bubble Bobble for Kakao (November 4, 2014). A Korean-only video game for mobile phones. Received a second season in 2015.
  • Bubblen March (December 4, 2014). Android and iOS. A free-to-play match-3 puzzle game.

Puzzle Bobble

Puzzle Bobble is a sub-series within the Bubble Bobble series. While it features the same main characters and general aesthetics, its gameplay is completely different, being a tile-matching puzzle game where the player has to match same-colored bubbles in order to break them.

The subseries is known as Bust-a-Move in English, so unless otherwise noted a game's English title simply replaces "Puzzle Bobble" with "Bust-a-Move".

  • Puzzle Bobble (December 1994). Arcade. Later released on SNES, Neo Geo CD, 3DO, Game Gear, PC and iPhone.
  • Puzzle Bobble 2 (July 1995). Arcade. Later released on the PlayStation, Game Boy and PC. Known as Bust-a-Move Again on the Arcade version and Bust-a-Move 2 Arcade Edition on its home ports.
    • Puzzle Bobble 2X (1995). Arcade. A repackaged version with a set of new stages. Later released on the Sega Saturn and PC.
  • Puzzle Bobble 3 (September 1996). Arcade. Later released on Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Game Boy, Nintendo 64 and PC. Rereleased in 2010 for the PlayStation Network.
  • Puzzle Bobble 4 (1998). Arcade. Later released on PlayStation, Dreamcast, Game Boy Color and PC.
  • Puzzle Bobble Mini (March 26, 1999). Neo Geo Pocket Color. Bust-a-Move Pocket in English.
  • Super Puzzle Bobble (1999). Arcade. Later released on PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance and PC.
    • Puzzle Bobble All-Stars (February 27, 2003). An enhanced remake for Nintendo GameCube.
  • Puzzle Bobble Millennium (October 27, 2000). Game Boy Color.
  • Super Puzzle Bobble 2 (September 19, 2002). PlayStation 2.
  • Ultra Puzzle Bobble (April 11, 2004). Xbox.
  • Puzzle Bobble Pocket (December 22, 2004). PlayStation Portable. Japanese exclusive.
  • Puzzle Bobble DS (August 25, 2005). Nintendo DS. Japanese exclusive.
  • Hippatte!! Puzzle Bobble (December 6, 2005). Nintendo DS. Bust-a-Move DS in English.
  • Puzzle Bobble Wii (April 7, 2009). Wii.
    • Puzzle Bobble Live! (September 30, 2009). A version for the Xbox Live Arcade.
  • Bust-a-Move Bash! (May 11, 2007). Wii. North America/Europe exclusive.
  • Space Puzzle Bobble (December 18, 2008). Nintendo DS.
  • Puzzle Bobble Plus! (April 7, 2009). WiiWare.
  • New Puzzle Bobble (February 4, 2011). iOS.
  • Tobidasu! Puzzle Bobble 3D (February 26, 2011). Nintendo 3DS. Bust-a-Move Universe in English.
  • LINE Puzzle Bobble (December 9, 2013). Android and iOS. Bust-a-Move Islands in English. Rereleased as a paid app in 2017 as Puzzle Bobble Journey, retaining this title in English as well.

Links to other series

Mascot link:Catch-kun makes an appearance in Super Puzzle Bobble and Super Puzzle Bobble 2.

Direction Series Date Description Type


4Arrow L Chack'n Pop198608 August 1986Monstas and Maitas/Mightas from Chack'n Pop are recurring enemies in the Bubble Bobble series; Chack'n is a recurring character in the Bubble Bobble series having first appeared in Bubble Symphony; he also appears as an item in the original, Memories, Double Shot and Plus! among others, and there are other minor references to him and the series in several Bubble Bobble games.1


4Arrow L The Fairyland Story198608 August 1986Bubble Bobble inherits several gameplay elements and many of the same special items seen on The Fairyland Story that'd become recurring in the series, while Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 includes an island ("Magical Island") based off the game, with appearances of several enemies and Horned as the area boss, with Ptolemy making a cameo in the Game Boy Color port; Bubble Symphony features Ptolemy as an assist character and she also spawns as an item in Round 57 of Bubble Memories.1


4Arrow L Dead Heat198608 August 1986Level 86 of Bubble Bobble references Dead Heat.3


5Arrow R Qix1987 1987Super Qix features images of characters from Bubble Bobble.2


5Arrow R Mutant Night1987 1987An enemy in Act 9 of Mutant Night resembles a metallic Bub from Bubble Bobble.3


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Rainbow Islands198710 October 1987The Rainbow Islands series is a spin-off of Bubble Bobble.1


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Arkanoid198710 October 1987Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 includes an island ("Doh's Island") based off Arkanoid, with several enemies and DOH as the final boss. DOH is also a boss in Bubble Bobble Part II and Parasol Stars; Bub, Bob and Drunk are among the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders, while Round 79 in Bubble Bobble and "TV Machine" Round D-7 in Bubble Symphony references Arkanoid; Round 31 in Arkanoid Returns, Zone C-4 and Zone Beta in Arkanoid DS, Round 04L in Arkanoid Plus!, Round B-2 in Arkanoid HD and Round 98 in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders contain references and two wallpapers from the series are unlockable in DS.1


4Arrow L Darius198710 October 1987The world of Darius is featured as an island ("Darius Island") in Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 and as the setting of Round E ("Sun 'A' Zone") in Bubble Symphony, including appearances of enemies and Electric Fan/King Fossil (former/NES port) and Yamato (latter) as area bosses; the Silver Hawk is also featured as an assist character in Bubble Symphony, spawns as an item in Round 54 of Bubble Memories with Round 63 of Super Mode resembling the Silver Hawk, and Level 86 of the NES port of Bubble Bobble references Darius.1


4Arrow L Metal Soldier Isaac198710 October 1987The enemies Isaac'n and Super Isaac'n are based on the main character of Metal Soldier Isaac II.3


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Raimais198804 April 1988Round 18 Blue in Raimais is patterned after a Zen-chan enemy from Bubble Bobble, while "Raimaiz" is one of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Pocky & Rocky19880726 July 26, 1988The world of Kiki KaiKai is featured as an island ("Kiki KaiKai Island") in the NES port of Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 and as the setting of Round B/F ("Kiki KaiKai") in Bubble Symphony, both including appearances of Sayo-chan/Pocky (the latter as an assist character), enemies and Manuke/Rocky as the area boss; Sayo-chan spawns as an item in Round 59 of Bubble Memories, Round 25 of Super Mode references the Puka Puka enemy, and there's an unlockable Kiki KaiKai bubble set in Space Puzzle Bobble.1


5Arrow R Cameltry1989 1989Bubby from Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 appears in Cameltry holding a 1000 Pts sign if the player reaches the goal with more than 60 seconds on the clock and the ending image from the 4th Plane Master course in the SNES port of Cameltry features Bub and Bob from Bubble Bobble, while its English release On the Ball replaces the Operation Wolf ball with Bub.1


5Arrow R Megablast198910 October 1989A mini boss that takes the appearance of Bub from Bubble Bobble appears in Megablast.3


5Arrow R The Ninja Kids1990 1990A graffiti of Bub and the Zen-chan enemy from Bubble Bobble appear in the third stage of The Ninja Kids.2


5Arrow R Palamedes1990 1990Bub from Bubble Bobble makes a cameo in "Tournament Mode" of Palamedes.1


4Arrow L Syvalion19900309 March 09, 1990The X68000 port of Bubble Bobble features a hidden game titled "Sybubblun", a parody of Syvalion including Bub and Bob redesigned to resemble the eponymous gold dragon and enemies modifed to resemble the game's enemies; while Bubble Bobble Double features "Gald Valion" as one of its bosses.3


5Arrow R Puzznic19900629 June 29, 1990The PC-Engine port of Puzznic features images of Bub in dragon and human form as part of the background of Stage 4.2


5Arrow R The Adventures of Quik and Silva19910510 May 10, 1991Enemies resembling Bub from Bubble Bobble appear in The Adventures of Quik and Silva.3


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Space Invaders1994 1994The cannon from Space Invaders is an assist character in Bubble Symphony and the series is referenced in "TV Machine" Round D-2, Level 11 of Bubble Bobble and Round 5 of Bubble Memories Super Mode; while the recurring "Invader" enemy is based on the eponymous aliens; Stage 3 and 4 in the Parody Mode of Space Invaders DX is based on Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Island respectively and feature a playable Bub in dragon and human form; while he, Bob and Drunk are among the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Don Doko Don1994 1994Bob from Don Doko Don is an assist character in Bubble Symphony.1


4Arrow L Liquid Kids1994 1994Hipopo from Liquid Kids is an assist character in Bubble Symphony, and he also spawns as an item in Round 55 of Bubble Memories, while the "Water" bubble in the series works similarly to the water bubbles used in Liquid Kids.1


4Arrow L Pu·Li·Ru·La1994 1994The setting of Pu·Li·Ru·La (Raddish Land) is the setting of Round C and G in Bubble Symphony, with Jack O'Colson as the area boss; Mr. Mikata is also one of many assist characters in the game.1


4Arrow L Yuyu no Quiz de Go! Go!1994 1994Pepple from Yuyu no Quiz de Go! Go! is an assist character in Bubble Symphony.1


4Arrow L Elepong1994 1994"TV Machine" Round D-4 of Bubble Symphony references Elepong.3


4Arrow L Challenge Hitter1994 1994"TV Machine" Round D-8 of Bubble Symphony references Challenge Hitter.3


4Arrow L Time Gal1994 1994"Timegal" is one of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Aqua Jack1994 1994"Aqua Jack" is one of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Cadash1994 1994"Cadash" is one of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Chase H.Q.1994 1994"Chase HQ" and "SCI" (for Special Crime Investigation) are two of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Front Line1994 1994"Frontlin" is one of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Gun Frontier (Taito)1994 1994"Gunfront" is one of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Kaiser Knuckle1994 1994"Kaiserkn" is one of the random secret high score screen names Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Metal Black1994 1994"Metalbla" is one of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Landing (Taito)1994 1994"Toplandi" and "Midnight" (for Midnight Landing) are two of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Night Striker1994 1994"Nightstr" is one of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Rastan1994 1994"Rastansa" (for Rastan Saga) and "Warriorb" (for Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III) are two of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Runark1994 1994"Runark" is one of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Scramble Formation1994 1994"Scramble" is one of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Thunder Fox1994 1994"Thunderf" is one of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


4Arrow L Violence Fight1994 1994"Violence" is one of the random secret high score screen names in Bubble Symphony.3


5Arrow R Kyuukyoku Harikiri Stadium19940812 August 12, 1994Two of the players in the "Taito Planets" team from Super Kyuukyoku Harikiri Stadium 2 are named "Boburun" and "Baburun", after the main characters of Bubble Bobble.3


4Arrow L Elevator Action199602 February 1996The enemy spy from Elevator Action spawns as an item in Round 56 of Bubble Memories.2


4Arrow L Ben Beroh Beh199602 February 1996Ben from Ben Beroh Beh spawns as an item in Round 58 of Bubble Memories.2


4Arrow L The NewZealand Story199602 February 1996Tiki from The NewZealand Story spawns as an item in Round 55 of Bubble Memories.2


4Arrow L Street Fighter199609 September 1996Musashi in Puzzle Bobble 3 is designed and uses similar moves to Ryu of Street Fighter.3


4Arrow L Sonic Blast Man199609 September 1996Sonic Blast Man appears as a playable character in Puzzle Bobble 3.1


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Psychic Force1997102 October 2, 1997Psychic Force Puzzle Taisen is a format crossover featuring characters from Psychic Force and gameplay elements from Puzzle Bobble.1


5Arrow R Pop n' Pop19982 February 1998Characters from Rainbow Island and Bubble Bobble appear in Pop n' Pop.1


5Arrow R Power Shovel20010719 July 19, 2001A Bub doll from Bubble Bobble is one of the items to buy in the "Be a good buyer!" mini-game from Power Shovel.2


5Arrow R Flipull2002 2002Bub from Bubble Bobble is one of the characters in the mobile phone port of Flipull.1


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Azumanga Daioh20020601 June 01, 2002Azumanga Daioh Puzzle Bobble is a format crossover featuring characters from Azumanga Daioh and gameplay elements from Puzzle Bobble.3


5Arrow R Rakugaki Oukoku20040922 September 22, 2004Bub, Bob and Mog from Bubble Bobble are graffiti creatures in Graffiti Kingdom.1


5Arrow R Taito Memories20050728 July 28, 2005Several Bubble Bobble games are included in all Taito Memories compilations.2


5Arrow R Taito Legends20051014 October 14, 2005Several Bubble Bobble games are included in all Taito Legends compilations.2


5Arrow R Asterix20051016 October 16, 2005In Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission: Las Vegum there are Bubble Bobble references.
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5Arrow R Castle of Shikigami200602 February 2006In the Japanese version of Castle of Shikigami III, Nagino Ise's backpack features a picture of Bub from Bubble Bobble.2


5Arrow R Taito Harikiri Daifugo20060713 July 13, 2006Bub from Bubble Bobble is one of the characters in Taito Harikiri Daifugo.
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4Arrow L Exit20070323 March 23, 2007Round 13 in Bubble Bobble Double Shot references Exit.3


5Arrow R Furu Furu Park20070419 April 19, 2007Bubble Bobble is featured as a minigame in Furu Furu Park.2


5Arrow R Turn it Around20070620 June 20, 2007Turn It Around features Puzzle Bobble characters and mechanics in the "BubBob" minigame.2


5Arrow R Music GunGun!20090717 July 17, 2009A medley of music from Bubble Bobble is featured in Music Gun Gun!, and a medley of music from Puzzle Bobble was added in Music GunGun 2!2


5Arrow R Daifugo Party20100401 April 01, 2010Bub from Bubble Bobble is a playable character in Daifugo Party.1


5Arrow R Super Meat Boy20101020 October 20, 2010The World 0 intro in Super Meat Boy is a parody of the intro from Bubble Bobble.3


5Arrow R Angry Birds20120322 March 22, 2012Angry Birds Space features a level based on Bubble Bobble.3


5Arrow R Retro City Rampage20121009 October 09, 2012The item "Bobble Bubble Gum" in Retro City Rampage references Bubble Bobble.3


5Arrow R Angry Video Game Nerd20121020 October 20, 2012The Angry Video Game Nerd reviews Bubble Bobble during Pat the NES Punk's 3rd NES Marathon.2


5Arrow R Groove Coaster20151009 October 09, 2015Bub and Bob from Bubble Bobble appear as avatars in Groove Coaster 2: Heavenly Festival as part of a limited promotion, and later return in other games, while the series features a remixed medley of themes from Bubble Bobble games.2


5Arrow R Schoolgirl Strikers20160722 July 22, 2016Schoolgirl Strikers features a doll of Bub and a poster of Bubble Bobble as part of a special Taito collaboration.2


5Arrow R Black Mirror20161021 October 21, 2016Bubble Bobble is featured in the 4th episode of Season 3 of Black Mirror, "San Junipero", as a video game played by Yorkie in 1986 at the Tucker club.2


5Arrow R Spelunker20170824 August 24, 2017Several Bubble Bobble character costumes are featured in Spelunker World as part of a Taito collaboration event.2