Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Adding Baron von Blubba

Taito have announced that Bubble Bobble 4 Friends will receive a future free update to the game adding new stages and the return the fan favourite enemy character – ‘Baron von Blubba’. Purchase the packaged version of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends at this link. [Thanks, Nintendo Life]

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Magazine Advert

Back page magazine advert for Bubble Bobble 4 Friends taken from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. Order physical copies of the magazine here – use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all orders over $20!

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Final Bubble Bobble Coming to Switch

Taito have announced that copies of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends ordered from Amazon Japan on Cyber Monday will receive a download code for the Final Bubble Bobble game which originally released on Sega Mark III back in 1988! Buy the game here (without Final Bubble Bobble!) and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off. Thanks to Naruki. A Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Special Edition was also announced priced at ¥10,780 (the regular edition is ¥5,280) with both versions newly dated for 27 February 2020. Box art and Special Edition pictured below added below…

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Includes Bubble Bobble

Taito have confirmed that the Japanese release of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends this February will include a copy of the original Bubble Bobble game from 1986! Buy the game here and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off.

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Coming to Japan

Taito’s Bubble Bobble 4 Friends game has finally been confirmed for Japanese Switch release this February with more information in this week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine. Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is the first new Bubble Bobble game in 24 years and features a 4-player couch co-op mode. Edit: looks like a physical release priced at ¥5,280 (including tax!). Check out the official website.

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Bubble Bobble mini review


A couple of things I didn’t know about Bubble Bobble: the first being that the opening sounds like the Final Fantasy opening and the game was released on Famicom disk and not cartridge. I could add a third in that I had forgot just how great it plays! With cute characters, colourful graphics, a catchy tune, a two-player mode, perfect difficulty increases and big sprites (a must for portable Virtual Console titles), Bubble Bobble is quite simply essential!

I almost don’t know what to add: the game controls simple-y – up-down-left-right-jump-shoot and the concept is simple – shoot bubbles at the baddies then pop the bubbles, eat fruit and progress to the next screen within a certain timeframe before the main baddie Baron Von Blubba kills you. So much better than almost every other early single screen videogames (*cough* *Pac-Man* *cough*). Just buy. Now bring me Snow Bros.!

8/10