Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is the latest game in the legendary Bubble Bobble series from Taito. Play alone or with up to 3 friends in couch co-op mode and jump your bubble dragons through 100 levels to defy the wicked magician Bonner and his henchmen. The bubbles don’t just let you trap your opponents, either – your dragons can also jump on them to reach higher platforms.
Collect E-X-T-E-N-D bubbles to activate and upgrade skills, such as lightning and bomb bubbles. Develop countless new strategies to travel through the worlds and take advantage of air currents. The original Bubble Bobble arcade game from 1986 is also included, which captured the hearts of players around the world and still has fans humming its title melody today. A celebration for fans and fun for the whole family!
• Single-Player Mode
• up to 4 players in cooperative play
• 100 Stages, 5 Bosses
• Skill system – learn and upgrade special skills
• includes legendary Bubble Bobble arcade game from 1986 (with 2-player co-op mode)
»As in the previous highly popular series, the thrilling and epic bubble fight starts again! [...] In the '80s and '90s, the players jumped through the levels either solo or in the two-player mode. In the new part of the popular Bubble Bobble series, a 4-player cooperative mode is integrated, providing even more fun with friends. «
»It's time for Bub and Bob to start up their bubble fights once again, but this time there are more options than ever. «
»Chapter 4 Friends of Bubble Bobble will be entrusted to the loving care of ININ Games and will mark the return to the style of Taito's on the scene video game international. «
»Bubble Bobble is one of those franchises that just cracks a smile on to so many faces. «
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33 YEARS OF VIDEOGAME HISTORY
The adventures of Bub and Bob aren’t reserved for arcade gamers for long: In the year after the Bubble Bobble debut of 1986, conversions are already released for home computers and consoles such as C64 and NES – to date some 20 different platforms have been supplied with the stunning bubble action.
Designer Fukio Mitsuji doesn’t rest on his laurels for long, however, but relies on innovation and uniqueness for the successor: Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 is the name of his creation, which is released to the arcade as early as 1987 and soon gets converted to countless computers and consoles. Bubby and Bobby, as the heroes in their now human form are called, shoot rainbows instead of bubbles to fight insect monsters and climb vertically scrolling levels.
The cute, colourful graphic style and the fresh, clever game mechanics of Rainbow Islands imply its affinity with Bubble Bobble. But the fans of Bub and Bob will have to wait a few more years for the direct continuation of the bubble-hopper. It isn’t until 1994 that Taito brings a real Part 2 entitled Bubble Symphony to the arcade and later to Sega’s Saturn console. The two well-known dragons are joined by the girls Kululun and Cororon, who are also transformed into cuddly lizards. Compared to Bubble Bobble, the changes in the game mechanics are only subtle: The four dragons differ slightly in their abilities (for example, Bob runs fastest, Kululun shoots furthest), there are more boss fights and the shot can be charged to fire three bubbles at the same time.
Three years earlier the adventures of Bubby and Bobby are continued for the last time: The Story of Bubble Bobble 3 is the subtitle of the cult classic Parasol Stars, which is released on a handful of consoles and computers and in which the two boys are now equipped with umbrellas instead of rainbows. However, Bubble Bobble’s arcade story doesn’t end until 1996 with Bubble Memories, which once again subtly but skilfully varies the tried and tested bubble shooting and bouncing. The most significant change is a Super Bubble, which allows Bub and Bob to enclose huge or already captured opponents for massive chain reactions and loads of points.
Although the video game industry finally outgrows the arcade during the 1990s, the history of the Bubble Bobble series is far from over. New variations and episodes of Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands appear in the following years, especially for handheld consoles such as Nintendo DS or PlayStation Portable, and owners of Wii and Xbox 360 can also have fun with Bub and Bob. After ten years of relative calm, the two dragons are now returning with some of their friends for a true sequel to the legendary game series: Bubble Bobble 4 Friends will be released exclusively for Nintendo Switch on November 19 and will take – 33 years after its debut – the eternal bubble fight into a new era!
Official Announcement Trailer - 2019
Announcement Trailer 2019 - DE
Announcement Trailer 2019 - EN
Official Announcement Trailer - Coming to NA 2020
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