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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends (Nov 19 EU Release, Switch)

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6 minutes ago, grindmouse said:

This includes the original Bubble Bobble too!

 

Source: cba to find.

 

The company posted it on twitter yesterday. Link is in one of the Switch threads.

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Physical is up on Amazon. £35 Standard / £45 Special Edition:

 

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4-Player Co-Op Mode

After more than 10 years finally the official sequel of the critically acclaimed cult 80's game series Bubble Bobble

Created by TAITO - the company that practically started the video game revolution with their classic hit Space Invaders

100 Stages (50 family friendly / 50 challenging)

5 Bosses

 

Normally I would be tempted to support the series, but the art is so bad, plus Peb & Pab (!?) with the giant bows. Ugh.

 

Guessing digital will be around the £20-25 region.

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SLG are doing a collectors edition limited to 2500 copies including an artbook, soundtrack which leans heavily on the original arcade game.

 

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Again highlights how bad the new art is. I’ve wanted a Taito artbook for ages so... tempting.

Hopefully it includes art from the other sequels too.

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They've not even bothered to attach their feet to their body..

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Add me to the 'much rather have a compilation of the old games' list..

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27 minutes ago, McCoy said:

Looks good, but ooh £36 for the digital?  Perhaps I am being unfair, but that seems a touch on the high side. 

 

Just wait for the Christmas sale. :P

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I canceled my Pokemon preorder and spent three days complaining because it didn’t look up to scratch, meanwhile dropped £70 on the CE of this shovelware mess in the hopes the book is decent. Daft.

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So this is apparently, not terrible. 

 

https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/20/bubble-bobble-4-friends-review-nintendo-switch-11188899/

 

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In Short: The best Bubble Bobble game in over two decades and while it isn’t quite as perfectly formed as the original it is one of the best couch co-op games of the year.

 

Pros: The central gameplay and controls are perfect. Four-player co-op is a lot of fun and the level and boss design is good. Great music and the original coin-op is a nice bonus.

 

Cons: Too few stages and the non-hard mode is too easy. New emphasis on unlockable skills is an unwelcome change. No online options.

 

Score: 7/10

 

 

 

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Has there been a mainline sequel in the last two decades?

 

Bubble Symphony - 1994

Bubble Memories - 1996

 

Better than the 00’s handheld titles isn’t saying much. Certainly the less said about that atrocious Rainbow Islands sequel the better. 
 

I won’t get to play this until Jan. Doesn’t seem like anyone else here has taken a punt on it yet. 
 

50 single screen stages seems criminally low for full price.

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I bought it. I haven't played much but to be honest I wasn't impressed. It's just ok. Then I went into classic mode and was reminded why the original is a stone cold classic.

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1 hour ago, Gotters said:

I could be tempted by this but not at £35, its one that needs a good 50-60% off to get me buying.


My thoughts precisely. £17.99 and we’re in business.

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2 minutes ago, Kryptonian said:

I just want the original :(

 

Is it the arcade version so it has all the secrets, timers, etc or is it based on a port? (The original I mean)


Supposedly a perfect port like the arcade archive release on XB1/PS4.

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7 minutes ago, Kryptonian said:

It could be tested by someone with the inclination... this article gives a summary of what I’m on about:

 

https://www.kotaku.com.au/2013/06/bubble-bobbles-deep-dark-secret/

 


I’m certain the Arcade Archive release had all of this because I got heavily into it a couple of years ago. Once you learn about the complex systems under the hood the game goes from being a pleasant piece of nostalgia to an incredible score attack game, which absolutely stands up today. 
 

I wish we had a similar release for Rainbow Islands.

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4 hours ago, Kryptonian said:

Sweet, that’s promising then. I still play it regularly so would be nice to have a good portable version :)


We already do - Bubble Bobble Old & New on the GBA.

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28 minutes ago, Darhkwing said:

Loved Bubble Bobble old and New. Although i think i played "old" way, way more than "new".

 

Yep. That was the best way!

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I cancelled my preorder for the collectors edition. I mainly wanted it for the artbook - maybe there will be a Taito artbook at retail eventually.

 

I would pick this up digitally on sale but the aesthetics are a real downer.

 

Also: http://www.numskull.com/bubble-bobble-quarter-scale-arcade-cabinet/

 

Hard to justify €95 on a collectors edition of this trash when you can buy a dinky arcade machine for £130.

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I’ll tell you something weird, what is the first question that pops up when you see a 1/4 scale arcade machine? For me it’s “What size is it?” And as far as I can tell there are zero details of dimensions on the website.

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39 minutes ago, sir stiff_one said:

I’ll tell you something weird, what is the first question that pops up when you see a 1/4 scale arcade machine? For me it’s “What size is it?” And as far as I can tell there are zero details of dimensions on the website.

 

I'm going to wait and see if Arcade1Up do a Taito cabinet because they have a few games on a machine and are actually playable. These quarter machines seem too small and fiddly to play - so it just becomes an expensive desk ornament. There are also replicade. They are similar to the Numskulls cabinets though - maybe slightly smaller.

 

Maybe folks in the retro folder will have more details on the practicalities of these cabinets.

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47 minutes ago, Kryptonian said:

Every time this thread is bumped I’m expecting someone to be saying it’s reduced to under £10 or so :hmm:

 

Me too. This is getting bought as soon as it's on sale - I assume it's flopped massively due to the greedy RRP.

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