Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands

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Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands
Publisher: Acclaim
Publisher(s) of original games: Taito
Developer(s) of original games: Taito
Game total: 2
System(s): Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Genre: Compilation, Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
$? T-8131H
Sega Saturn
£? T-8131H-50
Sega Saturn
?F T-8131H-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? T-8131H-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas T-8131H-50
Sega Saturn
$? ?

Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands (commonly shortened to just Bubble Bobble & Rainbow Islands) is a compilation of both Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands, two popular arcade games developed by Taito in the 1980s and early 1990s. It was released for the Sega Saturn (alongside PlayStation and PC versions) in 1996.


Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands is a curiously named game as despite suggesting Bubble Bobble is the main focus of this compilation, it is actually Rainbow Islands which receives the most treatment. Rainbow Islands exists in two forms, a largely unaltered arcade conversion and an enhanced mode, which updates the graphics to take advantage of the larger colour palette. Both share the same musical score and gameplay.

Bubble Bobble takes cues from both these versions of Rainbow Islands, being a faithful arcade conversion with some very minor graphical changes, effectively just giving the characters some shading (as opposed to Rainbow Islands which replaces backgrounds too).

Neither version of Rainbow Islands is entirely true to its arcade roots, as the theme of its first stage has been altered to sound less like Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow", most likely due to legal concerns which arose as the game became more popular. This altered theme was used in previous conversions for the Nintendo Entertainment System (1991) and the Sega Master System (1993).

Reportedly Taito had lost the original source code for Bubble Bobble, meaning developers Probe Entertainment had to resort to adapting the 1987 Atari ST version instead[1].

Magazine articles

Main article: Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Print advert in
Next Generation (US) #22: "October 1996" (1996-09-17)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #87: "October 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[2]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
54 №48, p51
90 №48, p60/61[3]
81 №67, p114
56 №85, p54
92 №12, p74/75[4]
Sega Saturn
Based on
7 reviews

Saturn, US
BubbleBobbleRainbowIslands Saturn US Box Back.jpgBubbleBobbleRainbowIslands Saturn US Box Front.jpg
BubbleBobbleRainbowIslands Saturn US Disc.jpg
Bubblebobblerainbowislands sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, EU
BubbleBobbleRainbowIslands Saturn EU Box.jpg
BubbleBobbleRainbowIslands Saturn EU Disc.jpg


  1. File:MeanMachinesSega51UK.pdf, page 12
  2. File:EGM US 087.pdf, page 7
  3. File:MeanMachinesSega48UK.pdf, page 60
  4. File:SSM_UK_12.pdf, page 74

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)