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Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands

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Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands
Publisher: Acclaim
Developer:
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
US
$? T-8131H
Sega Saturn
UK
£? T-8131H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-8131H-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-8131H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-8131H-50
Sega Saturn
AU
$? ?



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.

Gameplay

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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Next Generation (US) #22: "October 1996" (1996-09-17)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #87: "October 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[2]
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88
54 №48, p51
78
90 №48, p60/61[3]
81 №67, p114
56 №85, p54
92 №12, p74/75[4]
Sega Saturn
77
Based on
7 reviews

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

References

  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)