Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2

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Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2
Publisher: Sega
Publisher(s) of original games: Taito
Developer(s) of original games: Taito
System(s): Sega Master System
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
£? 7117
Sega Master System
?F 7117
Sega Master System
DM ? 7117
Sega Master System
?Ptas 7117
Sega Master System
R$? 026360

Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 is a sequel to Bubble Bobble, originally released in arcades by Taito in 1987. It was ported to the Sega Master System six years later and released only in Europe and Brazil. It is seen as a fairly late conversion, as an update to Rainbow Islands, Rainbow Islands Extra had been released for Japanese Sega Mega Drive consoles in 1990, and many older consoles and computers received this game earlier.

Rainbow Islands sees the two dragons from Bubble Bobble, Bub and Bob, in human form, attempting to rid the rainbow islands of monsters. Rather than creating bubbles, the pair use rainbows, which can be used to defeat enemies, obtain items and be used as temporary platforms.

This version of the game changes the melody of the first stage theme, something only also done to the US release of the NES version of the game. It also seems to borrow some aspects from the NES version (for instance, the "world map" screen before stages being just a plain text screen, with identical layout in both versions).

Production credits

  • Producer: T.Shiokawa
  • Programmer: Y.Sugihara, Okazaru
  • Graphics: Ha.Ha.Ha.
  • Sound: K.Asakura
  • Special Thanks: H.Kusa, Gara‑P, A.Yoshimi, T.Nagayama
Source: In-game credits

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №21, p140[3]
81 №1, p65
84 №7, p54-56[4]
74 №32, p104
91 №2, p13[5]
74 №42, p48/49
79 №19, p50/51
80 №6, p24/25
91 №16, p80/81[6]
Sega Master System
Based on
9 reviews

Master System, EU
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Rainbow Islands The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 SMS EU Manual.pdf
Master System, AU

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Master System, BR
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NEC Retro has more information related to Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2.
  1. File:SegaPro DE 08.pdf, page 49
  2. File:SuperGamePower BR 019.pdf, page 13
  3. File:ConsolesPlus FR 021.pdf, page 128
  4. File:MeanMachinesSega07UK.pdf, page 54
  5. File:SegaMasterForce UK 02.pdf, page 13
  6. File:SegaForce UK 16.pdf, page 80

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)