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Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Acclaim, Taito (JP)
Developer:
Original system(s): Taito F3 Syetem
Publisher(s) of original games: Taito
Developer(s) of original games: Taito
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (20 tracks)
Genre: Puzzle































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-1106G
Sega Saturn
JP
(Satakore)
¥2,800 T-1114G
Sega Saturn
US
$? T-8132H
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99[1] T-8132H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-8132H-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-8132H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-8132H-50
Sega Saturn
PT
?PTE$ STJAK0318




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Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition, known in Japan as Puzzle Bobble 2X (パズルボブル2X) is the sequel to the arcade version of Bust-A-Move. Like its prequel, Bust-A-Move 2 also started life out in the arcades, but was brought to home consoles including the Sega Saturn in 1996. Bust-A-Move 2 adds staples to the series such as the branching, tournament-style gameplay when playing against the computer. There is also a level editor.

Despite its name, Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition is an slight upgrade on the standard Bust-A-Move 2 released for other consoles. It includes an alternative set of levels as well as the original.

History

The North American Saturn version of the game is notorious for having oddly designed box art, depicting severed heads in bubbles with sticks holding their eyes open. As such, it is freqently placed in top x worst covers lists. Similar complaints have been made for the later PlayStation 2 release of Super Bust-A-Move. The Japanese version of the game was later bundled with Space Invaders.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition
English (US) Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition
Japanese パズルボブル2X Puzzle Bobble 2X

Production credits

  • Game Design: Seiichi Nakakuki, Yuji Koga
  • Program: Takeshi Sasaki, Hiroshi Kyoku
  • Character Editors: Kenichi Morita, Ryousuke Hayase
  • Character Design: Bawbaw, Ko-Ji Terada, KAT, Miwa Kamiya, Masami Kikuchi
  • Sound: Nakayama Joutohei (Zuntata), Karu (Zuntata), YAG (Zuntata), Yasuko (Zuntata), SYU (Zuntata)
  • Map Design: Makoto Osaka, NOB, Naomitsu Abe
  • Manual Design: Toshiki Sakai
  • Special Thanks: Takafumi Fujimoto, Katsuyuki Fujita, Kazuhiro Ohhara, OGR (Zuntata), Babi (Zuntata), Hiroshi Maruyama, Junichiro Noguchi, FJT, Harumi.K, Shunsuke Ono, Tomohiro Houjou, Masakazu Takeda, Atsushi Horimizu, Kazunari Ishida, TMR, T.Saitou, Mari, Toshio Harada, Y.Nagata
  • Director: Yoshio Imamura
  • Producer: Masaki Ogata
  • Executive Producer: Seizo Matsutaka
Congratulations!
Taito®
Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

NextGeneration US 18.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Next Generation (US) #18: "June 1996" (1996-05-21)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #93: "June 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[3]

CVG UK 179.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #179: "October 1996" (1996-09-09)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №179, p80[1]
91
60 №397, p30
91 №48, p55
88
86 №1996/10, p81[4]
92 №48, p72[5]
89 №68, p120[6]
87 №84, p48/49
93 №11, p78/79[7]
80 №1996-12, p218[8]
83 №, p10Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[9]
Sega Saturn
85
Based on
12 reviews

Saturn, US
BustAMove2 Saturn US Box Back.jpgBustAMove2 Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
BustAMove2 Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Bam2 sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
BustAMove2 Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
BustAMove2 Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP
BustAMove2 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgBustAMove2 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
BustAMove2AE Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
BustAMove2AE Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP (Satakore)
BustAMove2AE Saturn JP Box Back Satakore.jpgBustAMove2 Saturn JP Box Front Satakore.jpg
Cover
BustAMove2AE Saturn JP Disc Satakore.jpg
Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
327,153,792 CD-ROM(EU) T-8132H-50 V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
327,142,032 1996-06-30 CD-ROM(JP) T-1106G, T-1114G V1.007
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
327,156,144 CD-ROM(US) T-8132H V1.000

References


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)