Rainbow Islands Extra

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Rainbow Islands Extra
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Taito
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,800 T-11073

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Rainbow Islands Extra (レインボーアイランド エキストラ) is an update version of Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2, extra version was released by Taito for arcades in 1988. It was ported to the Sega Mega Drive in 1990 exclusively in Japan.


Bubby's friends have been captured and turned into Bubble Dragons by Super Skull Monsta [sic], and Bubby needs to save them by destroying the Super Skull Monsta's minions with rainbows and collecting Little Diamonds to get Magical Mirrors needed to break the spell.


Original and "Extra" version are selectable in option menu. The rules are otherwise the same - create rainbows to defeat enemies and reach the top of the screen. The order of characters and music are interchanged in two versions.

Left and Right moves, A makes rainbows and B jumps.


Notavailable.svg World 1: Insect island
Extra version enemies Darius island.
Notavailable.svg World 2: Combat island
Extra version enemies Magical island
Notavailable.svg World 3: Monster island
Extra version enemies Dragon island
Notavailable.svg World 4: Toys island
Extra version enemies Doh's island
Notavailable.svg World 5: Doh's island
Extra version enemies Insect island
Notavailable.svg World 6: Robot island
Extra version enemies Monster island
Notavailable.svg World 7: Dragon island
Extra version enemies Toys island
Notavailable.svg World 8: Magical island
Extra version enemies Robot island
Notavailable.svg World 9: Darius island
Extra version enemies Combat island
Notavailable.svg World 10: Bubble island

Magazine articles

Main article: Rainbow Islands Extra/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Rainbow Islands Extra/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 №1990-11, p20[1]
68 №, p85[2]
63 №111, [1]
50 №1990-20_21, p16
81 №10, p99[3]
83 №2, p79[4]
86 №1, p79[5]
92 №2, p70-72[6]
100 №23, p54
89 №5, p33[7]
92 №18, p66
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
11 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
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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)