Bubble Bobble

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BubbleBobble SMS title.png
Bubble Bobble
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Original system(s): Taito's arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Taito
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
¥5,500 G-1362
Sega Master System
£29.99[1]More...[2] 7077
Sega Master System
?F 7077
Sega Master System
DM ? 7077
Sega Master System
?Ptas 7077
Sega Master System
$? ?
Sega Master System
R$? ?
Sega Master System
₩? GB-2362

Sega Game Gear
$? T-11028

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Bubble Bobble is an arcade game developed by Taito and released in 1986. It was subsequently ported to a variety of systems including the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear. In Japan, the Master System version of the game is called Final Bubble Bobble (ファイナルバブルボブル), while in Brazil this version is called Dragon Maze.

Bubble Bobble follows two humans who have been transformed into dragons named Bub and Bob. The must progress through various mazes capturing enemies within bubbles and then popping said bubbles. A sequel to this game was later released as Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2.

The two Sega versions are relatively faithful ports of the arcade game, although adjust their levels to suit the differing screen resolutions. This is particularly noticeable with the Game Gear version, as although the objects in the game are the same size, the play areas are much more cramped so as to avoid screen scrolling.


Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble
English (US) Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble
Japanese ファイナルバブルボブル Final Bubble Bobble
Portuguese (Brazil) Dragon Maze

Production credits

  • Game Programmer: M, Nanno KHK
  • Music And Sound: YAG, Oonui, By ZTT
  • Game Graphic: S.Yamana, S.T
  • Game Design: Rainbow S.T
  • Special thanks to: Original Bubble Bobble Team, MTJ, I.F, Kim, And Taito C.P. Team, Dranker KZM, Gamer Y.K, Hucker N.Santa, Super M.Hatano, Great G.Kuriki, Mr.Nishikado, Other People...
  • Produced: Mr.Sanbe, S.Takahasi
Thanks For Your Playing
©Taito All Rights Reserved 1988
Source: In-game credits (JP) [3]

Magazine articles

Main article: Bubble Bobble/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Pixel GR 096.pdfPixel GR 096.pdf

Print advert in Pixel (GR) #96: "Fevrouários 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №6, p104/105[4]
74 №122, p91[1]
90 №32
94 №22, p172[5]
85 №16, p80/81[6]
68 №2/43
90 №15, p48/49[7]
89 №27, p26/27
79 №4, p51[8]
Sega Master System
Based on
9 reviews

Master System, EU
BubbleBobble SMS EU Box.jpg
BubbleBobble SMS EU Cart.jpg
Bubble Bobble SMS EU Manual.pdf
Master System, JP
FinalBubbleBobble SMS JP Box Front.jpg
BubbleBobble SMS JP cart.jpg
Master System, AU

Master System, BR
BubbleBobble SMS BR cover.jpg
BubbleBobble SMS BR Cart.jpg
Master System, KR

Game Gear version

Game Gear, US
BubbleBobble GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBubbleBobble GG US Box Front.jpg
BubbleBobble GG US Cart.jpg
Bubble Bobble GG US Manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
CRC32 E843BA7E
MD5 D79C186A74550876691E97CA830C66C7
SHA-1 44876B44089B4174858E54202E567E02EFA76859
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Master System
CRC32 3EBB7457
MD5 3573A65921B0506F7124F1F9FFB30974
SHA-1 AB585612FDDB90B5285E2804F63FD7FB7BA02900
256kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 FBA338C5
MD5 4F08CAB3E252C2E3979EF33E9E59F294
SHA-1 C2C99D798BD0D4960021743A55E74644AD9020C6
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)


Bubble Bobble
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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)