Taito's Bubble Bobble is a genuine arcade classic, and one which continues to attract fans even today – hence the fact that we got a sequel on Switch not so long ago.
If you're one of the many people who considers themselves to be a keen follower of the original, then you'll no doubt find this miniature Bubble Bobble arcade cabinet as totes adorbs as we did. It's running the original arcade ROM via a bespoke emulator, and even includes internal dip switch settings (just like the original coin-op) so you can tinker with how it plays. It's powered by an internal rechargeable battery, so it's (kinda) portable, too.
It's the latest entry in the growing Quarter Arcades range, which we've covered previously on the site, and even features support for two players – although, given the diminutive size of the unit, you'll be bumping elbows with your co-op partner on a fairly regular basis. The small sticks look fragile, but they're surprisingly robust (we've got a Pac-Man Quarter Arcades unit at home and it shows no signs of flagging despite regular play).
The catch? It's a pretty expensive £149.99 / $179.99, which is hardly impulse-purchase territory. Still, that amount of cash buys you the satisfaction of having a Bubble Bobble arcade system you can fit on your desk, so perhaps it's not all bad.
If you're interested in picking one up, then head over to Numskull's site.
Thanks to Numskull for supplying the unit used in this piece.
This article was originally published by nintendolife.com on Mon 22nd March, 2021.
What is that ?
An Arcade machine for The Smurfs ? 😂
Looks just as nice as it is useless!
As the proud owner of a Neo Geo mini and an Astro City mini I am a total sucker for these things. But blimey. That price. That one game. I don't think they are going to be making many of these...
Ooof I'd still be hesitant at half that price. £30-40 and it'd be in my shopping basket already.
I have one of those tiny little My Arcade machines that plays Galaga (and with a bit of tinkering a whole bunch of other games). But it's just a novelty, the small form is utterly impractical.
These things LOOK cute, but a total bugger to use - and I can't imagine having two players shoulder to shoulder on this.
Taito - PLEASE release the arcade versions of Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands, Parasol Stars and New Zealand Story onto current platforms. Don't bugger about with them (Rainbow Islands Revolution and the awful Wiiware version, I'm looking at you), Just pure arcade ports please!
@mr_benn I've been hoping for Rainbow Islands to be released on Arcade Archives for ages! One of my childhood favourites. The Puzzle Bobble games are on there so we know that Taito are willing to release their games in this format.
I have a feeling Bubble Bobble won't come to Arcade Archives as they'd prefer people to buy Bubble Bobble 4, but I'm not paying £35.99 for that, are you mad Taito...
What is this, an arcade machine for ants?!
Would love to see it in real life, but I’ve no need to own such things
So cute. The pictures here make it look smaller than it actually is. It's probably about 18 inches tall, which makes it somewhat playable, though not conveniently for co-op, as Damo notes. This would be a nice add to the game room. Hmmm ...
Mine's arriving tomorrow!! Can't wait!!
As can be imagined... I love this! 😆 But it is pricey for something that can't be (sensibly) played. Although... having it on my desk with the attract sequence running would be amazing in itself!!! 😆
I'm one of those people who bought Bubble Bobble 4 Friends specifically so I could have the arcade version on my Switch. I couldn't care less about the "new" version of the game.
I would have rather Taito just put it on Arcade Archives or something, but it is one of my favorite games of all time, so I got it.
My Switch is turning into the best "golden age arcade" I've ever had. If only Midway/Williams/Atari Games put out a collection of their games...
Bubble Bobble is one of my lifelong favorites, and it was my mother who introduced me to it. I think she would’ve loved this! 😄 Ah, RIP Mom.
I've played and completed this timeless classic on many platforms and will never ever tire of it. But this version seems pointless for essentially a 2 player game. One of my work colleagues built a full width desktop cabinet with full size microswitch joysticks and running mame on a raspberry pi. "I'd buy that for a dollar"!!
I really shouldn't buy this due to the price, but I just like the game so much. It brings back so many childhood memories. The cabinet and the box artwork are fabulous. Like others have mentioned Taito Bubble Bobble games should be released onto the switch, A collection would be amazing. Bubble bobble 4 friends was lacking, they should have gone for a modern version of the original 2d sprites. The lack of any save state on the original game was also disappointing.
180 dollars for a replica of a game we all played on nes.
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