November 2019 has seen the release of a new Switch game that updates a beloved Japanese classic. The game grants you control of cute fantastical creatures with exotic powers, and boasts a compelling core gameplay loop that's scarcely changed in decades.

No, I'm not talking about Pokemon Sword and Shield. Phooey to that overblown game of Top Trumps. I'm talking about Bubble Bobble 4 Friends.

Maybe you haven't heard of Bubble Bobble before. Just as likely is that you've vaguely heard of it, but paid it little attention. Maybe you remember playing Puzzle Bobble (aka Bust-a-Move), a casual puzzler spin-off.

While the series hasn't always hit the peaks of the all-time classics, though, the sheer majesty of the original - not to mention how fun and tidy the new Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is - warrants some kind of tribute.

Here, then, is a brief potted history of this adorable series, with a particular emphasis on how you've been able to play these games (officially) on the go. Click on the button below the trailer to get started.


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