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Bubble Bobble Old & New är alltså en perfekt konvertering av det odödliga originalet kompletterat med ett estetiskt missfoster med härlig musik. Lägg till ett diabetesframkallande intro och du har förmodligen det perfekta bärbara spelet. Kanske det perfekta spelet överhuvudtaget.
The arcade classic Bubble Bobble is now finally available on the GBA in the US! And it's just as good now as it was then! You can play the classic game or a new version with updated graphics and sound, hence the "Old and New" part of the title.
Les vieilles générations ne pourront que retomber sous le charme de ce titre. Quant aux petits jeunes, c'est une autre histoire...
So to sum up Bubble Bobble is a superb multi level game which will have you blowing and bursting bubbles for many hours to come. It's certainly no 5-minute pushover, and is excellent value for money.
Un titre que l'on prendra plaisir à découvrir ou redécouvrir et qui permettra de retrouver le fun des parties sur borne arcade dans leur version originale, mais également de retrouver un Bubble Bobble inédit.
In the long run, the fact you've got to consider is that Bubble Bobble was, is, and always will be, an enjoyable game - this GBA port just makes it more accessible to more casual gamers. What really tips the balance in favour of this game is the inclusion of a free link cable, meaning that you can play against your mates straight out of the box; something that always appeal back in the day.
In the end, Bubble Bobble Old & New has little to offer in terms of innovation but what it does offer is solid gameplay that’s a blast. The difficulty ramps up quite a bit on later levels but the option to save and come back later evens things out. It’s simple fun that’s mean to be enjoyed with a pal and the low price point makes it a no-brainer. Get yourself a copy and get popping.
Bubble Bobble is a LOT of fun, and everyone should try it out in one form or another. This GBA port is very commendable, but it just isn’t worth the import price. For now, most gamers should wait and see if Taito can get another publisher to release the game internationally.
Bubble Bobble: Old and New is a Game Boy Advance title that, for whatever reason, fell off the gaming radar for more than year. Originally picked up by Empire to ship in January 2003, it (and pretty much Empire as a whole) vanished from view, and after more than a year and a half of sitting in limbo, the North American version has shipped via DSI Games. The GBA game hasn't changed from its two-year-old incarnation released two years ago in Japan and Europe, which is both a blessing and a curse. This revisit to the arcade classic retains nearly everything that made the 80s Taito arcade game such a hit, and this design works great in a portable format. But don't be fooled by the "New!" in the title -- it's all just a spot-on gameplay conversion with updated and tweaked graphics.
Bubble Bobble Old & New could have been a must-own game. Imagine if they paired up the NES version, complete with warts, with a spiffy 32 bit version that altered some levels, dramatically cleaned up the controls while sharpening the graphics, and played the original theme cycling through styles (like skipping straight from a rock version of the theme to a reggae one, followed by classical and funk).
A final point to raise is why Taito felt the need to demand that multi-player link mode would only work with 12 levels of the old version? It's hard enough to justify buying this ancient classic as it is, without removing the last temptation from the already hard pressed gamer. Buy it if you're a hardcore Bubble Bobble fan with a bottomless pit of cash - otherwise move along. There are plenty of other retro delights far more deserving of your attention, and your money for that matter. Fine Wine or Rotting Corpse? We think you know where we stand.