I probably still wouldn’t go as far as recommending Retro Arcadia as your most reliable source of up-to-date retro-related news, but I think we’ve done alright getting this one out while it is still at least somewhat news! And it’s even vaguely related to our record-breaking review of the Taito Egret II Mini and all forty of its games here yesterday!

Right, the news is that ININ Games has proclaimed that they will bring Puzzle Bobble Everybubble! to Western fans in 2023. The newest entry in TAITO’s universally-beloved series was just unveiled in Japan, in time for the birthday of Bub (26 August) – the cute green bubble dragon star of the series. Puzzle Bobble Everybubble! is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch and will be the first game to feature a story mode playable with up to four players.

Four player mode shown, with four adorable dragons battling it out and lots of colourful bubbles!

In case you’re unaware, Puzzle Bobble (a.k.a. Bust-A-Move) is an action-puzzle game where the brothers Bub and Bob, who have been transformed into bubble dragons by a wizard’s spell, go on a bubble-bursting adventure. The classic gameplay formula is simple but addictive: using various items and gimmicks, connect three or more bubbles of the same colour to remove them from the field and progress. A spin off from the 1986 arcade hit Bubble Bobble, Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move has seen over 20 series titles across countless platforms since its 1994 debut.

The game's map, which shows that the levels are set across a large island.

In the story mode, players tackle stages on Rainbow Islands, the setting for the new game. Each puzzle section is complemented by a story intermission featuring the bubble dragon protagonists, showcasing their unique personalities more than ever before. To clear each stage, players need to remove bubbles by connecting three or more of the same color – either on their own or with the help of stuff scattered throughout Rainbow Islands!

The story of Puzzle Bobble Everybubble! brings Bub, Bob, Peb, and Pab to Rainbow Island, where Miniroon, a mysterious character similar to Bub lives. One day, Miniroon suddenly starts to emit a large number of bubbles, covering the whole island and causing problems for its residents. Time for our four friendly bubble dragons to step in and help Miniroon, whose bubble-blowing is bad news for the island! And that’s about all I’ve got for now, but more when it comes… Maybe!