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“We Received Many Requests To Bring Back The Puzzle Bobble Series”

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We are big Taito fans bubble bobble spin-off series puzzle bobble around these parts.we knew it as Bust a Move in the West, and NEW ENTRY NEWS The series was due to come to Switch next year, courtesy of publisher ININ, and we’re pretty excited.

Puzzle Bobble Every Bubble! is a 4-player co-op classic tile-matching pool bubble shooter. New dragons Peb and Pab join Bub and Bob in story mode for the first time in the series.

I had the opportunity to speak with the director, Mr. Tsuyoshi Tozaki, in preparation for the release next spring…

The Puzzle Bobble series has been going on for nearly 30 years. Remember the original inspiration for creating the Bubble Bobble series spin-off?

Game director Tsuyoshi Tozaki: The original Puzzle Bobble was a puzzle game called “Billiards”. As the name suggests, the game is inspired by billiards and involves shooting balls directly or bouncing them off walls to hit other balls.

Many companies began to focus on puzzle games in the early 1990s when Puzzle Bobble was created. Among the prototype games, billiards was so appealing that Taito decided to work on commercializing the game. In order to make this puzzle game appealing to women, who were the main target audience at the time, we decided to use the pop and cute Bubble Bobble character.

Why is now the right time to bring back Puzzle Bobble?

I want to grow and continue to grow Bubble Bobble IP

The Puzzle Bobble series continues to be released as the game platform evolves, puzzle bobble journey (Bust a Move Journey), you can continue to use it as an app for smartphones. There are also arcade machines such as Bust-A-Move Frenzy.Furthermore, released Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey The 3D experience is very different from previous games, but it was released for PS4, PS5 and PSVR last year in collaboration with Survios.

I decided to tackle Puzzle Bobble Everybubble.As a game developed by Taito, it was well received after its release. bubble bobble 4 friends, received many requests for the revival of the Puzzle Bobble series. Additionally, we want to continue to grow and nurture the Bubble Bobble IP. We hope this new game will appeal to as wide a range of players and fans as Bubble Bobble did.

What was it like when Bub and Bob were back at the helm and back in a spin-off series?

It’s been a long time since I’ve played a console title, so I revisited the Puzzle Bobble series to revisit what this game is all about.

The first thing that comes to mind is the game system that defined the bubble shooter genre, but we also consider the Bub and Bob characters integral to the game. In addition, since there is a four-player mode this time, I thought it would be nice to have a four-player story mode, so I introduced Peb and Pab.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends has made a surprise comeback for Bub and Bob. What made you want to go back to the series as a whole?

In 2019, when we thought of bringing back some of the best-known IPs for the console and PC markets, Bubble Bobble came to mind. space invaders When Darius, Bubble Bobble has a wider appeal thanks to its cute characters. Our expectations were met, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends has been purchased and enjoyed by over 200,000 of his customers and continues to be a hit since its release, especially in Europe and Asia.

Puzzle Bobble last came to Switch in the 2020s touhou spell bubbleWhat did you learn from that crossover game that inspired Puzzle Bobble Everybubble!?

The two development teams are basically separate, but there is some crossover between us and the Touhou Spellbubble team, so we were able to gain some insight. Among them, the “Blank Bubble” system, which changes to the same color as the ball you shoot and disappears when three or more bubbles of the same color come into contact with each other, was well-developed, so I incorporated it into Puzzle Bobble Every Bubble as a blank bubble!

However, Touhou Spell Bubble implemented some elements of rhythm games, which made it very unique and greatly impacted the player’s experience. The emphasis on solving puzzles to clear the various stages gives it a familiar Puzzle Bobble feel.

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This new entry can be played with up to 4 players. What made you want to add two more players to your game?

There were four-player games in the Puzzle Bobble series, but the story mode (puzzle mode) was for one player. Japan’s only arcade game, Azumanga Daioh Puzzle Bobble There was a 2-player co-op mode where both players worked together to pop bubbles, but now up to 4 players can work together to solve puzzles or play in competitive 2v2 mode. You can, but more on that later.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends co-op was very popular with players, so we made it 4-player co-op.Also, since it is exclusive to Nintendo Switch, I wanted to make it a game that can be enjoyed with friends and family.

Can you tell us anything about the possibility of a single player mode?

Up to 4 players can play, but each stage is designed for 1 player. I had a hard time balancing it, but the stages implemented this time change the size and placement of bubbles according to the number of people, so it can be enjoyed by any number of people.

On top of that, we have prepared a lot of different stages, such as challenging ones, exhilarating ones, and puzzle-based stages. There will also be unlockables for completing stages with 3 stars, just like we did in Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, but stay tuned for more details!

Are there any plans to bring back characters from previous Puzzle Bobble games?

As depicted in the key art, puzzle bobble 2 It returns with favorites from the Bubble Bobble series such as Bonner and Chack’n. There are many other characters from past works in the lineup, so please look forward to it.

New characters may also appear in the original drawings, such as Ribel, a girl with braids who wears glasses and mint clothes, and Hoowit, an old owl. [who] debut.

Please look forward to the activities of characters with unique stories and individuality.

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Why do you think Bub and Bob became popular characters after a long time?

The design has changed little by little, probably because it is too cute, but it continues to be loved. In addition, I think that it is easy to remember with a simple design.

I post photos and videos on bob’s twitter When “Bab’s Broadcast” YouTube Channeland we’re always happy to see so many people respond with “cute” and friendly. Stuff is always shared with the team and it’s a lot of fun to discuss them.

Other than adding a 4-player mode, are there any new features added to Everybubble?

The best feature is definitely the 2v2 game mode, where two teams battle on the same screen. I think teaming up and playing cooperatively is a whole other level of fun and excitement.

Two players can work together to pop bubbles faster or disrupt your opponent’s side by sending more bubbles. It also brings new elements of strategy and teamwork to the game. Each player’s position means they can hit different bubbles, but they may also fire the same bubble.

Even if you don’t have all 4 people, you can have the computer match the numbers for 2v2, so please give it a try. For example, two players could be on the same team and play against the computer, but each team could have a human and a computer and play that way.

We are planning to add other new modes to Everybubble, so please stay tuned for further updates.

Where would you like to take the Bubble Bobble franchise in the future?

First of all, I will continue to make Puzzle Bobble Every Bubble!It’s as fun as it can be for the series’ countless fans to enjoy, but more than that, we want to keep creating new titles in the Bubble Bobble/Puzzle Bobble franchise. included rainbow islands I would like to extend this as well.

Babu is also a Youtuber on “Bab’s Broadcast”, where he not only introduces new games for the franchise, but also challenges radio broadcasts, crane games, playing drums, and more. I think he has a secret ambition to be known and loved all over the world!

thanks to dirHector Tosaki FortaIt’s time to answer our questions. Puzzle Bobble Everybubble is scheduled to launch on Switch in Q2 2023.While I’m waiting, I’ll go check the import prices. this amazing bab backpack.

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