Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, a new game from the series' original studio TAITO, has been out for a while in other regions. Soon, those bubbles will drift over our way, as Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is set to release for the Nintendo Switch in North America on March 31, 2020.
As the first new console game in the series since since 2009's Bubble Bobble Plus, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends serves up new stages with up to 4-player co-op and includes the original 2-player arcade release of Bubble Bobble from 1986, in case Bub and Bob's long absence just has you pining for the good old days.
That's a pretty nice get if you're big into Bubble Bobble, as the only other modern port of the classic Bubble Bobble arcade experience is Hamster's Arcade Archives version from 2016.
On top of the expanded co-op, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends' stages introduce an upgrade system, which can unlock useful skills like exploding bomb bubbles and a dash that lets your bubble dragon move past an enemy without taking damage.
Our friends over at Eurogamer got their hands on Bubble Bobble 4 Friends back in November. In his review, Martin Robinson says that the "blissful alchemy in Bubble Bobble's design" is alive and well in the new installment: "Playing Bubble Bobble is like poking away at a piece of sentient bubble-wrap, and it remains a timeless pleasure."
Bubble Bobble 4 Friends will be available via the Nintendo eShop and as a physical release. TAITO and ININ haven't listed a price for it yet, but in Europe it was just a bit cheaper than a regular full-price Switch game.