pbobbl2n Puzzle Bobble 2 / Bust-A-Move Again (Neo-Geo)

Immagine gioco: Puzzle Bobble 2 / Bust-A-Move Again (Neo-Geo)
Available images:

Romset name: pbobbl2n.zip
Production year: 1999
Manufacturer: Taito (SNK license)

Game genre: Puzzle
Category: Puzzle / Toss

This machine needs a BIOS file:
 • Neo-Geo (neogeo.zip)

This machine works in MAME This machine works in MAME

Overall emulation: Good
Color emulation: Good
Sound emulation: Good
Graphics emulation: Good
Save states: Supported

In MAME since version: .037b11

The MAME driver of this machine is: neodriv.hxx - Read the code

 Tech info 
 Hardware of this machine:
  • CHIPs [Show details]

    M68000 ("maincpu")cpu 12000000 Hz
    Z80 ("audiocpu")cpu 4000000 Hz
    Speaker ("lspeaker")audio
    Speaker ("rspeaker")audio
    YM2610 ("ymsnd")audio 8000000 Hz

  • Screens [Show details]

    This machine uses a single screen:
      Graphic type: Raster
      Screen orientation: Horizontal
      Resolution 320 x 224 @ 59.185606 Hz

  • Number of players: 2P Simultaneous
  • Controllers [Show details]

      Joystick [8 ways]
      Joystick [8 ways]
    Number of buttons: 4

  • Media switches [Show details]

    Media deviceSwitchExtensions
    memcard ("memcard") memcard / memc neo

  • Dip-switches [Show details]

    Default settings in bold
    Setting ModeOff
     VS Mode
     Mahjong Panel
    COMM Setting (Cabinet No.)1
    COMM Setting (Link Enable)Off
    Free PlayOff

  • BIOS Options [Show details]

    Default settings in bold
    euro Europe MVS (Ver. 2)
    euro-s1 Europe MVS (Ver. 1)
    us US MVS (Ver. 2?)
    us-e US MVS (Ver. 1)
    us-v2 US MVS (4 slot, Ver 2)
    asia Asia MVS (Ver. 3)
    japan Japan MVS (Ver. 3)
    japan-s2 Japan MVS (Ver. 2)
    japan-s1 Japan MVS (Ver. 1)
    mv1c NEO-MVH MV1C
    japan-j3 Japan MVS (J3)
    japan-hotel Custom Japanese Hotel
    unibios32 Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 3.2)
    unibios31 Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 3.1)
    unibios30 Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 3.0)
    unibios23 Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.3)
    unibios23o Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.3, older?)
    unibios22 Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.2)
    unibios21 Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.1)
    unibios20 Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.0)
    unibios13 Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.3)
    unibios12 Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.2)
    unibios12o Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.2, older)
    unibios11 Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.1)
    unibios10 Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.0)

  • ROMs (9 of the machine set, 28 of the BIOS set) [Show details]

    Referred to MAME version: 0.181

    NameSizeCRC32SHA1StatusIn romset
    sp-s2.sp11310729036d879 4f5ed7105b7128794654ce82b51723e16e389543 good neogeo
    sp-s.sp1131072c7f2fa45 09576ff20b4d6b365e78e6a5698ea450262697cd good neogeo
    sp-u2.sp1131072e72943de 5c6bba07d2ec8ac95776aa3511109f5e1e2e92eb good neogeo
    sp-e.sp11310722723a5b5 5dbff7531cf04886cde3ef022fb5ca687573dcb8 good neogeo
    v2.bin13107262f021f4 62d372269e1b3161c64ae21123655a0a22ffd1bb good neogeo
    asia-s3.rom13107291b64be3 720a3e20d26818632aedf2c2fd16c54f213543e1 good neogeo
    vs-bios.rom131072f0e8f27d ecf01eda815909f1facec62abf3594eaa8d11075 good neogeo
    sp-j2.sp1131072acede59c b6f97acd282fd7e94d9426078a90f059b5e9dd91 good neogeo
    sp1.jipan.10241310729fb0abe4 18a987ce2229df79a8cf6a84f968f0e42ce4e59d good neogeo
    sp-45.sp152428803cc9f6a cdf1f49e3ff2bac528c21ed28449cf35b7957dc1 good neogeo
    japan-j3.bin131072dff6d41f e92910e20092577a4523a6b39d578a71d4de7085 good neogeo
    sp-1v1_3db8c.bin131072162f0ebe fe1c6dd3dfcf97d960065b1bb46c1e11cb7bf271 good neogeo
    uni-bios_3_2.rom131072a4e8b9b3 c92f18c3f1edda543d264ecd0ea915240e7c8258 good neogeo
    uni-bios_3_1.rom1310720c58093f 29329a3448c2505e1ff45ffa75e61e9693165153 good neogeo
    uni-bios_3_0.rom131072a97c89a9 97a5eff3b119062f10e31ad6f04fe4b90d366e7f good neogeo
    uni-bios_2_3.rom13107227664eb5 5b02900a3ccf3df168bdcfc98458136fd2b92ac0 good neogeo
    uni-bios_2_3o.rom131072601720ae 1b8a72c720cdb5ee3f1d735bbcf447b09204b8d9 good neogeo
    uni-bios_2_2.rom1310722d50996a 5241a4fb0c63b1a23fd1da8efa9c9a9bd3b4279c good neogeo
    uni-bios_2_1.rom1310728dabf76b c23732c4491d966cf0373c65c83c7a4e88f0082c good neogeo
    uni-bios_2_0.rom1310720c12c2ad 37bcd4d30f3892078b46841d895a6eff16dc921e good neogeo
    uni-bios_1_3.rom131072b24b44a0 eca8851d30557b97c309a0d9f4a9d20e5b14af4e good neogeo
    uni-bios_1_2.rom1310724fa698e9 682e13ec1c42beaa2d04473967840c88fd52c75a good neogeo
    uni-bios_1_2o.rom131072e19d3ce9 af88ef837f44a3af2d7144bb46a37c8512b67770 good neogeo
    uni-bios_1_1.rom1310725dda0d84 4153d533c02926a2577e49c32657214781ff29b7 good neogeo
    uni-bios_1_0.rom1310720ce453a0 3b4c0cd26c176fc6b26c3a2f95143dd478f6abf9 good neogeo
    248-p1.p110485769d6c0754 95c70c2d51fc4de01e768e03cc800a850aaad5dc good pbobbl2n
    248-s1.s11310720a3fee41 0ab2120e462086be942efcf6ffb37f58ea966ca3 good pbobbl2n
    sfix.sfix131072c2ea0cfd fd4a618cdcdbf849374f0a50dd8efe9dbab706c3 good neogeo
    000-lo.lo1310725a86cff2 5992277debadeb64d1c1c64b0a92d9293eaf7e4a good neogeo
    sm1.sm113107294416d67 42f9d7ddd6c0931fd64226a60dc73602b2819dcf good neogeo
    248-m1.m1131072883097a9 677bf9684c0c7977a9a3f0c1288e430040a53b49 good pbobbl2n
    248-v1.v1419430457fde1fa af39bc141fc35b78dcacfd42b3abb29d7e5c2c89 good pbobbl2n
    248-v2.v241943044b966ef3 083c0e9fd7b8e506087648cdd8ec4206103984cd good pbobbl2n
    248-c1.c14194304d9115327 a49aa836a902326cfe785428e1699fefcf8566d4 good pbobbl2n
    248-c2.c2419430477f9fdac 4642d71d32b6a05dc8bfa0f95c936a77c7cef05e good pbobbl2n
    248-c3.c310485768890bf7c a52f6bafd60e72003bfe38c80c1dde24b4983b2a good pbobbl2n
    248-c4.c410485768efead3f f577d2f7c6f850b3d100c36947ad15e33dfa0bed good pbobbl2n

    :  PARENT Machine
    :  CLONE Machine
    :  BIOS
    :  Device


Puzzle Bobble 2 [MVS] (c) 1999 Taito Corp.

A puzzle game. Link 3 or more colored bubbles by shooting an identical colored bubble. When they are joined together, they pop.


Game ID : 0248


This game is known in US as "Bust-A-Move Again [MVS]".

Even though it is not shown on the title screen, the marquee and promotional fliers for the US version call the game "Bust-A-Move Again EX", which was probably used to differentiate from the original Taito F3 version released years earlier.

The original US release of "Bust-A-Move Again" for the Taito F3 board removed all Puzzle Bobble style levels, story, characters and replaced Bub and Bob with generic human hands. However, this MVS port retains the original Puzzle Bobble 2 assets for the US release.

This MVS version is a port from the 1995 version of "Puzzle Bobble 2" and is the first (and maybe the only at this time) port from 'coin-op to coin-op'!

If you look closely at the bubbles, you'll notice that the enemies from "Bubble Bobble" are trapped inside; a different enemy for each different colored bubble. The following chart shows which enemies are trapped in which color bubble :

Legend : Color of Bubble => "Bubble Bobble" Enemy Inside

Blue => Zen-Chan

Yellow => Pulpul

Red => Invader

Green => Drunk

Purple => Monsta

Orange => Banebou

Black => Hidegonsu

White => Mighta

On the last level, you will see characters from "Bubble Bobble" & "Rainbow Islands".

The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'AAA'.

Stepehn Krogman holds the official records for this game with 75,275,450 points (factory setting).

Zuntata Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Puzzle Bobble Variety - ZTTL-0009) on 28/03/1997.


Pop a bubble : 10 points.

Drop bubbles : the first bubble is 20, and each additional bubble scores double.

Thus : bubbles dropped score

1 20

2 40

3 80

4 160

5 320

6 640

7 1280

8 2560

9 5120

10 10240

11 20480

12 40960

13 81920

14 163840

15 327680

16 655360

17 or more 1310720

Unlike Puzzle Bobble, there is a way to get more than 1.31 million points. It's possible to get 2621440, 5242880, or even 10485760 points! To do this :

* You need 17 or more bubbles.

* One of these bubbles must touch exactly one bubble of a group of similarly colored bubbles.

* The bubble that pops the similarly colored group of bubbles must not touch the group of 17 or more bubbles.

Bonus points : are awarded based on how fast you completed the stage.

Time you completed points awarded

1-5 sec. 500,000

6 sec. 494,600

7 sec. 481,700

8 sec. 469,400

9 sec. 458,400

. .

. .

46 sec. 14,100

47 sec. as low as 300 or NO BONUS

48+ seconds or greater NO BONUS


1. Puzzle Bobble (1994)

1. Puzzle Bobble [MVS] (1994)

2. Puzzle Bobble 2 (1995)

2. Puzzle Bobble 2 [MVS] (1999)

3. Puzzle Bobble 2X (1995)

4. Puzzle Bobble 3 (1996)

5. Puzzle Bobble 4 (1997)

6. Super Puzzle Bobble (1999)

7. Azumanga Daioh Puzzle Bobble (2002)

8. Super Puzzle Bobble 2 (2002, Sony PlayStation 2)

9. Super Puzzle Bobble All-Stars (2003, Nintendo GameCube)

10. Puzzle Bobble Vs. (2003, Nokia N-Gage)

11. Ultra Bust-a-Move (2004, Microsoft XBOX)

12. Puzzle Bobble Pocket (2005, Sony PSP)

13. Puzzle Bobble DS (2005, Nintendo DS)

14. Space Puzzle Bobble (2008, Nintendo DS)

15. Puzzle Bobble Wii (2009, WiiWare - Nintendo Wii)


Game designer : Seiichi Nakakuki

Character designers : Kazuhiro Kinoshita, Baw Baw (Bawbaw), Ko-Ji Terada, Kat, T. Akitsu-Osaru-, Rie Amino, Uoosy Maler, Yuko Kajihara, Ryota Sasaki, Yasunobu Kousokabe, Miwa Kamiya, Rieko Kobayashi, Miyabi Tashiro, Masami Kikuchi, Anpanmanda, Saori Hiratsuka, Vap Corp.

Programmers : Hiroshi Maruyama, Junichiro Noguchi

Sound (Zuntata) : Nakayama Joutohei, Kazuko Umino, Yasuko Yamada, Syu

Designers : Kumi Mizobe, T. Yoshiba, M. Osaka, Y. Mori


* Consoles :

Sony PlayStation (1996)

Nintendo 64 (1998, "Bust-A-Move 2")

Nintendo Game Boy (1998, "Bust-A-Move 2")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Taito Memories Vol. 2")

Microsoft XBOX (2006, "Taito Legends 2")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "Taito Legends 2")

* Computers :

PC [MS Windows 95/MS-DOS, CD-ROM] (1996, "Bust-A-Move-2 : Arcade Edition")

PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2006, "Taito Legends 2")

* Others :

SNK Neo-Geo MVS (1999)


Machine's picture.

Giochi Simili

Warning: information in history.dat can differ from the ones present in the rest of the page (taken from MAME) as they come from a different source

Information on pbobbl2n

0.37b11 [?]

0.35RC2 [?]

Neo-Geo (Artwork available)


- 0.37b11: Added 'Puzzle Bobble 2 / Bust-A-Move Again (Neo-Geo)' (Taito 1999 (SNK license)).

- 0.36b1: Renamed (pbobble2) to (pbobbl2n).

- 0.35RC2: Added 'Puzzle Bobble 2 / Bust-A-Move Again' (Testdriver).

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