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pbobbl2n: MAME ROM Information.


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.

MAME Info:

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).

Other Emulators:

* Calice

* FB Alpha

* Kawaks

* Nebula

Recommended Games (Puzzle Bobble):

Puzzle Bobble

Puzzle Bobble / Bust-A-Move

Puzzle Bobble 2 / Bust-A-Move Again

Puzzle Bobble 2

Puzzle Bobble 3

Puzzle Bobble 4

Super Puzzle Bobble

Candy Puzzle

Cookie & Bibi

Cookie & Bibi 2

Cookie & Bibi 3

XESS - The New Revolution (Cookie & Bibi)

Mouse Shooter GoGo

Puzzle De Pon!

Bang Bang Ball

Freeze (Atari)

Ghostlop (prototype)

Magical Drop II

Magical Drop III

Magic Bubble

Money Puzzle Exchanger

Bubble 2000

Land Maker

Multi 5 (Bubble Gum)

Puzzle Uo Poko

Puzzle De Bowling

Azumanga Daioh Puzzle Bobble

Romset: 19712 kb / 9 files / 8.05 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="pbobbl2n" sourcefile="neodrvr.c" romof="neogeo">
              <description>Puzzle Bobble 2 / Bust-A-Move Again (Neo-Geo)</description>
              <manufacturer>Taito (SNK license)</manufacturer>
              <biosset name="euro" description="Europe MVS (Ver. 2)" default="yes"/>
              <biosset name="euro-s1" description="Europe MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="us" description="US MVS (Ver. 2?)"/>
              <biosset name="us-e" description="US MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="asia" description="Asia MVS (Ver. 3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-s2" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 2)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-s1" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="mv1c" description="NEO-MVH MV1C"/>
              <biosset name="japan-j3" description="Japan MVS (J3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-hotel" description="Custom Japanese Hotel"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_3" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.3)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_3o" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.3, older?)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_2" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.2)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_1" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.1)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_0" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.0)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_3" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.3)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_2" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.2)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_2o" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.2, older)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_1" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.1)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_0" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.0)"/>
              <rom name="sp-s2.sp1" merge="sp-s2.sp1" bios="euro" size="131072" crc="9036d879" sha1="4f5ed7105b7128794654ce82b51723e16e389543" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-s.sp1" merge="sp-s.sp1" bios="euro-s1" size="131072" crc="c7f2fa45" sha1="09576ff20b4d6b365e78e6a5698ea450262697cd" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="usa_2slt.bin" merge="usa_2slt.bin" bios="us" size="131072" crc="e72943de" sha1="5c6bba07d2ec8ac95776aa3511109f5e1e2e92eb" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-e.sp1" merge="sp-e.sp1" bios="us-e" size="131072" crc="2723a5b5" sha1="5dbff7531cf04886cde3ef022fb5ca687573dcb8" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="asia-s3.rom" merge="asia-s3.rom" bios="asia" size="131072" crc="91b64be3" sha1="720a3e20d26818632aedf2c2fd16c54f213543e1" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="vs-bios.rom" merge="vs-bios.rom" bios="japan" size="131072" crc="f0e8f27d" sha1="ecf01eda815909f1facec62abf3594eaa8d11075" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-j2.sp1" merge="sp-j2.sp1" bios="japan-s2" size="131072" crc="acede59c" sha1="b6f97acd282fd7e94d9426078a90f059b5e9dd91" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp1.jipan.1024" merge="sp1.jipan.1024" bios="japan-s1" size="131072" crc="9fb0abe4" sha1="18a987ce2229df79a8cf6a84f968f0e42ce4e59d" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-45.sp1" merge="sp-45.sp1" bios="mv1c" size="524288" crc="03cc9f6a" sha1="cdf1f49e3ff2bac528c21ed28449cf35b7957dc1" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="japan-j3.bin" merge="japan-j3.bin" bios="japan-j3" size="131072" crc="dff6d41f" sha1="e92910e20092577a4523a6b39d578a71d4de7085" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-1v1_3db8c.bin" merge="sp-1v1_3db8c.bin" bios="japan-hotel" size="131072" crc="162f0ebe" sha1="fe1c6dd3dfcf97d960065b1bb46c1e11cb7bf271" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_3.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_3.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_3" size="131072" crc="27664eb5" sha1="5b02900a3ccf3df168bdcfc98458136fd2b92ac0" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_3o.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_3o.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_3o" size="131072" crc="601720ae" sha1="1b8a72c720cdb5ee3f1d735bbcf447b09204b8d9" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_2.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_2.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_2" size="131072" crc="2d50996a" sha1="5241a4fb0c63b1a23fd1da8efa9c9a9bd3b4279c" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_1.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_1.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_1" size="131072" crc="8dabf76b" sha1="c23732c4491d966cf0373c65c83c7a4e88f0082c" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_0.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_0.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_0" size="131072" crc="0c12c2ad" sha1="37bcd4d30f3892078b46841d895a6eff16dc921e" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_3.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_3.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_3" size="131072" crc="b24b44a0" sha1="eca8851d30557b97c309a0d9f4a9d20e5b14af4e" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_2.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_2.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_2" size="131072" crc="4fa698e9" sha1="682e13ec1c42beaa2d04473967840c88fd52c75a" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_2o.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_2o.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_2o" size="131072" crc="e19d3ce9" sha1="af88ef837f44a3af2d7144bb46a37c8512b67770" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_1.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_1.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_1" size="131072" crc="5dda0d84" sha1="4153d533c02926a2577e49c32657214781ff29b7" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_0.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_0.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_0" size="131072" crc="0ce453a0" sha1="3b4c0cd26c176fc6b26c3a2f95143dd478f6abf9" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="248-p1.p1" size="1048576" crc="9d6c0754" sha1="95c70c2d51fc4de01e768e03cc800a850aaad5dc" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="248-s1.s1" size="131072" crc="0a3fee41" sha1="0ab2120e462086be942efcf6ffb37f58ea966ca3" region="fixed" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sfix.sfix" merge="sfix.sfix" size="131072" crc="c2ea0cfd" sha1="fd4a618cdcdbf849374f0a50dd8efe9dbab706c3" region="fixedbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="000-lo.lo" merge="000-lo.lo" size="131072" crc="5a86cff2" sha1="5992277debadeb64d1c1c64b0a92d9293eaf7e4a" region="zoomy" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sm1.sm1" merge="sm1.sm1" size="131072" crc="94416d67" sha1="42f9d7ddd6c0931fd64226a60dc73602b2819dcf" region="audiobios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="248-m1.m1" size="131072" crc="883097a9" sha1="677bf9684c0c7977a9a3f0c1288e430040a53b49" region="audiocpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="248-v1.v1" size="4194304" crc="57fde1fa" sha1="af39bc141fc35b78dcacfd42b3abb29d7e5c2c89" region="ymsnd" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="248-v2.v2" size="4194304" crc="4b966ef3" sha1="083c0e9fd7b8e506087648cdd8ec4206103984cd" region="ymsnd" offset="400000"/>
              <rom name="248-c1.c1" size="4194304" crc="d9115327" sha1="a49aa836a902326cfe785428e1699fefcf8566d4" region="sprites" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="248-c2.c2" size="4194304" crc="77f9fdac" sha1="4642d71d32b6a05dc8bfa0f95c936a77c7cef05e" region="sprites" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="248-c3.c3" size="1048576" crc="8890bf7c" sha1="a52f6bafd60e72003bfe38c80c1dde24b4983b2a" region="sprites" offset="800000"/>
              <rom name="248-c4.c4" size="1048576" crc="8efead3f" sha1="f577d2f7c6f850b3d100c36947ad15e33dfa0bed" region="sprites" offset="800001"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68000" clock="12000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="Z80" clock="4000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="lspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ymsnd" name="YM2610" clock="8000000"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="320" height="224" refresh="59.185606" pixclock="6000000" htotal="384" hbend="30" hbstart="350" vtotal="264" vbend="16" vbstart="240" />
              <sound channels="2"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="4" coins="2">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Test Switch" tag="IN0" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin Chutes?" tag="IN0" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="1?" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2?" value="2" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Autofire (in some games)" tag="IN0" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="COMM Setting (Cabinet No.)" tag="IN0" mask="24">
                     <dipvalue name="1" value="24" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="COMM Setting (Link Enable)" tag="IN0" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Free Play" tag="IN0" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Freeze" tag="IN0" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="128" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="0"/>

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