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Space Invaders Extreme 2 & Puzzle Bobble Galaxy Head to Europe

by Jared Rosenberg - May 9, 2009, 7:52 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

Square Enix is bringing the newest games in two popular Taito franchises to Europe and Australia.

Earlier this week Square Enix announced two DS games by Taito for release in PAL territories.

Puzzle Bobble Galaxy (known as Bust-a-Move in North America) will feature more of the signature gameplay that the series is known for. Using the cannon at the bottom of the screen, players must shoot at the bubbles above and destroy them. The story will find the game's stars, Bub and Bob, on a crazy quest that sends them to alternate dimensions where they will meet up with old friends. New features include a shop to purchase items from, a mode where a stage must be completed with a single bubble, and 2-4 player online as well as local wireless play. Puzzle Bobble Galaxy will be available in PAL territories this summer.

Space Invaders Extreme 2, the sequel to last year's popular update to the classic arcade game is said to feature everything people loved from the first game along with more stages and power-ups. In addition, players can compete with a friend online, or try to get a high score in the new time attack mode. The sequel will arrive in Europe and Australia sometime this fall.

Neither game has been announced for release in North America, though both have already seen release in Japan.

TWO BRAND NEW ADVENTURES OUT OF THIS WORLD

London (8th May 2009)– Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces two brand new releases from TAITO based on classic video game franchises. PUZZLE BOBBLE GALAXY will be released on Nintendo DS™ this summer, and SPACE INVADERS EXTREME 2 will be available on Nintendo DS in the autumn.

PUZZLE BOBBLE GALAXY is a match-three arcade puzzle game starring the loveable Bub and Bob dinosaur brothers from the hugely popular Bubble Bobble game. Players will embark on a magnificent adventure set in space as they help battle against powerful enemies who are trying to rule the entire universe. True to the original classic, players will shoot balls from the cannon located at the bottom of the screen, matching colours with the gaggle of bubbles at the top. Patience and perseverance not included but, the rewards will be generous!

SPACE INVADERS EXTREME 2 follows in the footsteps of last year’s critically acclaimed SPACE INVADERS EXTREME, which was regarded by many as the best remake of the original classic. This year the iconic Invaders are back again and this time the action is even more extreme! The game combines the essence of the original game with a stunning alliance of futuristic graphic design and cutting-edge audio, overhauled gameplay details, and a whole new range of amazing power-ups.

PUZZLE BOBBLE GALAXY– the story

An unmanned spaceship suddenly descends from the skies. Just for the fun of it, the brothers Bub and Bob board the ship and begin pushing buttons at random... Before they know it, the ship moves into action! Just then, a transmission comes over the ship's Comm. line --- A voice crying, "Help!"

Unknown to Bub and Bob, several planets have“doors” in their vicinity that lead to an alternate dimension. These doors have been opening, releasing a flood of bubbles that turn into hazardous space-debris; causing problems for the planets’ inhabitants. Because Bub and Bob's planet is the only one that doesn't have debris, it was decided that a small spacecraft would be sent there to call for help. Bub and Bob learn that to close the doors leading to alternate dimensions, they have to use Cosmo Bubbles: high-energy concentrations that float around outer space. So they set off to an area where Debris Bubbles drift, for within their numbers…the Cosmo Bubbles lie hidden out of sight!

The brothers get their hands on a Cosmo Bubble and arrive at a door that’s releasing Debris Bubbles… but lying in wait is a giant Boss protecting the passageway!

PUZZLE BOBBLE GALAXY– key features

  • Enhanced Presentation - Even flashier Item Effects than the typical Puzzle Bobble that covers the screen as you enjoy gameplay without hindrance.
  • Shops - Accumulate points in various modes, and use them to buy merchandise. Merchandise includes extra modes, sound test, staff roll bubbles&arrows
  • Mini-games

Factory: A new mode you have to clear using a limited number of bubbles.

Pressure: A new mode in which you only have one bubble to clear the stage.

Puzzle: An addition to the normal puzzle.

  • World View Construction - Following the 20+ year history of Bub’s world, this release has cameos from familiar characters
  • Wireless Battles - Heat things up with 2-4 player multi-play through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection&DS Wireless Play connectivity.
  • New Versus&Communications rules - Destroy and acquire special bubbles that appear in the top screen, then use them to torment your opponents with various Effects and give yourself the advantage!

SPACE INVADERS EXTREME 2– product overview and key features

By combining the essence of the original game with a stunning alliance of futuristic graphic design and cutting-edge audio, overhauled gameplay details and a whole new range of amazing power-ups, the basic concept of the iconic SPACE INVADERS shooter from TAITO has transformed into a whole new way to take the fight to the alien invasion and get your name up in lights on the high score table!

The differences between Space Invaders Extreme 2 and the previous release are:

  • New Additional Stages
  • Higher Stage Volume
  • Enhanced Games System
  • Enhanced Battle Play
  • New Beginners Course
  • New Time Attack Mode

Additional features include:

  • Futuristic, techno-inspired graphic design takes SPACE INVADERS to new heights of presentation
  • Interactive, totally immersive sound scheme where sound effects are synchronised to match the beats of the music
  • Wide range of amazing new power-ups
  • Background movies
  • Ranking registration
  • Play a friend with Nintendo DS Wireless Play and DS Download Play and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection

Talkback

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusMay 10, 2009

Hopefully Space Invaders Extreme 2 gets a US release date soon. After the first game, I'm dying to play more of that series.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusMay 10, 2009

Quote from: Mr.

Hopefully Space Invaders Extreme 2 gets a US release date soon. After the first game, I'm dying to play more of that series.

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CalibanMay 10, 2009

Me too.

By the way, I tried the trial for the Live Arcade version. It is psychedelic. The controller rumbles as you shoot (or it might have been from the music beat), the music is techno or trance like, there's flashy colours everywhere. I was hypnotized.

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