Earlier this morning, developer Taito briefly announced on their Twitter the existence of a game called Bubble Bobble Double for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The initial tweet had nothing more than the shot of the title screen that you can see to the right, but just about an hour ago they uploaded a video of early in-game footage of Bubble Bobble Double. Taito had originally announced the existence of a Bubble Bobble game for iOS devices back at E3 in June, and this is what our own Eli Hodapp had to say about the possibility of such an immense classic coming to the iPhone:

The next retro classic Taito is bringing to the App Store is Bubble Bobble, and I doubt I'm alone in hoping this game gets the same amazing treatment as Space Invaders did in Space Invaders Infinity Gene [$4.99]. Today all they were able to show is a basic demo of the game running with touch controls, but they assured me that Bubble Bobble for the iPhone would feature both a "retro" mode, and a new game mode they weren't willing to talk any specifics beyond telling me to not "expect something just like the original."

The video that Taito released tonight shows the new gameplay mode hinted at at E3:

I have to admit, I have no idea what is going on in this video. But I'm definitely intrigued. Taito notes in one of their tweets that Bubble Bobble Double will include a faithful recreation of the original arcade game as well as this brand new mode. A decent version of the original running on my iPhone is enough reason for me to get excited about this release, and Taito has proven that they can deliver a fresh take on an old gameplay concept with Space Invaders Infinity Gene giving me reason to be excited about this new mode as well. No word on a release date or pricing yet, but you can join in on the discussion of the game in our forums and we'll bring you any new information on Bubble Bobble Double as it becomes available.

  • ValkyrieStudio

    "A decent version of the original running on my iPhone is enough reason for me to get excited about this release…"

    Same here. I've been hoping to see this happen ever since they first teased Bust-A-Move (when we just saw Bub, and didn't know it was going to be Bust-A-Move). Can't wait!

    • asolja

      god knows what you were looking at as that clip is total garbage

      • ValkyrieStudio

        Oh, my excitement is purely about the "main" Bubble Bobble game, don't get me wrong. I'm hoping the new mode shown here is more fun than it appears in the video of course, but it's the real game I'm interested in.

  • Jcat

    Thank heavens Taito plans on including the original because whatever that simplistic mechanic was in the video is certainly not the Bubble Bobble I know.

    • asolja

      Yeah right on there

  • hapz

    From the looks of that video.. doesn't look like they are trying very hard.

    Looks like a $0.99 App from the simplicity of it.

  • Rok

    This isn't Bubble Bobble. Stupid tap mechanic, ridiculous way to port a classic game.

  • Rok

    This isn't Bubble Bobble. Stupid tap mechanic, ridiculous way to port a classic game.

  • Rok

    The music is the same, but the quality sounds like they just held a tape recorder up to the old NES game playing in the background.

  • Rok

    Just read the part about including the original mode. I'm happy now, because if that version in the video was the only mode I would have been pretty disappointed.

  • Athan

    Only music reminds me of the original game. Besides that, everything else looks like some cheapo app.

  • david

    I really hope this is not that. the video looks incredible boring execpt the sound of my childhood *haha*

  • asolja

    Based on that video I wouldnt touch it with a barge pole.Shame they did not show the original which is supposed to be included.I could save them a lot of time,effort and money and advise them whaever you do DO Not include that totally rubbish trailor you posted as it looks like wayne rooney designed it whilst at the local hooker house.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bernhard-Mack/1589698110 Bernhard Mack

    "I have to admit, I have no idea what is going on in this video." Haha xD

    Made my day :D ^^

  • Japonlindo

    I've played Bubble Bobble Double at Tokyo Game Show 2010. It's similar to Splode which was free a few days ago. Not for serious gamers. Someone mentioned above that this looks like many other $0.99 games. So you are right.

  • Dasf

    I recommend tap bear series from taplay instead :D
    This video is ridiculous

  • Shadowsfall

    Is that really Bubble Bobble?!? One of my favorite games of my childhood years?!? OMGZ.

  • iPadRock

    lame and gave me motion sickness :(

  • Tmoonmusic

    They've just uploaded a video showing the original game being played:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHKmCsnMPs8

    Needless to say, 99.999% of people who buy it will go straight into the classic mode and may look at the new style game at a later stage.......