Published on July 2nd, 2024 | by Adrian Gunning

The Iconic Sequel to Rainbow Islands is About to Land on Modern Consoles

In 1991, TAITO released the third entry in its enduring Bubble Bobble series: Parasol Stars: The Story of Bubble Bobble III. Originally released for the PC Engine, the game followed the success of its predecessors, building on everything the previous Bubble Bobble classics laid down and continuing the story from where they left off. It quickly became a fantastic hit, later being ported to Atari ST, Amiga, Game Boy, and even NES, gaining huge popularity and its own dedicated fandom.

Thirty-three years later, this iconic platformer is ready to land on modern consoles and will have you (and your pal) armed to the teeth with magical powers in the form of a cute and convenient parasol. Use it to shield yourself from enemy attacks, stun foes, or unleash a torrent of high-scoring stars! The game is also filled with power-ups – such as ticking bombs and time-stopping clocks, and quality-of-life options, such as save states (trust us, you’ll need them) and the ability to rewind gameplay. Finally, you can expect all manner of shaders and filters so that you can still emulate CRTs, add scanlines, and much more. But don’t get too comfy, or Death will sneak up on you and swipe one of your precious lives! Unleash the power of the parasol and show off your skills in this epic adventure, available on July 11th at for only €9,99!


  • The triumphant return of the Bubble Bobble franchise;
  • An enigmatic ensemble of enemies, each with unique abilities (and charm);
  • 2-player mode: double the fun with Bubby and Bobby!
  • Dazzling parasols with magical powers;
  • Power-ups galore;
  • 8 worlds to save, plus 2 unlockable ones!
  • Quality-of-life options, such as save states and the ability to rewind gameplay

Parasol Stars: The story of Bubble Bobble III will be released on July 11th for Nixx`x`ntendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Xbox!

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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