New Bubble Bobble director used to design fingernail stickers, has no comment on Smash Bros.

November 18, 2019 2 min read

When I recently drafted up an interview for the director of the new Bubble Bobble 4 Friends release for Switch, I was filled with hope. Bubble Bobble was one of my favorite games growing up, and there was more than one reason to believe it was poised for a comeback.

Not only was it getting a new game (which admittedly didn't look all that "new"), but in some circles, there was even a bit of Smash Bros. buzz. After rumors hit that Smash Ultimate would be getting SNK representation on the roster, speculation around the potential for Bub and Bob the stars of Bubble Bobble making it to the big battle was beginning to bloom. While they aren't owned by SNK, they are unquestionably icons of the Neo Geo brand, with many of the Bust-A-Move games being exclusive to the console. It was a bit of stretch to think that these two bubble-blowing dragons were the rumored entrants to Nintendo's crossover sensation, but stranger things have certainly happened. Three season's worth, in fact. 

When I asked Tsuyoshi Tozak, the director of the upcoming Bubble and Bobble 4 Friends, if Bub and Bob might make it to Smash, their only response was "Let's skip that question." The last time I got a "no comment" like this from a developer, it was when I asked the creators of Cuphead if they might ever make a traditional animated show about their characters. A month later, the Cuphead cartoon for Netflix was announced. So take that how you will. 

What I do know for sure is that if I ever need advice on doing my nails, Tozak-san is the first person I'm calling, though with my luck, they'll probably ask to skip that question too. 

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