Puzzle Bobble 3

Taito F3 cart. published 27 years ago by Taito Corp.

Listed in MAME

Puzzle Bobble 3 screenshot

Puzzle Bobble 3 © 1996 Taito.

Link 3 or more colored bubbles by shooting an identical colored bubble. When they are joined together, they pop.


Runs on the "Taito F3 System" Hardware.

Prom Stickers : E29

Players : 4
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 4


Puzzle Bobble 3 was released in November 1996.

One of the playable characters is an enemy character from "Real Puncher".

Another of the characters is a homage to Capcom's Ryu, complete with Shouryuken and Hadoken motions when he gets good combos. In his winning pose (where he turns his back to the player), he has the Taito logo on his back.

The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'PB3'.

Soundtrack releases :
Puzzle Bobble Variety / Zuntata [Zuntata Records - ZTTL-0009 - Mar 28, 1997]


The US version has both a "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen and a "Recycle It, Don't Trash It!" screen.


* Alternative Game-play : press Shoot, Left, Right, Shoot on the title-screen before inserting coins. If done correctly, a small character will appear. On the next play, you will play on a different stage layout.


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)


europe Sega Saturn (1997) "Bust-A-Move 3 [Model T-8155H-50]"
japan Sega Saturn (mar.28, 1997) "Puzzle Bobble 3 [Model T-1109G]"
japan Sega Saturn (aug.8, 1997) "Puzzle Bobble 3 for SegaNet [Model GS-7113]"
usa Sega Saturn (dec.31, 1997) "Bust-A-Move 3 [Model T-31103H]"
japan Sony PlayStation (nov.6, 1997) "Puzzle Bobble 3 DX [Model SLPS-01065]"
europe Sony PlayStation (feb.27, 1998) "Bust-A-Move 3 DX [Model SLES-00991]"
usa Sony PlayStation (feb.28, 1999) "Bust-A-Move '99 [Model SLUS-00725]"
Nintendo 64 europe (nov.1998) "Bust-A-Move 3 DX [Model NUS-NB3P]"
Nintendo 64 japan (mar.5, 1999) "Puzzle Bobble 64 [Model NUS-NPBJ]"
Nintendo 64 usa (apr.30, 1999) "Bust-A-Move '99 [Model NUS-NB3E]"
europe Nintendo Game Boy (1998) "Bust A Move 3 DX [Model DMG-A3VP]"


Game's ROMs.
Game's screenshots.