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For other games that are also named "Pop'n TwinBee", see Pop'n TwinBee (disambiguation).

Pop'n TwinBee (Pop'n ツインビー Pop'n TsuinBī?) is a top-view shoot 'em up game originally released by Konami for the Super Famicom on March 26, 1993 in Japan. It is a direct follow-up to the arcade game Detana!! TwinBee. The European Super NES version was published by Konami's Palcom Software division and was the first of three TwinBee games localized for the European market, followed by a Game Boy game (which was actually an earlier game titled TwinBee Da!! in Japan) and the side-scrolling platform game Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures.

Plot

The game's opening sequence shows TwinBee and WinBee patrolling the skies of Donburi Island when they suddenly receive a distress signal from a young girl named Madoka. Madoka reveals that she is the granddaughter of Dr. Mardock, who was once a benevolent scientist until a bump in the head turned him insane. Dr. Mardock now seeks to conquer the world with his Acorn Crew and only TwinBee and WinBee can stop him.

Gameplay

The gameplay is similar to Detana!! TwinBee, the second coin-op game in the series, but with a few notable additions and changes. Like in previous TwinBee games, up to two players can play simultaneously, Player 1 controls TwinBee, while Player 2 controls WinBee. When the player begins the game, they'll be asked to enter their name and choose between three types of multiples. The player's objective is to maneuver their spacecraft through a series of seven stages and defeat every enemy that gets in the way, facing a boss at the end of each stage. Unlike previous games, instead of extra lives, the player has a life meter that determines how much damage the player's ship can take before losing. When the player loses, they will be given a chance to restart at the stage where they left off, but only limited chances are given to continue.

Like in previous TwinBee games, the player shoots at airborne enemies with their gun and drops bombs to the land. The player can also attack airborne enemies with their ship's punches at close range as well. The player can shoot tiny-sized replicas of their ship that will fly and attack all on-screen enemies; this attack can only be performed based on the stock number they have. During a 2-player game, one player can give the other player a bit of their life energy to replenish it, or even use the other player's ship as a projectile against enemies. As usual, the main power-up items are Bells, obtained by shooting at clouds, that can change colors by shooting them in the air, giving the player a different upgrade when one is retrieved depending on the bell's color.

  • Yellow bell - Gives the player bonus points. More points added if collected without missing one (500, 1,000, 2,500, 5,000 and 10,000 points).
  • Blue bell - Increases the ship's speed by one level.
  • White bell - Bigger shots are equipped, although they don't do any more damage than regular shots.
  • Purple bell - A spread shot is equipped that can spread in three directions. This is the widest ranged out of the three shot types.
  • Pink bell - Gives the player's ship a barrier that will protect the ship from a few shots.
  • Green bell - Gives the player drones that shoot bullets at the same time a the player. Up to four can be equipped at once, and three movement types can be chosen by the player.
  • Flashing bell: Gives the player an extra shot at the Chibi Blaster.

On the game's option settings, the player can adjust the game's difficulty, controls and sound, as well as switch between "Normal" and "Couple" mode. During Couple Mode, the enemies' attacks will primarily aim at Player 1 if two players are playing together. This feature is intended to allow less experienced players enjoy the game if they're playing with a more experience partner.

Ports

Pop'n TwinBee was included in the compilation TwinBee Portable for PlayStation Portable in 2007 in Japan. The European version of Pop'n TwinBee was released for Wii U Virtual Console in Europe on July 10, 2014, the same version of Pop'n TwinBee was again released for the Nintendo Switch Online Super NES app on February 19, 2020, but this time across all regions, including North America.

Stages

Stage Name Boss Music
1 Dandelion Town Bronco Twin Memories
2 Aquapark Ikachūdo A Walk on the Bottom of the Ocean
3 Oolong Ruins Furogga A Rainbow Colored Wind
4 Aerial Battleship Haipata Ketonbo Bravely Advance
5 Dragonfly Lake Donguri Besu Sky Avenue
6 Magma Base Mardock's Face It's Hot! Magma Base
7 Mardock's Lab Super TwinBee Devil It's the End! Let's Go

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