Never played a Bubble Bobble game but I know that it's got a ton of ports. Is there a "definitive" version or are all the ports basically the same?
Basically this. It really is the best.
I'll also recommend the c64 version. Slightly worse graphics due to wide pixels, but plays exactly the same. Where it beats the NES is by having a very good title song. NES only has the in-game music. I know the DOS version also has this song. Did any other version?
And stay the FUCK away from Bubble Bobble Neo on xbox360. It's by far the worst version I've ever played. By... FAR!
While we're at it what are the best versions of the Puzzle Bobble (Bust-A-Move) games? I'd assume console since most of them have extra levels and stuff. Also, did the arcade versions of actual analog controls or were they just digital sticks?
Try Bubble Bobble 2 Rainbow Worlds or whatever just for shits and giggles. Since it differs so greatly from every other title in the series.