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For other uses, see Bomberman (disambiguation).

Bomberman is a strategic, maze-based computer and video game franchise originally developed by Hudson Soft. The original game was published in 1983 and new games in the series are still being published to this day. Today, the Bomberman character is featured in over 60 different games. Being commercially successful, with over 10 million units of games sold, the series "has since become known as the first name in multiplayer games".

Occasionally, Bomberman games feature the grid-base action. Players are put in a stage where they have to destroy soft blocks, possibly uncovering items. New items have been created for different games, while some have been a permanent power-up. Items may be necessary to defeat opponents. When one is bombed, the player is "dead".

Player capacity has risen from two players to ten players. Online play is also available.

Games

Main series

Title Year Platforms Notes
Bomber Man Japan1983
Europe1984
PC-8801, PC-6000 Series, Fujitsu FM-7, Sharp X1, Sharp MZ-700, Sharp MZ-2000, MSX, ZX Spectrum Original releases in Japan named Bakudan Otoko on most covers, but Bomber Man in the game, release for MSX and ZX Spectrum in Europe as Eric and the Floaters
3-D Bomberman Japan1984 MSX Uses first-person perspective
Bomberman Japan1985
North America1987
Nintendo Entertainment System Game Boy Advance and N-Gage re-releases in 2004
Bomber Man Special Japan1986 MSX A port of the NES game
Bomberman Japan1990
North America1991
Europe1991
TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS, Sharp X68000 Released as Bomberman only for the PCE/TG-16 release, which was the first Bomberman release to support 5 players; first Bomberman game for the IBM-PC. It was released as Dyna Blaster in Europe.
Bomberman II Japan1991
North America1992
Europe1991
NES Released as Dynablaster in Europe
Bomberman '93 Japan1992
North America1993
PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16 Released on Wii's Virtual Console in 2006
Bomberman '94 Japan1993
North America1994
Europe1994
PC Engine, Sega Genesis Japan-only release for the PC Engine, released the following year for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis as Mega Bomberman, 5-player multitap support; released on Wii's Virtual Console on March 23, 2009 in the US and on July 10, 2009 in Europe
Bomberman B-Daman Japan1996 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Japan-only, part of the B-Daman series.
Hi-Ten Bomberman Japan1993 custom NEC computer Made for high-definition, widescreen TVs, but never released; only shown as a tech demo at the 1993 Hudson Soft Gaming Caravan event and said to be the basis for Saturn Bomberman
Super Bomberman Japan1993
North America1993
Europe1993
SNES 4-player multitap support
Super Bomberman 2 Japan1994
North America1994
Europe1995
SNES 4-player multitap support
Super Bomberman 3 Japan1995
Europe1995
SNES 5-player multitap support, Japan and Europe release only
Super Bomberman 4 Japan1996 SNES Japan-only release
Super Bomberman 5 Japan1997 SNES Japan-only release
Saturn Bomberman Japan1996
North America1997
Europe1997
Sega Saturn 10-player multitap support; first Bomberman game with official internet support; regarded as one of the series' highpoints
Saturn Bomberman Fight!! Japan1997 Sega Saturn Japan-only release
Neo Bomberman Japan1997 Neo-Geo, MVS Japan-only release
Bomberman 64 Japan1997
North America1997
Europe1997
Nintendo 64 4-player support, first Bomberman game with 3D graphics
Bomberman Hero Japan1998
North America1998
Europe1998
N64 Focus on single-player adventure game
Bomberman 64: The Second Attack! Japan1999
North America2000
N64 First appearance of Pommy, one of the Charaboms
Bomberman World Japan1998
North America1998
Europe1998
PlayStation
Bomberman 64 Japan2001 N64 Japan-only; 4-player support (unrelated to 1997 title of the same name)
Bomberman Party Edition Japan1998
North America2000
Europe1999
PlayStation PlayStation port of the game, released in Europe as Bomberman
Bomberman Online North America2001 Dreamcast North america only; 4-player local, 8-player online support
Bomberman Jetters: The Legend of Bomberman Japan2002 Game Boy Advance Japan-only release; based on the anime series, Bomberman Jetters
Bomberman Jetters Japan2002
North America2004
Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 PS2 release Japan-only; based on the Bomberman Jetters anime series
Bomberman Generation Japan2002
North America2002
Europe2002
GameCube One of the first games to use cel-shaded graphics
Bomberman Online Japan2003 PC 6-player support, released only in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan also a private server was created under the website http://bomber-world.com but shut down in July 2012
Bomberman Collection Vol. 1 Japan2002
North America2003
PC Compilation of Bomberman (TG-16), Bomberman '93 and Bomberman World for Windows
Bomberman Land Japan2000 PlayStation Japan-only release
Bomberman Land 2 Japan2003 GameCube, PlayStation 2 Japan-only release
Bomberman Collection Vol. 2 Japan2004 PC Japan-only, Compilation of the SNES Super Bomberman 1–3 and PlayStation Bomberman Party Edition
Bomberman Land 3 Japan2005 PlayStation 2 Japan-only release
Bomberman Act:Zero Japan2006
North AmericaNA
Europe2006
Xbox 360 Realistic re-envisioning of the character
Bomberman Land Wii Japan2007
North America2008
Europe2008
Wii Remake of 2000 Japan-only release, designed to take advantage of Wii controller
Bomberman Live Japan2007
North America2007
Europe2007
Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade) 8-player online support
Bomberman Online Japan Japan2008 PC Online game, briefly available in Japan
Bomberman Blast Japan2008
North America2008
Europe2008
Wii, WiiWare One of first games announced for WiiWare; also released as an expanded retail game; 8-player support, online and offline
Bomberman Ultra Japan2009
North America2009
Europe2009
PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Network) 8-player online support
Bomberman Live: Battlefest Japan2010
North America2010
Europe2010
Xbox Live Arcade
Super Bomberman R Japan2017
North America2017
Europe2017
Nintendo Switch 8-player
Untitled Bomberman game Apple Arcade
Super Bomberman R Online Worldwide2020 Various platform
Super Bomberman R 2 2023 (TBA) Various platform

Portable games

Title Year Platforms Notes
Atomic Punk Japan1990
North America1990
Europe1990
Game Boy Known as Atomic Punk in North America and Dynablaster in Europe.
Bomberman: Panic Bomber Japan1994 Neo-Geo, Virtual Boy VB version is a port of the Neo-Geo release; also released for Super Famicom and PC-Engine CD in Japan only
Pocket Bomberman Japan1997
North America1998
Europe1998
Game Boy, Game Boy Color GBC release only in the US and in Europe
Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! North America1994
Europe1995
Game Boy Named Bomberman GB in Japan; also Nintendo's earliest crossover game
Bomberman GB 2 Japan1998
North America1998
Europe1998
Game Boy Named Bomberman GB in North America
Bomberman GB 3 Japan1996 Game Boy Japan-only release; Released in Japan For Virtual console
Bomberman LCD Japan1997 LCD-keychain game Released by Bandai
Bomberman Quest Japan1998
North America1998
Europe1999
Game Boy Color role-playing video game
Bomberman Max Japan1999
North America2000
Game Boy Color Released in two variants, Red Challenger and Blue Champion editions
Bomberman Tournament Worldwide2001 Game Boy Advance 4-player support
Bomberman Max 2 Japan2002
North America2002
Europe2003
Game Boy Advance Released in two variants, Blue Advance and Red Advance
Bomberman Jetters Japan2002
North America2004
Gamecube, Playstation 2 An adataption for anime Bomberman Jetters
Bomberman Japan2003 Mobile devices
Bomberman North America2004
Europe2004
N-Gage
Bomber Man Special North America2004 Mobile devices Port from the MSX version to mobile devices
Super Bomberman North America2004 Mobile devices
Bomberman Worldwide2005 Nintendo DS 8-player support over wireless play, but no internet Wi-Fi support
Bomberman RPG Japan2005 Mobile devices
Hudson Best Collection Vol. 1: Bomberman Collection Japan2005 Game Boy Advance Compilation title of the first two NES Bomberman games. Japan-only release
Play ☆ Panic Bomber + Japan2005 Mobile devices
Play ☆ IQ + Japan2005 Mobile devices
☆ play Bomberman Cross Japan2005 Mobile devices
Bomberman Next Gotochi Kanto Hen Japan2005 Mobile devices
Bomberman Next Gotochi Kinki Hen Japan2005 Mobile devices
Bomberman: Bakufuu Sentai Bombermen Japan2006 PlayStation Portable Japan-only release
Bomberman Portable Japan2006
North America2006
Europe2007
PlayStation Portable 4-player support over wireless play; North America only
Bomberman Land Touch! Japan2006
North America2006
Canada2006
Europe2007
Australia2007
Nintendo DS 8-player support over wireless play, 4-player internet Wi-Fi
Bomberman Story DS Japan2007
Australia2007
Europe2007
Nintendo DS Not released in North America
Bomberman Land Portable Japan2007
North America2008
Europe2008
PlayStation Portable
Bomberman North America2007 iOS
Gachapin☆Bomberman Japan2007 i-mode A Bomberman game using Gachapin characters; Japan-only release
Bomberman Land: Battles North America2007 Mobile devices
Bomberman Land Touch! 2 Japan2007
North America2008
Europe2008
Australia2008
Nintendo DS
Bomberman Touch: The Legend of Mystic Bomb North America2008 iOS
Bomberman 2 Japan2008
Europe2009
Nintendo DS Named Custom Battler Bomberman in Japan, not released in North America
R20 ☆ Moe Bomberman Japan2008 Mobile devices Cross-over between Hudson's R20 ☆ Moe series
Bomberman Touch 2: Volcano Party North America2009 iOS
Bomberman Blitz Japan2009
North America2009
DSiWare
Bomberman: Disney Stitch Edition Japan2010 Mobile devices Based on the anime Stitch!
Bomberman Dojo North America2011 iOS, Android
Bomberman 3DS Cancelled Nintendo 3DS
100-hito Taisen Bomberman Japan2012 iOS, Android The first Bomberman published by Konami
Bomberman Japan2014 iOS, Android
Taisen! Bomberman Japan2016 iOS, Android Konami-developed mobile game to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the original game.
Amazing Bomberman Worldwide2022 Apple Arcade

Spin-offs

Title Year Platforms Notes
Robo Warrior Japan1987
North America1988
Europe1989
MSX, NES Released in Japan with the name Bomber King; Bomberman-like progressive adventure game
Blaster Master Boy Europe1991
Japan1991
North America1992
Game Boy Bomber King: Scenario 2; slightly altered and released by Sunsoft in America and PAL regions under the Blaster Master license
Star Parodier Worldwide2008 PC Engine Japan-only release; Shoot 'em up
Bomberman Wars Japan1991 PlayStation, Sega Saturn Japan-only release; tactical role-playing game
Bomberman Fantasy Race Japan1998
North America1999
Europe2000
PlayStation Racing game
Bomberman Kart Japan2001
Europe2003
PlayStation 2, Mobile devices Released in Japan and PAL regions only; kart racing game
DreamMix TV World Fighters Japan2003 GameCube, PlayStation 2 Released in Japan only; crossover fighting game featuring Bomberman as a playable character.
BoBomberman Game Boy Advance  Minigame based on the NES version of Bomberman, but using characters from the Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo series; unlocked in the Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo GBA game, Bakutou Hajike Taisen
Bomberman Hardball Japan2004
Europe2005
PlayStation 2 Released in Japan and PAL regions only; sports and party game
Bomberman: Panic Bomber Japan1994
North America2017
Europe2017
PC Engine CD, various Puzzle game, similar to Puyo Puyo and Tetris
Bomberman Chains Japan2011 iOS Puzzle game, similar to Bejeweled
Bombergirl Japan2018 Arcade Released in Japan only; strategy and battle arcade
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Worldwide2018 Nintendo Switch Crossover fighting game featuring White Bomberman as an Assist Trophy character

Coin operated

Title Year Platform Notes
Bomber Man North America1991 Arcade Known as Dyna Blaster and Atomic Punk in Western regions
Bomber Man World North America1992 Arcade Known as Dyna Blaster Global Quest and Atomic Punk Global Quest/Atomic Punk 2 in Western regions
Bomberman: Panic Bomber Japan1994
North America2017
Europe2017
Neo Geo MVS (Arcade)
Neo Bomberman Worldwide1997 Neo Geo MVS (Arcade)
Bombergirl Japan2018 Arcade

Knock-offs

Bomberman is one of the most frequently plagiarized video games in history, partly due to the ease of programming simple clones. These are only a small selection of the many unauthorized Bomberman knock-offs that have appeared over the years, and still continue to be made. Most are designed for personal computers and mobile devices, but a few have been released for consoles and arcade hardware.

Title Year Platform Notes
Bomb Buddies 2012 PC (Windows), Facebook A Bomberman style game with 8-player simultaneous multiplayer sessions across 120 levels and 8 game modes.
PopTag! 2001 PC (Windows) Released in South Korea as Crazy Arcade. Nexon America formerly ran a global version. Almost exactly the same as Bomberman, except as an MMO. Likely the most popular and successful Bomberman ripoff ever, PopTag! may be more well known than Bomberman itself in its home country of Korea.
About Bombs and Explosives 2009 PC (Windows) A classic-style arcade game; main goal is to place bombs and blow up anything in users way; in single player mode, one must find the way through about 100 levels by eliminating monsters and searching for exit; in battle mode, one must destroy other players; standard last man standing type of game, or team play; freeware
Bakudanjin 1999 Apple Macintosh An arcade-style game with the same game mechanic as Bomberman but with different game modes and original characters
Bomb Mania 1997 Commodore 64 4-player support (4-player adapter needed)
Bomberland 2013 Commodore 64 5-player support (keyboard and 4-player adapter needed)
Bomboy [轟炸小子 - Explosion Kid] 1993 Sega Genesis Released by Gamtec of Taiwan, it was designed similar to Super Bomberman, but with no Battle Mode and the level layout omits the grid-based design common in most Bomberman games; has 10 worlds with 5 levels each and supports 2-Players simultaneously like Super Bomberman
XBlast 1993 PC (Windows) and Linux XBlast is a multiplayer version released under the GNU General Public License by Marc Oliver Vogel for Microsoft Windows and X11R5/R6.
Cheeky Twins II 1994 Commodore 64 2-player support, released on Magic Disk
BomberMan 2014 Windows Phone Bomberman-inspired game by independent developer
Spark World 1995 Super Nintendo Knock-off of Super Bomberman with sentient cartoon cars as playable characters. Bombs are batteries that explode with electric charges. Sometimes referred to as "Bombercar." Only released in Japan.
Bombing Bastards 2014 Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, Vita, PC (Windows), Mac, Linux A Bomberman clone with relatively high production values, 5-player support, and boss battles. The title is censored as Bombing Busters on all platforms other than Wii U and PC.
Teslatron Unknown PC (Windows) A simplistic 5-player Bomberman clone, and a defunct web browser game that featured online multiplayer and chat. Player characters were scientists piloting robots that dropped electric charges. No longer playable.
Fireball 1992 Arcade Basic 4-player Bomberman clone made in South Korea. Uses stolen bomb and explosion sprites. The main character's design is a rip-off of Joe Shimomura from the Cyborg 009 anime/manga franchise.

Power-Ups

Main article: Power-Ups

Power-Ups are the basic items to help Bomberman defeat opponents. Power-Ups come in different abilities, such as the ability to carry more bombs or faster movement.

Gallery

33rd anniversary Bomberman logo.

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