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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 Japan Japan: 1983
Europe Europe: 1984
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 Japan Japan: 1984
MSX Uses first-person perspective
Bomberman Japan Japan: 1985
UnitedStates North America: 1987
Nintendo Entertainment System Game Boy Advance and N-Gage re-releases in 2004
Bomber Man Special Japan Japan: 1986
MSX A port of the NES game
Bomberman Japan Japan: 1990
UnitedStates North America: 1991
Europe Europe: 1991
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 Japan Japan: 1991
UnitedStates North America: 1992
Europe Europe: 1991
NES Released as Dynablaster in Europe
Bomberman '93 Japan Japan: 1992
UnitedStates North America: 1993
PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16 Released on Wii's Virtual Console in 2006
Bomberman '94 Japan Japan: 1993
UnitedStates North America: 1994
Europe Europe: 1994
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 Japan Japan: 1996
Super Nintendo Entertainment System Japan-only, part of the B-Daman series.
Hi-Ten Bomberman Japan Japan: 1993
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 Japan Japan: 1993
UnitedStates North America: 1993
Europe Europe: 1993
SNES 4-player multitap support
Super Bomberman 2 Japan Japan: 1994
UnitedStates North America: 1994
Europe Europe: 1995
SNES 4-player multitap support
Super Bomberman 3 Japan Japan: 1995
Europe Europe: 1995
SNES 5-player multitap support, Japan and Europe release only
Super Bomberman 4 Japan Japan: 1996
SNES Japan-only release
Super Bomberman 5 Japan Japan: 1997
SNES Japan-only release
Saturn Bomberman Japan Japan: 1996
UnitedStates North America: 1997
Europe Europe: 1997
Sega Saturn 10-player multitap support; first Bomberman game with official internet support; regarded as one of the series' highpoints
Saturn Bomberman Fight!! Japan Japan: 1997
Sega Saturn Japan-only release
Neo Bomberman Japan Japan: 1997
Neo-Geo, MVS Japan-only release
Bomberman 64 Japan Japan: 1997
UnitedStates North America: 1997
Europe Europe: 1997
Nintendo 64 4-player support, first Bomberman game with 3D graphics
Bomberman Hero Japan Japan: 1998
UnitedStates North America: 1998
Europe Europe: 1998
N64 Focus on single-player adventure game
Bomberman 64: The Second Attack! Japan Japan: 1999
UnitedStates North America: 2000
N64 First appearance of Pommy, one of the Charaboms
Bomberman World Japan Japan: 1998
UnitedStates North America: 1998
Europe Europe: 1998
PlayStation
Bomberman 64 Japan Japan: 2001
N64 Japan-only; 4-player support (unrelated to 1997 title of the same name)
Bomberman Party Edition Japan Japan: 1998
UnitedStates North America: 2000
Europe Europe: 1999
PlayStation PlayStation port of the game, released in Europe as Bomberman
Bomberman Online UnitedStates North America: 2001
Dreamcast North america only; 4-player local, 8-player online support
Bomberman Jetters: The Legend of Bomberman Japan Japan: 2002
Game Boy Advance Japan-only release; based on the anime series, Bomberman Jetters
Bomberman Jetters Japan Japan: 2002
UnitedStates North America: 2004
Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 PS2 release Japan-only; based on the Bomberman Jetters anime series
Bomberman Generation Japan Japan: 2002
UnitedStates North America: 2002
Europe Europe: 2002
GameCube One of the first games to use cel-shaded graphics
Bomberman Online Japan Japan: 2003
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 Japan Japan: 2002
UnitedStates North America: 2003
PC Compilation of Bomberman (TG-16), Bomberman '93 and Bomberman World for Windows
Bomberman Land Japan Japan: 2000
PlayStation Japan-only release
Bomberman Land 2 Japan Japan: 2003
GameCube, PlayStation 2 Japan-only release
Bomberman Collection Vol. 2 Japan Japan: 2004
PC Japan-only, Compilation of the SNES Super Bomberman 1–3 and PlayStation Bomberman Party Edition
Bomberman Land 3 Japan Japan: 2005
PlayStation 2 Japan-only release
Bomberman Act:Zero Japan Japan: 2006
UnitedStates North America: NA
Europe Europe: 2006
Xbox 360 Realistic re-envisioning of the character
Bomberman Land Wii Japan Japan: 2007
UnitedStates North America: 2008
Europe Europe: 2008
Wii Remake of 2000 Japan-only release, designed to take advantage of Wii controller
Bomberman Live Japan Japan: 2007
UnitedStates North America: 2007
Europe Europe: 2007
Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade) 8-player online support
Bomberman Online Japan Japan Japan: 2008
PC Online game, briefly available in Japan
Bomberman Blast Japan Japan: 2008
UnitedStates North America: 2008
Europe Europe: 2008
Wii, WiiWare One of first games announced for WiiWare; also released as an expanded retail game; 8-player support, online and offline
Bomberman Ultra Japan Japan: 2009
UnitedStates North America: 2009
Europe Europe: 2009
PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Network) 8-player online support
Bomberman Live: Battlefest Japan Japan: 2010
UnitedStates North America: 2010
Europe Europe: 2010
Xbox Live Arcade
Super Bomberman R Japan Japan: 2017
UnitedStates North America: 2017
Europe Europe: 2017
Nintendo Switch 8-player

Portable games

Title Year Platforms Notes
Atomic Punk Japan Japan: 1990
UnitedStates North America: 1990
Europe Europe: 1990
Game Boy Known as Atomic Punk in North America and Dynablaster in Europe.
Bomberman: Panic Bomber Japan Japan: 1994
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 Japan Japan: 1997
UnitedStates North America: 1998
Europe Europe: 1998
Game Boy, Game Boy Color GBC release only in the US and in Europe
Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! UnitedStates North America: 1994
Europe Europe: 1995
Game Boy Named Bomberman GB in Japan; also Nintendo's earliest crossover game
Bomberman GB 2 Japan Japan: 1998
UnitedStates North America: 1998
Europe Europe: 1998
Game Boy Named Bomberman GB in North America
Bomberman GB 3 Japan Japan: 1996
Game Boy Japan-only release; Released in Japan For Virtual console
Bomberman LCD Japan Japan: 1997
LCD-keychain game Released by Bandai
Bomberman Quest Japan Japan: 1998
UnitedStates North America: 1998
Europe Europe: 1999
Game Boy Color role-playing video game
Bomberman Max Japan Japan: 1999
UnitedStates North America: 2000
Game Boy Color Released in two variants, Red Challenger and Blue Champion editions
Bomberman Tournament Worldwide WW: 2001
Game Boy Advance 4-player support
Bomberman Max 2 Japan Japan: 2002
UnitedStates North America: 2002
Europe Europe: 2003
Game Boy Advance Released in two variants, Blue Advance and Red Advance
Bomberman Jetters Japan Japan: 2002
UnitedStates North America: 2004
Gamecube, Playstation 2 An adataption for anime Bomberman Jetters
Bomberman Japan Japan: 2003
Mobile devices
Bomberman UnitedStates North America: 2004
Europe Europe: 2004
N-Gage
Bomber Man Special UnitedStates North America: 2004
Mobile devices Port from the MSX version to mobile devices
Super Bomberman UnitedStates North America: 2004
Mobile devices
Bomberman Worldwide WW: 2005
Nintendo DS 8-player support over wireless play, but no internet Wi-Fi support
Bomberman RPG Japan Japan: 2005
Mobile devices
Hudson Best Collection Vol. 1: Bomberman Collection Japan Japan: 2005
Game Boy Advance Compilation title of the first two NES Bomberman games. Japan-only release
Play ☆ Panic Bomber + Japan Japan: 2005
Mobile devices
Play ☆ IQ + Japan Japan: 2005
Mobile devices
☆ play Bomberman Cross Japan Japan: 2005
Mobile devices
Bomberman Next Gotochi Kanto Hen Japan Japan: 2005
Mobile devices
Bomberman Next Gotochi Kinki Hen Japan Japan: 2005
Mobile devices
Bomberman: Bakufuu Sentai Bombermen Japan Japan: 2006
PlayStation Portable Japan-only release
Bomberman Portable Japan Japan: 2006
UnitedStates North America: 2006
Europe Europe: 2007
PlayStation Portable 4-player support over wireless play; North America only
Bomberman Land Touch! Japan Japan: 2006
UnitedStates North America: 2006
Canada Canada: 2006
Europe Europe: 2007
Australia Australia: 2007
Nintendo DS 8-player support over wireless play, 4-player internet Wi-Fi
Bomberman Story DS Japan Japan: 2007
Australia Australia: 2007
Europe Europe: 2007
Nintendo DS Not released in North America
Bomberman Land Portable Japan Japan: 2007
UnitedStates North America: 2008
Europe Europe: 2008
PlayStation Portable
Bomberman UnitedStates North America: 2007
iOS
Gachapin☆Bomberman Japan Japan: 2007
i-mode A Bomberman game using Gachapin characters; Japan-only release
Bomberman Land: Battles UnitedStates North America: 2007
Mobile devices
Bomberman Land Touch! 2 Japan Japan: 2007
UnitedStates North America: 2008
Europe Europe: 2008
Australia Australia: 2008
Nintendo DS
Bomberman Touch: The Legend of Mystic Bomb UnitedStates North America: 2008
iOS
Bomberman 2 Japan Japan: 2008
Europe Europe: 2009
Nintendo DS Named Custom Battler Bomberman in Japan, not released in North America
R20 ☆ Moe Bomberman Japan Japan: 2008
Mobile devices Cross-over between Hudson's R20 ☆ Moe series
Bomberman Touch 2: Volcano Party UnitedStates North America: 2009
iOS
Bomberman Blitz Japan Japan: 2009
UnitedStates North America: 2009
DSiWare
Bomberman: Disney Stitch Edition Japan Japan: 2010
Mobile devices Based on the anime Stitch!
Bomberman Dojo UnitedStates North America: 2011
iOS, Android
Bomberman 3DS Cancelled Nintendo 3DS
100-hito Taisen Bomberman Japan Japan: 2012
iOS, Android The first Bomberman published by Konami
Bomberman Japan Japan: 2014
iOS, Android
Taisen! Bomberman Japan Japan: 2016
iOS, Android Konami-developed mobile game to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the original game.

Spin-offs

Title Year Platforms Notes
Robowarrior Japan Japan: 1987
UnitedStates North America: 1988
Europe Europe: 1989
MSX, NES Released in Japan with the name Bomber King; Bomberman-like progressive adventure game
Blaster Master Boy Europe Europe: 1991
Japan Japan: 1991
UnitedStates North America: 1992
Game Boy Bomber King: Scenario 2; slightly altered and released by Sunsoft in America and PAL regions under the Blaster Master license
Star Parodier Worldwide WW: 2008
PC Engine Japan-only release; Shoot 'em up
Bomberman Wars Japan Japan: 1991
PlayStation, Sega Saturn Japan-only release; tactical role-playing game
Bomberman Fantasy Race Japan Japan: 1998
UnitedStates North America: 1999
Europe Europe: 2000
PlayStation Racing game
Bomberman Kart Japan Japan: 2001
Europe Europe: 2003
PlayStation 2, Mobile devices Released in Japan and PAL regions only; kart racing game
DreamMix TV World Fighters Japan Japan: 2003
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 Japan Japan: 2004
Europe Europe: 2005
PlayStation 2 Released in Japan and PAL regions only; sports and party game
Bomberman: Panic Bomber Japan Japan: 1994
UnitedStates North America: 2017
Europe Europe: 2017
PC Engine CD, various Puzzle game, similar to Puyo Puyo and Tetris
Bomberman Chains Japan Japan: 2011
iOS Puzzle game, similar to Bejeweled
Bombergirl Japan Japan: 2018
Arcade Released in Japan only; strategy and battle arcade
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Worldwide WW: 2018
Nintendo Switch Crossover fighting game featuring White Bomberman as an Assist Trophy character

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.

Coin operated

Title Year Platform Notes
Bomber Man UnitedStates North America: 1991
Arcade Known as Dyna Blaster and Atomic Punk in Western regions
Bomber Man World UnitedStates North America: 1992
Arcade Known as Dyna Blaster Global Quest and Atomic Punk Global Quest/Atomic Punk 2 in Western regions
Bomberman: Panic Bomber Japan Japan: 1994
UnitedStates North America: 2017
Europe Europe: 2017
Neo Geo MVS (Arcade)
Neo Bomberman Worldwide WW: 1997
Neo Geo MVS (Arcade)
Bombergirl Japan Japan: 2018
Arcade

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 Bomberman

33rd anniversary Bomberman logo.

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