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Bomberman's main character, the "White Bomber"
Genre(s) Action
Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Original release 1983 (in Japan)
Official website [1]

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, Bomberman is featured in over 60 different games. Being commercially successful, with over 10 millon units of games sold, the series "has since become known as the first name in multiplayer games".[2]



The games are set in another universe, on Planet Bomber. In Bomberman: Act Zero, Bomber Planet has an underground bomb factory where robots called "Bombermen" make bombs. There is a challenge to see who is the best Bomberman in the factory in a survival of the fittest.

The NES game begins with "Bomberman" (the eponymous character of the game) growing bored of making bombs in the factory and wants to become human, and thus decides to escape. When he does, the "Bomberman" species gains more free will due to the fulfillment of this wish.

The main character is first given the name "White Bomber" in Bomberman II, where he joins an intergalactic police force to help protect the galaxy. They soon come across their biggest threat- An intergalactic crime organization called the Hige-Hige bandits, lead by the evil Bagulaa (alternately spelled "Bagular", and "Buggler").

In Nintendo DS games he takes the name Cheerful White (Bomberman Land Touch and Bomberman Land Touch 2). Also in the Nintendo DS games he is paired with Bookworm Green, Kid Blue, Cute Pink, Giant Gold, and Cool Black.

Unlike many video game series, there is no single recurring main antagonist. However, the white bomberman tends to be the character you play as. bomberman is the bomb like tick tick


The general goal throughout the series is to complete the levels by strategically placing bombs in order to kill enemies and destroy obstacles. Exploding bombs can set off other bombs, kill or injure enemies and destroy obstacles. However, they can also kill or injure the player character, destroy powerups, and sometimes "anger" the exit, causing it to generate more enemies. Most Bomberman games also feature a multiplayer mode, where other Bombermen act as opponents, and the last one standing is the winner. In this mode, powerups are plentiful. Although most games in the Bomberman series use the same type of maze-based levels established by the original game, some are Zelda-like adventure games, Mario-like platformers, Tetris-like puzzle games, and kart racers. It is considered to be a classic franchise by many video game players.

Main characters

  • Black Bomberman (Cool Black in Bomberman Land Touch!) looks identical to Bomberman, only colored black and does not wear white tights. In many of his first appearances, he was shown to be the main rival of Bomberman, often performing acts such as robbing banks to fight him. He eventually becomes a gradual friend of Bomberman, and acts as the second player in the two-player story modes of the games. Hudson has given him a cool and collected personality in the later games. He also leads Red Bomber, Blue Bomber, Green Bomber and Yellow Bomber.
  • Max first appears in Bomberman Max as one of the main characters. He is some what competitive and arrogant, as shown that despite the urgency of the mission, he challenges Bomberman to a contest to who can gather the most charaboms. Max wears a black suited armor with a helmet that completely hides his face. He is also a playable character in the game Bomberman Jetters , where he joins Bomberman in the fight against the Hige Hige Bandits again, and unlockable in Bomberman Generation.
  • Dr. Ein is a scientist who assists Bomberman. He is eccentric and doesn't seem to show many emotions. He is fat, has white spiky hair, and glasses with spirals covering the lenses. Despite never having a playable appearance, one of the customization sets in Bomberman Live lets Bomberman wear Dr. Ein's lab coat and glasses.
  • Charabom are small creatures that help Bomberman progress by granting him abilities. First appearing in Bomberman Max, each new game that features charaboms always feature a unique set of them. Bomberman often find Charabom trapped in cages, and he can partner with one to use its ability. He can also fuse them together and battle them against others. Pommy is a recurring Charabom, who first appears in Bomberman 64: The Second Attack, where he is a loyal, but cowardly sidekick and a mimic. He is capable of shooting lightning and taking on many different forms.
  • Rui are kangaroo-like animals with rabbit ears who help Bomberman by letting him ride on their backs. Louie, the western counterpart of Rui, often specifically helps Bomberman.
  • The Fiendish Bombers (a.k.a the Five Dastardly Bombers) are a gang of five recurring boss enemies in several games of the series. Magnet Bomber sports a scarf-like cape and has a magnet shape attached to his helmet, and uses bombs that are attracted to his enemies. Golem Bomber is much larger than the others and he utilizes fire bombs. Pretty Bomber is distinguished from her male counterparts by her pink skirt, yellow neckerchief, and the large yellow heart attached to her helmet. She also appears as a close friend to Bomberman in several games, where both White and Black Bomber are attracted to her. Brain Bomber is the engineer of the group, who wears a cloak and has the symbol of a crown on his helmet. He is shorter than the other characters and sometimes floats above the group. Plasma Bomber is the leader. Plasma Bomber wears a neckerchief and has a lightning bolt attached to his helmet that can create electric currents.
  • Bagura (Bagular in the West) is the main villain in many of the games. He resembles a blue and white, large, elderly Bomberman with a bushy white beard, a monocle, and a cape. He first appears as the main villain of Bomberman '94, in which he attempts to run a comet-disguised ship into Planet Bomber after throwing it into chaos. He later appears in several games, including Super Bomberman 3,, Super Bomberman 4, Bomberman Hero, Bomberman World, and Neo Bomberman. He is the true leader of the Hige Hige Bandits, with Mujoe as his second-in-command. Dr. MechaDoc also serves the group by creating technology, such as the Hige-Hige Bandits, small robotic minions who are very weak and serve under Mujoe.

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Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Publisher(s) Hudson Soft,
Sinclair Research Ltd. (Spectrum, UK),
Paraninfo Soft (Spectrum, Spain),
Nintendo (Game Boy Advance),
Mattel (Australia)
Platform(s) MSX, ZX Spectrum, NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-8801, PC Engine, Sharp MZ-700, FM-7, Famicom/NES, Famicom Disk System, Game Boy Advance
Release date(s) 1983 (MSX, ZX Spectrum, FM-7, PC-6001/8801, Sharp MZ-700)
JPN December 19, 1985 (Famicom)
NA 1987 (NES)
JPN April 2, 1990 (Famicom Disk System)
2004 (Game Boy Advance)
2004 (N-Gage)
Genre(s) Arcade/Maze/Strategy
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer on newer versions.
Rating(s) ESRB: E (Everyone) (GBA, Wii)
Media Audio cassette, 320 kB cartridge
Input methods Keyboard/joystick (MSX, ZX Spectrum)
Famicom/NES controller (NES)

Bomberman (ボンバーマン Bonbāman?) is an arcade-style maze-based video game developed by Hudson Soft. It was first released in 1983 for the MSX, NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6001, Sharp MZ-700 and FM-7 in Japan, and for the ZX Spectrum in Europe (under the English language title Eric and the Floaters, Spanish Don Pepe Y Los Globos). Bomberman spawned the long-running series with many installments building on its basic gameplay. The earlier game Warp and Warp by Namco is most likely the inspiration for the Bomberman gameplay.



The original Bomberman is a robot forced to work at a bomb factory. He is the best bomb maker there. Bomberman starts growing bored of making bombs in a factory day in and day out. He hears a rumor that any Bomberman that makes it from the underground factory gets a wish. Bomberman, desperate to escape his job, sets out on a journey to the surface and to turn Bombermen into human bombermen, using his wish. The only thing standing in his way is the factory security guards who will do anything to keep the factory working.


.]] The eponymous character, Bomberman, is a robot that wants to be free from his job at an underground bomb factory. He must find his way through a maze while avoiding enemies. Doors leading to further maze rooms are found under rocks, which Bomberman must destroy with bombs. There are items that can help improve Bomberman's bombs, such as the Fire ability, which improves the blast range of his bombs. Bomberman will turn human when he escapes and reaches the surface. Each game has 50 levels in total.

Ports and sequels

The game was subsequently ported to the Famicom and released in Japan on December 20, 1985, arriving for the U.S. Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. The appearance of Bomberman in this version, identical to that of the enemies in the NES version of Lode Runner, would later define Bomberman's more famous design, a robotic anime-like character with a pink antenna. In 2004, this version of Bomberman was re-released for the Game Boy Advance, part of the Classic NES Series. There are two additional MSX games, Bomberman 3D and Bomberman Special, both released only in Japan (in 1984 and 1986 respectively). Bomberman Special is based on the NES game. The NES had its own sequel, Bomberman II, in 1991. The game Bomberman World was released for Playstation and PC in 1998. More recently Bomberman has been released on the Xbox 360 through the Xbox Live Arcade Service. This latest Bomberman game called Bomberman Live features play against up to 8 people both locally and over the Internet. Another recent game, called Bomberman Blast, was released for Nintendo's Wii console, through its WiiWare downloadable content. It also has up to 8 players battle on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and even has Mii support. More recently Bomberman has been ported to mobile phones. Across Europe one can find many different versions of these games such as Bomberman Deluxe, Bomberman Kart and even a Bomberman 3D. In Japan, some of the NTT DoCoMo handsets come with Bomberman Wide installed. Some mobile versions of the game feature a multiplayer option via the bluetooth connection. Bomberman Blast was released also on September 29, 2008.


  • Top Secret Passwords Nintendo Player's Guide
  • Bomberman Operation Manual, NES-BM-USA, Hudson Soft USA

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Box artwork for Bomberman.
Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Publisher(s) Hudson Soft
Japanese title ボンバーマン
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action
System(s) NES, MSX, Game Boy Advance, N-Gage
Players 1
ESRB: Everyone
Followed by Dyna Blaster, Bomberman II
Series Bomberman
This is the first game in the Bomberman series. For other games in the series see the Bomberman category.
For the MS-DOS, Commodore Amiga, and TurboGrafx-16 game, see Dyna Blaster. For the Nintendo DS game, see Bomberman (Nintendo DS).

The Bomberman series may be as well know to video game players as Mega Man, Castlevania, and even Super Mario. It has certainly been around as long. And like many of these other series, the first version of the game is a rapid departure from what later games in the series would ultimately become, but the series as a whole is indebted to its roots for being a successful game in the first place. Although it didn't reach one million sales, it did sell approximately 800,000 copies in its lifetime.

Title screen

The Bomberman series actually starts even before this particular NES version. A very simple, drastically different looking "Bomber Man" (according to the title screen) was released for the MSX. The gameplay was more abstract, featured only one enemy and no power-ups, and the only goal was to find the exit without dying. Hudson Soft dramatically improved the game for its Famicom release by adding a number of enemies, horizontally scrolling stages, and the power-ups that make keeping Bomberman alive so worthwhile. But they also made the first steps in shaping the Bomberman character that we know and recognize today. The sprite used for Bomberman actually came from an enemy sprite used in Hudson Soft's very successful Famicom conversion of Lode Runner. One of the robotic enemies that chased the Lode Runner hero learned that he might become human if he can climb fifty underground floors to escape from his plant and reach the surface of the world. The only weapon at Bomberman's disposal, of course, are bombs.

As a gift to the platform that Bomberman started on, Hudson Soft released an updated version for the MSX called Bomberman Special that was updated to reflect the Famicom version. It was five years before Bomberman was followed up by two sequels, the first of which was actually made for the TurboGrafx-16 in 1990. Outside of Japan, it was known as Dyna Blaster, while in Japan it shared the same name as its predecessor even though it was a tremendously enhanced game. The second sequel was a proper NES sequel entitled Bomberman II. Subsequent releases on the TurboGrafx-16 and the series debut on the Super Nintendo lead to the definition of the White Bomber character as a mainstay hero of the video game realm. In 2004, Nintendo gave Bomberman the distinction of being included in they Famicom Mini, and Classic NES lines of Game Boy Advance conversions. Hudson Soft re-released the game on the GBA along with Bomberman II in Hudson Best Collection Vol. 1, published only in Japan.


Our hero, Bomberman, worked in a bomb factory located in an underground labyrinth. He grew very bored making bombs day in and day out. One day, he learned of a rumor that stated if a robot could ever escape the labyrinth and reach the surface of the world, his wish would be granted and he would become human. Bomberman is determined to find out if this rumor is true.

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Gameplay Summary

  • Bomberman starts each round in the upper left corner of every stage.
  • Bomberman must first destroy every enemy in the stage, and second locate the exit and escape to the next stage.
  • Bomberman can destroy enemies and walls with bombs. Bombs can also harm Bomberman unless he has a special power-up.
  • The number of bombs that Bomberman can deploy at one time, and the range of the explosions can be increased through power-ups.
  • Bomberman losses one life if he is touched by an enemy, or if he is caught in a bomb explosion.
  • If Bomberman bombs the exit, or if he runs out of time, enemies will pour out of the exit.
  • Bombs ordinarily detonate on their own after a set amount of time. One power-up gives Bomberman the ability to detonate the bombs at will.

editBomberman series

Bomberman · (3D · Special) · II · TG-16 · '93 · '94 · Super Bomberman · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · Saturn · Neo · Atomic · Saturn Bomberman Fight!! · 64 (1997) · Wars · World · Hero · 64: The Second Attack · Party Edition · 64 (2001) · Generation · Jetters · Act Zero · Live · Blast · Ultra

Spinoffs: Panic Bomber

Compilations: Collection Vol.1 · Collection Vol.2

Sub-series: Atomic Punk · Land · Max · Online · Portables · Quest


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Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Publisher(s) Hudson Soft
Release date Famicom:
December 19, 1985 (JP)
January 1989 (NA)
Genre Puzzle
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) N/A
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System
Media 320 Kilobit Cartridge
Input NES Controller
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Bomberman series
Main Series
'Bomberman • Bomberman II • Bomberman (TurboGrafx 16) • '93 • Mega Bomberman • Panic Bomber  • Saturn Bomberman • Atomic Bomberman • Bomberman 64 • The Second Attack • Max • Hero • World • Tournament • Bomberman Online • Jetters • Max 2 • Generation • Online Bomberman • Bomberman Kart • Bomberman DS •  • Bomberman LIVE
Spinoff series
Super Bomberman: Super Bomberman • Super Bomberman 2 • Super Bomberman 3 • Super Bomberman 4 • Super Bomberman 5
Bomberman Land: Land • Land 2 • Land 3 • Land Touch! • Land Wii
Bomberman Hardball - Wario Blast
Act Zero
Bomberman characters - Bomberman powerups
Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden - Jetters
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Bomberman is a series of video games that first appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System and still has many games released to this day.

List of Bomberman games

Title Year Platforms Notes
Bomberman 1983 MSX, ZX Spectrum, Sharp MZ-700 MSX-only release in Japan, release for both systems in Europe as Eric and the Floaters.[1]
3-D Bomberman 1984 MSX Uses first-person perspective. Japan-only release.[2]
Bomberman 1985, 1987 NES Game Boy Advance re-release in 2004.
Bomber Man Special 1986 MSX Information:[3]
Dyna Blaster 1990, 1991 TurboGrafx-16, Amiga, Atari ST, PC (DOS) Released as Bomberman only for the TG-16 release, which was the first Bomberman release to support 5 players. First Bomberman game for the IBM-PC.
Atomic Punk 1991 Game Boy Known as Bomber Boy in Japan, Dyna Blaster in Europe
Bomberman II 1991, 1992 NES
Bomberman '93 1992, 1993 TurboGrafx-16
Bomberman 1993 Sega Genesis Factor 5/Hudson Soft. Unreleased.

This is the original Bomberman game for the Genesis. Factor 5 was asked to do a Genesis port of Bomberman and came up with this 8-player version that used multiple joystick port adaptors.

Bomberman '94 1993 PC Engine, Sega Genesis Japan-only release for PCE, released in 1994 for the Genesis as Mega Bomberman, 5-player multitap support.
Bomberman B-Daman  ? SNES Japan-only, part of the B-Daman series. Box art:[4]
Hi-Ten Bomberman Unreleased 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.[5]
Super Bomberman 1993 SNES 4-player multitap support.
Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! 1994 Game Boy Known as Bomberman GB in Japan.
Super Bomberman 2 1994 SNES
Panic Bomber 1994, 1995 Neo-Geo, Virtual Boy Puzzle game resembling Tetris. VB version is a port of the Neo-Geo release. Info:[6]
Super Bomberman 3 1995 SNES 5-player multitap support, Japan and Europe release only.
Bomberman GB 2 1995 Game Boy Known as Bomberman GB in North America.
Super Bomberman 4 1996 SNES Japan-only release
Saturn Bomberman 1996 Sega Saturn 10-player multitap support. First Bomberman game with official internet support. Regarded as one of the series' highpoints.
Atomic Bomberman 1996 PC (Windows) 10-player support through IPX networking. First Bomberman title for Windows, developed by Interplay.
Bomberman GB 3 1996 Game Boy Japan-only release
Super Bomberman 5 1997 SNES Japan-only release
Saturn Bomberman Fight!! 1997 Sega Saturn
Neo Bomberman 1997 Neo-Geo MVS
Bomberman 64 1997 N64 4-player support, first Bomberman game with 3D graphics.
Bomberman Hero 1998 N64 Focus on single-player adventure game.
Pocket Bomberman 1998 Game Boy, Game Boy Color GBC release only in the US
Bomberman 64: The Second Attack 2000 N64 First appearance of Pommy, one of the Charaboms.
Bomberman World 1998 PlayStation
Bomberman Quest 1999 Game Boy Color Role-playing game. Info:[7]
Bomberman Land 2000 PlayStation Japan-only release
Bomberman Max 2000 Game Boy Color Released in two variants, Red Challenger and Blue Champion editions.
Bomberman Party Edition 2000 PlayStation A PlayStation port of the game.
Bomberman 64 2001 (Japan only) N64 4-player support (not related to the 1997 title of the same name)
Bomberman Tournament 2001 Game Boy Advance 4-player support
Bomberman Online 2001 Sega Dreamcast 4-player local, 8-player online support.
Bomberman Jetters 2002 Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 PS2 release was Japan-only.[8][9] Based on the Bomberman Jetters anime series.
Bomberman Max 2 2002 Game Boy Advance Released in two variants, Blue Advance and Red Advance.
Bomberman Generation 2002 GameCube One of the first games to employ cel-shaded graphics.
Bomberman Jetters 2002 Game Boy Advance Japan-only release. Inspired an anime series, Bomberman Jetters.
Bomberman 2003 Mobile phones Info:[10]
Online Bomberman 2003 PC 6-player support, released only in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
Bomberman Collection 2003 PC Compilation of Bomberman (TG-16), Bomberman '93 and Bomberman World for Windows.[11]
Bomberman Land 2 2003 GameCube, PlayStation 2 Japan-only release
Bomberman 2004 N-Gage
Bomberman Special 2004 Mobile phones Info:[12]
Super Bomberman  ? Mobile phones
Bomberman DS 2005 Nintendo DS 8-player support over wireless play, but no internet Wi-Fi support.
Bomberman Land 3 2005 PlayStation 2 Japan-only release
Hudson Best Collection Vol. 1 - Bomberman Collection 2005 Game Boy Advance Compilation title of the first two NES Bomberman games. Japan-only release.
Bomberman: Act Zero 2006 Xbox 360 Realistic re-envisioning of the character.
Bomberman: Bakufuu Sentai Bombermen 2006 PlayStation Portable Japan-only release
Bomberman (PSP) September 2006 PlayStation Portable 4-player support over wireless play. North America.
Bomberman Land Touch! November 2006 Nintendo DS 8-player support over wireless play, 4-player internet Wi-Fi.
Bomberman Land (Wii) 2007 Wii Series of minigames designed to take advantage of the Wii controller.
Bomberman Live 2007 Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade) 8-player online support.
Bomberman Story DS March 2007 Nintendo DS
Bomberman Land (PSP) March 2007 PlayStation Portable
Bomberman December 2007 5th Generation iPod Video, 6th Generation iPod Classic, 3rd Generation iPod Nano
Gachapin☆Bomberman 2007 i-mode A Bomberman game using Gachapin characters
Bomberman Land Touch! 2 January 2008 Nintendo DS
Bomberman Touch - The Legend of the Mystic Bomb May 2008 iPhone / iPod Touch
Bomberman Blast 2008 Wii, WiiWare One of the first games announced for WiiWare. Will also be released as an expanded retail game.


Title Year Platforms Notes
Robowarrior 1987 Famicom Released in Japan under the title Bomber King. Bomberman-Like Progressive Adventure Game.
Blaster Master Boy/Jr. 1991 Game Boy Bomber King: Scenario 2. Slightly altered and released by Sunsoft in America and PAL regions under the Blaster Master license.
Bomberman Wars 1998 PlayStation, Sega Saturn Japan-only release. Strategy RPG.
Bomberman Fantasy Race 1999 PlayStation Racing game
Bomberman Party Edition 2000 PlayStation Enhanced remake of the NES version of Bomberman. It also has Battle Game.
Bomberman Kart 2001 PlayStation 2 Released only in Japan and PAL regions. Kart racing game.
BoBomberman 2004 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 2005 PlayStation 2 Released only in Japan and PAL regions. Sports and party game.
Bomberman: Panic Bomber 2005 PlayStation Portable Puzzle game, similar to Puyo Puyo and Tetris.


Title Year Platform Notes
BomberMan/Dyna Blaster/Atomic Punk 1991 Arcade
BomberMan World/New Atomic Punk 1992 Arcade
Panic Bomber 1994 NeoGeo
Neo Bomberman 1997 NeoGeo

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