Mega Bomberman

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Mega Bomberman
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver: Westone/Shinichi Sakamoto
Peripherals supported: 4 Way Play, Team Player
Genre: Action[1]

















Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
1573
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Mega Hit)
$19.9919.99[3] 1573
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1573-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 119119 1573-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ1573
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[4][5] 1573-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$89.9589.95[6]
Sega Mega Drive
BR
048130
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM94020JT
Sega Mega Drive
AS

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Mega Bomberman is a Bomberman video game released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1994 by Hudson Soft. Though marketed as a Mega Drive exclusive, Mega Bomberman is derived from the 1993 PC Engine title Bomberman '94, which was not released outside of Japan.

Mega Bomberman is the first of five Bomberman video games to be released on a Sega system (second of six if you include the unlicensed Bomberman Special for SG-1000), and the only "traditional" Bomberman game to be released on the Mega Drive, compared to the five released on the Super Famicom/Super NES and the three released on the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16.

Gameplay

Mega Bomberman is a typical Bomberman game with both single player and four-player multiplayer modes. Though well received at the time of release, it is considered to be a relatively poor conversion of the game, as Bomberman '94, despite supposedly running on inferior hardware, supports up to five players and features brighter graphics with more animation. Mega Bomberman also features a slightly altered soundtrack, possibly to appeal more to overseas markets.

History

Development

A proof-of-concept build was released onto the internet which suggests that Hudson originally commissioned German developer Factor 5 to originally develop the game. This build contains an eight-player battle game (something that would not be seen until many years later), but despite Hudson reportedly being impressed with the demo, they decided to scrap the project and focus on porting Bomberman '94 over to Sega's console.

Legacy

Mega Bomberman was ultimately more successful than Bomberman '94 as it was not restricted to Japan. It was re-released as part of the Mega Hit Series in North America.

Versions

The Mega Drive port has darker colors and lacks details (including the river's animation) in comparison to the PC Engine release it is based on (Bomberman '94).

Production credits

  • Programers: Yuichi Ito, Hideo Iwakawa, Kazuyuki Kimura
  • Graphic Designers: Takuya Aoyama, Yuji Iwahara, Tomomi Tada
  • Sound Programers: Hajime Ohara, Takashi Morio
  • Special Thanks: Kesuke Matsuura
  • Music Composer: Jun Chiki Chikuma
  • Art Director: Shoji Mizuno
  • Producer: Hiroki Shimada
  • Supervisor: Toshiki Fujiwara
  • Director: Yoshiyuki Kawaguchi
  • Basic Game Designer: Shinichi Nakamoto
  • Presented by: Hudson Soft
Source:
In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Mega Bomberman/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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ES print advert
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Print advert in Hacker (HR) #6: "05/1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
Sega Mega Drive
Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
30
[7]
Consoles + (FR) PAL
94
[8]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
91
[5]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
65
[9]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
80
[10]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
78
[11]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
87
[12]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
91
[13]
Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
92
[14]
Joypad (FR) PAL
84
[15]
Mega (UK) PAL
87
[16]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
78
[17]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
85
[18]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
94
[19]
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
50
[20]
Player One (FR)
97
[21]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
58
[22]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
90
[23]
Supersonic (FR) PAL
92
[24]
Supersonic (FR)
92
[24]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
88
[25]
Video Games (DE) PAL
64
[26]
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
22 reviews

Mega Bomberman

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US (Mega Hit Series)
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Mega Drive, EU (No CE Mark)
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Cover
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Mega Bomberman MD EU cart Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU (Hollow CE Mark)
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Bomberman MD EU cart Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU (White CE Mark)

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Cart
Mega Bomberman MD EU cart Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
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Cart
Mega Drive, KR
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Cart
Mega Drive, Asia
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 4bd6667d
MD5 514f6cad98f5f632d680983a050fffc4
SHA-1 89495a8acbcb0ddcadfe5b7bada50f4d9efd0ddd
1MB 1994-12 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 54ab3beb
MD5 5a94b1e8792bb3572db92c2019d99377
SHA-1 01f76e2f719bdae5f21ff0e5a1ac1262c2def279
1MB 1994-12 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994 Special 8-Player Demo Page

References

  1. File:MegaBomberman MD KR Box.jpg
  2. Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 2 February 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 11
  3. 4.0 4.1 Sega Magazine, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-15), page 84
  4. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Computer & Video Games, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-15), page 81
  5. Sega Megazone, "January 1995" (AU; 199x-xx-xx), page 20
  6. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 127
  7. Consoles +, "Septembre 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 112
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1995" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 32
  9. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 331
  10. GamePro, "February 1995" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 40
  11. GamesMaster, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-20), page 62
  12. GamesMaster (UK) "Series 4, episode 5" (1994-10-18, 24:00) (+7:50)
  13. Games World: The Magazine, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-11-xx), page 14
  14. Joypad, "Septembre 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 92
  15. Mega, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-27), page 54
  16. Mega Force, "Septembre 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 104
  17. Mega Fun, "11/94" (DE; 1994-10-19), page 73
  18. Mean Machines Sega, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-09-30), page 16
  19. Next Generation, "March 1995" (US; 1995-02-21), page 100
  20. Player One, "Septembre 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 44
  21. Sega Power, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-10-20), page 52
  22. Sega Pro, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-03), page 54
  23. 24.0 24.1 Supersonic, "Octobre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 44
  24. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 113
  25. Video Games, "12/94" (DE; 1994-11-23), page 100
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Prereleases: Special 8-Player Demo

Bomberman games for Sega systems
SG-1000
Bomberman Special (198x)
Sega Mega Drive
Mega Bomberman (1994) | Mega Bomberman: Special 8 Player Demo (unreleased)
Sega Saturn
Saturn Bomberman (XBAND) (1996) | Saturn Bomberman Fight!! (1997) | Bomberman Wars (1998)
Sega Dreamcast
Bomberman Online (2001)