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-->''"In the infinitely expanding universe... This is where energy unfathomable... to human kind is overflowing... In the search for this unknown energy... many researchers have challenged outer space... The time is Cosmic Year 200X..."''

''Bomberman Generation'' is the first VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} title for the NintendoGamecube, released in 2002. Developed by Creator/GameArts, it was the fourth fully-3D game in the Bomberman series following the three {{Nintendo 64}} titles.[[note]]''Bomberman 64'', ''Bomberman Hero'', and ''Bomberman 64: The Second Attack''. Fifth if you include the Japan-only ''Bomberman 64''[[/note]]

In the story, Dr. Ein sends a space freighter to collect the "[[MineralMacGuffin Bomb Elements]]", six crystals with unfathomable power, to bring to Planet Bomber so he can study them. However the [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad Hige-Hige Bandits]], led by BigBad Mujoe, attack the freighter, scattering the crystals across Tentacalls; the Bandits are on the move to find the crystals and team up with Bomberman's rivals, the Crush Bombers. Ein sends Bomberman out to fight off the Hige-Hige Bandits and the Crush Bombers, lest they find the Bomb Crystals and send the universe into peril.

''Generation'' was also one of the first Gamecube titles to use CelShading, and it was one of the first Bomberman titles to use complete voice acting. Regardless, longtime Bomberman fans probably just stuck to the [[SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer multiplayer]].

The game had a SpiritualSuccessor in the form of ''VideoGame/BombermanJetters'', which played like a watered-down version of ''Generation'' while being a RecursiveAdaptation of the ''Anime/BombermanJetters'' [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime]].
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!!This game provides examples of:
* ArtificialStupidity: It is fully possible for enemies with ranged attacks [[SetAMookToKillAMook to kill each other]]. The player need only catch the mook's attention and line themselves up behind one of its friends.
* AxCrazy: Assault Bomber. From the moment he crashes into the arena in a freaking ''meteor'' and you hear his insane cackle, to him trying to [[TriggerHappy fill you full of lead while laughing maniacally]], to him flying all over the arena [[MadBomber shooting enough bombs to level a small town without much care for anything resembling accuracy]], it's pretty clear that the guy is absolutely unhinged.
--> [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Wg9i3UNOY#t=13s So.. are you BOMBERMAAAN!?!?]]
* BigBad: Mujoe.
* BigOlEyebrows: Bomberman has a very intense-looking pair throughout the entire game. [[note]]These are the same eyebrows that only show up when he's angry in other games (notably ''VideoGame/BombermanHero''). So apparently, Bomberman is taking this ''[[SeriousBusiness very]]'' [[SeriousBusiness seriously]].]]
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Some of the phrasing in the game is noticeably awkward. Just read the page quote; it's from the intro.
** There's also a few typos, with the most glaring one being a stage name: you apparently fight Bomber Elite on the "Phsyco Elevator".
* BossOnlyLevel: Every boss and sub-boss is fought in one of these. (The [[MiniBoss mini-bosses]], however, tend to be fought at the end of their levels.)
* CallingYourAttacks: The Crush Bombers.
** Constructor-X. "''I will destroy you... with my LaserBlade!''"
* CelShading
* CombiningMecha: Constructor-X.
* ContinuingIsPainful: When you die, you lose all of your powerups. It is actually smarter to ''not'' continue, as you will retain the powerups if you simply quit to the title screen and reload the save.
* DarkChick: Beauty Bomber.
* DemotedToExtra: Pommy was a semi-playable main character in ''Bomberman 64: The Second Attack'', but in this game he is just a [[{{Mon}} Charabom]]. He would stay that way for the rest of the franchise.
* ElementalPowers:
** PlayingWithFire: The basic bomb is the Fire Bomb.
** MakingASplash: Water Bombs.
** AnIcePerson: Ice Bombs.
** ShockAndAwe: Thunder Bombs.
** LightEmUp: Light Bombs.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The Charaboms Stegodon and Dorako.
* {{Expy}}: The Crush Bombers are largely these of the Four Bomber Kings from ''SuperBomberman 4''.
* FriendlyRivalry: Between Bomberman and Max. Max intends to fight the Hige-Hige Bandits on his own terms, but he will occasionally drop in to lend a hand, particularly during a difficult boss fight.
* HeartContainer: One of the two collectibles alongside Lightning Cards.
** HeartsAreHealth
* HumongousMecha: Constructor-X, who qualifies for SuperRobot-hood with:
** A [[ThisIsADrill Drill]] RocketPunch.
** His drill hand opening up to reveal a LaserBlade which, when swung, spontaneously causes explosions for no apparent reason (other than that [[RuleOfCool it's cool]]).
** [[CallingYourAttacks Calling Out Attacks]]. Some of them are almost incomprehensible, but the point still stands.
** It's formed by two talking construction vehicles who are brothers or have pilots that are brothers. The combination sequence ''reeks'' of SuperRobot and even features a lawyer-friendly rendition of [[Anime/CombattlerV Combattler V's]] theme.
* HundredPercentCompletion: Collecting all of the Lightning Cards [[spoiler:unlocks Max in multiplayer, who plays no differently than the Bombers]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: The devs took every chance to make squid and octopus puns in the level and world names, even when they made no sense. [[UpToEleven They even managed to make a "Tako"]] (short for "takoyaki": grilled octopus) [[UpToEleven and "taco" pun for]] [[ShiftingSandLand Tako Desert]] [[{{Spexico}} by having the Higes and ghost enemies wear sombreros]].
* {{I Was Just Passing Through}}/{{Think Nothing Of It}}: Max will sometimes aid you during a boss fight by taking out a full heart of the boss' health and giving you a full heart healing item. Either of the two tropes apply depending on what he says afterward.
-->''"No thanks needed."''
* LargeHam: Mujoe. Dear God, [[ChewingTheScenery is he ever]]. Especially during his BadassBoast at the end.
--> "I suppose I should commend you for making it this far! But ''praise'' you? '''''[[BigNo NOOoOOOoOOOoOOO!!!!]]'''''" [[note]]Yes, the BigNo has rapidly-changing intonation. It might actually be a BigNever; it's kinda unclear.[[/note]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvXKL7Ei--s CUNSTRUCTOOOOOOOOOOR-X!]]
** [[AxCrazy Assault Bomber]], beyond any conceivable measure. Seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Wg9i3UNOY here]].
* LarynxDissonance: Though Bomber Elite is clearly voiced by a woman in English, the character is referred to in dialogue as "he." (Elite's original Japanese voice was [[{{AkiraIshida}} male]], although one with a softer and lighter tone (as seen in [[http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm22381881 this NicoNico video at around 1:50]]). It should also be noted that Japanese Elite uses the male-associated first-person pronoun ''boku''.)
** Bomberman himself, though it's easier to suspend your disbelief with him (in part because he's been voiced by women ever since he first acquired a voice in the series).
* MineralMacGuffin: The Bomb Elements.
** PlotCoupon.
* MechaMooks: The Hige-Higes.
* MissionControl / TheProfessor: Professor Ein.
* {{Mon}}: The Charaboms, which are used to enhance Bomberman's abilities.
* NiceHat: The Higes occasionally wear hats, including sombreros and [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Metool-esque]] hard hats. Ghosts in Tako Desert also wear sombreros.
* OhCrap: In the multiplayer mode, the characters will say something when they realize they're stuck between bombs, like:
-->Oh no!!!
-->AAAAHHHHHH!!!
* PokemonSpeak: The Charaboms.
* GratuitousJapanese: Unlike most everything else in the game, the Charaboms' voices were not dubbed in English. They're still just saying their names, but they say them very Engrish-ey.
* PickupHierarchy:
** '''Primary''': The Bomb Elements.
** '''Secondary''': Charaboms, Bomb Merge items/bombs.
** '''Tertiary''': Powerups, Charabom food.
** '''Extra''': Lightning Cards and Heart Containers.
* PolygonCeiling: If Bomberman didn't break through with the N64 titles, he managed it with this.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Crush Bombers.
* ShiftingSandLand: Tako Desert, complete with quicksand and {{Mayincatec}}-esque architecture.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Beauty Bomber. Not only is she the only female in the Crush Bombers, she's the only female in the ''game'' (though you'd be forgiven for thinking [[LarynxDissonance Bomber Elite]] was a girl).
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''VideoGame/BombermanJetters''.
* StandardEvilOrganizationSquad: The Hige-Hige Bandits.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: "Jump in the quicksand!"
* YearX: The game is set in [[AlternativeCalendar Cosmic Year]] 200X.
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