Video Game / Bomberman Generation

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

Bomberman Generation is the first Bomberman title for the Nintendo GameCube, released in 2002. Developed by Game Arts, it was the fourth fully-3D game in the series following the Nintendo 64 titles.note 

In the story, Professor Ein sends a space freighter to collect the "Bomb Elements", six crystals with unfathomable power, to bring to Planet Bomber so he can study them. However, Mujoe of the Hige Hige Bandits hired the Crush Bombers to attack the freighter, scattering the crystals across Planet Tentacalls; the villains are on the move to find and collect the crystals. Ein sends Bomberman out to fight them off, lest they find the Bomb Crystals and send the universe into peril.

Generation is also one of the first GameCube titles to use Cel Shading, and is one of the first Bomberman titles to use complete voice acting. Regardless, longtime fans probably just stuck to the multiplayer.

The game had a Spiritual Successor in the form of Bomberman Jetters, which played like a watered-down version of Generation while being a Recursive Adaptation of the Bomberman Jetters anime.

This game provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Bomber Elite. For the leader of a nebulous mercenary group predominantly themed around explosives, he's surprisingly down-to-earth and playful, and even thanks Bomberman for a good fight when he loses to him.
  • Artificial Stupidity: It is fully possible for enemies with ranged attacks to kill each other. The player need only catch the mook's attention and line themselves up behind one of its friends.
  • Attack Drone: Beauty Bomber commands three of these as she fights. They resemble floating spotlights, and assist her in various ways - from acting as a shield to firing lightning as part of her "The Lure of Elegant Flash".
  • Ax-Crazy: Assault Bomber. From the moment he crashes into the arena in a freaking meteor and you hear his insane cackle, to him trying to fill you full of lead while laughing maniacally, to him flying all over the arena 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.
    So.. are you BOMBERMAAAN!?! [Laughs maniacally, and forms himself.] the Master...ASSAULT...BOMBEEEEER! I am the Reaper of the Crush Bombers! And...I will destroy you! [Takes aim and fires his Gatling Gun into the ground at Bomberman's feet, startling him.] BY RIPPING, AND TEARING YOU APAAAAAAART!
  • Big Bad: Mujoe, returning from Saturn Bomberman and Bomberman Max 2.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Bomberman has a very intense-looking pair throughout the entire game. Notably, these are the same eyebrows that only show up when he's angry in other games (notably Bomberman Hero). So apparently, Bomberman is taking this game very seriously.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: 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". Evidently, Majesco skimped on the editing process to beat the Japanese release out the door.
  • Blood Knight: Assault Bomber, without a doubt.
  • Boss-Only Level: Every boss and sub-boss is fought in one of these. (The mini-bosses, however, tend to be fought at the end of their levels.)
  • The Brute: Megaton Bomber.
    Megaton Bomber: the Strength...of the Crush Bombers! THE MEGATON BOMBER! I will crush all, who get in my WAY!
  • Calling Your Attacks: The Crush Bombers. Beauty and Eagle Bomber are especially guilty of it.
    Beauty Bomber: The Lure of Elegant Flash!
    Beauty Bomber: It's Gorgeous Showtiiiiiime!
    Eagle Bomber: PiiiiiiiiileDRIIIIIIIIIIVER!
    • Constructor-X. "I will destroy you... with my Laser Blade!"