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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 UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube, released in 2002. Developed by Creator/GameArts, it was the fourth fully-3D game in the series following the UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 titles.[[note]]''Bomberman 64'', ''Bomberman Hero'', and ''Bomberman 64: The Second Attack!''. Fifth if you include the Japan-only ''Saturn Bomberman Fight!!'' for UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn.[[/note]]

In the story, [[TheProfessor Professor 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, [[BigBad Mujoe]] of the [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad Hige Hige Bandits]] hired the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad 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 CelShading, and is one of the first ''Bomberman'' titles to use complete voice acting. Regardless, longtime 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:
* AffablyEvil: 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.
* 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.
* AttackDrone: 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 [[LimitBreak "The Lure of Elegant Flash"]].
* 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!?!]] ''[[[TransformationSequence Laughs maniacally, and forms himself.]]]'' I...am the Master...ASSAULT...'''BOMBEEEEER!''' I am the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast 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!'''
* BigBad: Mujoe, returning from ''VideoGame/SaturnBomberman'' and ''VideoGame/BombermanMax 2''.
* BigOlEyebrows: 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 ''VideoGame/BombermanHero''). So apparently, Bomberman is taking this game ''[[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". Evidently, Majesco skimped on the editing process to beat the Japanese release out the door.
* BloodKnight: Assault Bomber, without a doubt.
-->Oh ''yeah?'' '''GO CRY TO YO MAMAAAAAAAA!'''
* 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.)
* TheBrute: Megaton Bomber.
-->'''Megaton Bomber:''' I...am the Strength...of the Crush Bombers! [[SpellMyNameWithAThe THE]] MEGATON BOMBER! I will crush all, who get in my ''[[PunctuatedPounding WAY!]]''
* CallingYourAttacks: The Crush Bombers. Beauty and Eagle Bomber are especially guilty of it.
-->'''Beauty Bomber:''' The Lure of Elegant ''Flash!''
-->'''Eagle Bomber:''' TWISTER! BUUUUUUUURN!
-->'''Beauty Bomber:''' It's Gorgeous ''Showtiiiiiime!''
-->'''Eagle Bomber:''' '''Piiiiiiiiile''DRIIIIIIIIIIVER!'''''
** 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.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: Most of the bosses explode when you beat them. However, it's averted with a few exceptions, who simply fade away after they're defeated.
* DubNameChange: Dr. Ein evidently misplaced his doctorate for this game.
** A more obvious example is World 5, which isn't known as Majestar in Japan (as ''Majesco'' didn't publish the Japanese language version). It's Mujodethstar.
* DumbMuscle: Megaton Bomber.
* ElementalPowers: The Attribute Bombs are these to the basic [[NonElemental Fire Bombs]].
** MakingASplash: Aqua Bombs.
** AnIcePerson: Ice Bombs.
** BlowYouAway: Wind Bombs.
** LightEmUp: Light Bombs.
* EasterEgg: As seen [[https://youtu.be/TC2y4dE_ZbI?t=1m44s here]], using a Big Wind Bomb on Beauty Bomber for the first time in a battle against her will cause her to [[MarilynManeuver hold her skirt down]] and say ''"Ooh, that was intense!"'' in a sultry manner.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The Charaboms Stegodon and Dorako.
* EpicFlail: Megaton Bomber in World 1 wields a massive ball and chain that extends from his arm. He can either throw it forward, swing it around in a wide arc, or when he's down to his last few hearts, [[GroundPound smash the floor with it to stun you and force you to drop any bombs you are currently carrying]].
-->'''Megaton Bomber:''' Megaton...'''''CRUSH!'''''
* {{Expy}}: The Crush Bombers are largely these of the Bomber Shitennou from ''VideoGame/SuperBomberman 4''.
* FamousLastWords: Eagle Bomber, after you defeat him in World 3.
-->''"Roses are...also beautiful when they scatter."''
** Then you also have those of the other Crush Bombers.
-->'''Megaton Bomber:''' I'm...''I'm...dizzy...''
-->'''Beauty Bomber:''' [[SoreLoser This really]] ''[[SpoiledBrat stinks!]]''
-->'''Assault Bomber:''' '''''[[SkywardScream UUUUAAAAAAAAAAARRRRREEEAAAARRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH...!]]'''''
-->'''Bomber Elite:''' [[WorthyOpponent I'm happy...it was you]][[TearJerker ...that defeated me.]]
* FiveBadBand: The Crush Bombers form a near-complete one.
** '''BigBad:''' [[JustToyingWithThem Bomber]] [[MindOverMatter Eli]][[TeleportSpam te]]
** '''CoDragons:''' [[TheFightingNarcissist Eagle]] [[FlyingFirepower Bomber]] and [[AxCrazy Assault]] [[WalkingArmory Bomber]]
** '''TheDarkChick:''' [[SpoiledBrat Beauty]] [[AttackDrone Bomber]]
** '''TheBrute:''' [[DumbMuscle Megaton]] [[EpicFlail Bomber]]
* 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.
* GratuitousFrench: If you leave a Big Bomb near Assault Bomber after he's done charging around on his tank tracks, he'll convert one of his [[ArmCannon Arm Cannons]] into a [[WeaponsThatSuck vacuum]] and suck it to him, quipping the below line just before he [[CatchAndReturn launches it back out with multiple mortar-like explosives]].
-->'''Assault Bomber:''' BON ''APPETIT!''
* 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.
* GreenHillZone: World 1, Tentasia.
* HeartsAreHealth: The game uses a very ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''-style system for health. You have three large hearts (each consisting of four small hearts) to start out with, getting hit by attacks can take a maximum of one large heart at a time, and you can attain more maximum health via [[HeartContainer Heart Containers]].
** Amusingly, the bosses use the exact same method of health indication - although instead of Bomberman's pink smiling hearts, the ones belonging to the bosses are pale blue with an angry scowl on them.
* HeartContainer: One of the two main collectibles alongside Lightning Cards. Finding them all maxes out Bomberman's health meter from three big hearts to eight.
* 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]]).
-->'''Constructor-X:''' I will destroy you...''WITH MY LASER BLAAAAAAADE!''
** [[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 TakoDesert]] [[{{Spexico}} by having the bandit 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."''
* JetPack: Eagle Bomber sports one, complete with wings of silver.
-->'''Eagle Bomber:''' If you don't fear these beautiful wings of light silver... ''[AudibleGleam]'' ...THEN COME BATTLE WITH ME!
* JustToyingWithThem: Bomber Elite does this for the first part of the battle, using the bare minimum of his powers on Bomberman for his own amusement. However, once you get him down to one heart...
** IAmNotLeftHanded: ...he'll pull out all the stops on you and the difficulty ramps up several times over. His attacks become a lot harder to avoid as well
* 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!!!!]]'''''" [[labelnote: Note]]Yes, the BigNo has rapidly-changing intonation. It might actually be a BigNever or taunting you by going "NAAAAAAH!"; it's kinda unclear.[[/labelnote]]
** [[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 Japanese voice is [[Creator/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 bulk of the Hige Hige Bandits.
* MileLongShip: World 6, [=ArmorJoe=].
* MissionControl / TheProfessor: Professor Ein.
* {{Mon}}: The Charaboms, which are used to enhance Bomberman's abilities.
* NiceHat: Bandits occasionally wear hats, including sombreros and [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Metall-esque]] hard hats. Ghosts in [=TakoDesert=] also wear sombreros.
* OhCrap: In the multiplayer mode, the characters will say something when they realize they're stuck between bombs, like...
-->''Oh no!''
-->'''AAAAAAARGH!'''
* PickupHierarchy:
** '''Primary''': The Bomb Elements.
** '''Secondary''': Charaboms, Bomb Merge items/bombs.
** '''Tertiary''': Powerups, Charabom food.
** '''Extra''': Lightning Cards and Heart Containers.
* PokemonSpeak: The Charaboms.
* PolygonCeiling: If Bomberman didn't break through with the N64 titles, he managed it with this.
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: In fitting with [[AxeCrazy his]] [[TriggerHappy character]], Assault Bomber laughs like a complete maniac as he tries to fill you with lead from his [[MoreDakka gatling gun]].
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Crush Bombers.
* RedBaron: The Crush Bombers each have their own little title that they declare alongside their names, which follows the standard pattern of ''"The ''[something]'' of the Crush Bombers"''.
** Megaton Bomber - ''[[TheBrute "The Strength of the Crush Bombers"]]''
** Beauty Bomber - ''[[LadyOfWar "The Red Jewel of the Crush Bombers"]]''
** Eagle Bomber - ''[[TheFightingNarcissist "The Blue Falcon of the Crush Bombers"]]''
** Assault Bomber - ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Reaper of the Crush Bombers"]]''
** Bomber Elite - ''[[TheDragon "The Leader of the Crush Bombers"]]''
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Bomberman (and playable bombers in Battle Game, for that matter) wears one exclusive to this game.
* ShiftingSandLand: World 3, [=TakoDesert=], complete with quicksand and {{Mayincatec}}-esque architecture.
* SimpletonVoice: Megaton Bomber has this, in fitting with his DumbMuscle status.
-->'''Megaton Bomber:''' Here I, here I, here I come!
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Arctic Ice, the second part of World 2, [=OctoOcean=].
* 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.
* SoreLoser: Beauty Bomber. After you defeat her, she'll throw a tantrum and complain that "this really stinks!" before exploding.
* SpaceZone: World 5, Nekki Moon.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Charabon-Battle Program" is mentioned in the credits, but the rest of the game calls them Charaboms.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''VideoGame/BombermanJetters''.
* StandardEvilOrganizationSquad: The Hige Hige Bandits.
* UnderTheSea: Oceans, the first part of World 2, [=OctoOcean=].
* ViolationOfCommonSense: "Jump in the quicksand!"
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: One of Eagle Bomber's moves involve using an airborne piledriver on you, if you get caught while he's flying around the arena.
-->'''[[CallingYourAttacks PIIIIIIIIIIIIILEDRIVEEEEEEEEEEER!]]'''
* YearX: The game is set in [[AlternativeCalendar Cosmic Year]] 200X.
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