in Japan) is a 2001 installment in the Bomberman
franchise for the Game Boy Advance
. The game differs from the usual game format by being more Bomberman meets The Legend of Zelda
, with a side of Pokémon
. It does, however, retain the classic multiplayer.
The Five Dastardly Bombers from Super Bomberman 2 and 3
invade planet Phantarion, and Max is sent to investigate. When Max disappears, Bomberman is sent to find him, fight off the Dastardly Bombers, and save Planet Phantarion.
This game provides examples of:
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Max.
- Dragon Ascendant: For some reason, Brain Bomber becomes the Big Bad.
- Five-Bad Band: The Five Dastardly Bombers:
- Market-Based Title: Bomberman Tournament is known as Bomberman Story in Japan. It's a more fitting title, since "Tournament" would imply more emphasis on online multiplayer with singleplayer that boils down to "multiplayer with bots". However, this game is more "Bomberman meets The Legend of Zelda with a side of Pokémon" in terms of the singleplayer, not that some people even bother with singleplayer in a Bomberman game.
- Monster Arena: Most towns have arenas for Karabon fighting.
- Mon: The Karabons.
- Oh Crap: In the multiplayer mode, even if the characters don't audibly cry out in despair, they have special Oh Crap animations.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Invincibility during the minigames meant the best strategy is to chain bombs and run around like a nutcase, trying to kill as many enemies as possible.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The "Five Dastardly Bombers"
- Spell My Name with an S: "Charaboms" in Bomberman Max, then "Karabons" in this game, then back to "Charaboms" in Bomberman Generation.
- Spinning out of Here: Each Karabon has its own special ability that can help Bomberman when exploring (some are passive, others need to be activated manually). Pommy (your first ally and a Captain Ersatz of Kirby and Pikachu) has the ability to transport Bomberman to any (major) town he's previously visited. Using this power causes Bomberman to spin rapidly before he's launched into the sky and lands in his intended destination.