Video Game: Bomberman Tournament

Bomberman Tournament (Bomberman Story 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:

  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: The towns are all named after letters of the Greek alphabet (except for Upsilon).
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The first four Dastardly Bombers all turn into giant monsters after absorbing the power of the fused Karabon that Bomberman brings to them.
  • Blackout Basement: Well, at any rate, there are a few areas where a Karabon is required in order to light up the room.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Max.
  • Chokepoint Geography: The first four of the Dastardly Bombers' bases, although it's particularly prominent with Magnet Base.
  • Dragon Ascendant: For some reason, Brain Bomber becomes the Big Bad.
  • Five-Bad Band: The Five Dastardly Bombers:
  • Green Hill Zone: The first main area.
  • Healing Potion: Instead of hearts, Bomberman uses these to regain health. (That being said, certain NPCs will give you Heart Containers if you can find them and/or do something for them.)
  • Lethal Lava Land: Golem Base and its immediate surrounding area is this, with aspects of Build Like an Egyptian, Death Mountain, and Shifting Sand Land.
  • 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.
  • Mutually Exclusive Powerups: Setting Marine Gon (who gives you Line Bombs) renders you unable to throw bombs.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In order to access a boss room, Bomberman must fuse together two Karabons into a new Karabon whose power can unlock the door. However, the boss will then proceed to use that Karabon's power to transform themselves into a giant mutant monster for the ensuing battle. (Also qualifies as a bit of a Catch-22 Dilemma, although you don't really have much of a choice in the matter.)
  • Oh Crap!: In the multiplayer mode, even if the characters don't audibly cry out in despair, they have special Oh Crap! animations.
  • Palmtree Panic: The area around Pretty Base.
  • 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.
  • Plot Coupon: The four medals obtained from the first four bases that open the way to the last dungeon. Many Karabons also function solely as this outside of the Colosseum.
  • 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.
  • Sprint Shoes: Bomberman can acquire two different sets of boots to increase his walking speed (as opposed to collecting Speed Up powerups). Pommy Animal also allows him to dash.
  • Three-Quarters View
  • Warp Whistle: Pommy's ability is this as well as an Escape Rope. Using Pommy inside a dungeon will return you to the entrance, and using him on the overworld will warp you to most towns.