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Trivia / Bomberman

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  • Distanced from Current Events: The European versions of Bomberman were renamed and reworked as Eric and the Floaters and Dyna Blaster, as at the time of its release, The Troubles were in full swing, and IRA terrorists were all over the news for carrying out bombing attacks which claimed a number of civilians. The UK was still reeling from the IRA's wrath during those days, and a video game about planting bombs would certainly be seen as insensitive regardless of context.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • The series is guilty of blatantly tying in concepts or mechanics from other games. Some of these were well-received (the Rooi in response to Super Mario World's Yoshi, and the Charaboms in response to Pokémon). Others, not so much (Act:Zero in response to the massive influx of Darker and Edgier reboots).
    • Counts for the series itself, the Bomberman gameplay remains one of the most copied ones in gaming history, with copycats still being made to this day. Notable examples include, Bomb it, Playing with Fire and Bombergrounds.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Both Hi-Ten Bomberman and its cousin Hi-Ten Chara Bom were exclusive to events hosted in 1993 and 1994 respectively, and were never released for home consoles in any format; however, they were the basis for the Saturn Bomberman Battle Game.
    • Bomberman: Disney Stitch Edition was only released on a mobile internet service in Japan called i-mode. The i-mode store, where the game was distributed, was shut down in 2021, meaning that the only way to play this game now is to have a device with the game installed on it, a very unlikely situation considering its age, limited release, and obscurity.
  • 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 single-player, not that some people even bother with singleplayer in a Bomberman game.
    • Bomberman 64 can refer to TWO different games. The one we know is known as Baku Bomberman in Japan. The Japanese Bomberman 64 is actually a 2D game that never got exported.
    • Dynablaster / Dyna Blaster and Atomic Punk, for several early games before the Bomberman name became well-known.
    • Eric and the Floaters for the MSX and ZX Spectrum.
  • Milestone Celebration: Amusingly, Super Bomberman R has a spot on the cover highlighting the series' 33rd anniversary. It seems less like an anniversary celebration than it is celebrating the series actually getting a new mainline game following a huge Sequel Gap.
  • No Export for You: Hoo boy, this has been a recurring issue.
    • Super Bomberman 3 through 5. 3 was exported to Europe while only Japan saw 4 and 5.
    • Some of the Panic Bomber variants, namely Bomberman: Panic Bomber for PC Engine Super CD (which was eventually ported to the west via the Wii U's virtual console in late 2017) and Super Bomberman: Panic Bomber W for the Super Famicom.
    • The Japanese Bomberman 64 (our Bomberman 64 is their Baku Bomberman).
    • The Bomberman Jetters anime, despite the video game making it to the West.
    • Everything Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden related.
    • The first three Bomberman Land games.
    • Bomberman GB 3 for the Game Boy. Somewhat egregious because the first two GB games were released outside Japan (although the first one became Wario Blast) and also because the villain reappeared in Bomberman Hero.
    • The PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance versions of Bomberman Jetters, Japan.
    • Saturn Bomberman Fight!!, Japan.
    • Bomberman Wars, Japan.
    • Net de Bomberman, Japan.
    • Bomberman Kart and its Updated Re-release, Bomberman Kart DX, Japan.
    • Bomberman Battles, Japan and Europe (as Bomberman Hardball).
    • Custom Battler Bomberman, Japan and Europe (as Bomberman 2).
    • Bomberman: Disney Stitch Edition, Japan, despite featuring a globally recognizable American-made Disney character, and only for a mobile internet service that didn't even catch on outside of the country.
    • Bomberman Story DS, Japan and Europe.
    • Bomberman 64: The Second Attack!, Japan and North America.
    • Bomberman Online, North America and Japan.
    • Bomberman Blast came overseas, but as a WiiWare multiplayer-only title. The full game, including a single-player campaign, was left in Japan.
  • Role Reprise:
    • David Hayter returns to voice both Solid Snake Bomber and Naked Snake Bomber.
    • Both Ratchet Bomber and Clank are voiced by the originals' voice actors.
    • Master Chief Bomber is voiced by the original Master Chief's voice actor.
  • Sequel Gap: Super Bomberman 5 was released in 1997, Super Bomberman R was released in 2017.
  • The Wiki Rule: Bomberman Wiki.