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  • Creator Backlash: Bomberman Act:Zero was Hudson Soft's attempt to re-imagine their iconic character for Xbox 360 audiences. It was slammed by critics and players for being too Dark and Edgy compared to its older games, along with a host of other problems. Hudson's US branch attempted to defend criticism of the game at first, but in this promo video for Bomberman Live (its first entry on Xbox Live Arcade), producer Joel Breton and marketing VP John Lee dismiss it as a very bad idea in hindsight.
    Lee: Let's not do that, dang it!
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  • Colbert Bump: Act Zero had a short revival thanks to ProtonJon's multiplayer streams of the game and a very enterprising hijacking from one of his viewers. At one point, the game was in the top 20 of Twitch's most viewed streams.
  • Stillborn Franchise: This was the second heavy Darker and Edgier take on a children's/family game bust in a row after Shadow the Hedgehog got derided for the move the previous year and began, or at least accentuated a serious Dork Age for Sonic. A sequel called Genesis was planned, but when Act Zero imploded, that idea was sent to the junkyard.
  • What Could Have Been: The credits promised a sequel called Bomberman: The Genesis. Thanks to this game's commercial and critical failure, however, that ended up being (possibly) the only indication that there even was a sequel planned.

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