Mega Bomberman

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Mega Bomberman
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: Westone/Shinichi Sakamoto
Peripherals supported: 4 Way Play, Team Player
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$? 1573
Sega Mega Drive
US (Mega Hit)
$19.99 ?
Sega Mega Drive
£34.99[2][3] 1573-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1573-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM 119 1573-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1573-50
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 048130
Sega Mega Drive
? ?
Sega Mega Drive
₩? GM94020JT

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Mega Bomberman is a Bomberman video game released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1994 by Hudson Soft. Though marketed as a Mega Drive exclusive, Mega Bomberman is derived from the 1993 PC Engine title Bomberman '94, which was not released outside of Japan.

Mega Bomberman is the only "traditional" Bomberman game to be released on the Mega Drive, compared to the five released on the Super Famicom/Super NES and the three released on the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16.


Mega Bomberman is a typical Bomberman game with both single player and four-player multiplayer modes. Though well received at the time of release, it is considered to be a relatively poor conversion of the game, as Bomberman '94, despite supposedly running on inferior hardware, supports up to five players and features brighter graphics with more animation. Mega Bomberman also features a slightly altered soundtrack, possibly to appeal more to overseas markets.



A proof-of-concept build was released onto the internet which suggests that Hudson originally commissioned German developer Factor 5 to originally develop the game. This build contains an eight-player battle game (something that would not be seen until many years later), but despite Hudson reportedly being impressed with the demo, they decided to scrap the project and focus on porting Bomberman '94 over to Sega's console.


Mega Bomberman was ultimately more successful than Bomberman '94 as it was not restricted to Japan. It was re-released as part of the Mega Hit Series in North America.

Production credits

Source: In-game credits
  • Programers: Yuichi Ito, Hideo Iwakawa, Kazuyuki Kimura
  • Graphic Designers: Takuya Aoyama, Yuji Iwahara, Tomomi Tada
  • Sound Programers: Hajime Ohara, Takashi Morio
  • Special Thanks: Kesuke Matsuura
  • Music Composer: Jun Chiki Chikuma
  • Art Director: Shoji Mizuno
  • Producer: Hiroki Shimada
  • Supervisor: Toshiki Fujiwara
  • Director: Yoshiyuki Kawaguchi
  • Basic Game Designer: Shinichi Nakamoto
  • Presented by: Hudson Soft

Magazine articles

Main article: Mega Bomberman/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №35, p112/113[4]Media:ConsolesPlus FR 035.pdf
91 №156, p81[3]Media:CVG UK 156.pdf
87 №23, p62[5]Media:GamesMaster UK 023.pdf
91 №67
92 №7, p14
84 №34, p92/93[6]Media:Joypad FR 034.pdf
87 №26, p54-57
94 №25, p16-20[7]Media:MeanMachinesSega25UK.pdf
60 №3, p98, 101[8]Media:NextGeneration US 03.pdf
97 №45, p44-46
75 №61, p52-54
90 №39, p54/55
92 №25, p44-46[9]Media:Supersonic FR 25.pdf
Sega Mega Drive
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15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
MegaBomberman MD US Box.jpg
Mega Bomberman MD US cart.jpg
Mega Drive, US (Mega Hit Series)
MegaBomberman MD US Box MHS.JPG
Mega Bomberman MD US Cart MH.jpg
Mega Drive, EU
Mega Bomberman MD EU Box.jpg
Mega Bomberman MD EU cart.jpg
Mega Drive, BR
Megabomberman md br cover.jpg
MegaBomberman MD BR Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, KR
MegaBomberman MD KR Box.jpg
MegaBomberman MD KR cart.jpg
Mega Drive, Asia
MegaBomberman MD AS cover.jpg
MegaBomberman MD AS Cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 4bd6667d
MD5 514f6cad98f5f632d680983a050fffc4
SHA-1 89495a8acbcb0ddcadfe5b7bada50f4d9efd0ddd
1MB 1994-12 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 54ab3beb
MD5 5a94b1e8792bb3572db92c2019d99377
SHA-1 01f76e2f719bdae5f21ff0e5a1ac1262c2def279
1MB 1994-12 Cartridge (EU)


NEC Retro has more information related to Bomberman '94.
  1. File:GamePlayers US 0802.pdf, page 11
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:SegaMagazine UK 11.pdf, page 84
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 File:CVG UK 156.pdf, page 81
  4. File:ConsolesPlus FR 035.pdf, page 112
  5. File:GamesMaster UK 023.pdf, page 62
  6. File:Joypad FR 034.pdf, page 92
  7. File:MeanMachinesSega25UK.pdf, page 16
  8. File:NextGeneration US 03.pdf, page 102
  9. File:Supersonic FR 25.pdf, page 44

Bomberman games for Sega systems
Bomberman Special (198x)
Sega Mega Drive
Mega Bomberman (1994) | Mega Bomberman: Special 8 Player Demo (unreleased)
Sega Saturn
Saturn Bomberman (1996) | Saturn Bomberman Fight!! (1997) | Bomberman Wars (1998)
Sega Dreamcast
Bomberman Online (2001)