Mega Bomberman

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Mega Bomberman
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
ROM size: 1MB
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
1994 $? 1573
Sega Mega Drive
US (Mega Hit Series)
1997-09 $19.99 1573
Sega Mega Drive
1994-11 Media:CVG UK 156.pdf[1] £34.99 Media:CVG UK 156.pdf[1] 1573-50
Sega Mega Drive
1994 $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
1995-05 R$? 048130
Sega Mega Drive
199x ₩? GM94020JT
Sega Mega Drive
199x  ?  ?

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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

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

Promotional material

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №35, p112/113Media:ConsolesPlus FR 035.pdf
91 №156, p81Media:CVG UK 156.pdf
87 №23, p62Media:GamesMaster UK 023.pdf
91 №67
92 №7, p14
84 №34, p92/93Media:Joypad FR 034.pdf
87 №26, p54-57
94 №25, p16-20Media:MeanMachinesSega25UK.pdf
60 №3, p98, 101Media:NextGeneration US 03.pdf
97 №45, p44-46
75 №61, p52-54
90 №39, p54/55
92 №25, p44-46Media:Supersonic FR 25.pdf
Sega Mega Drive
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16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, US (Mega Hit Series)
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, BR
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Mega Drive, KR
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Mega Drive, Asia
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NEC Retro has more information related to Bomberman '94.
  1. 1.0 1.1 File:CVG UK 156.pdf, page 81

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