Neo Bomberman / ネオ・ボンバーマン
Neo Geo (arcade)
Traditional (defeat all enemies)
1 to 2
1 May 1997 (JP)
White Bomber, Black Bomber and many other combatants have gathered together for the Bomberman Tournament. However, Bagura has appeared in a mobile fortress to spoil everything, namely by kidnapping most of the combatants and stuffing them into cages!
White Bomber and Black Bomber set out to rescue their friends and to stop Bagura, who has a new fearsome foe under his command - Atomic Bomber!
You wouldn't be too wrong if you summed up Neo Bomberman as "like Super Bomberman 4, except for arcades." Admittedly it's an analogy that doesn't work too well when the entire Bomberman series can be summed up as "like the last one, except..."
But let's face it, the similarities are there. It's got 2-player co-op; ally Bombermen locked up in cages; and creatures to ride on of both the organic and mechanical variety, complete with egg-hoarding capabilities. Heck, it's even got giant bosses that are cheap as hell and have frightening graphics. Just like Super Bomberman 4!
Okay, that's entering opinion territory. Point is, the game's clearly styled after it, giving it a more 'official' vibe than Irem's old arcade instalments, though that's not to say it isn't host to some unique characters and features seen nowhere else.
Uncommon for Neo Geo games, Neo Bomberman was an arcade-only (MVS) release, and never got a home console (AES) release.