Cameos

Bomberman gets around! Video games, manga, merchandise, anime... and sometimes that's not enough, and he needs to make his footprint in media that isn't even his own! As one of Hudson Soft's biggest mascot, it's no surprise he's shown up in so many other works.

A hearty thank you to Steamy Jimmy for documenting and recording most of the sightings here! You can find video footage of many of these cameos on his YouTube channel.
Appearances are listed in chronological order from oldest to newest.

Lode Runner
Bug-tte Honey
Populous: The Promised Lands
Star Parodier
Galaxy Fraulein Yuna
Battle Lode Runner
Quiz Caravan Cult Q
DiGi-mation 4
Same Game
DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's Doki Doki Adventure
Virus Buster Serge
Bakukyuu Renpatsu! Super B-Daman
Last Legion UX
Cubic Lode Runner
Dream Mix TV World Fighters
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo Bakutou Hajike Taisen
Asterix & Obelix XXL 2
Puzzle Series Vol. 1: Jigsaw Puzzle
* Gachapin & Mukku's Big Sports Day
Tetris Party / Tetris Party Deluxe
Lost in Shadow
Sudoku: The Puzzle Game Collection
Tetris Axis
World Soccer Collection S
Kingdom Dragonion
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Lode Runner / ロードランナー

Console

NES

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

20 July 1984 (JP)

Is it really a cameo when it's arguably the birthplace of Bomberman? Hudson Soft's port of Douglas E. Smith's computer puzzler; the graphics for the enemy robots were later repurposed as Bomberman in his Nintendo debut the following year.

Battle Lode Runner

Console

PC Engine

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

10 February 1993 (JP)

A next-generation sequel to Lode Runner. Black Bomberman is the game's antagonist, following up his villainous antics from Bomberman '93, having stolen a stockpile of gold and a time machine to scatter it throughout history. Multiple Black Bombermen appear as regular enemies in the final world.

Cubic Lode Runner / キュービック ロードランナー

Console

GameCube
PlayStation 2

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

10 July 2003 (JP, GCN)
27 November 2003 (JP, PS2)

Volume 1 in the Hudson Selection series, remaking legacy Hudson franchises in 3D. The gameplay isn't the only thing to get a makeover, but the characters as well, featuring cutesy redesigns based on their original sprites. The enemy robots are no longer a carbon copy of Bomberman, but still have shades of his design; this totally doesn't count as a crossover, but what the heck.



An anime series that ran from 1986 to 1987, following the exploits of three kids warped into the video game world. Features numerous video games parodies and references, and Adventure Island's Takahashi Meijin and King Kyura appear as recurring characters. Credit to Kiddo Cabbusses for the video rips.

Bomberman makes short, silent appearances in a couple of episodes: in episode 2 he appears out of the blue blow up a boulder rolling towards the heroes. In episode 27 to blow up Chu Kawada and reveal a hidden doorway; and as a background cameo in episode 51.
The gang also enter a Bomberman maze to escape in episode 4, and an Onil, Pass and Dall appear as enemies in a Super Mario Bros. parody in episode 29. Sound effects and music from Bomberman are often used, particularly the pause sound and "Round Start" music as impromptu "game over" themes.



Console

PC Engine Super CD

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

25 October 1991 (JP)

A port of the expansion pack to Bullfrog's Populous, a world-building strategy game. A Bomberman skin is exclusive to this version (quickly accessed with the password "LOWUSDON"), featuring tribes of warring white and red Bombermen, and a Green Bomber spell that razes the land.


(src: Steamy Jimmy)
Console

PC Engine (Super CD)

Developer

Kaneko

Release

24 April 1992 (JP)

A light-hearted parody on Hudson's Star Soldier franchise. The playable ships include Parocaesar (a chibi version of Star Soldier's Caesar), the PC Engine itself, and Bomberman - or more accurately, a giant Bomberman-shaped ship piloted by multiple smaller Bomberman... that can also have smaller Bomberman following behind it as options!


(src: Steamy Jimmy)

(src: Steamy Jimmy)

Stage 6 is a big homage to Bomberman on PC Engine, flying through its various stages complete with enemies in the background, and even fighting a huge Black Bomberman as the boss. The game also features eyecatches between stages, similar to Bomberman '93; the eyecatch after defeating Black Bomberman is a riff on the first game's "multi-tap not connected" screen.


(src: Steamy Jimmy)
Console

PC Engine (Super CD)

Developer

Hudson Soft
Red Company

Release

23 October 1992 (JP)

A trio of Bomberman appear to judge a swimsuit contest between Yuna, Liavelt and Amy. [src] The player has a choice of four swimsuits, but only two will win Yuna the contest.


(src: The Brothers Duomazov)
Console

PC Engine (Super CD)

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

28 May 1993 (JP)

Based off the Japanese gameshow Cult Q, with a Hudson Soft slant. The Adventure Mode features worlds based on Hudson Soft PC Engine games, including Adventure Island, Star Soldier, Bonk, and Bomberman.

The Battle Mode pits players against each other or the computer, with sixteen Hudson Soft characters to choose as avatars; Red Bomberman is among them, while White Bomberman serves as the host of this mode. Bomberman also hosts the Time Attack mode.

An hour-long live-action adventure set in the world of the Tengai Makyou games, released on VHS via Hudson's Humor Network newsletter in Summer 1993. A brief segment 45 minutes in features the cast partaking in a real-life Super Bomberman battle, with stop-motion explosions.

Console

Super Nintendo

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

1 March 1996 (JP)

A version of SameGame with Hudson Soft properties as the tiles. Mascots Honey and Kotetsu host the game, and a Bomberman tileset was once available via Satellaview connectivity [src], though it seems it's been lost to time.


CoroCoro Comic February 1996
(src: Zoidsland)
Console

Super Nintendo

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

22 March 1996 (JP)

A Super Famicom sequel to Milon's Secret Castle.

In the introductory cutscene to the second world, Milon is warned of the impassable and inedible candy fortifications. He bumps into Dr. Mitsumori (Bomberman's creator from the PC Engine game, whose name is shortened to "Mimori"), who offers the assistance of White Bomberman or Black Bomberman to help him proceed. They blast the wall down and allow him to proceed by shooting himself out of a champagne bottle.

The English dialogue below is lifted from the English translation patch by Gaijin Productions. In the Japanese version the Bombermen speak entirely in katakana, simulating an unnatural, robot-like manner of speaking.

ミロン
なんとかしたいけど
どうすれば いいのかな~?

ケッ!!
ボクのキライな はいしゃさん?

ミモリはかせ
おいおい ワシは はかせだ!!
それよりカベを こわしたいのか?

いま できたてホヤの
ボンバーマンじゃ!!
すきなほうを つれていくがいい

ミロン
► しろボンにしよう!!
► くろボンにしよう!!

Milon
I have to get by.
What to do?

Ah! Are you a
d...d...dentist?!

Dr. Mimori
Why, yes I am.
I can help you.

Here's the new
Bombermen I just
constructed.

Pick one to
blast the wall.

Milon
► White Bomberman!
► Black Bomberman!

You can choose which Bomberman to take; the option is purely for fun and has no bearing on gameplay. White blows up the wall and has the courtesy to tell Milon to stand back first.

しろボン
ワタシニ
マカセテクダサイ!!

ミロン
うん たのんだよ!!

しろボン
キクンデスカラ サガッテクダサイ
イキマスヨ~

ミロン
しろボンさん ありがとう!!

しろボン
イエ オレイナド イリマセン
コレガ ワタシ丿 シゴトデスカラ

ミロンサン コ丿サキ丿
シャンパン丿ビンデ ガイ スゴイ
ジャンプガ デキマスヨ!

White Bomberman
Just leave it
to me.

Milon
Okay, I
trust you.

White Bomberman
This is quite
dangerous, so
please back up.

Milon
Thanks a lot
White Bomberman!

White Bomberman
No problem,
it's my job.

Now, good luck
Milon!

Choosing Black Bomberman shows he's still as chaotic as he was in the PC Engine games, having no qualms with letting Milon get caught in the blast zone.

くろボン
ブッコワス!!
ブッコワス!!

ミロン
なんか いや~な
よかんがするな~

ミロン
ボク やっぱり
しろボンさんに しま~す!

くろボン
オソ~イ!!

ミロン
ひどいよ~!!

くろボン
カベハ コワレタンダカラ
コマカイコトハ キニスルナ!!

オッ 、ソ~ダ シャンパンノ
ビンデ ジャンプガ デキルゾ
オボエ卜ケヨ!! ジャ~ナ!!

Black Bomberman
Destroy!
Destroy!

Milon
I have a feeling
something bad
is gonna happen...

I pick the
White Bomberman
instead.

Black Bomberman
Too late!

Milon
Ouch...

Black Bomberman
The wall's gone,
so don't sweat
the small stuff!
Besides, your
dorky bubbles
couldn't do it!

If you revisit this cutscene, the characters will have different dialogue.

ミモリはかせ
こんど ボンバーマンで
ケームを つくるしゃ!!

くろボン
アモンニ マケルナヨ!

しろボン
シャンパンビンノ ジャンプハ
キモチカ イイデスヨ!!

Dr. Mimori
I'm making a
bomberman game
next time!

Black Bomberman
Destroy Amon!

White Bomberman
Jumping into
champagne
bottles tingles!

An anime based off the SEGA Saturn game VIRUS, which was developed by Hudson Soft. Bomberman appears on a television screen in episode 6 (first broadcast November 7th 1997) as the villain sets off an explosive. Watch it on YouTube!


(src: Steamy Jimmy)
Console

Super Nintendo

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

December 17th 1997

The Bomberman B-Daman is playable in the Challenge and Battle modes, and you can even edit its colours and facial expression in the "My B- Edit" mode. Not really a cameo, given the connection between Super B-Daman and Bomberman B-Daman, but what the heck.

Console

Nintendo 64

Developer

Yuke's

Release

28 May 1999 (JP)

A 3D arena fighting game with robots. Two unlockable robots allude to Bomberman: the first, Metal Bomber, is a golden metal hominid (or silver for player 2) with a head vaguely shaped like Bomberman's, wielding a giant paper fan.
To unlock Metal Bomber, you must beat 5 of the 6 campaigns in Story Mode; after clearing stage 10 of your 5th campaign, you'll face off against him. Beat him (and finish the Story Mode) to unlock.

Bomberon, meanwhile, is literally Bomberman piloting a mecha with a giant hammer; player 1 is Black Bomberman and player 2 is White Bomberman. Both Metal Bomber and Bomberon can drop small bombs and share the same special attack, where they fire a homing beam composed of 2D Bomberman heads at their opponent.
Bomberon is unlocked the same way as Metal Bomber, only he appears on the 6th campaign instead.

... or you can skip that palaver and download the .EEP save file (compatible with Project64). Cheers to Steamy Jimmy for the info and the save data!

Console

GameCube
PlayStation 2

Developer

Hudson Soft, BitStep

Release

18 December 2003(JP)

A crossover fighting game between Hudson Soft, Konami and Takara properties. Bomberman is a playable fighter, and the familiar green grids and blocks can be found in the Bomberman Battle arena.


(src: Steamy Jimmy)

Bomberman's red colour scheme depicts him with eye lashes and an orange bow, reminiscent of Akabom from the B-Daman Bakugaiden IV franchise.
Mujoe hosts the game alongside new character Haruna, appearing in the menus and animated cutscenes between matches in the World Fighters mode, where he's also the final boss, assisted by tank-riding Hige Hige Bandits.


(src: Steamy Jimmy)
Console

Game Boy Advance

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

4 September 2004 (JP)

Completing the story mode as various characters will unlock mini-games based off classic Hudson games. Completing Bobobo-bo's story will unlock BoBomberman (ボボンバーマン), a reskin of the NES game.

Bomberman is replaced with Bobobo-bo, and the enemies with characters from the franchise: Ballom is Don Patch, Dall is Torpedo Girl, Minvo is Booger/Hanakuso, and more. The ending parodies that of the original Bomberman, with Bobobo transforming into... a banana.
You can download a .SAV save file to unlock the mini-game here (compatible with VisualBoyAdvance and likely any other emulator), or you can watch a full playthrough on Steamy Jimmy's channel!

Console

PlayStation 2
PC

Developer

Étranges Libellules

Release

16 Oct 2005 (EU, PC)
30 Jun 2006 (EU, PS2)

Based off the French comic series, The Adventures of Asterix. The game takes place in the titular Las Vegum, where there are countless references to other video games in the scenery, obstacles and enemies.

The Roman changing room has a conveyor belt of costumes passing by, including a Bomberman outfit; while enemy Romans are often dressed in referential costumes, the Bomberman costume only appears here.


(src: Steamy Jimmy)

(src: Steamy Jimmy)

Asterix and Obelix can interact with bombs decorated like Bomberman's head; areas that require bombs are also marked with Bomberman's face.


(src: Steamy Jimmy)
Console

Nintendo DS

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

3 March 2006 (JP)

Released March 23rd 2006. The first in Hudson Soft's lineup of "Puzzle Series" games. A collection of digital jigsaw puzzles, including several depicting Bomberman. Animated (動画) puzzles feature jigsaws of moving pictures; the Bomberman ones generally use excerpts from the animated Super Bomberman 2 and 3 commercials.


No. 021: Bomberman 3
easy animated puzzle
from Super Bomberman 2 commercial

No. 023: Bomberman 2
medium animated puzzle
from Super Bomberman 3 commercial

No. 024: Bomberman 4
medium animated puzzle
from Super Bomberman 2 commercial
(src: Steamy Jimmy)

No. 29: Bomberman 5
hard static puzzle
from Super Bomberman 3 commercial
(src: Steamy Jimmy)

No. 29: Bomberman 1
hard static puzzle
from Panic Bomber commercial(?)
(src: Steamy Jimmy)

No. 36: Bomberman
easy static puzzle
from Bomberman (NES)

Bomberman and Takahashi Meijin join the fun in this mobile phone mascot sports game. See the mobile game page!

Console

Nintendo Wii (WiiWare)
Nintendo DS (DSiWare)

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

14 October 2008 (JP, WiiWare)
5 August 2010 (JP, DS/Wii)

A Hudson Soft-developed Tetris game with new modes. The new Shadow mode, where players have to fill a silhouette with blocks to colour it in, features an approximation of Bomberman's NES sprite in Stage 7.


(src: Steamy Jimmy)
Console

Nintendo Wii

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

22 July 2010 (JP)

A sprite of Bomberman is hidden behind a wall in an otherwise unremarkable dead end. See Steamy Jimmy's video for how to find it!


(src: Steamy Jimmy)
Console

Nintendo 3DS

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

2 June 2011 (JP)

Various Hudson Soft characters appear in the supplementary screens, such as Milon in his castle and Bombermen on an island.


(src: official trailer)
Console

Nintendo 3DS

Developer

Hudson Soft

Release

2 October 2011 (US)

The Computer Battle mode represents the AI opponents with a 3D avatar of Bomberman on the bottom screen, each level of difficulty represented by a different costume.


(src: Steamy Jimmy)
(src: Steamy Jimmy)

What's most interesting about this is these 3D models are actually leftovers from the unreleased Bomberman game announced early in the 3DS' life! You can identify some of the costumes in the battle mode screenshots; the knight, samurai and tribal costumes can be seen in the image on the right.

Console

iOS
Android

Developer

Konami

Release

27 June 2013

A free-to-play soccer simulation cum card collecting game for mobile and tablet platforms.
In 2015 a "Attack The Bomberman" campaign added White Bomberman as a collectible card and player to add to your lineup. [src]


(src: Famitsu)

In 2017 a campaign celebrating the fourth anniversary of the game's launch, "Attack the Bomberman 4th", introduced White Bomber and Red Bomber teams who would award rare prizes if you defeated them. [src]


(src: wscs-play)
Console

iOS
Android

Developer

Konami

Release

28 January 2015

A free-to-play real-time strategy game developed by Konami Digital Entertainment for iOS and Android mobile platforms. The game was delisted on August 31st 2015.

To celebrate receiving over 50,000 advance-registrations from users, Bomberman was announced as part of the roster on February 12th 2015 [src]. The March 31st 2015 update added new units to the game, featuring characters from various Konami-owned properties, including two colours of Bomberman. [src]


(src: Social Game Info)

赤ボン (R)
攻撃ステータス

・遠隔/範囲攻撃タイプ
・基本攻撃力:10
・基本生命力:76
・移動力:40
・特殊能力:ボム
※通常攻撃に広めの範囲攻撃が発生。

防御ステータス
・ベース効果:ボム投げ
・効果範囲:425
・基本攻撃力:26
・基本耐久力675

Red Bomber (Rare)
Attack Status

· Remote / ranged attack type
· Attack: 10
· Life: 76
· Speed: 40
· Special Ability: Bomb
* Normal attack is long-range.

Defence status
· Base effect: Bomb Throw
· Effect range: 425
· Attack: 26
· Durability 675

白ボン (SR)
攻撃ステータス

・遠隔/範囲攻撃タイプ
・基本攻撃力:12
・基本生命力:90
・移動力:40
・特殊能力:デンジャラスボム
※通常攻撃に広めの範囲攻撃が発生。
※壁に対する攻撃力にボーナスが発生。

防御ステータス
・ベース効果:ボム投げ
・効果範囲:450
・基本攻撃力:33
・基本耐久力750

White Bomber (Super Rare)
Attack Status

· Remote / ranged attack type
· Attack: 12
· Life: 90
· Speed: 40
· Special Ability: Bomb
* Normal attack is long-range.
* Bonus attack damage against walls.

Defence status
· Base effect: Bomb Throw
· Effect range: 450
· Attack: 33
· Durability 750

Console

Nintendo Switch

Developer

Bandai Namco Studios
Sora Ltd.

Release

December 7th 2018

Bomberman is an assist trophy who can run and jump around the battlefield, laying bombs that explode in the traditional cross-pattern.


(src: E3 2018 trailer)
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