ボンバーボーイ / Bomber Boy
Traditional (defeat all enemies)
1 to 2 (battle)
Hudson (JP, US)
31 August 1990 (JP)
from Bomber Boy: Game Boy Complete Capture Book (translation)
"Kid" is the star of the game Bomber Boy, and his mission to help his fellow robots captured by human beings. Before him are eight factories defended by enemy forces. Kid's adventure is about to begin!
The very first portable Bomberman game, and it packs a lot of content into its tiny little Game Boy cartridge. Alongside a port of the NES Bomberman in all its wonky glory, there's a brand new mode that builds upon the original, spreading its nine stages (containing fifty-plus rounds) across a map screen, allowing you to tackle in any order you want and adding a bit of nonlinearity to the adventure.
And don't forget the third option, the 2-player battle mode... which is notably the very first multi-player battle mode in the series! It's as basic a one-on-one deathmatch can get, but it was a taste of what was yet to come: the PC-Engine Bomberman, released just a few months later, would be the first to have Battle Mode on a home console, as well as introduce the familiar 5-player capability.
It may seem repetitive nowadays, but at the time this was a well-received release for the series, expanding the traditional Bomberman gameplay with new features (without mutating into something else entirely) and proving its mettle as an ideal game for portable play.
GB Press published a guidebook for this game.
Bomber Boy was later included on the Game Boy compilation Bomberman Collection.