Saturn Bomberman

reference

Japanese manual

Download here (10MB Zip file)

American manual

The American manual can be downloaded at Games Database.

European manual

The European manual can be downloaded at ReplacementDocs.

As of now, only the English dialogue is transcribed.

intro

On Planet Bomber, Mr. Meanie (Mujoe), MechaDoc and two Hige Hige Bandits land and find themselves before a large structure.
"Ah, look! It's the legendary Crystal Tower! Let's go!"

They find four gems embedded in the tower and the four villains take them out. They begin to glow as a large creature erupts from the inside of the tower.
"Whoa! It's Crator, the legendary monster!"

"But I have the monster controller! Take that!"
Mr. Meanie throws a device at the beast, brainwashing it. He proceeds to gloat dramatically:
"Now the monster's under my control! Soon, the whole world will be mine!"

Elsewhere in the skies, White Bomber and Black Bomber receive a message from Dr. I (Dr. Ein).

"Bomberman! Listen carefully! The Meanie Gang is trying to take over the world! Mr. Meanie has unleashed Crator, the legendary monster, and stolen the crystals that concealed him in the tower! Now he's using Crator's evil power to conquer the world! You must get the crystals back before Crator destroys everything! The MeanieLand Amusement park is their secret base! Hurry, Bomberman! Hurry!"

The two set out on their mission.

after Hige Hige Land

Bomberman ventures through the theme park. After beating the boss and retrieving the first crystal, he is contacted by Dr. Ein.

ボンバーマン!
のこりの 3つのクリスタルは
過去の時代に 封印されたようじゃ!
ケポ号で その行方をおってくれ!
2つめのクリスタルは
マゲマゲワールドじゃ!

Bomberman!
The three remaining crystals have
been hidden in the past.
Take the KEPO to find them!
The second crystal is hidden in Samurai World!

Bomberman hops in the time machine and is transported back in time.

after Mage Mage Land

Bomberman treks through ancient Japan. After defeating the boss and reclaiming the crystal, Bomberman is contacted by Dr. Ein.

The third crystal is hidden in the Wild West!
Hurry, Bomberman!

after Gunman World

After trekking through a cowboy town, Bomberman wins back the third crystal and is contacted by Dr. Ein.

Bomberman!
Only one more crystal to go!
Hurry to Dino World!

after Egg Birdon

Bomberman lands in prehistoric times. After defeating the boss and collecting the last crystal, Bomberman is contacted by Dr. Ein.

Well done, Bomberman!
We have all four crystals!
Now, we can defeat Crator!

A rumbling is heard, and in the distance, a meteor is seen crashing into a volcano. The jungle begins to snow over.

encountering Crator

Bomberman finds Crator submerged in the snow, much to Dr. Ein's surprises.

What!
It... it's Crator!
Why is he in this era?
If his magic power isn't sealed,
it could be infinite!
Run away, Bomberman!

Crator emerges from the snow, but the four crystals remove his magic aura.

Look!
The crystals are weakening
his power!
This is your only chance to defeat
him!

Crator is defeated.

Well done, Bomberman!
Crator has been defeated, and
Peace will return to the present!
But Mr. Meanie and his gang have
escaped to the future.
You must go to Future City and
defeat them to bring true peace!

encountering Mujoe

Mujoe faces off with Bomberman in a giant mech.

You keep getting in my way, Bomberman! But the Meanie Gang is forever! Get ready, Bomberman! The world is mine! Ahahaha!

He is promptly defeated.

The world... is mine...

In the distance, a blimp with MechaDoc's face is seen escaping. Bomberman follows after in Kepo's flying machine.

encountering MechaDoc

After defeating a wave of Battle Grunts, MechaDoc faces Bomberman himself.

Not bad, Bomberman, you destroyed all of my robots, but now you haven't got a chance! Are you ready, Bomberman? This is my masterpiece!

ending

After defeating MechaDoc, his blimp begins to explode, though Bomberman is carried away in Kepo's time machine just in time.

The Crystal Tower begins sparking, before disappearing in a flash of light.

White Bomber and Black Bomber bid farewell to the Tirras before returning to their own time; there isn't a dry eye among them.

Back in the present, their ship flies past Mount Rushmore, with Bomberman's face now gracing the cliffside. White scratches his head in embarrassment.

A statue of a Tirra sits atop of a Japanese castle, putting a smile on White and Black's faces.

The two touch down in the city, where an adoring crowd celebrate their return.

Dr. Ein watches and nods sagely. In his lab are bones and fossils from ancient times, and among them is a prehistoric bomb.

Hudson page (backup)

Now this is a website! Information on all the modes, characters and levels, and even a download for the animated intro.

Saturn Bomberman Party Pac (backup)

A promotional page for the Saturn Bomberman Party Pac bundle, including the SBOM Multitap and the SBOM Joycard.

XBAND page - Hudson (archive)

A page promoting the separate XBAND release of Saturn Bomberman.

SEGA.com page (archive)

Promotional site. Mmm-mmm-mmm! Soak in that 1997 web design!

GameSpot review

Even though it has its problems, Saturn owners should still buy a copy of Saturn Bomberman. Its multiplayer mode easily beats out the upcoming Bomberman 64, and the PlayStation version will only support eight players. But if you don't have that many friends and still have a Super Nintendo, just pick up a copy of Super Bomberman 2 and go nuts.

Published October 10th 1997, reviewed by Jeff Gerstmann. Awarded 7.8 out of 10.

SEGA Saturn Magazine / セガサターンマガジン (Vol. 10)

Dated June 28th 1996. A preview of Saturn Bomberman from the '96 Tokyo Toy Show ('96年東京トイショー). The game is 80% complete.

Computer and Video Games (issue 186)

The best thing about the Bomberman series, is its simplicity, addictiveness and most of all multiplayer abilities. Saturn Bomberman contains all these vital factors, and increases the multiplayer aspect to fever pitch levels. The wealth of options and modes means this is a game you'll still be playing ages from now. What is essential is a multi-tap, more joypads, and a few friends willing to forgo weeks of their lives. The music is great with some cool drum & bass and funky wah wah guitars, with neat cut sequences between levels. If you feel the graphics are too cute for your liking, be warned they are a ruse to the devilishness of the game itself. Overall this is a game you simply must have, once played it is hard to stop, your library is lacking without it!

Dated May 1997, reviewed by Alex Huhtala; keeps referring to the 10-player mode as "High Ten" for some reason. Awarded 5 out of 5. Scan from the Internet Archive.

Sonic the Comic (issue 107)

RAVES: Addictive and action packed gameplay.
GRAVES: Graphics and sounds could be much better. A Mega Drive game in disguise?

Dated 8 July 1997, Christopher Jones (or is it "James?") gives us a sales pitch as was the norm for the comic's reviews. The only complaints it can squeeze in to its not-even-300-word review are about the 2D graphics and "outdated sounds", whatever that means. Awarded 81%.

GamePro (issue 109)

If you don't have a Sega multi-tap, Saturn Bomberman offers the perfect excuse to get one. If you don't have friends, this is a good opportunity to get some of them, too.

Dated October 1997, reviewed by "Bad Hare". The individual scores average to 3.75 out of 5.

Electronic Gaming Monthly (issue 101)

Action: Saturn Bomberman
The action genre is such a broad category, but picking the best Saturn action game is a breeze. Saturn Bomberman is, no doubt, one of the best, most frantic, multiplayer games ever made. Part of the fun comes from the already proven addictive Bomberman formula. The other part comes from the Saturn's capacity to handle up to 10 human competitors at once. If you have any game-playing friends, then this must top your must-have list.

From "All You Want For Christmas: The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Gifts", EGM's buyer's guide for stocking stuffers. Saturn Bomberman tops the SEGA Saturn's action category, followed by NiGHTS and Guardian Heroes.

Gamers (Nº 11)

Saturn Bomberman é um prato cheio para os fãs do game, é a melhor versão já lançada. Diversão garantida.

Saturn Bomberman is a fully-featured package for fans of the game, and is the best version ever released. Guaranteed fun.

Publication date unknown. Awarded 85 out of 100. Scan from RetroScans.

At the moment, credits are only transcribed from the English version.

PROGRAMMING
S.Mikami (三上 哲)
T.Wakabayashi (若林 哲也)
Y.Okeya

CHIEF DESIGNER
K.Maruyama

DESIGN
M.Kakutani
T.Nakayama
K.Nagasawa
N.Kishi
N.Morita
MCL Iwata
H.Yamaguchi
T.Kasahara
S.Sato
M.Nitta
M.Kobayashi
R.Ueshima
T.Otani
Y.Honma
T.Numata

PLANNING
T.Watanabe
Y.Nakata

ART DESIGN
N.Yoshimi

SOUND
COMPOSITION, ARRANGEMENT, PERFORMANCE
Jun Chikuma

ARRANGEMENT, PERFORMANCE
K.Akimoto

ARRANGEMENT
S.Endo
H.Yamamoto

SOUND STAFF
K.Hoshi
A.Sato
H.Yamamoto
I.Shimakura

SOUND EFFECTS
S.Tomii
O.Narita
S.Bando

SOUND DIRECTION
T.Takimoto

COOPERATION
JOE DOWN STUDIO

ANIMATION
C.Ikehira
Y.Umakoshi
K.Masunaga
M.Shinjo
M.Sato

MOVIE ANIMATION
T.Motodate
K.Oshima
K.Sugiyama
Y.Asai
R.Kondo
H.Tachibana
S.Kozuka
M.Hoshino

MOVIE CHECKER
M.Oomura

ART DIRECTOR
S.Tanaka

COLOR DIRECTION
M.Sudo

TOUCH-UP
R.Kanazawa
K.Kitaori
C.Nakamura
M.Masui
K.Arakawa
M.Yokoyama

CHECKER
Y.Horiuchi

SPECIAL EFFECTS
M.Nakajima

CAMERA
Y.Tamagawa
M.Okino
H.Watanabe
M.Yoshida

PRINTING
Toei Kaguku

EDITING
S.Nishiyama

COORDINATORS
Y.Nishimoto
K.Isako

DRAWING DIRECTOR
T.Tamagawa

DIRECTION
Y.Asada

ANIMATION DIRECTOR
S.Mizuno

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
H.Igari

DIRECTOR
S.Fujiwara
K.Yasui

SPECIAL THANKS
K.Sawai
K.Matsumoto
S.Kumaoka
H.Hirakawa
Matt Dunbar
O.Shibamiya
Y.Kiriyama
Andrew Stein
H.Ikeda
Y.Handa
K.Takahashi

CHARACTER
RED

COOPERATION (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
ADS
COCKPIT
PIECOCK
STUDIO TAKURANKE
TABACK
TINISHIMURA

GENERAL PRODUCER
Yuji Kudo

COPYRIGHT
Hudson Soft
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