The goal of each stage is to recover a Computer Chip, found in a large conspicuous capsule. The capsule (or exit) cannot be opened until all core mechanisms are destroyed. Some core mechanisms are simply on the ground, while some are on the backs of enemies, in which case the enemy needs destroyed first to access it.
Each stage gives you 3 minutes to complete it; if the timer runs out, it's the same as losing a life.
Alongside the usual items hidden in soft blocks, there are eggs. Collecting an egg will grant Bomberman a Louie to ride on. See the Louies section for details.
You can also play the Normal Game in 2-player co-operative mode; White and Black Bomber must work together to complete each stage. Just watch those bombs!
After completing a stage or world, you are free to revisit them at any time on the stage select screen. Revisited stages play exactly the same, but with no core mechanisms - the exit will always be open. Once the boss of World 5 is defeated, stages cannot be revisited.
After all stages are complete, a boss is fought. They require multiple hits to defeat. After the boss is defeated, you can progress to the next area.
There are 6 stages with 4 areas in each, bar the final stage. There are 21 areas in total, some with multiple screens.
|Control Pad||Move the player.|
|B Button||Detonate remote bombs.|
|A Button||Lays a bomb.|
|Y Button||Use Louie's ability.|
|X Button||Stop a kicked bomb.|
|START Button||Pause the game.|
Item names in brackets are from the English manual. Items tagged with a * are lost upon losing a life.
Increases bomb stock by 1. Maximum of 8.
Increases bomb blast radius by 1 tile. Maximum of 6.
Increases bomb blast radius to maximum.
Increases movement speed. Maximum of 9.
Decreases movement speed.
Allows you to kick bombs by walking into them.
Allows player to pick up bombs by holding the A Button atop of them, and throwing 3 tiles ahead by releasing the button. If the bomb lands on an item, that item will be erased.
Rubbery, jelly-like bombs; if kicked, they'll bounce back the way they came upon hitting an obstacle. If thrown, they'll bounce around erratically before settling.
The first bomb laid becomes a Power Bomb, which has maximum blast radius.
Bomb blasts will now penetrate through items and soft blocks.
Bombs can now be detonated at any time by pressing the B Button.
Allows the player to walk through bombs.
Allows the player to walk through soft blocks.
Normal Game only. Freezes all enemies (and the timer) for 16 seconds.
Normal Game only. Renders the player invincible for 16 seconds.
Normal Game only. Allows the player to survive 1 attack.
Normal Game only. Awards the player an extra life.
Normal Game only. Worth 200 points.
Normal Game only. Worth 1000 points.
Spawns a Louie for the player to ride upon. See below for more info.
Battle Game only. Inflicts the player with a random curse. The curse is permanent, and can only be removed by passing it to another player by touching them, or collecting any other item (which will eject the Skull item back onto the field). Ailments include:
Collecting an egg will spawn a Louie for Bomberman to ride upon. These colourful companions can serve as an extra hit-point - getting hit will kill the Louie but leave Bomberman unscathed, with 1 second of temporary invincibility.
Louies come in five varieties, each with a unique ability that can be used by pressing the Y Button.
Can dash forward at an uncontrollable speed and will only stop upon collision with an object.
Can jump. Press the button to jump straight up, or hold a direction and jump to leap two tiles forward, over soft blocks and bombs.
Can kick bombs into the air 3 tiles ahead, over soft blocks. It will bounce across blocks until it finds a place to land.
Can kick soft blocks forward. If a block hits a line of blocks, the last block of that line will also be propelled forward.
Can use the Line Bomb ability - press Y to lay all your bombs forward in a row.
Entering any of these passwords will start you on the first level of that world with 7 Bomb Ups, 6 Fire Ups, 9 Speed Ups, Bomb Kick, Power Glove and Remote Control items.
Battle Group 2: 4622
Battle Group 3: 1616
Battle Group 4: 3194