ボンバーマン / Bomberman
Nintendo Entertainment System
Traditional (defeat all enemies)
Hudson (JP, US)
19 December 1985 (JP)
A humble beginning for our little hero. The only objective on the agenda is blowing up all the enemies, finding the exit and repeating. And sometimes a bonus stage. That's it. There's no in-game storyline; there's no colourful locales; there's no bosses... there's not even any multi-player!
Despite the minimal content and wobbly controls, popular consensus in Japan seems to label this game as one of the best (sometimes the best) Bomberman game in the series. It continues to be homaged and referenced in even the newest games, and the basic formula has been remade far too many times.
The story and ending of this game ties into Lode Runner, another Hudson product. Although not exactly a Bomberman game, it's included on the site for completism regarding the series' history (and for shits and giggles).
Although rarely acknowledged, the very first Bomberman game was actually... Bomberman, on the MSX and other computers.