E3 '07: Bomberman Live exploding onto XBL

Hudson's explosives enthusiast headed for the Xbox 360 next week; Yie Ar Kung Fu also punching in.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--The very first Bomberman game seen in the wild was developed by Hudson and first released way back in 1983. Since then, the series has spanned nearly every major console, adding the Xbox 360 to its list last year with the poorly received Bomberman: Act Zero.

Now the series is getting a chance at redemption on Microsoft's console, as Bomberman Live will make its debut on Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday. The game has both a single-player and multiplayer mode (up to four on the same console or eight online), and players will be able to personalize their very own explosive bomber with mix-and-match outfits.

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Once Bomberman is all dressed up, he (or she) must navigate through a gridlike arena and avoid the bombs from other characters while bombing them to kingdom come first. There will be eight multiplayer arenas and 16 different power-ups (and power-downs), including two self-explanatory ones called Speed Up! and Dangerous Bomb. It will be available on Xbox Live from July 18 for 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

Konami's Yie Ar Kung Fu is also scheduled to release next Wednesday. The main character, Oolong, has to fight a series of martial arts masters of different disciples, including shuriken, nunchaku, bo, and chain, as he attempts to win the Martial Arts Championship. The arcade port has enhanced graphics, painted backgrounds, and new achievements, although gamers are also given the option to play the original arcade version. Yie Ar Kung Fu will sell for 400 Microsoft Points ($5).

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131 comments
erlachu2
erlachu2

I bought Bomberman Live a week ago, and I've been playing it every night since! It's a blast when playing with friends, but single player is still fun, even if it is a bit repetitive.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

Wanted to pick up bomberman today but Microsoft still has my 360 grrrrr, been over 2 weeks now!!!!

MoogleDragoon
MoogleDragoon

Wow! I'm so excited, besides Worms this was one of my favorite multiplayer games growing up. I never owned it but a friend of mine did and I think the only reason I stayed his friend was because of the game.

dragonsama
dragonsama

bomberman is great but I'm just a little sad that this is not Saturn bomberman. I wanted to blast peole to kingdomcome with bonk!

LGAKAgregory
LGAKAgregory

Yie Ar Kung Fu is ok But Bomberman looks sweet.

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

Two words: Super Bomberman If you wanna know how bad Bomberman: Zero turned out, it actually was one of the worst selling games of 2006 as it was among fourth-rate games released in 2001 and 2002!

runstalker
runstalker

Not a huge fan of this type of Bomberman character design. Prefer the older Super Famicom/Saturn 2D sprite styles and proportions. Haven't been impressed by any of the modern Bombermans, really. A few of the older ones were fantastic. I guess the core gameplay might be ok on Live. If Hudson had any sense, they'd bring a slightly re-touched HD version of Saturn Bomberman to Live, with 10-player (full screen - no cheesy borders) gameplay. Widely acknowledged as the best Bomberman game. It was excellent.

easteast
easteast

Bomberman was never one of my favorite games, hopefully this game will change my mind.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Yes! Bomberman online! That's cool! I'll be getting it to play online against people.

livinglegend305
livinglegend305

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tonymatt225
tonymatt225

you're all insane. lag or none xbox live rulez

audioaxes
audioaxes

macro you are full of it bandwidth does not mean you will have a good latency and there is no way you can get a good ping to long distance locations no matter what connection you have even if you live close to the nodes that are most direct to japan like LA or Seattle, you will still have like a 170+ ping which is noticeable delay

marco0798
marco0798

LOL rentago from what your saying i tell y ou right now your connection sucks. i used to have a 2 MG BB connection and i played with people all over americans japs anywere no lag at all now i have 8MG and i havent seen lag in a while only last wednsday(i forgot to turn off some DL's)

Cyborg_Hand
Cyborg_Hand

I agree I seemed to have a lot of lag on Golden Axe which i was pretty disappointed with, and no its not my connection Gears and Halo3beta were perfect.

Rentago
Rentago

XBL doesn't lag, because it is a network that isn't actualy hosting your games. In short your support your own connection with others while XBL gives you the community to play with. If you live in japan and your playing a guy in... lets say Nevada, you'll lag from the distance it takes for your information to get to him and back. It only lags when your connection sucks or you live too far. Which is why I wish they made it so you find games that are close to you instead of any game that can be a guy cross country or in your neighborhood.

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

Yie Ar Kung Fu It took a year but now it's here. Yay, I have been wating for this since last E3. Hopefully it has the VS mode that was included on the GBA version. This version of Bomberman looks to be the best one released since the Saturn version. It's a good week to be on Live.

nikefreak
nikefreak

Also thought I would mention ... Anyone who is having lag online with XBL, should consider evaluating their router/wiring/internet service/modem/etc. As I have only had any actual lag (That wasnt a single person lagging) a few times on XBL in the time since the 360 first came out. So that means, it is likely your internet connection or hardware, etc. causing your lag. It could be something like a poor router, improper setup, poor signal strength for wireless, too much noise on the line with cable, etc. etc. But I highly doubt it is the Live services, as said, they are some of the most stable, speedy, and reliable I have ever used.

nikefreak
nikefreak

yay :) I been waiting for this Bomberman, since the last full one kinda blew :\ lol... But this looks to have everything I want, and nothing I dont. Also, I do not think 800 points is too much for an XBLA title. It all comes down to content, fun, value, etc. No, I dont like the idea of 800 point classics, however, new games and redone ones, may very well command an 800 point price. Considering people pay 1-1.50 for a single song lasting 2-3 minutes, I dont think 5-10.00 for a game with hours and hours of gameplay is bad at all, thats less than you pay for alot of music albums - and lasts longer. I mean, you can goto Arbys or KFC and spend more on a meal :\

JQuizzle757
JQuizzle757

10$$$ is to much money for this game i think all XBLA games should be 5$ or less!!!!

R3V3N4N7
R3V3N4N7

I wish it was 400 points.

vergilskater
vergilskater

excited it isnt that piece of junk other bomberman.

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

I might buy this with my remaining MS Points if it's any good.

sugarstevesmith
sugarstevesmith

Ra-Devil The game Van Damme played was Karate Champ.

LuminosityBlaze
LuminosityBlaze

Looks much more fun then that most horrendous version of Bomberman ever appearing exclusively on the XBox.

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

Wait, was Yie Ar Kung Fu that game Jean Claud Van Dam played in the movie Blood Sport? If so, I'd be intrigued to see it. If not, sorry for the mix-up, and sorry for bringing up the awefulness that is Van Dam.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I used to play Bomerman multi-player for hours with my friends on the SNES. A great multi-played game. This will be awesome on Live if there's no lag. Most arcade games I've played on Live have horrible lag.

WmRedwine
WmRedwine

I need to convince my friends to get a 360 so I can BLOW THEM UP!!!!

LM1213
LM1213

I never have ever played bomberman I always hear its great though. really excited about kung fu, used to love that game back in the day.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Cool, it better be more fun than that crappy "bomberman" game that they released a while ago on the 360 though, that was just sad.

BrideInDream
BrideInDream

yeahhh i played the ps2 version one.. so much fun played it till 3 o'clock in the morning wif my frens

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

sonicgod, wth with your doom comment this one is bomberman! its gonna be sweet!

cashmonkey78
cashmonkey78

Man, I can't wait for this game! My 360 has pretty much been sitting around collecting dust. Please Hudson give us the type of game we're expecting.

KingSigy
KingSigy

Definitely an awesome deal, I wish it was 400 points though.

bennyhanna316
bennyhanna316

Bomberman Live.....Confirmed.......WEDNESDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *NERDGASMS*

minos30
minos30

love this game... at last a good live arcade game....

SupaMarioPlumma
SupaMarioPlumma

Man I haven't played Bomberman in years!! Will be awesome :D

HALCONAZUL
HALCONAZUL

OMG! YES.... I NEED A HARD DRIVE T-T dam free core package

mykel77
mykel77

bomberman is a a blast, cant wait

zdoggfl
zdoggfl

Oh boy.... now who's ready to die by explosion?

neuromancer123
neuromancer123

shouldve just done this in the first place instead of that terrible bomberman zero. better late than never tho.

max32790
max32790

Ohhh my god! Just seeing this story has brought back so many memories of my childhood. SNES with 4 player BomberMan.......im almost crying. This might be the best day of my life!

zidan4000
zidan4000

this game is gonna make xbl service explode from the much people who are attending to play it online , including me . i will buy this game for sure

DELTAsnake
DELTAsnake

Fingers crossed that it's 800 points well spent.