PAX 2008: Bomberman Blast Hands-On

Bomberman on the Wii moves to new territory--the Internet. We play with Hudson's upcoming WiiWare game from this classic franchise.

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Bomberman has been around for 25 years, but it never gets old. The classic game of dropping bombs on your opponents has had many variations and new additions. At the Penny Arcade Expo 2008, we had a chance to play with Bomberman Blast, a WiiWare game that will allow you to play online with the Wii for the first time with up to eight players.

The traditional Bomberman Free-for-All mode still pits players in each corner so that they can try to take each other out by dropping bombs and picking up power-ups. There are three new items that will change up the gameplay and are used by shaking the Wii Remote. You can change yourself into a bomb, use a rocket to jump into the air, and bring up a shield to protect yourself while you shake the remote. One of the new modes includes dodging an air raid where the goal is to simply stay alive and avoid the bombs. Another has you jumping into a spacecraft where you can fly around and drop bombs on others.

There are several different fields that will also affect how the game is played. There is a field where everyone is moving at a faster pace, as well as another one where if you kick a bomb, the bomb will follow arrows and roll around the map. A potholes map will have bomb blasts go through the pit squares. There seems to be a lot of variety and content for a game that will be available for $10 or less.

Another new addition includes importing your Miis, which will need to be unlocked by completing the 10 levels. You will have your Mii in traditional Bomberman gear to add a bit of variety to the scene. For those who like online leaderboards, there will be a place for you to brag about your skills. We were told that Bomberman Blast will be ready in the next month or so, so stay tuned for more Bomberman action.

Discussion

12 comments
rpr9999
rpr9999

Is there a story mode? I used to play 2-player coop with my girlfriend (now my wife) for hours back in college. I had an old snes. Those were the good 'ol days, are they back again?

korn62586
korn62586

you can play online with 7 other people but can you play with 3 other people on one Wii?

euphzilla03
euphzilla03

Man this one snuck up on me. I love Bomber Man and can't wait to play this.

omega300
omega300

look's awesome can't wait to play this game

bnwchbammer
bnwchbammer

This actually looks good. I mean, its a classic bomberman, with a bit of a twist on it, as well as online play. For those of you who say "the hell? only 10 levels?" dude, you've never played bomberman. I got '93 for the vc, and I'm really excited to see what they can do with this. Hopefully there's not too many extras to just destroy the origional concept, but still, cant wait to see what they come out with.

pitchan
pitchan

U noe wad i rly dun get? Ppl who make bad comments , i mean if u friggin hate the game so much, go back to ur playstation or wadeva. Geez, must u b*** about everything u think will fail, it has'nt even come out yet so quit ur speculating

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

cool i have bomberman live but i will get this one for the wii to. bomberman is a awesome game and will be the best thing out for wiiware when it comes. the only wii ware game i have so far is star solider

mrklorox
mrklorox

@Youareinsecure: She was implying that this is the first WiiWare (maybe even disc based) Wii title that supports up to 8 players online. Your reading comprehension and taste in games is fail, troll. Though, I have to admit the level descriptions do sound like re-hashed Bomberman Live levels... which could be re-hashed from older Bombermans (weird to have that grammatically correct).

chang_1910
chang_1910

..... and teh game just have 10 lvls? DId I read that right?

beanofengland
beanofengland

i really don't know who they send to these events, they never seem to know what the hell they're talking about, probably some sports interviewer who was free that day and nearby

Youareinsecure
Youareinsecure

"At the Penny Arcade Expo 2008, we had a chance to play with Bomberman Blast, a WiiWare title that will allow players to play online for the first time with up to eight players." Yeah, Bomberman Live says hi, and it came out last year and it'll be the same price, plus achievements. Fail.