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Title Screen

Saturn Bomberman

Also known as: Bomberman SS (JP; Early Title)
Developer: Hudson Soft
Publishers: Hudson Soft (JP) Sega (US/EU)
Platform: Sega Saturn
Released in JP: July 1996
Released in US: 1997
Released in EU: 1997


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Hmmm...
To do:
  • Different world names between the Japanese and International versions.
  • There are also unused sprites for the "Master Game" suggesting that White Bomber could ride a Tirra and a minecart in that mode.
  • Rip the Title Screen themes from the US and Japanese versions.
  • Differences between the standard Japanese version, and the SegaNet version. It's also likely NetLink support was removed in Europe.

Saturn Bomberman is Bomberman's first Sega Saturn game. It introduces Mujoe (Mr.Meanie), Mechadoc (Dr.Mechado), the Hige Hige Bandits/Gang (Meanie Gang), and the adorable Tirra. The game also flexes the Saturn's 2D muscles.

Unused Graphics

Suka

Saturn Bomberman Unused-1.gif

A placeholder item; the text reads "スカ" (suka) which can mean "Lose" or "Nonsense". Like I said, Placeholder.

Master Game

Saturn Bomberman Unused-2.gif

Bomberman's Master Game sprites actually include sprites for him riding a Tirra, even though Tirras don't appear in Master Game! Maybe Tirras were supposed to be included in Master Game at one point.


(Source: Ragey)

Hidden Codes

Level Select

In Saturn Bomberman, there are hidden button combinations that will start you off at certain worlds at full power (10 bombs, Full Fire, Power Glove, Bomb Kick, Line Bomb). To use them, just Hold specific buttons while the title screen text reads "Press Start".

World Code
Hige Hige World L+R+A+Up-Left
Mage Mage World L+R+B+Up-Left
Gunman World L+R+C+Up-Right
Tyranno World L+R+X+Up-Right
Mujoe World L+R+Y+Up

View Ending

While the title screen text reads "Press Start", Hold L+R+Z+Down to view the Ending instantly.

Unlock Yuna and Manto

On the first screen for "Battle Game", Hold L and R until you hear a chime. Yuna moves the fastest and Manto has the Power Glove from the start.

Regional Differences

Title Screen

The title screen was reworked between the Japanese and International versions.

Japanese International
Saturn Bomberman-Title-j.PNG.png Saturn Bomberman-Title-e.PNG.png
  • The copyright date was updated to match the localized release.
  • The background was changed (It now references the boss fight against Mujoe rather than the first world).
  • The title logo was changed completely for obvious reasons.
  • The title theme was re-edited to change the voice clip from Japanese to English.

World Names

All of the World names were changed in the English versions.

Japanese Translation International
ヒゲヒゲランド Hige Hige World Amusement World
マゲマゲワールド Mage Mage World Samurai World
ガンマンワールド Gunman World Wild West World
テイラノワールド Tyranno World Dino World
ムジョーワールド Mujoe World Mr.Meanie's Future World

Character Names

Character names were changed in the English versions for some reason.

Japanese Translation International
ムジョー Mujoe Mr.Meanie
Dr.メカード Mechadoc Dr.Mechado
ティラ Tirra Dinosaur

Power Ups

Even the power-ups were localized:

Japanese Translation International
ファイアー Fire Firepower
ローラーシューズ Roller Shoes Roller Skates
ゲタ Wooden Clogs Sandals
壁通過 Passage Through Walls Block
ビー玉ボム Marble Bomb Bead Bomb
貫通爆弾 Piercing Bomb Penetrator
ゴム爆弾 Rubber Bomb Rubber Bomb
耐火スーツ Fireproof Suit Fire Suit

Hudson Screen

Saturn Bomberman-Hudson.png

For some reason, the Hudson Soft screen and its accompanying voice clip was removed from the international versions.

Oddities And Extras

Voice Acting Trivia

  • The voice actor credits were inexplicably removed from the International versions of the game.
  • The voice clip on the title screen in the Japanese version of the game has Bomberman say his own name. In the International version of the game, he says the game's title. This may tie into the whole "Bomberman SS" thing.

General Trivia

  • The tower like object you have to destroy is called "Core Mecha" in the Japanese version and "Zarf" in the International version.
  • The North American version of Saturn Bomberman was delayed by a year (!). This is because Sega wanted the game to have online support when it was released in the U.S. (the Japanese version had LIMITED XBand support).