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Super Bomberman 5

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Title Screen

Super Bomberman 5

Developer: Hudson Soft
Publisher: Hudson Soft
Platform: SNES
Released in JP: February 28, 1997


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


Super Bomberman 5 was the last in the Super Bomberman series... until Super Bomberman R came out for the Nintendo Switch in 2017, anyway. Much like Super Bomberman 2, two versions of this game were released: a regular cartridge and a gold cartridge produced in association with CoroCoro Comic.

Hidden Battle Stages

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: It'd be keen to find the RAM addresses that correspond to the SRAM value mentioned.

The "official" method of accessing these stages is to plug in a Hudson Super Joycard controller, turn on the turbo-fire feature, and hold X for several seconds. These stages can be enabled by hex editing the game's SRAM file and putting any non-zero value at hex address $1EA. The gold cartridge automatically writes FF to this address when writing its first save, thus enabling the stages by default. However, using the codes listed below is a highly recommended alternative.

Stage 11

Scenic nowhereRandom warp generator.

Use Pro Action Replay (PAR) code 7E625A:0B to access this stage.

There are warps bordering the stage. Entering one will take you to a different, random warp.

Stage 12

Factory bluesNot much for shipping.

Use Pro Action Replay (PAR) code 7E625A:0C to access this stage.

These conveyor belts have a unique property. When a bomb is placed on the belt, it can go underneath the walls and pop up on the other side.

Stage 13

Perpetual motion machine.Nice Easter colors!
Use Pro Action Replay (PAR) code 7E625A:0D to access this stage.

Crazy tracks!
There's one mine cart in this stage. All mine tracks lead to random warps.

Debug Rooms

Hidden in the code of the game are three stages that seem to be purely for debugging purposes. None of these rooms have any music and the only sound effect that plays for any event is Bomberman's Battle Mode war cry. These rooms can be accessed using the Pro Action Replay (PAR) code 7E1038:XX.

Battle Test

Who stole the minecart?

The first debug room, located at AC, uses the layout of Zone 3-02 (room 44), but has absolutely nothing at all, other than Players 1 and 2 (if playing 2 Player Mode). The settings for the round are the defaults, though the game does not end even if all players die. The game will lock up when the Sudden Death tiles start to drop as there is no Sudden Death graphic for Single Player maps.

It's also worth noting that while there is a Battle Mode stage which uses a minecart and cave setting (Stage 8: Riding the Trolley), that one does not use graphics from the Planet Fire/Firestorm levels from Zone/Super Bomberman 3.

Single Player Level Test

It's like we're back in 1985...

The second debug room, located at AD, uses the layout of Battle Stage 1: The Usual (74) and houses five randomly-placed Soft Blocks containing 3 Bomb-Ups, 1 1-up, and 1 Louie Egg, 1 Dragonfly enemy (Planet Timbertree/Swamp Attack stages from Zone 3), and 1 Grein enemy (Planet Fire/Firestorm stages).

Beating all enemies makes three teleporters appear, all of which lead to...

Single Player Enemy Test

I blame Kuro. He's always making a mess.

The third debug room, located at AE. It has a broken HUD, a single Dragonfly enemy, and nothing else. Beating the level leads back to Debug Room AD.

If the player enters either AD or AE from the other paired level, doing pretty much anything that plays a sound effect will crash the game.

Playable Subordinate Bomber

Pirate lackey action! No portrait, though...
A 10th character named Subordinate Bomber was planned to be included in the game, but was ultimately left out. Hudson got pretty far with the character, though. Use the Pro Action Replay (PAR) code 7E625F:0A (7E627D:0A in the gold version) to access him in Battle Mode (turn it on after selecting a character), or 7E62FD:09 or the password 2YLPVD in Configure Battle Mode character editor.

Almost finished..
Subordinate Bomber has a complete set of character animations, but that's as far as they got. He has no character icon on the player select, and he uses Pirate Bomber's icon during matches.

..but not quite.
He also has no voice clips, so the game will freeze on the victory screen.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Playable Warooi

Warooi, the "evil" animal helper, only appears in the boss arenas of Zones 3 and 4. Under normal circumstances, the player cannot use him. Despite that, he has most of the animations the other playable Louies have.

This victory animation plays whenever the player clears a stage or wins Battle Mode while riding him.

How you like me NOW, punk!?

If the player runs out of time in a zone or in Battle Mode, Warooi gets angry and punches the ground in frustration.

What!? I tell YOU when time is up!!

Hopping in a cart in the Zone 3 or 4 levels, or Battle Mode stages 8 and 13, show that Warooi gets motion sick! Poor Warooi!

Stop the ride, I wanna get off!!

Boss rooms don't have time limits nor mine carts, nor do they use victory animations for beating the player(s), so it's strange that Warooi would have these animations and more (see below). It could be that, like Subordinate Bomber, he was intended to be available to the player, but Hudson changed their minds.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Graphics

Digits

These scrawled digits are stored in VRAM with the other, used numbers.

This isn't 5656.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

The logo for Super Bomberman 3 can be found in the game's graphics. There's a mysterious Plus sign right next to the logo too.

SBM5 3Title-1.png SBM5 3Title-2.png

(Source: DackR)

Unused Warooi Actions

Warooi is the only Louie with no unique action. However, it would appear that he was intended to have a shoulder tackle which may have worked like the Push move from Super Bomberman 4. Given that Nagurooi (red) can already attack players, this may have been considered redundant.

I'll bash your head in!!

All Louies have frames for jumping/being bounced across tiles, Warooi was never programmed for it, so his go unused. They can briefly be viewed if patch codes force the player to stay mounted after taking a hit, however.

Goin' up! Look out, below!!

This appears to be an unused alternate frame of Warooi's "trapped by a bomb" animation.

Lemme alone, ya big bully!!

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Boss Palette in Configure Battle

When creating Custom Bombers, the player is normally stuck with six colors schemes – white, black, red, blue, green, and yellow (palettes 00 to 05). By using the Pro Action Replay (PAR) code 7E62FE:07 on the Edit Mode screen, one can access the palette used by bosses.

Finally! Bosses that look like bosses!

There are more palettes such as 06, which locks custom characters in their "burnt" palette, but it's obvious that most of the colors are just random data. Bomberman also lacks a "boss" palette, so he ends up looking a little... different.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Text

Debug Menu

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.

Text for a debug mode can be found in the ROM at 0x11EEFA. If a method exists for actually accessing this menu, it's currently unknown.

REST SE
  X
TIME SET X
POWERMAX OFF  
NON MOV
 
BOM MINE OFF  
BOM PENE OFF  

BOM REMO OFF  
BOM H
 OFF  
MUTEKI
 
WARP


MAX
ON
OFF

Sound Driver Text

This is presumably the last version of this sound driver.

SFX SOUND DRIVER Ver 2.32 
(C)1993-96 Hudson Soft
Program : LU.Iwabuchi
Driver : Kazumi-TYPE

SRAM Text

The following text is written to SRAM upon its creation.

CONFIG BATTLE DATA     Ver 1.00 

SuperBomberman5 by Hudson ver0.9
(Source: Original TCRF research)