A Saturn Bomberman preview

Saturn Bomberman

One of the many Tumblr blogs I follow is Old Game Magazines which offers me an endless supply of nostalgia for the video game magazines I read in my youth. A recent image from the blog caught my attention – a preview of the then-upcoming Saturn Bomberman from issue 48 of Mean Machines Sega in October 1996.

Saturn Bomberman Preview

I remember reading everything I could find about this game, even though I had little chance of ever owning the machine to play it on. Fortunately I had a friend who would go on to buy the machine and the game and I wasted very little time in visiting and having him fire up the new “10-player widescreen mode”.

What came next was extraordinary. I was used to playing SNES Super Bomberman 3 on my 4:3 19″ TV screen, so the jump to 32″ widescreen with 10 players all fighting (bombing!) for screen space was nothing short of memorizing! We played that game, 2 humans teamed against 8 CPU’s for months and we still occasionally fire up the Saturn to have another stab at it.

My one regret is that I never got to play with 9 other humans. 4-player Bomberman on the SNES was hilarious, nuanced, tactical, exciting and above all a huge amount of fun so scaling that up to 10-players must have been amazing. Perhaps one day I’ll play in that game…

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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