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Bomberman Tournament[a] is a game in the long-standing Bomberman series for the GBA. The game contains a fully realized multiplayer battle mode between linked Game Boy Advances. The player and up to three friends can compete in any of the game's eight multiplayer battle arenas, each of which has its own unique gameplay twist.

Bomberman Tournament
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Publisher(s)Hudson Soft
Director(s)Shigeki Fujiwara
Producer(s)Hiroyuki Mikami
Artist(s)Shoji Mizuno
Kozue Satoh
Composer(s)Koichi Seiyama
Jun Chikuma
Platform(s)Game Boy Advance
  • JP: 27 April 2001
  • NA: 29 June 2001
  • EU: 8 October 2001
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer
Not to be confused with the Nintendo DS game Bomberman Story DS.


On the edge of the galaxy sits a small planet, Phantarion. From the cutscene at the beginning of the game, it is given that five meteors (the five Dastardly Bombers, from Super Bomberman 2 and Super Bomberman 3) hit the planet. Shortly thereafter, a large fortress was erected, and in turn the land around the tall, tower-like fortress and the fortress itself began to freeze over. The people of Phantarion sent out a distress call, and Professor Ein sent Max to investigate. Upon arriving on the planet, Max makes his way to the base of the tower. Once inside, he is confronted by a huge bird creature (later found to be Plasma Bomber in his transformed state). He is knocked out by the bird by one fell blow, and is either sent to the top of the tower or down a hole (the exact cannot be determined, Max is only shown being pulled into a dark, foreboding circle in the center of the screen). When Doctor Ein talks to Bomberman a week later, Bomberman tells him that they have lost all contact with Max. Bomberman is then sent by Ein to save Phantarion and find Max, thus beginning the playable portion of the story.


Tournament was generally lauded for its simple, approachable gameplay. In order to score (in multiplayer mode), players must lay time bombs in order to trap and obliterate their opponents, with the last player alive becoming the winner. As the player defeats enemies and clears away obstacles, a variety of power-up tiles appear. Randomly selected from a pool of 10 different items, these tiles have a number of effects, such as increasing bombs' blast radius, increasing the player's bomb capacity, or even reversing a player's controls.

Unlike other Bomberman games, Tournament's single-player quest mode is an action-adventure game with influences of Zelda and Pokémon.

The majority of the action takes place in 2D from a top-down vantage point, while Karabon battles and select minigames are presented in a side view. Each of the game's six different environments possesses only a minimum of rectangular features and is detailed with all sorts of wacky nuances, such as trees that topple over or an earthen giant collapsed in the middle of a road.


Bomberman Tournament was developed by Hudson Soft. The game was first announced at the 2000 Nintendo Space World, with a single screenshot shown to the public.[1][2] Publisher Activision was given publishing rights to release Tournament in Europe and North America.[3]


Aggregate score
Review scores
Nintendo World Report9.5/10[10]
Next Generation     [11]

Bomberman Tournament received generally positive reviews from video game critics.

According to a sales report from Reuters, Bomberman Tournament contributed to Activision's revenue going up thirty percent to 110 million dollars in the second quarter of 2001. Both Tournament and the Game Boy Advance version of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 accounted for thirty-one percent of the revenue.[12]


  1. ^ Known in Japan as Bomberman Story


  1. ^ GameSpot Staff (August 24, 2000). "New GBA Games Announced". GameSpot. CNET. Archived from the original on June 21, 2001.
  2. ^ IGN Staff (February 23, 2001). "Bomberman Tournament". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Ahmed, Shahed (May 17, 2006). "Activision announces two more for the GBA". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Bomberman Tournament for Game Boy Advance". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Gestalt (October 7, 2018). "Bomberman Tournament". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Major Mike (July 2, 2001). "Bomberman Tournament Review for Game Boy Advance". GamePro. International Data Group. Archived from the original on October 10, 2004.
  7. ^ Provo, Frank (July 5, 2001). "Bomberman Tournament Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Bub, Andrew. "Bomberman Tournament (GBA)". GameSpy. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on 2002-06-02. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  9. ^ Zdyrko, David (July 6, 2002). "Bomberman Tournament". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  10. ^ Metts, Jonathan (August 21, 2001). "Bomberman Tournament". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Around the small world of Game Boy Advance". Next Generation. Vol. 79. Imagine Media. July 2001. p. 62.
  12. ^ Gestalt (July 25, 2001). "Activision on rise". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved September 25, 2018.

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