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Bonk is a video game character from NEC's TurboGrafx-16 console. Known in Japan as "PC-Genjin" (PC原人, PC-Primitive man, a pun on "PC Engine") and as "BC Kid" in PAL territories, Bonk was a mascot for NEC's console. Three games featured the character appeared on the TurboGrafx-16, as well as two spin-offs featuring Airzonk. The protagonist is a bald caveman named Bonk who attacks using his comically large head. The "PC" part of his Japanese name stands for "Pithecanthropus Computerurus", a fictitious species name for Bonk.

Bonk
Genre(s)Platform game
Developer(s)Red Company
Publisher(s)
Platform(s)Arcade, Turbo-Grafx 16, SNES, NES, Game Boy, Amiga, PS2, GameCube, PSN, iOS, Virtual Console, Mobile
First releaseBonk's Adventure
December 15, 1989
Latest releaseBonk's Return
Q4 2006

Konami now owns the rights to the Bonk series as a result of its absorption of the series' publisher Hudson Soft in 2012.[1]

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OriginEdit

As stated on Hudson Soft's website, in their "The Definitive Bonk" article, Bonk was originally created as a comic character, PC Caveman (Genjin), in a magazine for the PC Engine. So many people liked the character that there were talks held on giving him a game of his own. In addition to this, many people even mistook him for an upcoming game character even before his game was in development, because the magazine frequently featured comics of upcoming games.

GamesEdit

Bonk's Adventure (PC Genjin) was the first game starring Bonk and was released for the TurboGrafx-16 in 1990. A variation of the TG-16 original eventually appeared on the NES with fewer colors and reduced graphic quality. Another variation was released for the Amiga under the name BC Kid. A completely new game, with 2 player co-op, was released for the arcades,[2] while another new game utilizing the same name was released for the Game Boy. A remake of the original was released in Japan many years later on the PlayStation 2 and the GameCube.

Bonk's Revenge (PC Genjin 2) was released for the TurboGrafx-16 in 1991, while a completely different game using the same name made it to the Game Boy, the TurboGrafx-16 version was re-released for Windows on December 13, 2013 and the Wii U Virtual Console on March 12, 2014 in Japan.

Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure (PC Genjin 3) was released for the TurboGrafx-16 as 2 versions in 1993: a TurboChip (cartridge) version and a Super CD-ROM version, the latter of which featured an updated redbook audio soundtrack.

Super Bonk (Chō Genjin, Super B.C. Kid) was the 4th game in the series and was released for the Super NES in 1994. It was the first entry in the Bonk series to not be released for the TurboGrafx-16. Super Bonk was later re-released for Nintendo's Virtual Console in Japan on November 16, 2010, the PAL region on December 10, 2010 and in North America on April 4, 2011.[3]

Chō Genjin 2 was the 5th and final console game in the series. It was the follow-up to Super Bonk, and was released in 1995 only in Japan on the Super Famicom (Super NES). Chō Genjin 2 is commonly referred to as "Super Bonk 2" in English-speaking countries.

GB Genjin Land: Viva! Chikkun Kingdom was a collection of mini games starring Bonk, released for the Game Boy.

Genjin Collection, a collection of the 3 Game Boy titles, was released for the Game Boy.

Bonk's Return was released for mobile phones. It features gameplay similar to that of the first two Bonk games.

Mekuttepon! (PC Genjin Version) (めくってポン!(PC原人版)), released on iPhone OS on 2008 in Japan, is part of Do the Hudson!!.

Same Game (PC Genjin Version) (鮫亀(PC原人版)), released on iPhone OS on 2008 in Japan, is part of Do the Hudson!!.

Meijin o Sagase!! (PC Genjin Version) (名人をさがせ!!(PC原人版)), released on iPhone OS on 2008 in Japan, is part of Do the Hudson!!.

Dokka kawatta? (どっか変わった?(PC原人版)), released on iPhone OS on 2008 in Japan, is part of Do the Hudson!!.[4]

The TurboGrafx-16 version of Bonk's Adventure was released for the Virtual Console service at its launch on November 21, 2006. Bonk's Revenge was released on April 16, 2007 and Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure was released on September 3, 2007 in the United States.

Unreleased gamesEdit

Bonk IV: The Role-Playing Game[5] (RPG Genjin in Japan), Ultra Genjin and Bonk 3D were planned for the TurboGrafx-16, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo 3DS respectively, but were never released. Ultra Genjin eventually became Bomberman Hero for the Nintendo 64.[6]

A new Bonk game, Bonk: Brink of Extinction, had been announced for the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and WiiWare. The title would have included cooperative play but it was cancelled.[7]

Other mediaEdit

MangaEdit

PC Genjin-kun
PC原人くん
Manga
Written byHIKAWA Hirokazu
Published byShogakukan
Original runFebruary 1992April 1994
Volumes1
  Anime and Manga portal
  • PC Genjin-kun (PC原人くん), was released on Manga on February 1992 to April 1994, and published by Shogakukan and Author Hikawa Hirokazu.
  • The event of Bonk's Revenge, featuring a Bonk, was adapted by the manga as part for the Hudson characters titled Hudson Makyou (ハドソン魔境) by Minori Shobo on 1992.
  • In 2010, a manga titled High-Score Girl (ハイスコアガール Haisukoagāru), Bonk make a cameo in the cartridge for PC Engine.

Regional differencesEdit

In Bonk's Adventure, the second power-up stage turns Bonk into a caveman, but in the Japanese versions of the second and third games, he becomes a cavewoman.[2]

In the Japanese version of Bonk's Revenge, the ending sequence opens with karaoke-style theme song subtitles. This song was completely absent from foreign releases. Also, the drawing of Bonk during the credits is completely different between both versions.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/04/nintendo-should-buy-these-5-hudson-soft-games-from.html
  2. ^ "Bonk's Adventure by Kaneko". Electronic Gaming Monthly (53). EGM Media, LLC. December 1993. p. 80.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-10. Retrieved 2011-04-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Fact File: Bonk IV: The Role-Playing Game". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 35. Sendai Publishing. June 1992. p. 166.
  6. ^ Bomberman Hero (Ultra Genjin) (N64 – Test Map)
  7. ^ Bonk to Head-butt PSN