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This Foul-Mouthed Bomberman Clone Is Blowing Up The Wii U eShop Soon

Posted by Damien McFerran

Tick, tick, tick, tick, BOOM

Fans of explosive destruction and naughty swears will be pleased to hear that Sanuk Games has announced that its next game is due to hit the Wii U eShop in the coming months. Bombing Bastards is an attractive arcade action title which is clearly inspired by Hudson's iconic Bomberman series, and features the vocal talents of David Goldfarb, who voiced several characters in Mario Kart 8. A PS4 release is also expected in the near future.

Here's the press release:

Have a blast! Bomb oodles of nasty critters in a series of 30 wicked mazes! Defeat hellish bosses in heroic fights! Play solo, or with up to 4 friends in merciless battles! Embark on a hilarious journey with the witty Dr. Wallow to conquer the galaxy in this explosively fun arcade game!

Key features:

  • 5 picturesque worlds with 30 wicked mazes.
  • A huge bestiary of critters to blast.
  • A multitude of items and power ups to collect.
  • 5 hellish boss levels whose punishing difficulty will only be matched by the satisfaction you’ll get once you beat them.
  • A hilarious single-player adventure where you help the witty Dr. Wallow get rid of all the critters and become the ruler of the galaxy.
  • A fully customizable battle mode for 2 to 5 players using the Gamepad, Wii Remotes, Classic Controllers and/or Pro Controllers.
  • Over 10 minutes of caustic comments from Dr. Wallow, voiced by David Goldfarb (the voice behind multiple characters in Mario Kart 8).
  • 7 famous pieces of classical music electronically butchered by Samuel Safa.

Given Nintendo's family-friendly nature, we've already expressed our concern to Sanuk about the title of the game. Managing Director Yan Marchal has responded by stating that Nintendo has approved everything so far, but it has not yet passed the final Lot Check. It's fair to predict that a title change will occur before launch.

We've included the trailer below which is well worth a look, but please be aware that it does contain bad language.

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User Comments (51)

brandonbwii

#5

brandonbwii said:

I was nervous when you said Bomberman with swearing. My eyes rolled to the back of my head. This doesn't look all that bad actually, especially since we likely won't get a Bomberman game in a long time. (BTW when will PC Engine come to 3DS eshop? It was promised years ago back when they first announced Mario 3D Land)

DarkSplaoonLink

#6

DarkSplaoonLink said:

Here in Straya, I'd say 'bastard' is not really profanity at all. Hell, calling someone a 'bloody bastard' is a term of endearment!

MegaWattsAdmin

#8

MegaWatts said:

The fact that this game has pretty much stolen everything from Bomberman and repainted it actually makes me happy. Used to be a huge fan of the series and it's a shame that it's disappeared into obscurity. Hopefully this'll provide a somewhat nostalgic retread of the good ol' days!

sillygostly

#9

sillygostly said:

The word "bastard" is permissible under the G classification category in Australia (I don't know if that has changed in recent times, but since the 70s through to the 2000s, it has been acceptable). TV ratings tend to be a tad more restrictive, though several G rated episodes of The Simpsons, for instance, have featured the use of the word.

The BBFC considers the use of "bastard" on a case-by-case basis. Some programmes have gotten away with it under the U category, though most productions are generally given a PG.

Personally, I don't have a problem with the word at a general category. It's only when it is used in an overly aggressive fashion that I think it should slip into the PG category. Frankly, I don't understand why people have become so offended by the word in recent years. It can be used in a derogatory fashion, sure, but it's not profane.

PvtOttobot

#11

PvtOttobot said:

I grew up on 'playing with fire 2' anyone else remember that? I think it's still unmatched as far as bomberman clones go!

Genesaur

#13

Genesaur said:

Ugh, I have no interest. Gimme a real Bomberman game on 3DS, or something. Yeah, I know, absorbed into Konami, and they're probably not doing anything with the brand... yeah, yeah. I'll still pass on this one.

Mahe

#15

Mahe said:

Sanuk does what Hudoesn't (because Konami killed them). Well, Wii's Bomberman games still work on Wii U.

617Sqn

#16

617Sqn said:

"we've already expressed our concern to Sanuk about the title of the game. " What has it got to do with NL ? are you the swearing police ?

Linkuini

#17

Linkuini said:

"a hilarious journey with the witty Dr. Wallow"

It's never a good sign when the promo says the game is funny instead of just, you know, saying or describing something funny. :(

ricklongo

#19

ricklongo said:

Yay! Huge Bomberman fan here, and this will certainly add to the multiplayer madness capabilities of my Wii U.

PS: So is "bastard" a swear word now? Really?

mike_intellivision

#20

mike_intellivision said:

The word "bastards" might cause problems if publishing is sought in North America. We Americans are so sensitive about our words. 8*>

Speaking of which, any word on it coming to NA or is it just going to be EU?

GeminiSaint

#21

GeminiSaint said:

Since when is bastard a foul word? It just means "illegitimate child", and even Bart Simpson pointed it out in an old Simpsons episode. Yes, it can be used as an insult, but it's hardly on the same level of offensiveness as, say, something involving mothers and the F word in verb form.
This world we are living on is becoming too prudish for its own good... (shakes head and sighs)

sinalefa

#22

sinalefa said:

So does this mean that if they keep that title NL is gonna censor it each time?

Varoennauraa

#23

Varoennauraa said:

Bomberman is essential archetype to me, and a Bomberman clone is better, than no Bomberman.

FU Konami!

Mrclaycoat

#24

Mrclaycoat said:

I still Play Bomberman 94 to this day so a new entry in this genre would make me very F#@$ing happy!

arkady77

#26

arkady77 said:

@Damien McFerran
did i read this correctly, you advised the maker to sanitize the name? thats ridiculous. thats a perfectly suitable title. what would you call a bunch of guys that use bombs as traps?

Captain_Toad

#28

Captain_Toad said:

Heh, heh. dat name.

Poor bomberman, wonder what's konami is doing with them? Probably not this anymore i suppose.

Hortencio

#30

Hortencio said:

Well, I'm a pretty big Bomberman fan (Bomber 64 is in my top ten of all time...), but I had no idea Konami more or less killed it. Then again, I have to tend to agree with Chrono_Cross, as the newer iterations of the game have not had the story or puzzle elements of the aforementioned classic, and therefore, less fun. To me, a Bomberman title must bring more than (online) multiplayer "madness." That being said, I am pleasantly surprised by this game; it looks decent, and if its even remotely close to the very enjoyable Bomber '94 (and around the same coin, none of this $15 BS), I should be rightly satisfied.
Oh, and they're definitely going to change the name if it releases in NA.

Jayvir

#31

Jayvir said:

Saying bastard isn't a curse word. Never heard of a bastardized version of something? Or someone is the bastard child of so-and-so? It's pretty much as offensive as calling someone stupid.

theblackdragonAdmin

#32

theblackdragon said:

a 'curse' is defined as 'an offensive word used to express anger or annoyance', the key word being 'offensive'. granted, the idea of parental lineage being of great importance is kinda going the way of the dodo in modern society, but it's still not a very nice thing at all to insinuate that someone may not actually know who their father (or both of their parents) truly are. using 'bastard' in the technical sense (e.g. to describe someone or something with unknown paternal lineage) is naturally not meant to be offensive, but actually calling someone a 'bastard' for no reason, that seems to be where the line is usually drawn. There are plenty of other words out there with dual meanings like this one, both technical and offensive, it's nothing new.

(by the way, @Jayvir, calling someone 'stupid' is offensive...)

River3636

#33

River3636 said:

This looks good. I don't care what name it is called. That game looks delicious. Did Konami by Hudson soft? I think so but I'm not hundred percent sure maybe they killed bomberman.

River3636

#34

River3636 said:

Reading the post Konami did kill Bomberman. I still Love Konami ,Bomberman RIP or so we think.

bassoongoon

#35

bassoongoon said:

"Given Nintendo's family-friendly nature, we've already expressed our concern to Sanuk about the title of the game."

Not everything on Nintendo need be family friendly. In fact, that is a stereotype that sadly steers some gamers away from the Big N.

KingMike

#36

KingMike said:

"Foul-mouthed" and "Bomberman"?
I thought you were going to talk about Act Zero. That seems to be the only way to talk about it (and this review I saw where the guy spent a while to destroy the game... and then some. :P )

SparkOfSpirit

#38

SparkOfSpirit said:

@bassoongoon Nintendo really doesn't need to be catering to "mature" gamers who think family friendly material is "kiddy" and "childish". It would be nice if "mature" gamers could get out of that silly prejudice themselves.

Contrite

#39

Contrite said:

I hope that this is actually a decent clone. I've been longing for a new bomberman game for years, but all the recent ones I've tried haven't been that good.

Honestly, whenever me and my friends need to scratch that Bomberman itch we play one of the snes ones (that's only available in Japanese iirc) on an emulator. It's bomberman 5 or something, the one with the bunny-mount-thingamabobs.

SKTTR

#42

SKTTR said:

I'd buy a new Bomberman game with a great battle AND single player adventure mode AND a good soundtrack. Haven't seen a great entry in the series since Nintendo 64.

I'm not convinced. Bombing Bastards looks like a shameless ripoff with not much character. Made by Sanuk Games? The ones who developed a subpar and glitchy (but updated) version of Spot The Differences! Party for Wii U and the flawed Wario DS game Wario: Master of Disguise!
I already have a slightly disappointing Bomberman game on WiiWare. I think I'd rather get my N64 with Bomberman 64 and Bomberman Hero, or Game Boy with Wario Blast Feat. Bomberman out.

SahashraLA

#49

SahashraLA said:

NL - this game now has a listing stateside.
It is due this coming week (the same day as ZaCisa, Armillo and 3 others).
Of course, Guacamelee is due the day before.
And yes, the title remains unchanged, though, disappointingly enough, despite censoring my post exclaiming excitement over the game's release, Miiverse admins deleted said entry. The claim was I had violated their code of conduct, to which I immediately appealed their decision.
Seems strange that Nintendo can list the game but we can't mention it.
The dark premise of playing as a villain, coupled with some cool environmental effects, 5 player multiplayer and single screen mayhem has me itching to play this. I haven't played a new 'Bomberman' since the Dreamcast version.

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