My creator, Hudson Soft
founded the dynasty that is Bombermen on a simple concept for fun. Put four
or more players against each other on a screen and give them bombs. Tell them
to kill each other. That same basic philosophy has stuck with the Bomberman
series since 1983, through incarnations in Game Boy, PC Engine, NES,
Saturn, Unix, Amiga, and even
Admittedly, not all of these games are true Bombermen Games, but they use the
same awesome concept. There's been MegaBomberman, as well as Bomberman 93 and
94, and now Atomic Bomberman, but the true classic of the
genre has to be Super Bomberman
for the SNES (Super Bomberman 2 is my favorite though).
Being on the SNES platform really helped bring us Bombermen into
the mainstream, and you can see how popular we've become (How else would we ever reach three sequels?).
Of course the popularity we enjoy in the US is DWARFED in comparison to that in
Japan. There are even nation-wide tournaments were
enthusiasts gather to battle to determine grand champion of the islands!