Game music of the day: Bomberman 64

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May 12, 2010

Game: Bomberman 64

Song: Green Garden

Composer: Akifumi Tada

Above: Green Garden from Bomberman 64

Believe it or not, Bomberman was a major player throughout the 16-bit years of the SNES and Sega Genesis. His reach and power have dwindled severely since then, a decline that arguably began with this bizarrely against-type entry for the Nintendo 64. Instead of the usual grid-based multiplayer that cemented Bomberman as a party-game staple, the devs focused on a solo adventure mode, complete with 3D world and oh-so-important story. A strange offering made bearable by some surprisingly strong music.

Nothing especially powerful about this song from an early level. No ripping guitar licks, no soaring orchestral score, just solid tunes that embody exactly what "video game music" used to mean. Catchy tune, simple arrangement, just fun to listen to. Additionally odd considering Bomberman music from the SNES/Genesis days was usually aggressively paced "OHSHITOHSHITOHSHIT" stuff.

Hey 9-year-old kids! Remember that Spider-Man cartoon from the '60s you watched so much? Then you'll definitely want to run out and buy our new Bomberman game, because we're referencing it right now!

Cute idea though. And despite my nay-saying in the opening paragraph, I actually do like Bomberman 64, even if it was the beginning of the franchise's descent into mascot and character-driven gameplay instead of frantic multiplayer. Since then Hudson's pumped out several old-school options, like say Bomberman Ultra, to make sure Bomberman never strays too far from his comfort zone.


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  • Tenfey - May 16, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    I love that commercial. It's one of the only times in history that I can admit an ad directly influenced me to obtain a product (via christmas). Playing that game with 4 friends was amazing.
  • philipshaw - May 13, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    I seen my friend play this game and the game being okay but the music was fantastic. Good pick Brett
  • RebornKusabi - May 13, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    This game made me ****ing rage like crazy when I was younger. I honestly remember NOTHING about this game but I still remember being 10 years old when I played this and getting so angry at it that I annihilated it from existance with a hammer >_> Hmm... maybe I should replay this again for the music though: It's good stuff!
  • SeattleSound - May 12, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    I wanna hear some Banjo music in the future.
  • Modroneman - May 12, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    I have always loved bomberman music. I want to say that I have this in my gaming stash somewhere. Don't remember playing it all that much tho. I was surprised by the amount of bass in the song. Had my speakers bumpin. haha
  • number1hitjam - May 12, 2010 10:05 p.m.

    bomberman 64 was so tight in elementary school
  • Imgema - May 12, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    I'm glad that someone gives this game's soundtrack the attention it deserves. Pretty mediocre game but the music was amazing, especially the Blue Resort piece. Now lets give some attention to Goemon's Adventures soundtrack too, please!
  • KREATIVEassassin - May 12, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    @n00b: Yeah, Bomberman Hero had great music, too.
  • Chewrocka - May 12, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    This was one of my first N64 games and I played the crap out of it! And bomberman hero was pretty cool too but a bit of a deviation from the usual bomberman formula.
  • n00b - May 12, 2010 7:51 p.m.

    does any one here remember bomber man hero for the n64. was the only bomber man game i played. liked the music in that game too
  • KREATIVEassassin - May 12, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    Even though I feel like complete shit right now, that song still manages to make me feel a little better. And now that it's over, back to the awful.
  • shadowarrior99 - May 12, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    this tune is nostalgic, and just awesome.
  • Ridgley - May 12, 2010 7:03 p.m.

    I loved this game!

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