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Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!, abbreviated as Wario Blast, is a Game Boy game developed by Hudson Soft and published by Nintendo in 1994. It is the western release of Bomberman GB. It is a crossover between Nintendo's Wario franchise and Hudson's signature Bomberman franchise. The Bomberman GB released in North America was Bomberman GB 2.
Wario one day stumbles upon Bomberman's world, and, being the greedy sort he is, decides to loot it for his own gain. Bomberman is the only one that stands between Wario and the complete decimation of his world.
Throughout the game, the objective of the game is to blow up enemies to move on to the next stage. Every stage is viewed from an overhead perspective, as walls are blown up to find power-ups (which increase the power of explosions, or the number of bombs that can be set) and locate enemies. Victory comes once they are defeated. After three rounds, the side with more victories wins and moves on to the next stage. When playing the game, the player can play as either Wario or Bomberman, but this only changes the enemies from Black Bombermen to Wario clones, and back.
The game was enhanced for play on the SNES through the Super Game Boy device. The enhanced game offered a special Wario & Bomberman frame around the TV screen, color graphics and custom explosion sounds, and a multiplayer mode which allowed for simultaneous gameplay between opponents. The game uses a password system to save progress.
GamePro criticized the game's graphics and difficult controls, but judged the game overall enjoyable due to its classic Bomberman elements, summarizing that "A legendary concept gets a great Nintendo treatment." Nintendo Power commented that the game was "great multi-player action." with "good use of Suepr Game Boy colors and music." and that the game had "larger areas than in previous Bomberman games." The reviews commented on the graphics stating it was "difficult to recognize your character" and that more characters would have helped.