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Bomberman Blitz - DSiWare Review

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Bomberman Blitz

DSiWare | Hudson | 1 Player / 2-8 Players (local multiplayer) / 2-4 Players (online versus) | Out Now | 500 Nintendo Points
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Review
17th March 2010; By KnucklesSonic8

One of the strongest multiplayer titles to ever hit the gaming scene arrives on the DSiWare service! Hudson hopes to draw out both hardcore fans and new crowds with this latest iteration of the classic franchise. Bomberman Blitz may not be the most perfect game yet in the series, but it's pretty darn close!

    Blitz contains all of the main features you'd expect from traditional Bomberman games. Namely, players will be able to choose from the main game mode which will help you get a single-player match set up in no time. Multiplayer is obviously the main attraction and in this release, up to 8 players can do battle in a series of arenas using multiple DSi systems. Unfortunately, those with DS Lite handhelds will be forced to miss out as the game does not feature Download Play support, which is arguably the biggest complaint about this game. With 8-player support, it's rather unfortunate that this wasn't taken advantage of and it almost seems like a wasted opportunity. 

    
In addition to the main gameplay elements, Hudson also decided to add in some new gameplay enhancements exclusive to the DSiWare release. The first being the new "Bomberman For Beginners" mode. Geared towards first-time players, this new mode features a series of interactive tutorials that teach you some advanced techniques that would even appeal to longtime players. Once you feel like having some more fun, you can take your skills with you online against up to 4 players! The online system is pretty well laid out, with easy-to-navigate menus and a nice scoring system. Overall, it's a lot better executed than Bomberman Blast, which was criticized for it's lag issues and boring waiting rooms. Eliminating both of those problems has created a lively online experience that all will want to return to.

    One of the most noteworthy gimmicks about Blitz is the ability to play large maps that use both screens of the handheld. In addition to the traditional arenas, these new stages add a whole new level of fun in being able to traverse a larger space. Some of the new levels take advantage of the two screens well, featuring such elements as trapdoors and industrial pipes, making for even more tense battles. 

    
Some of the little additions made in certain areas of the game have made for an even stronger experience overall. For example, players are able to express their emotions using button-activated voice clips that will cheer, boo, or even scream out loud. The integration of the fabled Revenge Mode is also handled really well this time around. On everyone else's screens, you will appear invisible on the sidelines. All that players will be able to see are the bombs that get thrown into the arena, and this adds an element of surprise that isn't featured in other Bomberman titles. The level of customization this time around is impressive too. With a variety of offline gameplay settings including fun handicaps that allow you to assign lives to each player, multiplayer bouts become even more exciting.

    So, is there anything about this game that could hold someone back? As mentioned earlier, the lack of Download Play support makes Blitz inaccessible to friends who may have DS Lite systems, and this can be turn-off for some. Also, some may have some concerns about the fact that it doesn't contain any extra party modes like in Bomberman Blast. Still, the game goes back to what made the game fun in the first place whilst adding some new features as well. It's a must-have for first-timers, and for those who have been playing Bomberman for years, the portability and the reasonable asking price still make it a great purchase. 


26/30 - Excellent

Gameplay 9/10 - Exciting gameplay that never gets old, new gimmicks and features enhance the standard formula without going overboard
Presentation 8/10 - Larger stages are really fun and utilize the two screens pretty well, user-friendly setup, nice music
Enjoyment 5/5 - The game's really fun to play online or offline, new dual screen mechanics and assorted features
Extra Content 4/5 - Good amount of content for 500 points, online play, newbie-focused mode, no Download Play support

Equivalent to a score of 87% (percentage score is approximate and based solely on the previously stated rating)

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