Bomberman The Medal

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Bomberman The Medal

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Developer(s): Konami Digital Entertainment
Publisher(s): Konami
Platform(s): Arcade
Release date(s): July 9, 2018[1]
Genre(s): Action, maze, strategy
Mode(s): Single player, multiplayer

Bomberman The Medal (ボンバーマン・ザ・メダル bonbāman za medaru) is a medal game developed by Konami and released exclusively in arcades across Japan.


The table cabinet.

The game is set in a large table cabinet with eight control seats. Each seat plays as a different member of the Bomberman Brothers, introduced in the earlier title Super Bomberman R. As the game is constantly in motion, players may enter at any time - even characters who are not being played will still remain on the field.

Paying coins and the bonus roulette.

A player enters the game by inserting one to five 100 yen coins at their chosen seat. They may then choose to exchange the coins for medals (15, 30, 45, 60, or 90, respectively) or play the bonus roulette. The number of medals inserted increases both the power of the items present on the roulette as well as the areas on the wheel where an item may be captured.[2]

The controls setup.

The game takes place on a large grid of hard blocks with scattered soft blocks. The map is full of wandering monsters. Each player may maneuver their Bomberman with a joystick. A large, blue, bomb-shaped button places a bomb, while a similar red button places a special bomb (if the player has one). A third, smaller, yellow button brings up a menu above the player character's head, allowing the player to select a different power for the normal bomb, from four options:

  • Normal bomb. Costs 2 medals to place.
  • An ordinary bomb suited for defeating small monsters. Costs 4 medals to place.
  • A powerful bomb suited for defeating medium-sized monsters. Costs 6 medals to place.
  • A super-powered wide-range bomb suited for defeating strong monsters. Costs 10 medals to place.
The game screen.

Because bombs cost medals to place, if the player has less than two medals, they are effectively out of the game.

When a bomb is placed on the field, its resulting fire range is illuminated on the floor. If a player is hit in an explosion, they will be temporarily stunned.


All eight Bomberman Brothers from Super Bomberman R are playable:


Monsters come in small, medium, and large varieties, and wander around the map in large quantities. When they are defeated by bomb blasts, light is sent into the responsible player's bin, or gauge. Once the gauge is filled, the Bomber Chance is called.[2] Players may pass through monsters without harm.

Some notable monster types include:[2]

  • Dividend Monster (配当モンスター, haitō monsutā) - Grants medals when defeated.
  • Bomb Monster (ボムモンスター, bomu monsutā) - Scatters bombs when defeated.
  • Roulette Monster (ルーレットモンスター, rūretto monsutā) - When defeated, the player may spin the Bonus Roulette. The player has the chance to win up to 1200 medals.
  • Treasure Chest Monster (宝箱モンスター, takarabako monsutā) - When defeated, the door to a Special Stage opens.

Special Stage

Special Stages (スペシャルステージ, supesharu sutēji) are separate maps in which the players face off against a large boss character. When the boss is defeated, the players each recieve different shares of medals according to how much damage they personally dealt. Afterward, a special roulette chance occurs, which multiplies the players' shares by up to ten times.[2]

Battle Mode

A traditional Battle Mode (バトルモード, batoru mōdo) is hidden in the game. Players face off, eliminating each other with bomb blasts. The surviving player is the winner.[2]


Items may be found on the map or through the Bomber Chance.

Bomber Chance

The Bomber Chance (ボンバーチャンス, bonbāchansu) randomly grants one of four prizes to the player:[2]

Power Up Items

Power Up Items (パワーアップアイテム, pawā appua itemu) may be obtained by destroying soft blocks.[2]


On February 2, 2019, new monsters, including a Golden Monster and a monster worth 500 medals, were added, as well as the following stages:[2]

  • Bridge Town
  • Duct Plant
  • Neon Palace
  • Eldoracrown
  • Ruin Room


Bomberman The Medal was announced as early as February 2, 2018.[3]


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  1. 緑里孝行, 最大8人でプレイ可能!AC用「ボンバーマン・ザ・メダル」稼働開始, GAME Watch, 7/10/2018. Accessed 2/15/2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 ボンバーマン・ザ・メダル, Konami Digital Entertainment, 2018. Accessed 2/15/2019.
  3. 石井聡, KONAMI、JAEPO 2018への出展情報を公開, GAME Watch, 2/1/2018. Accessed 2/15/2019.

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