Episode 11 - Bomberman
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On June 11th, 2018, character designer and artist Shoji Mizuno passed away. He was a key figure back in the 1990s at the now-defunct Hudson Soft, a renowned Japanese games publisher — having directed art or design, or sometimes both, on more than a dozen games in the popular Bomberman franchise as well as providing original character designs for the Beyblade anime series. Since this year is also the 35th anniversary of the release of the first Bomberman game on the MSX, I thought now would be a good time to look back on how the explosive puzzle franchise made its way into the world — and into the hearts of millions. Support comes from my Patreon and PayPal backers, with special credit going to Wade Tregaskis, Simon Moss, and Vivek Mohan. Thanks fellas! Music and SFX credits: The Take That Dyna Blaster segment from GamesMaster season 2, episode 5 (1992) All music is my own work Sources: The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers Volume 2 by John Szczepaniak Edge Magazine issue 6, March 1994 Edge Magazine…