This is Bomberman Bakufuu Sentai Bombermen, which is a really dumb title. This game is being released by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan on the PlayStation Portable, uh, on March 9th, 2006. It is, essentially, Bomberman. It has apparently flown under everyone's radar, probably just because they hear the name and think, yeah, it's another attempt to cash in on people's money by putting a pseudo-popular puzzle game on PSP. Which, well, it is. However, what's most interesting is the character design. For me, at least, first seeing these characters was a bigger "What the hell?" than first seeing Bomberman: Act Zero. They're big, brawny, muscular, multi-colored "superhero"-like Bombing Men and Bombing Women. They recall some kind of "Power Rangers" aesthetic. Have a look at the screenshots at that Game Watch article and wonder. I'd thought originally that this game was some kind of knock-off, though no. Hudson is definitely behind it. Curious.
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