Passwords are given after game over, recording the level, number of bombs, and strength of bombs. These passwords can be entered when the game starts allowing the player to continue where they left off.
New to the series is multi-player modes. Vs Mode is a 2-player mode, while Battle Mode is a 3-player mode. The objective is to kill the opposing Bomberman by planting bombs. An NES Four Score is required to play the 3-player mode.
Each area has 8 stages for a total of 48 stages, with a bonus stage between sixth and seventh stage of an area. In bonus stage, player's goal is to destroy as many enemies as possible. If player touches the enemy that looks identical to player, an extra live is awarded.
After Level 6-8 (the final level) is cleared, a password to unlock the Sound Test is given.