The game was released as two versions: a fully featured retail release and a downloadable, lower priced WiiWare version with less content. The retail version was released in Japan on September 25, 2008, while the WiiWare version was released on September 30, 2008. The WiiWare version was released in Europe on September 12, 2008 and in North America on September 29, 2008.
The game features new items, such as a rocket that enables the player to fly, and a shield. A number of items are activated by shaking the Wii Remote. In the retail version, players are also able to purchase upgrades and power-ups by cashing in gems collected during play, such as Hearts, Fire Ups, Bomb Ups and Speed Ups. In addition, players are also able to use their Miis during play, and the retail version features a mode called My First Bomberman which teaches novice players the basics of the game.
The game is primarily controlled with the Wii Remote held on its side NES gamepad-style, though the game also supports GameCube controllers. The game also supports 480p and 16:9 widescreen display modes, but does not output in Dolby Pro Logic II.
Battle mode also introduces "appeal motions", an emote players can perform. WiiWare players will have access to 10 motions, while retail players will have access to 20 in total.
To celebrate the release of Bomberman Blast, Hudson is conducting a Bomberman Blast tournament called "Bomb It Up".
Official Nintendo Magazine gave the game 88%, calling it a "brilliant version" of Bomberman and recommending it over Bomberman '93 on the Virtual Console. However, despite the general praise of the online play, they did voice some minor concern about "a few instances" of lag, and also believed some players may be put off by the WiiWare version's focus on multiplayer battling. IGN scored it an 8.1/10, claiming that despite the lack of innovation and some minor interface hiccups, the game is "a blast to play" and maintains "that classic, addictive quality" from past Bomberman games.
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