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The Bomberman Multitap for the SNES/Super Famicom

Way back in the day, before electric cars, before TV on your computer and before there were computers in our pockets, video game systems required their controllers to be connected to them via a long and often tangled piece of black cord. Not only that, a system was only capable of handling a common maximum of two controllers at a time (except for the Turbografx-16/PC-Engine, which only allowed one!). This wasn’t a big deal though, as almost every game was a single-player or two-player experience, meant to be enjoyed by yourself or by a friend.

SNES Bomberman 4 Player Multitap

Then came games that supported four players simultaneously, done so through the use of an accessory known as the “multitap”. The first to do this was NEC/Hudson soft, out of necessity to address the previously mentioned issue of their consoles’ (Turbografx-16/PC Engine) absence of a second controller port. As Hudson Soft produced one of the most famous 4-player games of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras – Bomberman – it makes sense that they would emerge as the masters of the multitap.

Which leads us to this #controllertuesday.

SNES Bomberman 4 Player Multitap

The Hudson Soft Super Multitap 2 aka the Bomberman head allows up to four player simultaneous play, and just happens to be shaped like Bomberman’s head. It’s adorable. And it works great. I love it. Now I just need to find three more friends…

Get your Bomberman Multitap on eBay and Amazon, and invite me over to play!

SNES Bomberman 4 Player

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4 thoughts on “The Bomberman Multitap for the SNES/Super Famicom

  1. Ron M. says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of Bomberman and SNES/Super Famicom controllers. Are those all yours? I wish I had a SNES but for now, I have to settle with the Virtual Console stuff. Oh well. Nice take on the multitap! Keep up the great work!

    1. Game Kun says:

      Thanks Ron! Yea, I have two for each system, which conveniently equals four when I need to pull out the multitap. One thing that’s nice about the Virtual Console versions is the lack of cords – four people on corded controllers turns into cord spaghetti real fast!

  2. Happy Katana says:

    I want to get one of these babies. 4 player fun on SNES=Awesome!

    1. Game Kun says:

      You got it right, it’s a blast! Hudson released a multitap for the Sega Saturn where you can have up to 10 players (!!) play simultaneously! Unfortunately, I don’t have that many friends or controllers…