Bang Bang Busters is a 46 meg action-platform type game from Visco which was originally
intended to be released in 1994. It's play mechanics are similar to that of Mario Brothers,
Snow Brothers, and similar style games. The two characters can actually "blow up" enemies by
puffing them as is done in Dig Dug, and even toss them onto other enemies for chain points.
It also contains special bonuses and many stage bosses.
It was rumored that the game was undergoing re-consideration for release in 2000. About a
year later, Zupapa by FACE, also from 1994, made it to market instead in 2001. This is why
there are two known versions of the game. The 1994 original & the 2000 revision. The game
also goes by the names "Bang Busters" and "Bang 2 Busters" by some sources.
As a point of reference, in the Japanese culture, it is considered to be a tremendous compliment
when a proper name is "doubled". Video games are no exception to this. Examples: Joy Joy Kid, Fun
Fun Brothers, Pair Pair Wars, Waku Waku Seven and even Doki Doki Panic, cousin of the USA Super
Mario Bros. 2!
-- May 1994 -- Bang Busters is officially advertised by Visco in the coin-op industry trade magazine JAM (Japan Amusement Monthly)
-- July 1994 -- a pocket size Japanese NEOGEO Guide Book publishes a short article with a screenshot of Bang Busters.
-- October 2001 -- an internal SNK game staff video surfaces which shows the dev cart is a fully playable & complete game.
-- January 2005 -- emulated screen shots are provided and shown which proves the games' rom data has been dumped and is functional on an emulator.
-- November 2010 -- the NGM / NGH software product number is revealed to be 071.
-- December 2010 -- Bang Busters is finally made available through a controlled community release.
CURRENT STATUS: RELEASED