Over 25 years ago, the future of gaming was born.
The first known example of a high-definition video game thought lost to time has been found.
Former executive Takahashi Meijin recently discovered the legendary discs for “Hi-Ten Bomberman” in his collection — which he acquired over the years at Hudson Soft, a Japanese gaming company.
The action-packed battle game, released in 1993, was played exclusively at Japanese tournaments, according to the tech site Siliconera.
It allowed up to 10 players and was displayed on a 16:9 widescreen TV, as seen in a YouTube video from one of the events.
Most impressive was its use of HD graphics — a first for gaming — and decades ahead of its time, according to Kotaku
“Bomberman” was so advanced that a custom-made, nearly $2 million system was built for the pixelated marvel.
Upon his discovery, Meijin donated his piece of history to a video game preservation society, where it can be saved and hopefully be released for future generations.
High-def gaming isn’t “Bomberman’s” only legacy — the popular series continues to be made today, most recently with the release of 2017’s “Super Bomberman R.”