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Super Bomberman R (スーパーボンバーマン R, Sūpābonbāman R, in Japanese) is an entry in the Bomberman series developed as a launch title for the Nintendo Switch as a timed exclusive, then later ported to other consoles in June 2018. It is the first console Bomberman entry since 2010's Bomberman Live: Battlefest.

The development team was made up of former Hudson Soft staff, who were taken on the project after Nintendo approached Konami.

Plot

The evil Emperor Buggler reawakens the Five Dastardly Bombers, and uses them to seize control of the five planets of the Starry Sky Solar System. He welcomes anyone who disagrees to challenge the Five Dastardly Bombers themselves. White Bomber takes his seven not-so-enthusiastic brothers and sisters with him on his quest to defeat the Buggler Army and save the universe!

Gameplay

This game includes two main modes as of 2.0: Standard and Grand Prix Mode.

Standard Mode

Story Mode

This mode features over sixty playable stages and can support two players cooperatively.

Battle Mode

Plays exactly as the same as any other traditional games in the series. Players will go through a 2D grid based platform and perform to drop bombs to defeat opponents. The last bomber standing will be the winner of the game. A team battle mode was added in patch 1.4. It can support up to eight players competitively.

Battle Mode can be played online with other players worldwide.

Grand Prix Mode

Grand Prix mode offers new features from normal battles. Each battle is 2 rounds and the team with the most total points wins with each character having different power-ups. When players lose a life in Grand Prix mode, they are resurrected after a certain time instead of turning into a revenge bomber. Additionally, soft blocks will start falling after a certain time has elapsed. There are two rulesets available:

  • Crystal: Get points by collecting the crystals in the stage. Knocked out players will respawn but will leave behind half their collected crystals. The team with the most points win.
  • Basic Bomber: Compete for points by defeating the opponent team. Players have a set number of lives and will be unable to respawn if they run out.
  • Checkpoints: Control strategic areas of the map for a certain time to get points. All stages featured in this mode are heavily inspired by the Metal Gear Solid series and feature a remix of the popular theme.

Since the Bomberman Bros. lack special abilities, they can equip a cartridge to gain features and special abilities of other characters, such as Simon Belmont's whip. Up to 6 Nintendo Switch can be connected in this mode for a network battle.

Both Standard and Grand Prix Mode have access to an in-game shop where players can purchase additional characters, stages and accesories for in-game currency called gems. Gems can be acquired by playing any mode.

Characters

All main Bombermen are playable and feature new unique personalities among them. Despite being called the Bomberman Bros., Pink and Aqua are female. The Five Dastardly Bombers and Buggler return as the main villians of the game, the latter features a more humanised look.

The vast majority of characters are available for purchase through an in-game shop. The Five Dastardly Bombers become available after completing the main story mode of the game, and each one has their own unique abilities. Every platform the game has been released on has an exclusive character tied to it. Additionally, many characters hailing from either past Hudson Soft or Konami IP have been released as free updates.

As of patch 2.1, characters have been classified into 5 types: bomber, attack, speed, assist or unique:

Bomber Attack Speed Assist Unique
White Bomber Simon Belmont Bomber [1] Vic Viper Bomber [1] Princess Tomato Bomber [2] Option Bomber - A [2]
Black Bomber Pyramid Head Bomber [1] Shiori Fujisaki Bomber [2] Ayako Katagiri Bomber [3] Option Bomber - B [2]
Blue Bomber Anubis Bomber [4] Jehuty Bomber [4] Reiko Bomber [2]
Red Bomber Dracula Bomber [4] Bill Bomber [3] Bubble Head Bomber [2]
Yellow Bomber Goemon Bomber [2] Lance Bomber [3] Xavier Woods Bomber [5]
Green Bomber Vic Viper Zero Bomber [3] Solid Snake Bomber [3]
Pink Bomber Raiden Bomber [3] Naked Snake Bomber [3]
Aqua Bomber Ebisumaru Bomber [3] Ratchet & Clank Bomber [6]
Pretty Bomber [7] Master Chief Bomber [8]
Magnet Bomber [9] P-Body Bomber [10]
Golem Bomber [9] Octopus Bomber [11]
Phantom Bomber [9]
Karaoke Bomber [9]
Plasma Bomber [9]
Max [12]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Costs 10 gold to unlock, added in patch 1.4 Nintendo Switch version, available at release for Xbox/PS4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Costs 1,000 gold to unlock. Available since patch 2.0 for Nintendo Switch / available at release for PS4 and Xbox versions.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Costs 1,000 gold to unlock. Available since patch 2.1 for all versions.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Costs 10 gold to unlock, added in patch 2.0 for Nintendo Switch / available at release for PS4/Xbox versions.
  5. Costs 10 gold to unlock. Available since patch 2.1 for all versions.
  6. Exclusive to the PS4 version.
  7. Can be bought for 30,000 gold after getting 3 stars in Worlds 1-6 in any Difficulty
  8. Exclusive to the Xbox One version.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Can be purchased for 5,000 gold after clearing World 6
  10. Exclusive to the Steam version.
  11. Japanese soundtrack preorder exclusive. Since the code given only works with the Nintendo eShop, this character is also Switch exclusive.
  12. Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Worlds

Stages

The game features 8 basic stages and as of patch 2.0 has 14 additional stages available for purchase with in-game currency. Unlockable stages cost 4,000 gold each. There are "special" variants available for purchase for all the 8 basic stages which cost 2,500 and feature a different background.

Accessories

The game features (as of patch 2.1) 35 different sets of accesories all characters can wear. Each accesory set has 8 different items or "tiers" that can be unlocked (i.e. the top hat series has 8 different hats available), meaning there are a total of 280 items available for purchase.

Ballom Set 1 and Ballom Set 2 are unlocked once the player beats World 7 and manages to get three stars on it, respectively. The last accessory on the Ballom Set 2 set features a classic, pixel Ballom from the original Bomberman.

Reception

While the game was initially met with lukewarm reception by critics, sales exceeded Konami's expectations and it has been updated several times to include additional characters, stages and battle modes, as well as to correct many of the gameplay bugs and glitches that were present at release.

In March 2018, Konami announced that the game would be re-released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

According to a financial report by Konami, the game has been enjoying a stable performance since its release, selling over a million copies of the Nintendo Switch version alone.

Voice cast

English

Japanese

Ballom Voices

  • Menami Kato
  • Suiko Seto
  • Gail Emiko Hoshizaki
  • Shiho Nagata
  • Jiro Oishi
  • Yui Takahashi
  • Tatsumi Adachi

Original Sountrack

Super Bomberman R had an officially released 2-disc soundtrack featuring the game's in-game music tracks composed by Seima Iwahashi and Daisuke Kikuta of Elements Garden. More information can be found here.

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Trivia

  • This is the first Bomberman title released for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.
  • For the first time in the series, the game features a vocal song during the credits. While originally sung in Japanese once the player beats World 6, the song was released in English as part of patch 2.0 and can be heard if the player beats World 7. The song title is "HERO". It is performed in Japanese by Hitomi Harada, the Japanese voice of Pretty Bomber, and in English by Aimee Blackschleger.
  • This game was released to celebrate the Bomberman series' 33rd anniversary and it is the 1st title in the Bomberman series to be published and devloped by Konami on console after the merge with Hudson Soft back in March 1, 2012.
  • According to the developers, the R in the title stands for "Rangers", referring the name of a team of 8 Bombermen, It is also a throwback to when games could simply have a letter and allow that letter to carry many meanings, such as "Return" or "Reborn". The game is a homage to Super Bomberman 3.
  • In 1999, an unrelated Super Bomberman R game appeared as a bootleg game for the Sega Saturn.
  • In April 2018, the Konami subsidiary 4K Media Inc. licensed the game.
  • During the story segments, it is revealed that the Bomberman Bros. are based off of the original Bomberman who apparently was known as a hero. This is likely to be the Bomberman featured as the main protagonist for the games in the series released before Super Bomberman R.

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