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, and 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. According to the developers, the R in the title is a throwback to when games could simply have a letter and allow that letter to carry many meanings, such as "Returns" or "Reborn". The game is a homage to Super Bomberman 3.
While the game was initially met with lukewarm reception by the 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.
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!
This game includes two main modes as of 2.0: Standard and Grand Prix Mode.
This mode features over sixty playable stages and can support two players cooperatively.
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 points by defeating the opponent team. Players have a set number of lives and will be unable to respawn if they run out.
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.
The following Bombermen are playable, all retooled with unique personalities and half featuring rounded heads instead of square heads. Despite being called the Bomberman Bros., Pink and Aqua are female.
All of the Special characters are available for purchase through an the-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. Many characters hailing from either past Hudson Soft or Konami IP have been released as free updates, such as Dracula Bomber from the Castlevania series or Vic Viper from Gradius.
- Magnet Bomber (Can be purchased for 5,000 gold after clearing World 6)
- Golem Bomber (Can be purchased for 5,000 gold after clearing World 6)
- Phantom Bomber (Can be purchased for 5,000 gold after clearing World 6)
- Karaoke/Sexy Bomber (Can be purchased for 5,000 gold after clearing World 6)
- Plasma Bomber (Can be purchased for 5,000 gold after clearing World 6)
- Pretty Bomber (Can be bought for 30,000 gold after getting 3 stars in Worlds 1-6 in any Difficulty)
- Pyramid Head Bomber (Silent Hill series, costs 10 gold to unlock, added in patch 1.4)
- Bubble Head Bomber (Silent Hill series, costs 1,000 gold to unlock, added in patch 2.0)
- Belmont Bomber (Castlevania series, costs 10 gold to unlock, added in patch 1.4)
- Dracula Bomber (Castlevania series, costs 10 gold to unlock, added in patch 2.0)
- Vic Viper Bomber (Gradius series, costs 10 gold to unlock, added in patch 1.4)
- Option Bomber - A (Gradius series, costs 1,000 gold to unlock, added in patch 2.0)
- Option Bomber - B (Gradius series, costs 1,000 gold to unlock, added in patch 2.0)
- Reiko Bomber (Rumble Roses series, costs 1,000 gold to unlock, added in patch 2.0)
- Shiori Fujisaki Bomber (Tokimeki Memorial series, costs 1,000 gold to unlock, added in patch 2.0)
- Princess Tomato Bomber (Princess Tomato and the Salad Kingdom, costs 1,000 gold to unlock, added in patch 2.0)
- Anubis Bomber (Zone of the Enders series, costs 10 gold to unlock, added in patch 2.0)
- Jehuty Bomber (Zone of the Enders series, costs 10 gold to unlock, added in patch 2.0)
- Goemon Bomber (Mystical Ninja series, costs 1,000 gold to unlock, added in patch 2.0)
- World 1: Planet Technopolis
- World 2: Planet Timbertree
- World 3: Planet Brainwave
- World 4: Planet Lalaland
- World 5: Planet Scrapheap
- World 6: Black Hole
- World 7: Planet Bomber (Added in patch 2.0): Features a side-story and an additional ending sequence.
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.
- Pitfall Zone (special variant available)
- Old-School (special variant available)
- The Great Wall (special variant available)
- Magnetic Sphere (special variant available)
- Medieval (special variant available)
- Slippery Garden (special variant available)
- Junkyard (special variant available)
- Labyrinth (special variant available)
- Arabian Palace
- Pixel Land
- Circular Maze
- Toy Box
- White Cross (Added in patch 1.3)
- Lagoon (Added in patch 1.3)
- Speed Zone (Added in patch 1.3)
- Power Zone (Added in patch 1.3)
- Classic Conveyor Belt (Added in patch 1.4)
- Panic Factory (Added in patch 1.4)
- Plain Floor (Added in patch 1.4)
- Desert Fort (Added in patch 1.4)
- Critical Path (Added in patch 2.0)
- Nine Areas (Added in patch 2.0)
The game features (as of patch 2.0) 30 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 240 items available for purchase.
The last two accesory sets (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.
- Peter von Gomm - White
- John Sabay - Black
- Jeff Gedert - Blue, Golem Bomber
- Jeff Manning - Red, Narrator
- Greg Dale - Yellow
- Sachiko Hara - Green
- Soness Stevens - Pink
- Hannah Grace - Aqua
- Chris Koprowski - Plasma Bomber
- Jack Merluzzi - Magnet Bomber
- Carolyn Miller - Karaoke Bomber / Pretty Bomber
- Vinay Murthy - Phantom Bomber
- Michael Rhys - Buggler
- Keisuke Koumoto - Shiro Bom
- Shunsuke Takeuchi - Kuro Bom
- Genki Okawa - Ao Bom
- Yuuma Uchida - Aka Bom
- Yuki Yonai - Ki Bom
- Ayumu Murase - Midori Bom
- Mikako Komatsu - Pink Bom
- Minami Takahashi - Mizu Bom
- Yuto Uemura - Plasma Bomber
- Tetsuya Yanagihara - Magnet Bomber
- Yoshiyuki Hirai - Golem Bomber
- Hitomi Harada - Sexy Bomber / Pretty Bomber
- Hozumi Gouda - Phantom Bomber, Narration
- Kotaro Nakamura - Buggler
- For the first time in the series, the game features a vocal song during the credits. While originally sung in Japanese with English subtitles, the song was released in English as part of patch 2.0 and can be heard if the player beats World 7.
- On March 30, 2017, it was announced during a livestream with the YouTube channel "The Game Theorists" that Super Bomberman R will have free DLC, featuring additional stages and characters.
- Nintendo.jp Site
- Super Bomberman R Official Website (Japanese)
- Super Bomberman R Official Website (English)