It's been over a year since the latest Bomberman game debuted and there have been a ton of updates. Also, Super Bomberman R is no longer a Switch exclusive so let's check out this swanky new edition.
What's a Shiny Edition?
Okay, just what the heck is Super Bomberman R Shiny Edition? Basically, it's the same game that released for Switch last year but this time, you gain access to console-exclusive characters as well as shiny versions of White, Black, Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Pink, and Aqua Bomber plus a Golden Vic Viper Bomber. Considering I reviewed Super Bomberman R when it first released and it has seen a bunch of cool content updates since then (all of which besides the previously mentioned characters are also available for the Switch version), I decided to outline these changes in a brand new review. Of course, if you'd like to know more about the core experience then I highly recommend reading my previous review first. With that out of the way, let's get bombing!
Bomberman makes new friends (and enemies)
The cast of characters in Super Bomberman R has certainly grown over the past year. For starters, there are a few console-exclusive chums in this new version including Ratchet & Clank for the PS4 version, Master Chief for Xbox One, and P-body from Portal 2 for the Steam release. Soon, the Switch version will get the classic Bomberman character Max, too! No matter which version you decide to play, you can also play as professional wrestler Xavier Woods which is pretty cool.
There have also been a ton of classic Konami characters introduced in updates including Simon Belmont and Dracula from Castlevania, Vic Viper and Option A and B from Gradius, Jehuty and Anubis from Zone of the Enders, Bubble Head and Pyramid Head from Silent Hill, Reiko Hinomoto from Rumble Roses, Shiori Fujisaki from Tokimeki Memorial, Princess Tomato, and Goemon.
Although merely having extra characters that are basically skins would be fun on its own, keep in mind that every single one of these additional characters has a special ability. For example, Simon Belmont can use his whip to pull bombs and his competitors towards him, Ratchet can shoot which erases bombs and knocks out opponents, and Xavier Woods can deploy a helpful shield.
Have a blast in Grand Prix mode
The most substantial update since Super Bomberman R debuted is Grand Prix mode. This team-based mode pits two teams of up to three players against each other in crazy arena matches. You can either play with Basic Bomber rules which tallies how many enemies each team defeats or Crystals mode which has players run around while trying to collect crystals and avoiding bomb blasts so they don't lose some of their precious stash. Grand Prix mode can be played either locally or online and it makes for some fun times.
Fun with Balloms
After completing story mode, you can now enjoy a new world in the form of Planet Bomber. The story involves a new type of pet going haywire so it's your job to round up all the Balloms. More content is always good and this is a great way to extend the campaign.
Mixing up the multiplayer mayhem
The primary way to add longevity to Bomberman's multiplayer component has always been to regularly change up the battle stage. You may only begin with 8 arenas to battle within but you can now purchase an additional 22 battle stages which feature crazy hazards and mechanics (such as conveyor belts, slippery floors, and magnets) that do an incredible job of adding variety to every multiplayer match. Heck, you can even play team battles in the standard battle mode now which adds even more diversity.
If you don't own a Switch and enjoy Bomberman then Super Bomberman R Shiny Edition is certainly worth picking up. Even though it doesn't improve everything from the original release, there's so much content here that you're bound to have a blast.
- + Great Bomberman fun that can be enjoyed in many solo and multiplayer modes
- + Awesome additional characters
- + Loads of fantastic upgrades
- - Might not be worth purchasing again if you already own it on Switch
- - Voices are still repetitive and classic music and enemies are still absent