Super Bomberman R – Best Launch For Franchise In 19 Years

Super Bomberman R has sold incredibly well in its first week on store shelves in Japan. It racked up 39,609 units sold from February 27 through March 5 according to Famitsu’s sales tracking. While that may seem like a low number for a game debut, when compared to previous Bomberman games, you have to go all the way back to 1998 to find one that sold more during release week:

 

[SWI] SUPER BOMBERMAN R – 39.609 / 2017 
[NDS] CUSTOM BATTLER BOMBERMAN – 1.600 / 2008
[WII] BOMBERMAN BLAST – 3.600 / 2008
[NDS] TOUCH! BOMBERMAN LAND 2 – 3.038 / 2007
[NDS] BOMBERMAN STORY DS – 4.359 / 2007
[PSP] BOMBERMAN LAND PORTABLE – 1.648 / 2007
[WII] BOMBERMAN LAND WII – 6.241 / 2007
[360] BOMBERMAN ACT: ZERO – 2.035 / 2006
[NDS] TOUCH! BOMBERMAN LAND – 9.044 / 2006
[PSP] BOMBERMAN PORTABLE – 3.712 / 2006
[PS2] BOMBERMAN LAND 3 – 6.284 / 2005
[NDS] BOMBERMAN – 7.351 / 2005
[PS2] BOMBERMAN LAND 2 – 14.968 / 2003
[GBA] BOMBERMAN JETTERS – 3.608 / 2002
[NGC] BOMBERMAN GENERATION – 10.829 / 2002
[GBA] BOMBERMAN STORY – 18.072 / 2001
[PS1] BOMBERMAN LAND – 32.595 / 2000
[N64] BOMBERMAN 64: THE SECOND ATTACK! – 12.257 / 1999
[GB] BOMBERMAN QUEST – 15.325 / 1998
[PS1] BOMBERMAN: PARTY EDITION – 34.945 / 1998
[N64] BOMBERMAN HERO – 14.666 / 1998
[PS1] BOMBERMAN WARS – 6.929 / 1998
[PS1] BOMBERMAN WORLD – 76.801 / 1998

 

Not a bad start for a “dead” franchise! Some may point to the limited number of games at the Switch launch resulting in more sales of Super Bomberman R. While this is no doubt the case, it bodes well for third parties hoping to get a slice of that Switch pie after people are done playing Zelda. Plus, don’t forget that in Japan there is more competition on store shelves with games like Dragon Quest Heroes I & II, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Disgaea 5 Complete, and I Am Setsuna (a retail release over in Japan). Hopefully this means we’ll get more Bomberman in the future and also perhaps more revivals of dormant franchises for the Switch. We reviewed Super Bomberman R and gave it an 8 out of 10!

 

[Sources: NeoGAF & Go Nintendo]

 

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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