Despite blasting into existence in 1983, it has taken me over three decades to play a Bomberman game.
As a strategy game presented through a top down perspective, Bomberman pits you in maze-like levels and allows you to place down bombs in order to destroy obstacles in your path; Super Bomberman R presents an offline single-player campaign and a robust multiplayer mode. Whereas its story will require you to reach the end of any given level by activating pressure pads or wiping out enemies, its accompanying multiplayer mode offers a far more intense (and enjoyable) experience.
Going head-to-head against online opponents is the strongest part of Bomberman’s Switch adventure. The frantic rush to blast away enemies with a well-placed bomb to become the last Bomberman standing is ridiculous fun. The added ability to play with up to 8 players locally (syncing up multiple Joy-Cons to one Switch console) makes Nintendo’s latest console an ideal platform for the series. The only trouble is its price.
At £50 Super Bomberman R is incredibly overpriced. It definitely doesn’t match other titles in that price range (A.K.A The Legend of Zelda) and I would be far happier recommending it at £20. Its multiplayer component is its saving grace and without it I’d be hard pushed to suggest you check it out. I’m sure long-standing fans of the series will feel right at home, but for a newcomer such as myself I can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed by its simple, old school gameplay.