Number One: There will only be five major retail games available on day one of Switch’s launch. This number might change, but Super Bomberman R isn’t facing any serious competition other than Breath of the Wild.
- Breath of the Wild
- 1 2 Switch
- Super Bomberman R
- Just Dance
Number Two: Bomberman has never been released during a major Nintendo launch — except for Game Boy Color. Releasing at launch will give it a huge sales advantage over previous Bomberman games.
Number Three: Super Bomberman R is currently a Switch exclusive. Nintendo fans are more likely to buy Switch exclusives than ports of Just Dance and Skylanders.
Number Four: Nintendo fans are much more likely to buy third party games at launch than months/years after launch. Example: Red Steel and Rayman Raving Rabbids sold extremely well at Wii’s launch in 2006. But Red Steel 2, which released years later, didn’t sell nearly as well.
Number Five: On March 3rd, Nintendo fans will have a very limited selection of local-and-online multiplayer games to choose from. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe won’t be available until late April, and 1 2 Switch doesn’t look like it’s worth the outrageous $50 price tag.
This leaves us with Konami’s Super Bomberman R to be the console’s multiplayer savior until Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is released. Bomberman offers an 8-player battle mode, local connection battles, and online battles. Even story mode has a 2-player co-op.
The absence of a strong multiplayer game like Mario Kart might have a huge impact on Bomberman’s sales.
Number Six: Bomberman will be available in a physical box at retail stores and digitally on the eShop.
Why is this such a big deal? Because if this game was a digital-only title like Bomberman Blast or Bomberman Live, then it probably wouldn’t sell as well. Believe it or not, there are people out there who completely ignore the eShop.
Bomberman’s box is colorful and eye-catching. It’s going to really stand out on store shelves when placed next to Breath of the Wild.
Number Seven: There hasn’t been a Bomberman game released on major consoles since 2010. That was when Bomberman Live: Battlefest was released for Xbox 360.
After a long absence, this has created a hunger for Bomberman among older Nintendo fans. Even if the game ends up being extremely mediocre, many people will still buy it because they miss Bomberman. The original Red Steel was a mediocre game with mixed reviews, but that didn’t stop the game from selling over a million copies.
Nostalgia is a bitch.
Why was Mighty No. 9’s Kickstarter so successful? Because after years of no Mega Man games, the nostalgia and hunger for Mega Man began to grow and grow. Why is Jurassic World one of the highest grossing movies worldwide? Because after years of no dinosaur movies, the nostalgia and hunger for dinosaurs began to grow and grow.
Number Eight: Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) will play a major role in Super Bomberman R’s success.
Previous Bomberman games never benefited from social media. Most Bomberman games like Bomberman DS (2005), Bomberman Live (2007) Bomberman Blast (2008) and Saturn Bomberman (1996) were released during a time when social media wasn’t as mainstream as it is now.
Fast forward to 2017. Everyone is using platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. I also think Nintendo has a better understanding of social media than they did six or seven years ago.
I guarantee this game will blow up on Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, etc. You’ll see tons of Nintendo fans (and Nintendo employees) tweeting about their online Bomberman matches.
Number Nine: eSports are becoming more mainstream and popular, and I think the Bomberman series should take advantage of that.
If Nintendo and Konami are smart, they should aggressively promote Super Bomberman R — and all future Bomberman games — as eSport games. Many gamers consider Smash Bros, Overwatch, Mario Kart, and Splatoon to be great eSports games. So why not the Bomberman series — a series that advertises 8-player battles?
Number Ten: Some people will buy Super Bomberman R to send a message to Konami.
It’s no hidden secret that the gaming community isn’t happy with the current direction of Konami — they’re f***ing pissed off with Konami. Everyone wants Konami to go back to their roots and make awesome video games again.
Purchasing Super Bomberman R doesn’t just show support for Bomberman, it may also persuade Konami to resurrect other franchises: Contra, Castlevania, Bonk, Silent Hill, and many others.
Instead of boycotting Konami, maybe it’s time for people to put their money where their mouth is. Here’s your chance to send a message to Konami that their old franchises still have value.