Yesterday, Konami Digital Entertainment updated Super Bomberman R to patch 1.3 as part of the company's commitment to ongoing game improvements. One surprising change in the patch is that the frame rate has been improved from 30fps to 60fps. Yeah, fans were surprised to see such a big boost in frame rate, leading to a much smoother gameplay experience.
Patch 1.3 has a host of other changes as well. Konami added four new VS mode stages to the game: the icy White Cross, the water-themed Lagoon, Speed Zone, and Power Zone, where there are no blocks and players start a full power. One of the issues I noted in my review was the odd isometric single-player campaign camera and now players have the ability to toggle the camera mode by hitting L+R at any time. The heights and slopes of certain maps have been adjusted to improve visibility as well.
The developer also made a host of changes to the game for more casual Bomberman players. The difficulty of Beginner and Normal modes have been lowered and the strength of the bosses has been reduced. If you happen to be slamming into a wall, after a number of continues in Story Mode, you can keep continuing without paying the in-game currency, gems.
Konami teased a number of new crossover characters for Super Bomberman R in Weekly Famitsu. All three characters are based on other classic Konami franchises. You can see the new character art below.
It's frankly an amazing patch for Super Bomberman R, a series that most thought was dead and buried. It helps that being one of the Switch launch titles means the new Bomberman has seen some solid sales numbers, even charting in the US for the month of March. Hopefully Konami can continue this new commitment to gaming.
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