Super Bomberman R Patch 1.3 Kicks Game Up to 60FPS

Konami continues to support Super Bomberman R post-launch.

News by Mike Williams, .

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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  • Avatar for chaoticBeat #1 chaoticBeat A year ago
    All of this post launch support makes me think about picking this up down the road when it's cheaper (instead of not playing it at all).Edited April 2017 by chaoticBeat
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  • Avatar for admiralsnackbar #2 admiralsnackbar A year ago
    The new characters announced in Famitsu and the quality of this patch have convinced me to pick the game back up again. It had been the black sheep of my Switch launch purchases.
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  • Avatar for MHWilliams #3 MHWilliams A year ago
    @admiralsnackbar Is that where they were from? I saw that, but couldn't get confirmation. Added!
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  • Avatar for admiralsnackbar #4 admiralsnackbar A year ago
  • Avatar for Mixingmetaphorsoup #5 Mixingmetaphorsoup A year ago
    If Konami's actually mentioning classic Konami characters, not to mention actually making a new Bomberman game, I kinda want to hope that this isn't the only attention given to classic franchises like Castlevania, Gradius, and Silent Hill, but that hope is probably unfounded.
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  • Avatar for Lonecow #6 Lonecow A year ago
    @Mixingmetaphorsoup What if Kojima was the problem behind older franchises getting ignored. So much money was being funneled into Metal Gear development that other projects were shelved.

    I don't think it is a crazy notion to assume we won't start seeing these games again.
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  • Avatar for CipherStone #7 CipherStone A year ago
    @Mixingmetaphorsoup I would be so down for a new Gradius game.
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  • Avatar for matt-b #8 matt-b A year ago
    The Castlevania and Silent Hill characters have to be Konami trolling us all...right?
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  • Avatar for CipherStone #9 CipherStone A year ago
    @mattb0527 yeah, having Silent Hill in there after canceling the last one seems almost mean.
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  • Avatar for duvjones #10 duvjones A year ago
    @lonecow "What if Kojima was the problem behind older franchises getting ignored."

    You know that might not be as far fetched as you might think, Konami's biggest issue with Kojima was budgetary and resource concerns (and the fact that Kojima seems to "spend like a drunken sailor" on Metal Gear). It's likely what got them to kick his ass out the door as quickly and hard as Konami did, and as much as Konami seems to penny-pinch (which to be fair, any business would be cost-conscious. Those that don't will not be in business for long) it would be something that is in the way to spending on other title without spreading themselves thin.

    But you know, that flies in the face of the narrative of "Fuck Konami." and blaming them for the fact that my first-born is dead and all, among other perceived transgression.
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  • Avatar for Toelkki #11 Toelkki A year ago
    I picked up the game yesterday here in Finland.

    I would've bought it new, but two stores I go to had no copies, except this one preowned copy at a Gamestop.

    I've never used any variation of this line before, but... "Does Konami hate money?"
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