Konami Says the ‘R’ in Super Bomberman R has “Many Meanings”
Super Bomberman R was a pleasant surprise addition to the Nintendo Switch launch lineup when announced last month. Fans of Bomberman will be quick to remind anyone that it’s been a long while since a proper Bomberman game has been released. With the series being banished to the realm of mobile gaming for the last few years, it seems like a comeback is in order for the White Bomber. Though there have been many great iterations of Bomberman in the past, R looks to reclaim the classic fast-paced and strategic gameplay that made the series great in the first place.
One thing gamers have been scratching their brains about is Super Bomberman R‘s title. What the heck does “R” even mean? R is the eighteenth number in the alphabet. Could it have something to do with that? The answer is much less complicated, unfortunately. According to a Reddit post asking the same question, a Konami spokesperson revealed the singular R is actually a throwback to retro naming schemes of the past, such as Mega Man X. They went on to say that the R could represent the “Return” or “Rebirth” of the franchise, but also added that it could mean “Rangers”, the new game’s bomber patrol collective, as well.
I suppose we have our answer then. While it isn’t as mysterious or plot-based as it could’ve been, it’s still a welcome reminder of the classic nostalgia trip developers HexaDrive and Konami are shooting for with gamers when Super Bomberman R hits the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd. While it almost surely has no relation, “Ranger” is also the name of a minor enemy from the 1998 PlayStation game Bomberman World. Coincidence? Yeah, probably. Still, it would be smart not rule out a full-blown Ranger conspiracy just yet. You can see it in his eyes: this guy means trouble.
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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his biweekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.