Super Bomberman R Online F2P battle royale hits Switch this month

Super Bomberman R Online release date May 27, 2021 Nintendo Switch battle pass gold silver old snake bomber

Konami has announced that Super Bomberman R Online will launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam with a release date of May 27, 2021. This game is not to be confused with Nintendo Switch launch title Super Bomberman R, as this new title is free to play and offers global cross-platform battle royale gameplay for upward of 64 players. It was previously a Google Stadia exclusive, and the game will also make its way to Xbox One at some point in the future. Additionally, information on both a free and paid Super Bomberman R Online battle pass has been announced to coincide with its release date.

Being a free-to-play game, Super Bomberman R Online makes its revenue from microtransactions for cosmetic items (There is a currency called “Bomber Coins.”) and through the announced battle pass. Season 1 of the battle pass will introduce “Old Snake Bomber,” a cutesy version of Sold Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Here are details on the two versions of the battle pass:

The Silver Pass will be free for all players; the more they play Battle 64 mode, the more they can level up their rank and earn cosmetic rewards including taunts, accessories and poses. There will be 100 ranks within the Silver Pass, providing plenty of free content during each season.

The optional Gold Pass offers greater rewards over 100 ranks, including many more cosmetics and other items that do not directly affect gameplay. The Gold Pass will be available for 800 Bomber Coins, currency that can be purchased in packs via the in-game shop or on the platform store. Bomber Coins are also offered as Gold Pass rewards. The ranks and content for both the Silver and Gold Bomber Passes are seasonal, so players will need to climb up the ranks again once a new season starts to earn more rewards.

I love Super Bomberman R Online, so this looks like a bunch of fun to me on Switch. What do you think of Konami’s free-to-play battle royale?


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!