Super Bomberman R was something of a shock announcement for the Nintendo Switch as the popular character appeared to be on something of a hiatus in recent years. However, according to Media Create sales figures from Japan the Switch launch title marks the best opening sales the franchise has seen in almost two decades, with nearly 40,000 copies sold.

Admittedly, 1998's Bomberman World shifted almost twice that figure with 76,801 sales in its first week and Bomberman Land (2000) and Bomberman: Party Edition (1998) both came close with 32,595 and 34,945 copies respectively, but it's still an impressive haul and proves that the time was indeed right for the character to make his return.

[SWI] SUPER BOMBERMAN R – 39.609 / 2017
[NDS] CUSTOM BATTLER BOMBERMAN – 1.600 / 2008
[WII] BOMBERMAN BLAST – 3.600 / 2008
[NDS] TOUCH! BOMBERMAN LAND 2 – 3.038 / 2007
[NDS] BOMBERMAN STORY DS – 4.359 / 2007
[PSP] BOMBERMAN LAND PORTABLE – 1.648 / 2007
[WII] BOMBERMAN LAND WII – 6.241 / 2007
[360] BOMBERMAN ACT: ZERO – 2.035 / 2006
[NDS] TOUCH! BOMBERMAN LAND – 9.044 / 2006
[PSP] BOMBERMAN PORTABLE – 3.712 / 2006
[PS2] BOMBERMAN LAND 3 – 6.284 / 2005
[NDS] BOMBERMAN – 7.351 / 2005
[PS2] BOMBERMAN LAND 2 – 14.968 / 2003
[GBA] BOMBERMAN JETTERS – 3.608 / 2002
[NGC] BOMBERMAN GENERATION – 10.829 / 2002
[GBA] BOMBERMAN STORY – 18.072 / 2001
[PS1] BOMBERMAN LAND – 32.595 / 2000
[N64] BOMBERMAN 64: THE SECOND ATTACK! – 12.257 / 1999
[GB] BOMBERMAN QUEST – 15.325 / 1998
[PS1] BOMBERMAN: PARTY EDITION – 34.945 / 1998
[N64] BOMBERMAN HERO – 14.666 / 1998
[PS1] BOMBERMAN WARS – 6.929 / 1998
[PS1] BOMBERMAN WORLD – 76.801 / 1998

We awarded Super Bomberman R an impressive 8/10 when we reviewed it a short time ago. Are you still enjoying it? Let us know with a comment.

[via gonintendo.com]