Keep­ing an eye on the coin-op gam­ing scene


Game Bomber­girl Manufacturer Kon­ami While Su­per Bomber­man R has the Switch launch cov­ered, Kon­ami is also bring­ing the ex­plo­sive hero back to ar­cades for the first time in two decades. Well, sort of. The com­pany is fol­low­ing in Namco’s now an­cient foot­steps to cre­ate Bomber­girl. The game twists the se­ries into a 4v4 team bat­tler and each of the en­tirely fe­male cast has a spe­cial­ism. As well as bomb place­ment, there are also snipers, high-speed at­tack­ers, and block­ers. Every char­ac­ter also has spe­cial abil­i­ties that can be lev­elled up – ex­am­ples shown so far in­clude a beam weapon and a flam­ing sword. Each team must at­tempt to de­stroy the op­po­si­tion’s base within the time limit. It’s quite a jump: the se­ries’ last ar­cade ap­pear­ance, Bomber­man Neo on MVS, only al­lowed for two play­ers.

The cab­i­nets each fea­ture twin screens – one for game­play, and one above for spec­tat­ing. The game is con­trolled with a tiny thumb­stick, which is, bizarrely, mounted on a rigid joy­stick that looks like it would’ve been far more sat­is­fy­ing to use. And there’s more dis­ap­point­ment in that the Bomber­girls’ clothes shred when you lose, al­low­ing soft porn into what is oth­er­wise an in­trigu­ing spin on a clas­sic for­mula. It cur­rently has no re­lease date.

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