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Super Bust Bros. is an adventure for one or two players that takes the player around the world, aiming to rid the planet of a terrible foe: seemingly innocuous-looking bubbles. The main portion of the game is Tour mode, where the player visits a series of different levels representing different countries of the world. Each player's character is armed with a gun, which shoots a vertical cable. If this hits a bubble, it will cause it to split in two. Upgrades allow two cables to be shot at once, or the ability to stick a cable to the ceiling where it will cling for a few seconds, bursting any bubble that hits it.

Players must clear each screen of bubbles before progressing to the next one. The largest bubbles will have 4 degrees of splitting before clearing. Many level layouts have ladders, barriers and breakable bricks in part of the screen, affecting movement of both the player and the bubbles. Faster bubbles in the shape of diamonds also bounce around the screen going any which way rather than bouncing in predictable arcs like the other bubbles.

Several power-up tokens are also available, offering features such as splitting all bubbles down to their minimal size, freezing the bubbles for a few seconds, and various different weapons. Monsters also enter the screen periodically, which hit the bubbles and take them down a size, and can often be directed by the cable weapon.

In addition to the main Tour mode, the game also features Panic mode, in which a succession of bubbles are thrown at at the players. As the player progresses, the amount of bubbles required to reach the next level also increases, similar to scoring on Tetris.


Super Buster Bros. SNES Entering my (meager) high score after being claimed by France
Super Buster Bros. SNES The title screen
Super Buster Bros. SNES Some levels start with creative scenarios not seen in the coin-op version
Super Buster Bros. SNES The gun weapon upgrade has a much wider spread in Super Pang which allows for serious ownage in tight situations

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Alternate Titles

  • "Super Pang" -- European/Japanese Title
  • "スーパーパン" -- Japanese spelling
  • "슈퍼 버스터 브라더스" -- Korean spelling

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Critic Reviews

1UP! Dec 27, 2001 87 out of 100 87
N-Force Oct, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Play Time Nov, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Video Games Sep, 1992 72 out of 100 72
GameFan Magazine Oct, 1992 71.5 out of 100 72
Nintendo Life Mar 23, 2013 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1993 8 out of 12 67 Oct 19, 2011 13 out of 20 65
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1992 26 out of 40 65
Total! (Germany) Jul, 1994 3.75 out of 6 45


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Martin Smith (66869) added Super Buster Bros. (SNES) on Oct 31, 2004
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