Blaster Master: Overdrive Wii

  • Publisher: SunSoft
  • Release Date: Feb 8, 2010

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. The unique blend of platforming and shooting, not to mention two different perspectives, give Blaster Master: Overdrive everything fans of original game could possibly want. Toss in some amazing gameplay tweaks and give the game a smoother difficulty curve and what you have is easily one of the best WiiWare games on the service and a fitting update to one of the all-time NES classics.
  2. Games Master UK
    Only a few awkward controls hamper an otherwise loving update. [Oct 2010, p.87]
  3. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Unashamedly old-school, this puts gameplay fairly ahead of gloss. [Aug 2010, p.96]
  4. 75
    Still, even with these issues -- and some save points that are just a tad too far apart -- Blaster Master: Overdrive remains the most competent revisitation of the Blaster Master series.
  5. 70
    The best thing I can say about Overdrive is that it feels just like Blaster Master, with a few great new improvements and a few small new flaws.
  6. 65
    The fact that Blaster Master Overdrive plays so similarly to the original may tickle your nostalgia bone. But there is no reason we couldn't have had a few more save points to keep frustration levels down and a control scheme that won't give us cramps.
  7. The game has some pretty cool features, even though many of them are old hat at this point. Overall, the package feels slapped together - more a proof of concept than an actual game. The location of most save points is sure to be a source of frustration for most folks, and ultimately, it's a game that begs to not be played.
  8. There's an important lesson in Overdrive: Just because something was fun in the past doesn't make it classic.
  9. Blaster Master Overdrive could have been a great trip down memory lane, but instead the road is blocked by sluggish, physically painful controls and an extremely high level of difficulty that makes the experience a dreadful one.
  10. Being a fan of the original NES Blaster Master, I really wanted to like this new sequel but the game's many crater-sized flaws hold it back from being a great follow up.
  11. Some classics should remains where they belong--in our memories.
  12. Nintendo Gamer
    Not as good as it used to be. [Apr 2010, p.76]
  13. Blaster Master: Overdrive trys to achieve old-school exploration and shooting, but lacks the polish and attention to achieve it. It wisely goes back to the original formula that made the series beloved, but doesn't do it justice.
  14. A masterclass in how not to do a retro remake, from the graphics to the controls to the tedious difficulty.

Awards & Rankings

#95 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 29, 2013
    Xcelent game for a memorable franchise, if the intention of this game was to provoque nostalgia in harcore gamers, well... it perfectly does,Xcelent game for a memorable franchise, if the intention of this game was to provoque nostalgia in harcore gamers, well... it perfectly does, is the blaster master we always love and remember of the nes but a really good next gen make up, to destroy aliens inside the legendary sophia the 3rd, well done sunfoft, please do more great games in ps4 and xbox one generation it will be really awesome Full Review »