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  • Summary: Blaster Master Zero is a 8-bit style top-down & sideview 2D action-adventure game that hearkens back to the golden age of the NES.

    Using the original 1988 NES title "Blaster Master" from Sunsoft as a base, with the addition of new areas and bosses, new gameplay elements such as extra
    Blaster Master Zero is a 8-bit style top-down & sideview 2D action-adventure game that hearkens back to the golden age of the NES.

    Using the original 1988 NES title "Blaster Master" from Sunsoft as a base, with the addition of new areas and bosses, new gameplay elements such as extra sub-weapons, improved gameplay, a more robust scenario, refined and expanded exploration mechanics, and more.

    This of course includes new areas and bosses, and new gameplay elements such as extra sub-weapons, improved gameplay when battling outside of your SOPHIA 3rd tank, a more robust scenario, refined and expanded exploration mechanics, and more.

    -On the sideview maps, take control of the battle tank SOPHIA III and explore your surroundings as you search for the entrance to the dungeon where the area's boss lurks.
    -Once you find a dungeon entrance, exit SOPHIA III and make your way inside as the hero Jason and take on the mutants inside in top-down mode.
    -Defeat the mid-bosses and area bosses to acquire new items, sub-weapons, upgrades to SOPHIA III and Jason's equipment, and new abilities and move to the next area.
    -Incorporation of HD Rumble features into various aspects of the gameplay.
    -Player 2 can provide support for Player 1 as they traverse through the game in the co-op multiplayer mode.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. NF Magazine
    Apr 24, 2017
    90
    Blaster Master Zero is the definitive version of a flawed classic, vaporizing all the sludge that slowed its predecessor down. [Issue #27 – May/June 2017, p. 24]
  2. 90
    Blaster Master Zero is the Blaster Master follow-up we’ve been waiting for since 1988. Is it a revolutionary game? Probably not. But it is a dang fine video game that completely (blaster) masters what it sets out to do. With an amazing progression, fun co-op multiplayer, and absolutely gorgeous retro style, Inti Creates has created a new classic and must-buy for the Nintendo Switch.
  3. Mar 9, 2017
    90
    Blaster Master Zero is the definition of a retro remake done right. Inti Creates did a phenomenal job of improving every aspect of the original to make in an enjoyable experience for existing fans and newcomers alike so hop in your tank and start having a blast.
  4. Mar 9, 2017
    80
    Blaster Master Zero is a loving recreation that serves as both a companion and in some ways a replacement for the original. While I'll always see myself going back to the NES classic for the rest of my days, Zero is a good way to introduce the series to a newcomer without scaring them off.
  5. Mar 21, 2017
    80
    Blaster Master is back 30 years after its original release on NES with a remake that represents all the innovations and magic it had.
  6. CD-Action
    Jun 7, 2017
    75
    There are two categories of people I would recommend Blaster Master Zero to: fans of the original Blaster Master and those looking for an accessible introduction to Metroidvanias. [06/2017, p.62]
  7. Mar 17, 2017
    61
    Interesting, but way too easy remake of the NES Classic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Mar 16, 2017
    10
    Return to form, as an indie. This is great for a metroidvania even without the whole nostalgia part.

    The save points are great, especially
    Return to form, as an indie. This is great for a metroidvania even without the whole nostalgia part.

    The save points are great, especially the quick "retry" option. For a game that's about trying to not ever taking a single point of damage ever, the quick "retry" really makes life a hell of a lot easier than walking up to push the NES reset button!

    The sound design is definitely the weakest part of this reboot. The NES Blaster Master had way better sound, weapons sounded powerful. The music is okay, just sound FX are terrible!

    Plays amazingly well with the switch, can't ask for more.
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  2. Apr 25, 2017
    10
    A good retro metroidvania with locked area until you get the power up that lets you get there, very fun. It has 3 kind of phases, the normalA good retro metroidvania with locked area until you get the power up that lets you get there, very fun. It has 3 kind of phases, the normal where you control the SOPHIA III which is a fast tank but you can get out of the the vehicle and get throught small places and enter in dungeon where the camera turns in cenital mode. Its 10 usd cost is very good for the game Expand
  3. Mar 11, 2017
    10
    If you played the NES original and are wondering if this is worth it. It totally is.
    The game is a great reboot of the series and takes you
    If you played the NES original and are wondering if this is worth it. It totally is.
    The game is a great reboot of the series and takes you back with that 8-bit nostalgia without trying to hard.
    The multi-player feature is really fun and does not give the second player a sense of a fifth wheel. Rather the opposite. It makes you work together and decreases the small grinding factor for power-ups.
    This is a great game and for 10 USD it's more than a steal. Get it.
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  4. Jun 10, 2017
    8
    Great reboot of the old NES game shows you the true intended audience for the Nintendo Switch: Millenials and lapsed gamers looking for retroGreat reboot of the old NES game shows you the true intended audience for the Nintendo Switch: Millenials and lapsed gamers looking for retro thrills. The save anywhere feature is a welcome addition, considering that our old school skill is not as great. A great piecemeal 'purchase' as you wait for the next 'AAA' games for your brand new Switch. Expand
  5. Nov 26, 2017
    8
    Heavily NES-inspired, 2D platforming bliss!
    The addition of occasional new characters is a wonderful surprise. If you're a fan of 2D
    Heavily NES-inspired, 2D platforming bliss!
    The addition of occasional new characters is a wonderful surprise. If you're a fan of 2D platformers in general, or of the 8-bit era, or even the 16-bit era, this is for you. And for the price? You almost can't miss it.

    No, literally, you can't miss it. There is a tank driving by. :P
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  6. Aug 23, 2017
    8
    All the fun of the original with a lot less hassle. Save points before bosses and between zones. Lots of new areas, simple and functional map,All the fun of the original with a lot less hassle. Save points before bosses and between zones. Lots of new areas, simple and functional map, and easy weapon swapping. It wont come out and tell you, but L is for weapon swapping, you don't have to constantly go into your menu. I wish there was some touch screen functionality within menus though.
    There are some peculiar button holds for some base mechanics that become trial and error like grabbing hold of ladders when falling or swimming instead of just using up keys or driving on walls with ZR and its used for nothing else. You can remap all keys in options. People have complained about the inverse of Confirm being B and Cancel being A but there is a option to swap them as well.
    There are loads of new environments and obstacles on foot in dungeons with some great use of the HD rumble. And plenty of new overworld mechanics that require your tank, such as large conveyor belts you need to spin up to move platforms.

    Main complaint is its extremely easy. There are health and power-up drops everywhere so its easy to get the best on foot weapon the Wave beam and sweep minions and bosses alike while in dungeons. And its not just the over powered Wave gun that's to blame. Very few minions have the capability to fight at angles, usually just the basic left right up down. The only semi challenging bosses which are new to Zero are the overworld Tank bosses, As you don't have all weapons immediately unlocked unlike the on foot mode. So do yourself a favor and try to not use the wave gun, it makes for a more interesting fight.
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  7. Apr 15, 2017
    0
    This game is so frustrating! The game makes it so hard to aim diagonally which messes you up at the worst time. Also why is the b and a buttonThis game is so frustrating! The game makes it so hard to aim diagonally which messes you up at the worst time. Also why is the b and a button switched? The game was so bad I tried returning it but unfortunately e-shop does not allow returns! Don't waste your 10 buck on this garbage. The art did look interesting though. Expand

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