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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: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  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. Aug 20, 2017
    10
    I love this game, it's somewhat like a Metroidvania in that new abilities help you to access new areas but there are also secrets hidden inI love this game, it's somewhat like a Metroidvania in that new abilities help you to access new areas but there are also secrets hidden in the worlds to help you make progress. The retro style is lovely and the music and gameplay are absolutely top notch. Definitely one of my favourite games of the year and on the Switch! Expand
  3. Feb 13, 2020
    9
    A classic is born anew. While I enjoyed the original Blaster Master, this reimagining brings a whole lot more to the table along with tons ofA classic is born anew. While I enjoyed the original Blaster Master, this reimagining brings a whole lot more to the table along with tons of extras and content that makes replaying the game a desirable endeavor. Expand
  4. Sep 13, 2017
    8
    for those who played the original game, they will love this awesome throwback... from the graphics to the actual gameplay they game has itfor those who played the original game, they will love this awesome throwback... from the graphics to the actual gameplay they game has it all... it would have been nice to see the game with better graphics though it is not a deal breaker (for me). Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2020
    8
    This was the first indie I played on the Switch and playing the demo bought a smile on my face I could not wipe off so I had to have thisThis was the first indie I played on the Switch and playing the demo bought a smile on my face I could not wipe off so I had to have this game.
    In saying that, I have played though the game twice, the second time was not as great as I recall.
    The levels were abit long and kind of all over the place in the end. I did not enjoy back tracking for like 5/6 minutes to previous stages just to progress to the next level. But don't let that scare you.
    I had a great time playing this game
    The secret caves with the top down view invented variety I enjoyed. The pixel art was bang on looking like a SNES title.
    The music and story both very very good. I enjoyed the upgrades given and a trial on how to use them. Also to mention the boss battles had variety and fun as heck, especially with the build up cut scene. This is a retro game remake done right.
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  6. Apr 6, 2018
    7
    Not the best Metroidvania on the Switch but it's hard not to recommend for a mere 10 dollars.
  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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