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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. Nintendo Force 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 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  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. 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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  5. Mar 24, 2019
    8
    Blaster Master Zero is a reboot done right. It starts with the solid but flawed foundation of the original Blaster Master, and builds a newBlaster Master Zero is a reboot done right. It starts with the solid but flawed foundation of the original Blaster Master, and builds a new world with great music and a far better story. Although developer Inti Creates is known for making difficult games, BMZ is accessible and fun while packing a solid challenge. Fans of the original are sure to get a kick out of this one. Expand
  6. Jan 9, 2018
    7
    This was a surprisingly solid little game. It was pretty easy to grasp and readily enjoyable. The controls are pretty solid and the differentThis was a surprisingly solid little game. It was pretty easy to grasp and readily enjoyable. The controls are pretty solid and the different weapons are fun to use. I'd have rated it one higher, but the game has a problematic case of last-level-itis where the difficulty suddenly spikes at the end, and for some reason the creators decided to make one of the last areas a stealth level, which wasn't fun at all after playing 5ish hours of straight shooter. I'd recommend this if you can pick it up for under $5. It's fun for a time, but you may end up feeling cheated toward the end if you pay full price. Expand
  7. Jul 24, 2021
    0
    God, you can soft lock yourself if you fall into the water too early in the game.

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