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Blaster Master Zero

Rating Summary

Based on 33 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

73%

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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchMar 9, 2017

Developer: INTI CREATES CO., LTD.

Genre: Arcade

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.

Blaster Master Zero Reviews

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While it’s a shame that its dungeon dwelling enemies are far too easily exploited, Blaster Master Zero is ultimately an enjoyable reimagining of a largely overlooked 8-bit classic thanks to the rewarding exploration-focussed structure of its side-scrolling overworld. There are enough secret rooms and power-ups to seek out (including an additional ending), that I was compelled to scour every last inch over the course of my eight-hour completion time. It’s a good reboot; just not a Masterful one.

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8 / 10
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A welcome return for one of the forgotten masters of Metroidvania, and an excellent example of how to remaster a retro classic.

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Inti Creates has modernized Blaster Masters’ gameplay, but the basic mechanics feel too thin compared to modern titles

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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.

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