Blaster Master & Zelda 2 hit Nintendo Switch Online next week

Two more classic NES games are set to hit the Nintendo Switch Online service in the next week.

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Nintendo is slowly sprucing up its Nintendo Switch Online library. The service has more than a few dozen classic NES games, some of which include rare gems that have never seen a Nintendo Virtual Console release. Nintendo will add two more games to its NES - Nintendo Switch Online catalog next week, which should interest old-school players of all stripes.

Blaster Master - Nintendo Switch Online
Blaster Master

The two games set to hit the NES - Nintendo Switch Online service next week include:

  • Blaster Master: The premise of this old-school Metroidvania (before that term was ever a thing) is a bit of a bizarre one. A boy loses his pet frog and sets out to retrieve him by jumping into a powerful tank and exploring a labyrinth of tunnels. Players must defeat the Plutonium Boss and his army of mutants, but to do so, they'll have to run through both side-scrolling and top-down sections of increasing difficulty.
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link: Long considered the red-headed stepchild of the Legend of Zelda world, this sequel to the original has recently benefitted from bursts of nostalgia. Enough time has passed that hardened Zelda fans have come to appreciate this side-scrolling Legend of Zelda adventure for its own merits, as well as its crushing difficulty.

As is the case with the rest of the NES - Nintendo Switch Online library, players can access these games as part of their Nintendo Switch Online membership. They'll also be able to save their progress at any point and return to their game later.

Both Blaster Master and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link will be available on Thursday, January 16. In the meantime, those who loved the original Blaster Master may be interested to know that there is a sequel out there on the Nintendo Switch. If you haven't picked up 2017's Blaster Master Zero, a recent sequel that retains the original 8-bit aesthetic, go out and give it a shot.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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    January 8, 2019 7:40 PM

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      January 8, 2019 8:35 PM

      I like Blaster Master a lot.

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      January 8, 2019 8:35 PM

      I LOVED Blaster Master back in the day.
      Never finished it, but I loved playing.

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      January 9, 2019 1:17 AM

      I hope the grenade pause cheat in BM still works!

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        January 9, 2019 4:35 AM

        What's this, precious?

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          January 9, 2019 4:40 AM

          There was a cheat back in the day where you'd throw the grenade, and when its playing the damage animation you'd press pause. The animation kept playing but more importantly, the damage kept going too. So wait for a little while unpause and boom, dead boss.

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      January 9, 2019 3:02 AM

      Yes, excellent!

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      January 9, 2019 4:35 AM

      I had just dug out my original Blaster Master cartridge out of storage while cleaning up! YAY!!! This updates are definitely making the controllers worthwhile.

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      January 9, 2019 4:36 AM

      Been enjoying the hell out of blaster master zero