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Blaster Master Zero

INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
Mar 9, 2017 - Nintendo Switch
Strong

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

74%

Critics Recommend

IGN
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Game Informer
7.3 / 10
Destructoid
8 / 10
TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
GamingTrend
85 / 100
Wccftech
7 / 10
ZTGD
7 / 10
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Blaster Master Zero – Nintendo Switch Trailer

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Critic Reviews for Blaster Master Zero

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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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

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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Structurally, Blaster Master Zero is a significant step forward for the franchise, but provided you are actively avoiding getting hit, the game is just too easy. Mildly more interesting when driving around in a tank than gunning down mutants on foot, it’s probably a great entry point to the series for more inexperienced gamers. It’s just a shame that this reintroduction doesn’t provide much of a challenge.

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A re-imagining of the 1988 NES title, Blaster Master Zero is a great game for anyone looking for classic 8-bit action. Its accessible difficulty and superb retro graphics make for a wonderful addition to the Switch’s library.

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Blaster Master Zero tries to recapture the joy of the NES classic, but the out-of-vehicle segments are just as frustrating as they were nearly thirty years ago.

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Blaster Master Zero is just one more feather in the Switch's cap and one that sits nicely on the eShop at a very welcoming price point.

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