Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blaster Master Released for Virtual Console - Must Have

Blaster Master was released for Virtual Console on 12/14 and I am here to say, one of the best games to be released for the NES.  It costs the standard 500 Wii points to get and will be well worth your money. The game itself is a combination side-scroller and overhead scroller that shows a variety of graphical abilities and tight controls.  Sunsoft had attempted to duplicate the same experience of it in 'Fester's Quest' and failed miserably.

Released in 1988, Blaster Master was based off the Famicom game, Chô Wakusei Senki Metafight.  A fabulous (sarcasm intended) story of a boy who follows his frog Fred down a pipe into the center of the earth (after the frog becomes huge after touching radioactive materials, I would hate to leave that out).  Our main character jumps down the pipe to find that there are radioactive creatures living below the earth's surface and he must defeat them using his special vehicle.

Storyline aside, the game itself is eight difficult levels split with half being spent in the vehicle as a side-scroller and the other half controlling the character in a overhead 2-D experience.  Overall, not only is the game tough and graphically superior to 90+% of the rest of the NES library, it offers op notch controls and killer soundtrack that make this a must have for Virtual Console.  Since I don't have VC, I think I will go play it the way God intended, in my NES.

Side note, there was a sequel Blaster Master 2 for Genesis,  Blaster Master: Enemy Below for GameBoy Color, and Blaster Master: Blasting Again for PlayStation.

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