Nintendo adds Zelda II and Blaster Master to NES classic library

Nintendo released a new video yesterday that features this month’s NES titles for the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service.

This month’s two games will be:

  • Zelda II: Adventure of Link
  • Blaster Master

They’ll both be available starting on January 16, 2019. Players will get access to virtual ports of NES classics every month, but that’s only with the yearly fee of a mere $20, which isn’t bad compared to Xbox Gold at $60 and PSN at the same price. The Switch offers the cheapest online experience out of all 3 modern consoles.

Typically, Nintendo releases 3 classic games every month, but this month they only put out two. Perhaps this will be the new trend for 2019? We’ll have to see.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is a game with mixed reviews. It takes the original Zelda and puts it into a sidescrolling adventure and was regarded as one of the most difficult Zelda games of all time. Similar to Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, many fans consider it to be the worst game of the series, but other fans totally dig the gameplay style.

On the other hand, Blaster Master is a platforming game combined with tank combat with top-down action gameplay. The game was released in 1988 and developed by Sunsoft. The game is known for its nonstop action and exploits of the NES sound chip for DPCM bass sound effects. This allowed for the game to put out a stronger bass line. The game has backtracking, resource gathering, and early Metroidvania elements. There was also a remake called Blaster Master Zero, which was released on both the Switch and 3DS in March 2017.

Both games will be available on the 16 of January and add to the list of NES classic games, joining Super Mario Bros. 3, Double Dragon, and Metroid. Additional games will be added every month throughout the year. We’ll update you the next release.

You can check out the reveal video here:


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