Inti Creates announced new details about their return to the 1988 Blaster Master franchise with Blaster Master Zero.
The developer has revealed that the game will launch on March 9 exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch. Previously the game had only been revealed as a 3DS exclusive e-shop title, but now it’ll also see a release on the new console.
However, the Switch version will be a little different from it’s handheld counter part as the developer states they will “take advantage of the Switch hardware”. These differences include a new co-op Multiplayer mode for players to utilize the two Nintendo Switch controls as well as HD rumble support with the Joy-Con controllers.
The developer details the game’s premise:
The Blaster Master series makes its long-awaited return with loads of new and improved mutant blasting action on the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS!
After acquiring the license to the legendary NES classic Blaster Master from Sunsoft, Inti Creates set out to create a new game that both pays homage to the original and takes the gameplay to the next level with numerous new and improved gameplay features added.
The graphics for the game use the original Blaster Master at a starting point to create pixel art that both appeals to a modern audience and harkens back to the glory days of the NES.
With new bosses to fight, new areas to explore, and a host of new features and upgrades, Blaster Master Zero is a fresh new blasting experience for newcomers and series veterans alike!
Blaster Master Zero starts the story over again from “zero”!
One day, a young man named Jason Frudnick, known for being a genius in the field of robotic engineering, discovered a strange creature that he had never seen before. No records of this mysterious creature could be found, so Jason gave it the name “Fred” and took it to his lab to begin closely observing it.
Shortly after that, an accident occurred in the lab and Fred managed to escape. Fred jumped into a hole that seemingly appeared out of nowhere. Jason followed, and before he knew it, he found himself in a cave where the battle vehicle “SOPHIA III” awaited him.
With his curiosity in this incredibly high tech vehicle piqued, Jason hopped abroad SOPHIA III and began his adventure in the vast subterranean world in search of Fred.