Another month, another batch of new games for the Nintendo Switch Online’s NES service. Some more unmitigated classics are coming, as both the original Blaster Master and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link make their way to the service.

For those unaware, Blaster Master is a proto-Metroidvania where players take control of a boy named Jason and his tank — Sophia the 3rd — in exploring a subterranean environment searching for a pet frog named Fred and a roving gang of mutants: AKA the greatest premise for a story ever.

Zelda II, meanwhile, is the odd quasi-RPG black sheep of the Zelda lineage, featuring side-scrolling dungeon crawling, experience points and level-ups, and enough arcane hints to fill an eldritch scroll.

The two games are arriving on January 16th. Stay wired for other NSO releases in the coming months.


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Written by Ben Fruzzetti

Gamer, writer and devourer of pasta. Whenever not letting his daydreams run out of control, he can be found writing for Nintendo Wire, playing old JRPGs, or reading sci-fi and fantasy novels and comics.

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