First of all: Right, I know this isn’t Mega Man-related, and Mega Man-esque might even be pushing it. But the original Blaster Master Zero did feature some Mega Man-esque characters as downloadable content, so in lieu of much else going on, I’m running with it.
That said, Inti Creates surprised everyone today during the Nindies Showcase for Spring 2019 with an announcement about Blaster Master Zero 2 — that announcement being that it’s available now on Nintendo Switch.
Sudden, is it not?
The story of Blaster Master Zero 2 begins a few months after the events of the first game (released on March 9th, 2017), where the main protagonist Jason saves planet Earth from the mutants. Jason's partner and support droid of their battle tank SOPHIA III, Eve, was infected by mutant cells that have been slowly corrupting her body, so together with Jason and Fred the frog, they board their new battle tank G-SOPHIA and begin an intergalactic journey to Eve's home planet Sophia in hopes of finding a cure for the mutant infection.
Blaster Master Zero rebooted the original Sunsoft classic for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and while that story was continued through various sequels, Blaster Master Zero 2 appears to take things in a new direction, including new characters who have their own Metal Attacker tanks who will both assist and engage you throughout the course of the adventure. Fortunately, Jason and the new G-SOPHIA have some new abilities of their own. From the press release:
· G-SOPHIA's Gaea System is the key to maximum mutant blasting efficiency!
The Gaea System converts the energy created by the impact of falling from tall heights or taking damage, then turns that energy into SP. By making good use of the terrain, more and more SP can be recovered, allowing Jason to use more of G-SOPHIA's sub-weapons.
Mastering the Gaia System brings out G-SOPHIA's full potential, allowing players to traverse stages in an ultra-satisfying way.
· Get familiar with Jason's new technique, the BLAST COUNTER.
Jason's got a new trick up his sleeve! In top-down view stages, Jason can initiate a BLAST COUNTER at the moment an enemy makes an attack, allowing him to deliver a powerful counterattack.
Getting a feel for BLAST COUNTERS allows you to dish out lots of damage and make good use of your wide variety of gun levels and sub-weapons. This is the key to clearing top-down view stages with speed!
· Power up G-SOPHIA and Jason as you travel across the galaxy!
Search high and low across the planets you visit to find hidden maps for small planetoids in their orbit. Explore a wide variety of planetoids and find upgrades for G-SOPHIA and Jason.
· A whole new group of Metal Attackers with their own pilots and support droids takes the stage!
Throughout his journey, Jason crosses paths with a motley cast of Metal Attacker battle-tank pilots and their respective support droids. Sometimes they're friend, sometimes they're foe.
I quite enjoyed the first Blaster Master Zero (much more than the original NES game, in fact), and look forward to trying out this sequel. It’s available now in the Nintendo Switch eShop for $9.99 / €9.99 / £8.99, but if you’re going to PAX East 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts (March 28th to March 31st), they’ll be exhibiting the game at their booth (#24114) on the show floor. Not only can you try before you buy, but they’ll also have official Inti Creates merchandise and a different Blaster Master Zero 2 character pin to give out in their daily pin giveaway.
Until then, you can check out more of the game in our gallery: