Nintendo news: Two new NES games added to Nintendo Switch Online collection
Since its release last year, one of the touted benefits of a Nintendo Switch Online subscription is access to an ever-growing collection of classic NES games. Today, Nintendo has announced two more additions to that line-up: Master Blaster and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
Not to be confused with the midget/goliath tandem Master Blaster from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Blaster Master is a classic mash-up of genres but, most importantly, is a timeless fable about a boy and his frog. This boy, Jason, just also happens to have access to an all-terrain tank that can bounce.
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Interestingly, the plot of the game varies wildly between the Japanese and Western releases. In Japan, the game takes place on an alien planet - called Sophia the Third - and revolves around protecting said planet from invasion. In the other, Sophia the Third is the name of the tank (because of course, it is), and Jason finds it while searching for his pet frog, Fred. Fred, by the way, has been mutated to incredible size. Because of course, he was.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Much like its contemporary, Super Mario Bros., the sequel to The Legend of Zelda went in a direction few people expected. Zelda II seemed to actually have more in common with Final Fantasy than it did with its predecessor. Hyrule was explored via an overworld map, enemy encounters on said map were random (well, sort of...), and character progression was made via experience points. The combat was even side-scrolling. Needless to say, a lot of fans didn't quite know what to make of it.
While none of the other games in the series used this particular style, Zelda II did influence a number of other games on the NES - from the brilliant (Faxanadu) to the... not so much (Rambo). It's also the only game in the series that's a direct continuation of the original.
Both games will be available on Nintendo Switch Online starting January 16th.