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Nintendo news: Two new NES games added to Nintendo Switch Online collection

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41   //    10 Jan 2019, 01:01 IST

This is the one where Zelda takes a nap the whole game.
This is the one where Zelda takes a nap the whole game.

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.

Blaster Master
Blaster Master

Blaster Master

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
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

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.

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Kevin Sullivan has been writing about games online since 1999. Which makes him probably older than you. He's written for sites such as Uproxx and Austin.com. He's also performed stand-up comedy, attended Butt-Numb-A-Thon and E3, and owns some pretty cool t-shirts. He lives outside of Austin, TX with his wife, daughter and three annoying cats. He also writes about pro wrestling right here! At SportsKeeda!
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