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Blaster Master (NES)

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Description

The game begins with a classic story of a boy and his frog who runs away, becomes radioactive and jumps into a hole. More importantly however, it is a story about a boy named Jason who finds a fully functional battletank, SOFIA the 3rd, and goes adventuring around the underground. His mission is to find new weapons and add-on parts to the battletank, which will in turn allow him to explore more areas until eventually he finds that freedom-loving mutant frog. And while he's down there he might as well defeat the Evil Plutonium Boss who wishes to threaten the Earth.

Blaster Master is an action game that mixes platform and overhead segments. Most of the platforming levels are spent in the tank, which can fire its main cannon as well as secondary weapons with limited ammunition: homing missiles, lightning ball, and warhead missile. The tank cannot access every area in the platform levels; in order to advance, Jason often has to step out and explore on foot.

At that point the view switches to top-down. Jason can use his gun and toss grenades to dispatch of regular enemies and bosses encountered on his way. The gun can be upgraded by collecting power-ups. The goal of the top-down stages usually involves obtaining special abilities for the tank, such as swimming, driving on walls, and hovering in the air, which must be used at specific locations in the platform stages.

The game uses a "continue" system and ends when Jason has lost all his lives. There is no password feature and no possibility to save game progress.

Screenshots

Blaster Master NES Atomic Batteries to power!... Turbines to speed!...
Blaster Master NES SOPHIA is missing a few parts. At least I have airbags.
Blaster Master NES Japanese title screen
Blaster Master NES Unfortunately SOPHIA can not climb down ladders

Alternate Titles

  • "超惑星戦記メタファイト" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Chōwakuseisenki Metafight" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

One of the true classic console action games Multimedia Mike (17464) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Video Game Den Mar 20, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Quebec Gamers May 05, 2007 9.3 out of 10 93
Mean Machines Mar, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Consoles Plus Apr, 1992 91 out of 100 91
HonestGamers Jun 09, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Hardcore Gaming 101 2000 8 out of 10 80
SwankWorld 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameCola.net Nov, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
The Video Game Critic Mar 16, 2004 C+ 58

Forums

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Awesome Blaster Master Tribute Album 2 Foxhack (12491)
Aug 01, 2009

Trivia

Japanese version

The Japanese version differs from other oversea releases in that it doesn't have the intro sequence that explains the whole bit about your frog, radiation and the underground cave. This is because the Japanese version has a completely different story in which the main character is the hero of the planet Sophia and has to fight off an alien invasion (this difference also introduces minor changes to the game's beginning and ending).

Sound effects

Most of the sound effects in Blaster Master were eventually reused for several other SunSoft NES games, the most notorious of which was Fester's Quest which features similar gameplay to Blaster Master's overhead-view sequences.

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WildKard (12157) added Blaster Master (NES) on Aug 22, 2003
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