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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.


Blaster Master NES In this area, the entrances to the overhead sequence looks like a castle
Blaster Master NES Japanese title screen
Blaster Master NES I feel so small without my tank!
Blaster Master NES Unfortunately SOPHIA can not climb down ladders

Promo Images

Blaster Master Magazine Advertisement Page 80
Blaster Master Screenshot
Blaster Master Screenshot
Blaster Master Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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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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