Inti Creates Goes Retro with Blaster Master Zero

Monday, November 7th, 2016

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A couple days ago, it was announced on Twitter that Inti Creates had a new project in the works. I must say, I thought I had suffered a stroke when I read it, since it seemed so unlikely that Blaster Master was getting a remake. I remembered the game from my childhood and while it was certainly a classic, it didn’t particularly strike me as stylistically meshing with Inti Creates’ aesthetic style. Nevertheless, it’s true that Inti Creates and Sunsoft have banded together to make Blaster Master Zero, which is slated to release for Nintendo 3DS this Spring 2017.

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Just for contrast, this is what the original game looked like.

It’s noteworthy that the Japanese announcement of this title coincided with the 20th anniversary Fan Festa held for Inti Creates. Though the remake will have some nice facelifts, it is still slated to be an authentic 8 bit experience. As a remake, it will of course feature new areas and bosses to defeat, as well as the implementation of sub weapons. I’m truly fascinated to see what sort of a game Blaster Master Zero will be, and whether or not it has that unique Inti Creates stamp on it. To see a bit more about the game, read the full details below or check the link at the end.

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Story

In the near future on planet Earth…

Many kinds of creatures once coexisted on this verdant planet, but after countless wars and untold environmental destruction, the planet was plunged into an ice age, and humanity was left with no choice but to migrate en masse underground.

When the ice age finally came to an end, humanity begin developing methods while they were living underground to one day restore their planet to the lush green landscape it once was. During this time, a large mysterious comet fell to the earth, but the progress of restoring their lost ecosystem was coming along well, and humanity was eventually able to live on the surface once again.

Several hundred years have passed since then.

Enter a young man named Jason Frudnick, a genius in the field of robotic engineering. One day, he came upon a creature he had never seen before. No records of this creature existed, so with his interest in this mysterious creature piqued, Jason named it “Fred” and began to observe it closely. But, after some time had passed it found a way to escape.

Jason gave chase, and before he knew it he had stumbled into the subterranean world where humanity once resided. A large vehicle awaited him there.

Almost as if this vehicle with the name “SOPHIA 3rd” on the side was inviting him in, the door the cockpit opened up. In order to bring Fred back, Jason hopped into SOPHIA 3rd and set out on his adventure.

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About Josh Speer

Josh Speer is addicted to two things in equal measure : Books and Videogames. He has a degree from the University of Washington in English with an emphasis on writing. He joined Operation Rainfall last year while following it on Facebook. His two giant life goals are to write his own series of fantasy / science fiction novels and to get into the creative side of the video game industry. He is beyond pleased to now have his proverbial foot in the door thanks to the opportunity provided by Oprainfall!