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Inti Creates will bring Blaster Master Zero to the Nintendo 3DS in 2017.

At today’s Fan Festa event in Ichikawa, Inti Creates revealed that they are developing a sequel to the NES classic, Blaster Master.

Inti Creates have acquired the license to the original Blaster Master game that was first developed by Sunsoft in 1988 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The new game, named Blaster Master Zero, will come to the Nintendo 3DS via the eShop in Spring next year.

Using the original as a starting point Inti are aiming to create an 8-bit style experience that evokes the games from the ’80s but also makes use of modern technology. The game will include brand new areas and bosses, plus extra sub-weapons and expanded exploration mechanics.

It all sounds a bit Shovel Knight, doesn’t it? And that’s no bad thing in our book.

Screens from the game certainly look the part and we’re big fans of 2D, sprite-based games using the 3D capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS. Blaster Master should be a perfect fit for the system and will hopefully be another title – along with Shovel Knight, Azure Striker Gunvolt and Mighty Switch Force – to use nostalgia as the starting point for enjoyable but modern gaming experience.

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