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Nintendo Download: Blast Before You Buy

This week’s Nintendo Download isn’t exactly stacked, but it does include some nifty stuff. A demo of Blaster Master Zero and an NBA Jam-alike are among the offerings.

Blasting again

I’m a pretty big fan of the original Blaster Master on the NES. So as you can imagine, I bought BMZ as fast as anything. If you didn’t though, then this is a pretty cool week if you also happen to be a Switch owner. Why? Because Blaster Master Zero is all set for demoing as of right now. It’s also been updated with some new goodies too, if you own the title already.

Aside from the demo though, there’s a petty cool sounding NBA title called NBA Playgrounds that arrives on the 9th. The game focuses on some hot 2 on 2, arcade-style gameplay, which should immediately remind you of something. Yep, if you’re a fan of the classic NBA Jam series, this is one to watch.

Also this week is a TG16 great in the form of Bonk’s Adventure. The side-scrolling, caveman-starring action title was one of the very best on the Turbografx. Now that it’s come to the Virtual Console, it’s ripe for a replay. Just remember, that ‘VC’ tag means that it’s not on Switch. Th only place you can play Bonk here, is on the Wii U.

I know, bummer. But if it’s any consolation, remember that Nintendo will be adding the VC onto the Switch. Well, at at some point anyway. Presumably, that would mean that you’ll be able to play all these retro titles on the company’s newest. Presumably.

Scroll down for the full look at what’s new.

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • NBA Playgrounds: Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying 2-on-2 basketball action. Collect your favorite players from a massive roster of current and retired NBA superstars from every team. NBA Playgroundswill be available on May 9 in Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo Switch console.
    • Blaster Master Zero – Demo Version Blaster Master Zero, the 8-bit style action-adventure game, is getting a few new updates – starting with a free demo on Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo Switch console. If you were curious about the game, now’s your chance to try it out and blast some mutants. And if you have the game already, the version 1.2 update adds some fun new experiences, like a new “hard mode” that you can access after clearing the game. Also new is the EX Character Mode, which allows you to play through the entire game as one of many new DLC characters that will be available for purchase.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Bonk’s Revenge – Bonk is back in this TurboGrafx-16 sequel! Bonk’s Revenge is a side-scrolling action game in which you Jump and “Bonk” (headbutt) your enemies while you make your way to the goal at the end of each stage. Double – even triple! – your attack power by eating the meat that appears in a stage. There are eight different hidden bonus stages, and the Dinosaur Train that appears after you defeat a boss will change depending on how many Smileys you’ve collected.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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