Zelda 2 and Blaster Master Are the Two NES Games on the Switch This Month, but Another Is Japan-Only

Zelda 2 and Blaster Master Are the Two NES Games on the Switch This Month, but Another Is Japan-Only

The "weird" Zelda game and an NES classic are coming to the Switch.

Nintendo Switch Online adds two more games to its NES Classic library next week. Blaster Master and Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link will both be playable on the Switch come January 16.

As part of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription, players get access to a library of classic NES games. Nintendo has been building up the NES library with new titles each month and it's kicking off the new year with a Zelda game and the classic Sunsoft platformer.

There is a third game coming to the Switch's NES library this month as well, but unfortunately it appears to be Japan-only. According to Kotaku’s Chris Kohler, Japanese Nintendo Switch Online subscribers are getting Joy Mech Fight. Since the game was only ever released in Japan, it apparently won't be localized for western gamers.

As for the games North Americans are getting, Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link was a dramatic change to the Zelda formula when it first came out for the NES in 1987. Zelda 2 ditched the top-down perspective to become a side-scroller, and new RPG elements were added on top of the classic action combat. While at the time fans were confused by the drastic reinventions, Zelda 2 was later recognized for its willingness to break rules and redefine the Zelda formula. We even named it the 13th best Zelda game of all time.

Blaster Master is a gonzo NES game that originally came out in 1988. Taking place on an alien planet, Blaster Master is best-remembered for the way it changed from a 2D sidescrolling perspective to a top-down one depending on which character the player controlled at the time. The non-linear map and wide arsenal of weapons was also emblematic of the metroidvania genre.

Nintendo Switch Online is Nintendo's answer to PSN and Xbox Live Gold. Along with access to the Switch's online features and NES library, subscribers get exclusive deals like these classic NES controllers. For more on Nintendo Switch Online including pricing and features, check out our Nintendo Switch Online guide.

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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