Zelda 2 and Blaster Master are January’s free NES games for Switch Online Subscribers

I don’t know if we’ve mentioned it before, but we bloody love these free NES games that come as part of the £17.99 a year Switch Online Subscription.

New NES titles are added monthly, and on January 16th two more games will be added to the ever-growing catalogue which already stands at over 30 NES games. The latest additions will be Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master, as was confirmed by Nintendo’s Twitter account:

Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link is, quite obviously, the sequel to the original The Legend of Zelda. Released all the way back in 1987 (feel old yet?), it’s notable for being the only game in the series that featured side-scrolling platforming gameplay. I wonder if it took inspiration from a certain Italian plumber? It’s also notable for being the only direct sequel in the series before we started venturing into prequels, parallel universes, alternate realities and all other types of confusing mumbo jumbo.

Blaster Master, meanwhile, is a platform shooter from the same ilk as Metroid. Released in 1988, it follows the story of Jason who follows his just-recently-mutated-due-to-radioactive-waste pet frog (who is named Fred) down a hole into the earth, where he finds a tank that he must use to defeat radioactive mutants. No, honestly, that’s the plot. Regardless of the absurdity of that plot (give them a break, though, it was 1988), the game was very well received and is still widely regarded as one of the best games that were available on the NES, although it has faced some criticisms due to its difficulty.

Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master will both become available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers on Wednesday 16th January.

Chris is our resident FPS-obsessed football fanatic who, when not playing an FPS or FIFA, can probably be found spending the odd 100 hours or so building his perfect farm on Stardew Valley. Chris has grown up on gaming and loves nothing more than talking about games and hearing the opinions of his fellow gamers before stubbornly arguing with them until they agree with him. Chris comes to you with a hint of cynicism and plenty of sarcasm.

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