By now there is a good chance you’ll have learned about the Blaster Master Zero update that comes to Switch today, but what you may not know is that news was under embargo.

Inti Creates specifically sent out the information and requested those they sent it to, to sit on the information until the embargo lifts and then post it at the site’s leisure, but not everyone listened and sure we could have done the same, but we are not like that. The version 1.2 update may be “old news,” but it was news that wasn’t meant to drop until now, so regardless of the fact you may have read all about it by the time you read this, we’re going to post it anyway, whilst obeying the embargo as that’s just the kind of website we are. So without further ado, here’s everything there is to know about the new update that is available now on Switch and comes to 3DS tomorrow:

Blaster Master Zero Ver. 1.2 Adds Two Brand New Modes:

(Long-awaited “hard mode” and character DLC revealed)

Blaster Master Zero Ver. 1.2 is here, and it comes with two brand new gameplay modes that have been added to the game free of charge! Enjoy the new super difficult Destroyer Mode and EX Character Mode, which allows you to play as a cast of DLC characters! A demo version is also available, so first timers can now give the game a try before they buy!

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at what’s in store for Blaster Master Zero’s first major content update!

Destroyer Mode:

In Version 1.2, the all new Destroyer Mode, a super difficult “hard mode” that you can access after clearing the game, has been added!

In this mode, it calls for you to make the right call at every turn and make use of your entire arsenal if you want to have a chance at defeating these powered up mutants.

Destroyer Mode provides a whole new type of challenge for those who have completed the game once before, so be sure to give it a try!

In Destroyer Mode, Jason and SOPHIA III receive a little colour makeover!

Whoa, hang on a sec! The strongest weapon in Normal Mode, Wave (Gun Level 8), doesn’t work against these guys! You have to choose the pertinent gun level for each enemy or else you won’t deal any damage.

When an enemy is destroyed on side view maps, it unleashes bullets that fly in the player’s direction. Careless attacks can prove to be quite costly!

The Energy Guard item has absolutely no effect in Destroyer Mode. If you want to keep your Gun Level up, you’ll need to make sure you manoeuvre very carefully.

Life Up items also have no effect. Get ready for even tougher boss fights!

Types of items that are placed throughout each area and the items that you obtain from defeating mid-bosses have been changed up a bit.


EX Character Mode:

Version 1.2 also comes with EX Character Mode, which allows you to play through the entire game as one of many brand new DLC characters that will be available. These characters aren’t just skins, though! They have their own set of abilities and weapons that create a gameplay experience completely different from that of the main protagonist, Jason. 

Have a look at some of the characters that we currently have planned for EX Character Mode!

DLC Characters Every time a new character gets released for EX Character Mode, you will be able to download that character for FREE for a two week period following the release of the character! It’s the perfect chance to experience the game in a whole new way with beloved characters from a wide range of IPs!


Free Download Timeframes:

EX Character: Gunvolt – 5/4/2017~5/17/2017

EX Character: Ekoro – 6/1/2017~6/14/2017


*After their free download period has ended, characters will become paid DLC.


EX Character – Gunvolt:

Release Date: May 4, 2017

Price: $1.99 (following his free download promotion)

The main protagonist from the Azure Striker Gunvolt series strikes into the fray as a playable character!

With Gunvolt’s septimal power of electricity, take control his “Flashfield” and “Prevasion” abilities and give those mutant baddies the shock of a lifetime!


EX Character – Ekoro:

Release Date: June 1, 2017

Price: $1.99 (following her free download promotion)

The “elite” angel you remember from Mighty Gunvolt and the Gal*Gun series returns as a playable character!

Take control of her chargeable, dual-wielding “Desert Angel” guns and other angelic weaponry and give those mutants a taste of your love!

There are a lot more DLC characters on the way, and for each new character we introduce, you will be able to download them for free within the first two weeks of their release just like Gunvolt and Ekoro!

Demo Version:

In the demo version of Blaster Master Zero, you will be able to choose between two stages: The Forest Area (Area 1) where your subterranean adventure begins and the Industrial Area (Area 3), a factory where the Central Gear boss reigns supreme and large shutters and conveyor belts block the way. The demo version on Nintendo Switch also has local multiplayer available.

The Ver. 1.2 update is now available for Switch owners worldwide, whereas the 3DS version will be available when the Nintendo eShop updates on May 4th. At that time, the demo version and Gunvolt DLC will also open up for download as well for both Switch and 3DS.
For a more in-depth at Blaster Master Zero Version 1.2, have a look at the official trailer!

Now as someone who played and reviewed Blaster Master Zero, it is great to see Inti Creates going to such lengths to keep the game relevant since it released back in March as it is a great game, but as far as the Miketendo64 Take goes on the whole way they are handling the dlc, is genius! Everyone loves free dlc but dlc that for a limited time is free is something else entirely! The fact that it is free to download when it comes out actually entices consumers to purchase the product before purchasing it at a later date and then buying the dlc afterwards!


Not only is it a great ploy, but the dlc is easily affordable anyway, as is the game $9.99 and instead of making the game available at a discount during the time this update comes into effect, Inti Creates has put out a well-crafted demo for players to try out and see if they like it or not. This is certainly an innovative way to do things and change the formula, so nice move Inti. You are clearly thinking out of the box and we applaud you for it, but what about you our delightful readers?

What do You make of this play by Inti?  We know you’ve got something to say so why not come out with it! We’ve given you our perspective on this and now it’s time for you to give us yours!


Source: Inti Creates PR

By Mike Scorpio

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