Nintendo Switch Online is slowly adding more titles to its library of NES games, and two more are joining the service later this month.
Starting on January 16th, both the original Blaster Master and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link will be added to the classic games list. Some fans may have already played Blaster Master Zero, the 8-bit game that released shortly after the Switch’s launch and built on Blaster Master‘s gameplay with some modern twists, but for any who didn’t play or don’t want to pay for a new game, this release of Blaster Master is as close to the original as you’ll find on the Switch.
#Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master are coming to #NintendoSwitchOnline – Nintendo Entertainment System! Set up your membership now and start playing on 1/16! https://t.co/ZPh216goDt pic.twitter.com/XKKhdPMb3K
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 9, 2019
Zelda II is one of the biggest breaks from what’s now considered the Legend of Zelda series norm. Unlike the original The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II is a side-scrolling game with platforming elements and limited lives. While it’s quite different, it did introduce some elements that would later become staples of the franchise, such as Link’s magic meter and the character of Dark Link.
In order to play these games, users must be subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online, though there’s a one-time week-long free trial for new subscribers who really want to test a particular game. Nintendo Switch Online also offers some other benefits, such as the ability to save your game to the cloud and onine multiplayer services in some games. Nintendo Switch Online can be purchased for $20 per year.
Source: Nintendo of America on Twitter