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Overdrive Your Master Blaster on June 18th, Europe

Posted by James Newton

Much anticipated title out next week

It's been a few months since WiiWare shooter Blaster Master: Overdrive hit the North American Wii Shop Channel, but Europeans are a patient bunch, waiting quietly for their turn to play. That wait is nearly over, as the game will be waiting for you on the Shop Channel next week, priced at 1,000 Points.

Here's the press release, complete with excellent turns of phrase such as "flesh-eating, hemoglobin-swilling terrors" and "a shape-shifting, gas-guzzling, projectile-spewing paean to destruction on four wheels." Good job, press release writer.

AICHI, JAPAN (June 11th, 2010) – Sunsoft, a division of SUN CORPORATION (JASDAQ: 6736), today announce that Blaster Master™: OVERDRIVE will be available through the WiiWare™ channel across the PAL territories from the 18th of June 2010 for 1000 Wii Points.

Released back in February for North America, Blaster Master™: OVERDRIVE is an action-shooting game that takes place on an Earth infected by an aggressive, polymorphic virus. Poor, defenseless animals worldwide infected by the virus have been turned into flesh-eating, hemoglobin-swilling terrors. Fortunately, the world has Alex. And, even more coincidentally, he happens to be one of the world’s foremost biologists - specialising in viral mutation profiles and genetic manipulation.

Every studious biologist facing imminent global annihilation needs a sweet ride, and Alex is no exception. He has S.O.P.H.I.A., a shape-shifting, gas-guzzling, projectile-spewing paean to destruction on four wheels. Things look grim, but with Alex and S.O.P.H.I.A. on the case, the world just may have a chance.

Gameplay in Blaster Master™: OVERDRIVE retains the critically acclaimed format of the original NES Blaster Master™, alternating between side-scrolling platform in S.O.P.H.I.A. and overhead-perspective blasting and exploration when controlling Alex. Upgrades for S.O.P.H.I.A. must be collected to access progressively more challenging terrain and a total of eight distinct areas. Each area features a mutant boss that must be defeated to progress.

The sublime blend of side-scrolling shooting/platform mixed with overhead perspective action/shooter areas are just as addictive now as it was in the original game.

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User Comments (14)

Collinhall

#1

Collinhall said:

The title sounded so wrong...

All joking aside, this looks like a very fun game! Can't wait to pick it up!

RGVEDA

#2

RGVEDA said:

@ Collinhall

The US has the game since 8th February! So, get online and download it :)

nintendogamerftw

#4

nintendogamerftw said:

@LEGEND_MARIOID
The main reason for its low metacritic score is that many reviewers found the game to be too challenging for them (they are classified as wimps for not trying harder :P),

GeminiSaint

#5

GeminiSaint said:

This was a fun game, and the difficulty was just right if you ask me. I definitely recomend it to anyone who loves their old-school metroidvania hardcore sidescrollers. thumbs up

BrazCanaMan

#6

BrazCanaMan said:

Personally, I think that this is one of the best games WiiWare has to offer. Definitely worth the 1000 points.

Scottie

#7

Scottie said:

Is this game really that hard, because that and the bad reviews are putting me off this game. It was on my watch list as well but not sure now.

Omega

#11

Omega said:

I do not think many people will like the game. IGN says: "...this rebirth is too clumsy and frustrating to be considered a complete success", GamerNode says about the difficulty: "It was overwhelming and just not fun.", GameTrailers say: "The game's punishing difficulty ... ...having major progress wiped clean is simply too frustrating" and so forth.

I think if you like to play through your games and have fun you better get away from this as far as possible.

EdEN

#12

EdEN said:

When will we get the update to support the classic controller?

pnutz

#13

pnutz said:

@Omega: I'm pretty sure people were asking for opinions other_than wimpy mainstream reviewers. Almost every other non-paid reviewer out there seems to enjoy the hell out of it.

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