Blaster Master Zero for Switch and 3DS is the game that keeps on giving; the next software update will feature two indie game legends that are ready to venture into the mutant-filled subterranean depths. Yes, soon you'll be able to play Blaster Master as Shantae or Shovel Knight.

Version 1.3 of Blaster Master Zero will go live on 6th July, at which point the Shantae character DLC will be available on the Switch/3DS eShop. Shovel Knight will hit the eShop on 3rd August, and both characters - just like Gunvolt and Ekoro before them - will be available for free for the first two weeks after they release. After their free download periods are over the characters will be available to purchase for $1.99USD (UK/Euro prices TBC).

Based on how well the characters appear to be integrated into the world of Blaster Master Zero in the trailer above, it looks like we're in for a real treat.

Let us know if you are excited to play Blaster Master as Shantae or Shovel Knight with a comment below.