Music Friday: Blaster Master Area 1

 

Hello! Let’s all tread together the treacherous path of the final day of the work week joined by some great music!

Blaster Master. That blasted (teehee!) NES game on which I spent many game sessions, trying to figure out its maps, its enemies and its horrors. Well, “horrors” may be a bit too extreme, but that game was a fantastic piece of software that was hard as hell.

In this game you piloted this really cool vehicle with a cannon, traversing mysterious environments while you searched for your pet frog. Yeah, it was odd. Eventually you had to jump off the vehicle and enter this little dungeon-like areas to fight enemies and bosses. Every world was a labyrinth and the first step was finding where the correct way was, and then find and kill the boss in the correct dungeon. It was the days of limited lives and no eternal continues – you had to become good, you had to explore the maps, you had to. Come to think of it, it was like playing a Souls game, but with limited respawns. Standard NES difficulty!

I never finished the game during those days. I didn’t have the game, mind you, someone lend it to me. I reached the final boss and died. I got frustrated and didn’t play the game again in quite a while. I did finish the game, years later, via emulation. It still stands as one of the best NES games for me, and the music was pretty good. It even had one of the creepiest music tracks I’d heard in a Nintendo game, in the final level which also happened to be a royally messed up place.

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