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Blaster Master 2

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Blaster Master 2
Publisher: Sunsoft
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: Sound Images v1.2
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.99[1] T-15076



Blaster Master 2 is a direct sequel to the NES game Blaster Master. It was released exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive in 1993, only in North America.

Gameplay

For the most part, Blaster Master 2 borrows elements seen in the original Blaster Master, however the top-down on-foot sections are replaced with side-scrolling boss battles, and new top-down tank sections are added.

History

Development

Blaster Master 2 was handled by a team at Software Creations, rather than internally at Sunsoft like its prequel. The Japanese arm of Sunsoft had at this point tossed aside the Blaster Master franchise due to sluggish sales in Japan, however the game sold very well in North America and so a western-developed sequel was put into production. As such, the original team were initially unaware of Blaster Master 2's existence.

Release

Blaster Master 2 was not manufactured in large numbers, and is now considered to be one of the more valuable Mega Drive games.

Promotional material

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #45: "April 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #46: "May 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[3]
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VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) #54: "July 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 №46, p58[1]
51 №13, p60
80 №12, p48
81 №21, p62/63
90 №12, p56-58[4]
76 №46, p62/63[5]
59 №4, p48/49[6]
Sega Mega Drive
76
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 c11e4ba1
MD5 dd38021ff9cb67cfc24a1ad7447e4e3e
SHA-1 20c9b85f543ef8e66a97e6403cf486045f295d48
1MB 1993-02 Cartridge (US)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 046.pdf, page 58
  2. File:SegaVisions US 13.pdf, page 97
  3. File:GamePro US 046.pdf, page 115
  4. File:MeanMachinesSega12UK.pdf, page 59
  5. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 62
  6. File:SegaForceMega UK 04.pdf, page 48