Blaster Master (NES) Part 2 – James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / September 8th, 2014


  • September 8, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Thanks for another vid guys love this game.

  • September 8, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Blaster master is a game i never heard of back then untill 3 years ago. Thanks for playing the rest of the game for me.

  • Drewt66

    September 8, 2014 at 2:24 am


  • Wayne

    September 8, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Blaster Master is an extremely difficult game to win without using the “bomb and pause” technique on the bosses. While the power-ups to the vehicle and exploring are kind of cool and fun the first time through, the game doesn’t have very good replay value. Because the game is so long and has no “save” feature, it really isn’t something to just play for fun when you have some free time to kill. Even Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a far easier game to win because it is so straight-forward. The design elements of Fester’s Quest are a nearly identical clone of the overhead sections of Blaster Master.

    • silverwings

      September 8, 2014 at 8:09 am

      I beg to differ, it does have good reply value, due to it’s difficulty. You keep coming back to try and finally beat it.

      • Wayne

        September 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        When the game was first released and after I was finally able to win it, I lost interest in playing it again because it was such a long game and didn’t have any “save” or password features. It isn’t as bad if you use an emulator and can save the game (although, that isn’t quite the same experience as playing the game on a NES), but after winning the game (on a NES or using an emulator) there really isn’t a desire to want to play and win the game again.

      • April 26, 2015 at 1:15 pm

        That kinda depends on your definition of ‘replay’
        Is replay value based on how many times you’d want to finish the game or turn the game on?

    • September 15, 2014 at 4:03 am

      Nah you’re just bad at it

  • Nintendomaniac

    September 8, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Ahh…disappointed you guys only fought the crab boss in level 5 once. He used to give me so much trouble as a kid…took me years to finally beat him. I consider him the hardest boss in the game.

    Sucks that you guys had lost interest by that point…would have been fun to see you trying to beat him over and over, like with the Joker in Batman.

    • silverwings

      September 8, 2014 at 8:01 am

      I was also hoping they would have put more effort into fighting the crab.

      The easiest way to beat the crab is to fill up the Gun Power Bar full, stand in the back of the room, and blast away. It may take a while to kill the crab this way, but it’s the safest way; win through attrition.

      • Nintendomaniac

        September 8, 2014 at 9:08 pm

        As a kid, I could never manage to get to the crab with a fully charged gun…so I always had to fight him with the grenades. I finally got to the point where I was really good at dodging his bubbles, and getting close enough to hit him.

  • KennyM

    September 8, 2014 at 2:57 am

    not only did the 3ds eshop just add this, they also just added street fighter 2010 and milons secret castle, this cannot be a coincidence anymore! nerds fans at Nintendo? why torture the innocent? whats next, virtual boy ports!?!

  • September 8, 2014 at 3:00 am

    These videos are a thousand times better than the recent movie

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    September 8, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Right at the start i love the parody of the average CoD gamer: “I gotta think in this game, really?” Ahahahahah.
    This game is even more amazing than what i though, i forgot the fact that it used the NES to calculate muliple hits at the same time and also it preloaded the whole game, that’s why you can go back to the very start even from the end of the game.
    Let’s spread this game around guys.

    • September 8, 2014 at 7:56 am

      It doesn”t preload the entire game, that’s not possible considering the NES has 2K of memory and the game is hundreds of Kilobytes. It just doesn’t block you from backtracking.

      • Stefanoragnopazzo

        September 9, 2014 at 2:34 am

        If you know Nintendo hardware you know that they allow pretty good workarounds.

        Like the SNES not having actual 3D but they put a chip in cartridges and boom now it has it.

        Like the N64 not having a sound chip supporting proper voice formats and boom Conker Bad Fur Day has it.

        Or the amount of content they were able to put in Brawl and Xenoblade Chronicles and make it stay in 10 seconds loading times.

        These are the more known examples. They just put all the memory, both from the cartridge, yes NES cartridges have a memory chip, and the NES to load the game. Why can i say this? Because Blaster Master doesn’t have passwords, nor save features nor it remembers some statistics.

        Official from Nintendo:

        The NES contains 2 KiB of onboard work RAM. A game cartridge may contain expanded RAM to increase this amount. It also has 2 KiB of video RAM for the use of the picture processing unit (PPU), 256 bytes of OAM (object attribute memory) to hold a display list of sprites, and 28 bytes of palette RAM. The system supports up to 32 KiB of program ROM at a time, but this can be expanded by orders of magnitude by the process of bank switching. Additionally, cartridges may contain 16,352 bytes (nearly 16 KiB) of address space reserved as “Expansion Area”, which often contained an 8 KiB SRAM. Expanded Video memory (VROM or VRAM) may also be available on the cartridge (on-cartridge mapping hardware also allowing further video expansion past 12 KiB).

        So many workarounds, i see them already.

  • Gerald Robinson

    September 8, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Please play Rygar on NES. Not only is it a great game with amazing music but it’s a lot like this and Metroid.

  • September 8, 2014 at 5:19 am

    you know you should try out bonk for TurboGrafx or lemmings games. Never seen you playing them.

  • September 8, 2014 at 5:39 am

    James and Mike are STILL playing Blaster Master? *sigh* Can’t they just get beyond Thunderdome?

  • Glorious Gerbil

    September 8, 2014 at 6:29 am

    The fuck are you on about james and mike? Marmaduke is great stuff.

  • Don Skiver

    September 8, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Blaster Master is a great game…the only things that I really, *really* don’t like about it is the fact that it doesn’t have any kind of save feature or password feature. It’s just too big and long of a game to do it all in one sitting. It also wouldn’t hurt to have a freaking map screen…but I guess I can live without it.
    I mean the original Metroid didn’t have a map screen, right? But it *did* have a password feature… : /

    • silverwings

      September 8, 2014 at 8:03 am

      They give you the maps in the Manual.

      • Don Skiver

        September 8, 2014 at 9:23 pm

        Not everyone can be fortunate enough to be able to buy the game complete with manual.. 🙁
        But the map (or lack therof) is the much smaller of the two complaints I had about this game, with the larger of the two being the lack of a save feature or password feature.

    • Darren Guillet

      September 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      It can be beaten easily in around an hour if you’re well practiced. It’s not terribly hard once you know where everything is. It just takes more effort than a lot of people were willing to put into it.

  • Robin Wise

    September 8, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Thanks for another vid to start my school week!!

    It’s been a while sionce you made an Atari video. It’s bveen over 30 episodes!!! Please make another James and Mike Play Atari video for next weeks J&M Mondays. You should review Pitfall!, Missile Command, Adventure, and some of the more obscure games like Keystone Kapers, Warlords, and other agmes. or just review a bunch of Activision agmes. i’d love it if you could do that next or the week after.

    • September 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      We certainly want to do more Atari related videos. We’ll get back to it someday. There’s just an endless amount of games to be played.

      • Devlin Anderson

        September 10, 2014 at 2:59 am

        I’m almost positive that that level is in space, it would explain the slowness cause of zero G, and this doesn’t seem like the type of game that would warrant a water level.

      • Devlin Anderson

        September 10, 2014 at 3:01 am

        NEVERMIND. I just saw the little guy swimming, I’m dumb.

  • Deathbringer

    September 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Marmaduke is still in the paper and I read it to this day, since I was a child. Gotta love the dog.

  • Samuel Schild

    September 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I’ve met the guy who draws Marmaduke at a young writers conference!!!!

  • seaweedsalad

    September 8, 2014 at 11:32 am

    It’s so painful watching you guys play this classic game. You guys are sooo bad. YOU NEVER EVEN USE YOUR SECONDARY WEAPONS! i see you are fully stocked up on all the ammo. dont you know you can easilt kill those little bug things just by jumping over them and using lightning? no… no you dont.
    I wish you would just get bootsy to play on mandays cause you guys suck.
    You guys dont even know about the pause cheat for the bosses!!! uggggggh

  • September 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Thx for playing the game! I was interested in Master Blaster at first glance, but now I´ve realized how tedious it really is, and I don´t wanna try it anymore.

  • September 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Was that the same frog Bad Luck Bootsy had sex with?

  • September 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I think there was a Gameboy version of Blaster Master? I might have played it once. I do remember Blaster Master II very well on the Sega Genesis. I was so excited to play it after waiting so long for a sequel. Sadly it just wasn’t as good as the original. I could never get into it. The original Blaster Master is still classic!

  • Devan Shell

    September 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    So what you guys made it to the final boss and then you just gave up? Well that’s an anticlimactic fucking end to a two-parter video.

    • September 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Yeah, it’s a shame. But the game was getting really boring with that slow moving water level.

    • Darren Guillet

      September 18, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Still 3 more stages after that. Shame they quit though, once you beat the crab you get “dive” and that level is a hoot to zoom around in with your upgraded tank afterwards.

  • gorgoroth901

    September 8, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I would say level 3 of Bio Force Ape is a real, “where the fuck do I go?” experience.

  • Rook

    September 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Inside manual there is a map.

  • September 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I don’t know why exactly, but I find it hilarious watching you guys frantically try to draw a map while the other plays the game. I love Mondays, keep up the great work!

  • September 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    why do i have the feeling they are gonna do a marmaduke video.

  • Joker83

    September 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    For some reason it’s really relaxing and fun watching you guys play video games. anyway, I would have been down with you guys trying to beat it but you gave it a good run. The Marmaduke stuff was hilarious, I was cracking up with James on that

  • Weldin Dunn

    September 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    You guys sounded really, really, high.

  • Internoob

    September 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    So that’s it for Blaster Master? You guys aren’t gonna finish it? Lame. 🙁

    • September 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      It started getting really slow and boring with that water stage. I cut the video down A LOT. The game was just going on forever and it was becoming really tedious. I really enjoyed the game until that point though.

      • Nintendomaniac

        September 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm

        Once you beat the crab boss, you get a new engine for the tank that lets it move fast through the water…if only you guys would have stuck it out just a little longer.

        Hopefully you will take another stab at it someday, maybe with Game Genie using infinite lives. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting a game over and being sent back to the beginning of a level. You guys might have stuck with it longer had you not been sent back to the beginning of level 5.

  • September 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Not related to this video but has anyone ordered a signed AVGN Movie poster? I ordered mine awhile ago and it said it would have delay shipping since James has to sign them but how long did it take for you guys?

  • September 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    So no part 3 then? lol

  • September 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Hey James & Mike any chance you may do a gameplay of wizards & warriors on nes?

  • Nintendomaniac

    September 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    James beat Ghosts ‘N Goblins…which I think is way harder and more frustrating than Blaster Master. I’ve beaten Blaster Master many times, I’ve never come close to beating Ghosts ‘N Goblins. That game makes me want to break the controller.

    I guess Ghosts ‘N Goblins was just one of those childhood favorites that James had always wanted to beat (like Ninja Gaiden and Batman), while Blaster Master just didn’t hold enough nostalgic value to keep James’ interest long enough.

  • Vinny Kazikiewicz

    September 8, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I mastered this game when I was a kid. I was hit by a car and was stuck in the house for a month or so straight. My friend and I played everyday after he got home from school. I’m talking to the screen telling you where to go. Love this game. Love these videos. Kepp up the great work.

  • fanboyfilms

    September 8, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Blaster Master is probably my all-time favorite NES game, and I don’t think you guys quite did it justice. It’s understandable, “James & Mike Play” is more geared toward something you can easily jump into and Blaster Master is a long-haul game. When you play it all the time like I did as a kid you learn the levels and it makes replay much faster, so you can breeze through the early ones without wasting time going into unnecessary doors, etc. Then you can set about exploring the higher levels. The genius of the water level is that the whole game is a demonstration of how weak Jason is without Sophia the tank and then they give you a level where you must abandon Sophia and go alone with Jason. It’s a challenge. I find the graphics and music of the water level really appealling.

    I agree with the poster who said you did yourselves a disservice by ignoring the secondary weapons. Although I rarely had use for the lighting there is nothing like the homing missles. You can hit the little guys on the ground or anything anywhere you can’t reach with the gun.

    With more play you would also learn to always max out the gun in the overhead sections because a lot of the middle-strength guns are horrible since their curved shots are stopped by walls which cuts your range down a lot. The maxed out gun can shoot through walls which makes life so much easier.

    You only got to the 5th boss out of 8, you were only just over halfway through the game! Not to worry, I consider myself a pretty good player, I have the first 7 or so levels memorized but I get lost in 8 and have actually never beaten this game in all my attempts. I can beat Mega Man 1 but I can’t beat this (yet!) I think this, Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode and Double Dragon are the only games I’ve gotten to the final boss multiple times yet could never beat. Someday!

    Always great to see Blaster Master get a little love. Thanks guys!

    • seaweedsalad

      September 9, 2014 at 12:04 am

      you are 100% correct about the genius of the water level. well said, good sir.
      getting the water propeller is my favorite part fo the game.

    • Darren Guillet

      September 18, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Agree with all of this. Still pull out the NES on occasion to run through it.

      One fantastic trick for any new players, if you’re using an NES advantage or similar controller, when you’re in the overhead maps you can press A to toss grenades, and then continue holding it so you can strafe around while never changing the direction your gun fires. Invaluable if you happen to get nicked on the crab boss. Usually if that happens and I’m no longer full gun, I’ll purposely get hit a few more times until you have one or two pips left which gives you the long but straight gun. You can then sit down at the bottom and strafe around while constantly firing towards him.

      It’s extremely satisfying to beat though and doesn’t take nearly as long as you’d think once you have the earlier maps memorized.

      Also, the music is just awesome too. Best on the NES.

  • Pulloff

    September 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    i know as the nerd, 64 games are not really your desire to work with, but i’d still like to see at least on a james & mike mondays to do a zelda ocarina of time playthrough. I’m saying this as a Third console war gamer, and not as a 14 year old kid just wanting more later games.

  • Horrorking138

    September 9, 2014 at 12:12 am

    When did james get a tattoo, and what is it? I don’t think I’ve noticed it before.

    • Nintendomaniac

      September 9, 2014 at 5:14 am

      I’ve noticed it in his more recent videos. It looks like it’s the same tattoo you can see on his left arm in the fake commercial he did for his “Big Rigs” review. If you compare the bottom part of the tattoo you see on that arm in the fake commercial, to what you see sticking out from under his sleeve here…it looks the exact same. So I guess the tattoos he had on his right arm in that video were fake, and the ones he had on his left arm were real.

  • Tross

    September 9, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Man, this is exactly what it was like for me and my cousin when we used to get together and play singleplayer games. We’d go off on tangents and think of all sorts of things. Part of me wants to take up group LPs at some point.

  • September 9, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I almost shit my pants when you busted out the Marmaduke. I Googled it and found out that there was a movie in 2010. I can’t fucking believe it.

  • frostare

    September 9, 2014 at 11:43 am

    You should play one of the Etrian Odyssey games, the soul of those is to draw a map in the bottom screen of the ds or the 3ds to help you through the labyrinths. On the other hand, the graphics in that series are so gorgeous.

  • Lastor

    September 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

    What the hell is this bitching about giving up, people? I knew immediately they weren’t gonna play this all the way, because it’s a goddamn hard game. How can you expect two people who haven’t played it in such a long time, don’t know where to go and all, to beat it in one sitting when even I stumble at certain spots. And I’ve beaten the game several times before. The fact that they got to the fifth boss was far better done than I did when I was a kid.

    So they didn’t finish the game. We still got 25+ minutes of J&M hanging around and playing. What’s the problem?

  • Tim Pronovost

    September 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    James and Mike, is that Blaster Master map for sale? Seriously?

  • Tim Pronovost

    September 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Please email me if you want to sell it.

  • JonDGul84

    September 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    god damn stoners

  • Jarnor23

    September 10, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Okay, the only honestly funny Marmaduke comic:

  • Pablo1989

    September 10, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Hey James what you think about Toys(SNES or Genesis) Game for AVGN episode as Tribute of Robin Williams?

    Game itself are not bad, but can be little tricky if you recklessly waste your stronger toys on weaker enemy toys.

  • September 11, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Great video, thanks a lot guys!

    Click on my profile name to go to my webpage, I customize and repair NES and all other video game systems.

  • September 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    blaster master more like ASSter mASSter

  • HaveYouPlayedAtariToday

    September 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    The guy that makes Marmaduke is Brad Anderson. He’s 90 years old and he still makes the comics. He’s been making them since 1954.

  • nammm3

    September 12, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I too thought that Duke was bouncing the animal control van with his butt too :-/ Great review guys! Lol, what a looooooong game

  • September 13, 2014 at 10:48 am

    You need to play The Binding of Isaac…

  • DaddyOGITH

    September 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    YOU God dam Beginners’ i can Finish This Game Sometimes with 1 Guy’ & i got the Map of This Game in my Head’ so i Know Where Everything is & i Know how to Finish it TOO’
    so 😀

  • September 15, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Just terrible at this game, you guys beat Batman, and THIS GAME pwns you?

  • September 15, 2014 at 4:07 am

    You’re like 8 year olds playing nintendo for the first time

  • October 27, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    i could never get to level 4

  • Aaron1375

    March 22, 2015 at 12:16 am

    I thought I might see you guys win this one, but you kind of got off subject there didn’t ya?

  • Smeghead420

    September 10, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Horrible ending gents.

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