Shantae And Shovel Knight Set To Dance And Dig Their Way Into Blaster Master Zero

Two indie favorites bring their unique skills to Blaster Master Zero in the next content updates

Blaster Master Zero

Developer Inti Creates has done a great job of supporting Blaster Master Zero since it rumbled onto the Nintendo Switch.  The studio has injected some of the characters from their own properties into the game as playable EX characters in the form of the haloed heroine Eroko from Gal Gun and Gunvolt from Azure Striker Gunvolt. And this show of support for the title, which launched alongside the Switch on March 3rd, shows no signs of stopping as two new EX characters are poised to join the subterranean mayhem in this charming reboot of Sunsoft’s beloved NES classic.

First up, Capcom’s belly-dancing beauty Shantae will be shaking her groove thing in a fresh batch of DLC slated to release tomorrow, July 6. In her DLC, she’ll be able to make use of her iconic transformations, magical abilities, and whipping hair to dispatch the mutants stalking the underground. Just shy of a month later, Shovel Knight will be making an appearance on August 3rd. He’ll be able to pogo off of enemies with his shovel, dig deep into the earth, fish for goodies, and even take on his golden form to unleash his full power.

You can see both of these EX characters in action in the trailer below:

Both Shantae and Shovel Knight will be available for $1.99. However, they’ll be available for free on the Switch eShop for the first two weeks after their release. That said, it pays to be an early bird and download them quick.

So, what do you think of the latest batch of EX characters making their way to Blaster Master Zero? Are you more excited for Shantae or Shovel Knight? Be sure to let us know in the comments.


Frank has been the caffeine-fueled evil overlord of HeyPoorPlayer since 2008. He speaks loudly and carries a big stick to keep the staff of the HPP madhouse in check. A collector of all things that blip and beep, he has an extensive collection of retro consoles and arcade machines crammed into his house. Currently playing: Chorus (XSX), Battlefield 2042 (XSX), Xeno Crisis (Neo Geo)

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