Inti Creates, the makers of Blaster Master Zero have revealed that two famous characters from indie titles will be joining the game as part of free timed DLC promotions. The first of these is the half-genie Shantae in July, with Shovel Knight being added in August. These characters will be free for two weeks, before becoming paid DLC. Both characters will cost $1.99 after the free period has ended.
Shantae is the first character coming to Blaster Master Zero. She is the star of her own series of platform games, where she uses her genie heritage to use magical spells that can be invoked through belly dancing. In Blaster Master Zero, she fights at close ranging by whipping her hair at her foes. Shantae has the ability to transform into animals, such as a monkey and an elephant, which allow her to more easily traverse the harsh environment. She can also use a range of powerful magical attacks, which strike all of the enemies on the screen at once. Shantae can also throw blasts of fire and create a shield of scimitars to protect her from damage.
Shovel Knight starred in a massively popular retro platformer, that took inspiration from games such as Mega Man and DuckTales. He will be joining Blaster Master Zero for free on August 5th, though impatient players can pay to get him two days earlier. Shovel Knight can use his signature downward thrust attack with his shovel in order to bounce off of the heads of enemies. He can also fish in water pools for items, which adds a fishing minigame to Blaster Master Zero that was never there before. Shovel Knight can also change his armor like he does in his own game, which will change his abilities and weaknesses.
These aren't the first timed DLC characters to be added into Blaster Master Zero. Two characters from Inti Creates' other titles have also been added into the game. Gunvolt from Azure Striker Gunvolt and Ekoro from Gal Gun were also free for a time, before becoming paid DLC characters. We may also see other indie game characters enter Blaster Master Zero in the future, such as Beck from Mighty No. 9 or Super Meat Boy.
Shantae will join the journey into the underground on the 6th of July, where she will be free to download for two weeks. Shovel Knight will follow her on August 5th, where he will also be free for two weeks. They will both cost $1.99 after the free period has ended.