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Muramasa: The Demon Blade by Ignition Entertainment




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  • Alcohol Reference
  • Fantasy Violence
  • Suggestive Themes
Muramasa: The Demon Blade is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13.
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  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Publisher: Ignition Entertainment
  • Developer: Vanillaware
  • Category: Role-Playing
  • Players:1-4 Players

Product Details:

A number of cursed blades exist throughout the world. Blades that thirst for blood the moment they're drawn. Even those blades thought to be holy slowly become corrupted over time as they are used in hatred and drenched in blood. Those who wield these blades slowly become homicidal. The curses laid on these blades are said to condemn those who use them to tragic and untimely deaths. It is in the Genroki era, a period of time in which the shogun Tsumayoshi Tokogawa reigned, that the force of the damned began to emerge, threatening the peace and prosperity that had long existed in the world. The cursed blades became the focus of the greed, self-righteousness, and arrogance of those who'd gain possession of them, and inevitably it was these conflicting desires that led to war. As the flames of chaos and disaster spread, denizens from the netherworld were dragged into the confusion as not only the evil spirits were summoned by the swords, but the Dragon and Demon Gods as well. How will the destinies of those drawn to these cursed blades unfold?


  • From the subtle movements of a character's hair and clothes to their explosive battle animations, every detail is expertly animated by hand for amazing visuals that cannot be mimicked with 3D polygons
  • Playing as a male ninja or female kunoichi, you have a wide variety of ninja skills at your disposal as you progress through the levels in not only side-scrolling fashion, but vertical progression elements as well
  • Gameplay transitions seamlessly from player-controlled elements to story sequences to keep the player engaged within the world
  • Rather than the often told fables of Greek and Norse mythology, take an adventure through less commercialized, but equally rich and mysterious, Japanese mythology


Game Details

Number of Players
1-4 Players

Game Informer Rating:

Rated 7.8 out of 10 by Game Informer.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from games are art this game is wonderful to watch and should be in a art gallery. It Kinda feels and sounds like your playing a samurai showdown like a side scroller. its like playing a Japanese animation cartoon with the sub.
Date published: 2012-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Artistic Beauty I know some of you may be thinking, "I don't know...a samurai side-scroller?" However, this is some much more than that. Made by the same company as the hit Odin Sphere, this game features the same painted back rounds and art-like graphics. The musical score is authentic and rich. This, accompanied by two, not one, different story lines to play through make this game a real treasure. Each story is touching and exciting in its own way and leaves you wanting more. The story lines are replayable and it is probably required to get allthe swords in the game. The controls are simple and have you moving like a samurai in no time. A game almost on par with Okami, 10 out 10.
Date published: 2012-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic gamers rejoice Simply: old school 2D style game with lush modern style graphics. I wish the music was more memorable but overall it's a must-have sleeper hit. At times, the game gets a little repetitious but that's expected when dealing with a side-scrolling hack and slash. You can choose from two characters and you can play the game in two styles: stealth or attack, so that's 4x the game if you're that hardcore. At times, the graphics really impress me. It's not the overall look of it, but what they do in certain rooms or parts of levels. The boss fights aren't too hard and the sword building system is very unique and awesome.
Date published: 2011-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Player's choice This is like one of the best 2D platforming RPG game I have played. If you are looking for a game that has FAST combat, RPG elements, samurais, japanese audio, great music, then this is for you. Story is kinda weird, though.
Date published: 2011-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I picked this up!! Didn't know much about this game, but someone at Gamestop recommended this game to me, so I took a chance, bought it, and it was worth it! This game looks and sounds awesome! Some of the best art and music I've heard in a video game! Even though the combat and enemy strategies are not too varied, there's something immensly satisfying about slashing up ninjas and epic bosses! I didn't fully understand the story because of some unfamiliar references, but oh well, it was still interesting. I also didn't really like wandering through lands with nothing happening for long periods of time, but again, minor setback. If you're looking for something with quick-paced and action-packed battles (Smash Bros and fighter fans, I'm talking to you) this is the game for you!
Date published: 2011-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall Amazing The first thing you should notice when turning on this game, is that the game looks amazing. Very much like, yes "A Painting drawn to life." There are two stories in the game. You can play as either a boy or a girl. I chose the girl as the boy is just quite ugly, so i figured i might as well look at something pleasant for the first play. The story can be difficult to follow as all the voices are in Japanese. But you don't need to follow it at all, as a handy map system always tells you what to do. Combat is flashy and chaotic. Depending on what side of the fence you're on, button mashing is either the best way to go, or will get you nowhere. There is an extensive amount of moves, and each sword comes with it's own special move. Using these special moves will drain your sword's durability. When your sword's soul meter runs out, you sheath it, allowing it to heal and whip out a new one. While playing, I noticed that it has similarities to a whole lot of other games. It has the backtracking of Metroid, the combat of Street Fighter and Ninja Gaiden, and the exploration of Zelda. all of them go quite nicely together. The game is actually quite challenging, even on easy, with bosses getting hard as early as the 3rd. If that's the case, I don't even want to know what hard mode is like. This game is fun and enjoyable, and easily one of the best action games on the Wii.
Date published: 2010-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing follow-up to Odin Sphere I loved the Odin Sphere game for PS2, and ever since I beat it I had been looking for another game from Vanillaware, and here it is, Muramasa. I have to admit, I did miss some of the features like... -Large selection of characters -The seed, shops, alchemy and cooking features for extra hp and exp ...and it took me a while to get used to -The non circular maps -The enemies -Different weapons and breaking The things that made it so amazing, maybe even MORE SO then Odin sphere... -I loved the focus on samurai and ninja and japanese culture, the pure theme in general just blew me away -The characters you met were mostly based off of folklore and stories. (loved the kitsune girl!!) -The sword skill tree was the most amazing thing I had seen in the game, second to graphics of course... It's like Odin Sphere in japanese times with a skill tree Overall, even though I was only able to play it for an hour, it looked like an amazing and interesting game, I highly recommend it to others. -Kinda wish there were more characters -Longer and maybe more intimate storyline, -wink wink-
Date published: 2010-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Fun Vanillaware proved with Odin Sphere that 2d gaming is not yet over and such has created such a wonderful and beautiful game to follow in the same footsteps. The music and sound effects mix in nicely with the setting. When it comes to the gameplay it is simple but effective that is always fun to play. There is backtracking like metroid/ castlevania and often times you may encounter different enemies in the same place to mix things up. There is extra challenges to be found on hard difficulty with additional bosses and weapons if you want to get more out of the lenght of the game. I like how they included the ability to choose from 3 different control schemes work nicely to match your needs. I would say only cons are lenght of gameplay if your the type to rush through withouth attemping to do any of he extra content/ endings.
Date published: 2009-09-13
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