Muramasa: The Demon Blade acquires new publisher, release date

Tuesday, 21st April 2009 19:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Ignition will publish Vanillaware’s Muramasa: The Demon Blade exclusively for the Wii this September.

The game supports 16:9 widescreen display, two playable characters, a cast of 100 NPCs, lovely 2D art, optional challenge stages and mini-games throughout.

Based on ancient Japanese lore, the game drops players into the Genroku era, ruled by shogun Tsunayoshi, whose desire for power leads to a conflict over the Demon Blades.

Some brand new images for it have popped up over on IGN. You’d be silly not to take a look.

Read on for the press release.

April 21, 2009 – Glendale, CA – April 21, 2009 – Ignition Entertainment Ltd., a UTV Enterprise, a worldwide publisher and developer of videogames, in conjunction with Marvelous Entertainment and Vanillaware, today announced the September 2009 U.S. release of the much-anticipated video game, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, exclusively for the Nintendo Wii.

Developed by Vanillaware, the creative team behind the critically acclaimed game Odin Sphere, Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a unique, highly stylized action adventure that showcases a striking visual look and a colorful cast
of more than 100 characters. Hailed by Kotaku as “this year’s prettiest, most enticing Wii game,” and by IGN as “the most visually stunning game I’ve ever seen on the Wii,” Muramasa: The Demon Blade features eye-popping hand-drawn 2D art that reflects the heritage and tone of its ancient Japanese storyline. Set in the little-known feudal Genroku era, players are invited to take on the role of a male ninja or female kunoichi, utilizing their prowess to traverse the perilous yet picturesque levels.

“Ignition Entertainment is immensely proud for the opportunity to bring Muramasa: The Demon Blade to the legions of North American gamers yearning for top-quality, original action games on Wii.” said Shane Bettenhausen, New Business Development Director of Ignition Entertainment. “The talented developers at Vanillaware have crafted an absolutely stunning adventure through feudal Japan that balances subtle, sophisticated artistry with razor-sharp, addictive gameplay.”

“We continue to maintain our strong commitment to bring quality games to the marketplace,” said Ajay Chadha, President of Ignition Entertainment. “We feel deeply honored for the opportunity to bring Vanillaware’s magnificent masterpiece Muramasa: The Demon Blade to gamers stateside.”

“We developed Muramasa: The Demon Blade in the same way as we did Odin Sphere, so there are bound to be a lot of similarities. I want it to be a very fun game for everyone who picks it up,” said George Kamitani, game director and Vanillaware President.

Key Game Features:
• Beautiful 2D graphics
• Large variety of environments
• Two playable characters
• Replayability (multiple playable paths throughout the game)
• Supports Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Classic controller, and GameCube controller
• 16:9 widescreen support
• Excellent music and sound • Timeless side-scrolling game play.
• Optional challenge stages and mini-games throughout
• Satisfying action elements leading to nice depth of combat (Combat is fast yet intuitive) • Story elements and cut scenes are well integrated and not obtrusive.



  1. Prof Power Glove

    Blimey, that looks gorgeous. Like a Hokusai influenced (look at those waves) version of Shadow Dancer meets Strider hangs out for coffee with Last Samurai. Shall look forward to this one.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. slayernl

    and off course no EU release date :(.
    DAMM I really want to play this game!

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Hero of Canton

    It’s absolutely brilliant. I’m playing through the Japanese version, and it really is gorgeous in motion. Some of the best 2D art you’ll ever see. The bosses are stunning.

    And the localisation effort shouldn’t be underestimated. There’s a lot of text in there, and to get it all done in several European languages is going to be one hell of a time-consuming (and expensive) job.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. slayernl

    @ hero of canton,
    But the thing is I don’t need/want the localization I want to usa version to play on my pal machine. :P

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Shatner

    I’m shocked to see Hero of Canton enthuse wildly about a Wii game.

    Shocked I tell you.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Hero of Canton

    Well, it’s nice to enthuse about something occasionally. You should try it sometime.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. anasui

    september??? For the us version, which I have to have right now? BLOODY HELL

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Blerk

    This is probably one of the most gorgeous games I’ve ever seen. And yet… the game itself pains me somewhat in its ‘doesn’t look very good’-ness. :-(

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Tonka

    Yes. It looks beautiful but shit.

    Rising Star is still publisher in Europe.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Prof Power Glove

    ‘beautiful but shit’ – now that’s got to be a cue to start a discussion on past girlfriends? :P

    Seriously though – good to hear it’s due out in the states. Even if the gameplay might be questionable (who knows right now). If it’s anything like Robocop on the Amiga, i’ll be happy though.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. dirigiblebill

    I guess you have to be a fan of combos. I’m game to become one, given those visuals.

    #11 6 years ago

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