Sunday, July 27, 2014

Nintendo's Mysterious Murasame Castle Is Coming To 3DS This August

Nintendo fans who played the underrated Nintendo Land on Wii U may have been confused by the inclusion of the seemingly out of place Takamaru's Ninja Castle which had you battling endless waves of Ninja's with throwing stars from the Wii U Gamepad. It turns out that much like Marth & Roy's inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Melee before the English release of Fire Emblem, Takamaru's Ninja Castle is in fact based on a Famicom (the Japanese NES) action adventure title named Mysterious Murasame Castle. The game came out in 1986 for the Famicom Disk System and featured an overhead adventure style similar to The Legend of Zelda yet its gameplay was far more action oriented and linear.

Like Fire Emblem before, Nintendo is bringing Mysterious Murasame Castle to the US (this time through the 3DS Virtual Console) on August 7th (the game hit Europe in May). The game was officially revealed at San Diego Comic-Con where Nintendo has had an impressive showing even revealing a few surprises. This is interesting as it shows that Nintendo is opening up their import catalog which has largely been ignored until this latest generation of consoles. Actions like these are also bringing us ever closer to an English language release of the ever elusive Mother 3.

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