It’s time to delve into our gaming past once again in a series we like to call Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to talk about something else that gave the Wii a big boost in the quality releases department during it’s lifespan. The title that I am referring to was an homage to classic 2D hack and slash platformers from back in the day, Muramasa; The Demon Blade.

During the surge of core Wii releases in 2009, a number of different developers were using all the creativity that they possibly could in order to appeal to as many people as possible. While some had minimal success (Conduit), others did not fair so well (Madworld). Vanillaware and Ignition Entertainment decided to try a more simplistic approach instead of going off the deep end, and released a straightforward hack and slash platformer entitled Muramasa: The Demon Blade. In spite of trying something new however, the game did not sell well in the US (at least where I lived anyway), and that’s a shame because it was a whole lot of fun to play.

The setup here is straightforward as far as stories go, but is unique because it follows two different main characters instead of just one. Kisuke is being chased for a crime he doesn’t even know he committed, and sets out on a journey led by Yuzuruha to search for a blade, and hopefully find out more about himself in the process.  Momohime has been possessed by an evil swordsman named Izuna Jinkuro, who forces her to complete a quest  that could possibly ruin her life forever. Gameplay centers around move from one end of a stage to the others while taking out as many enemies as possible in the process. Sound simple right? Well the concept is for the most part, but there is enough strategy involved here to keep players on their toes throughout their quest.

So what are my personal thoughts on the game? It’s awesome, enough said. The hand drawn visual style is gorgeous, the gameplay is frantic and entertaining, controls are easy to understand, and the background music is simply a delight to listen to as well. Toss in a high amount of replay value, along with some epic boss fights, and you have the makings of a quality experience that can only be found on the Wii.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade showed that simplicity can go a long way in the video game world, and is definitely something fans of old fashioned action titles should definitely consider checking out.

That concludes my story on Muramasa: The Demon Blade for the Wii, but if you have any fond (or bad) memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

Here is a gameplay video I found for it, Enjoy!