I've been a fan of VanillaWare ever since I picked up the awesome Action/RPG Princess Crown for my import Sega Saturn a few years ago, and while the company has only produced three other games since their 1997 debut, both Grim Grimoire and Odin Sphere have helped the small Japanese developer obtain legendary status among hardcore gamers. As for that third game, it's a great PSP port of Princess Crown that was never released in the US (it's not too late... anyone? Bueller?... Bueller?).
Their newest project, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, is a Wii exclusive side-scrolling action/RPG that's been on my radar (as well as anyone who craves gorgeous side-scrolling bliss) for some time as a must-own game for the console. With Ignition Entertainment snapping up the publishing rights and the game's release date right around the corner, we'll take a look at the main character, Kisuke in this profile.
A renegade ninja with no memory and hounded by a dark, unknown past.
A brave young warrior who’s lost his memory, Kisuke inexplicably finds himself a fugitive being chased for a crime he no longer remembers. He only knows that he must find a certain “katana” at any cost.
However, despite his best intentions, battle seems to follow wherever he goes. Kisuke’s desire for this sword leads him to cross paths with supernatural deities, fantastic creatures, and the ultimate truth of his destiny.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade is set to hit stores on September 8, 2009. Yes, you should absolutely go reserve a copy of the game NOW. Ignition will thank you, George Kamitani and VanillaWare will thank you and your Wii will definitely thank you with what's looking to be one of the best games on the console to date.