Nazo no Murasamejō
(in English, The Mysterious Murasame Castle
) is a medieval Japanese fantasy video game created by Nintendo and released in 1986 as the second original title for the Famicom Disk System
, after The Legend of Zelda
, to which it has some resemblance. The game has been occasionally rereleased, eventually coming to Europe and America as well courtesy of the 3DS Virtual Console.
The game takes place during the Edo period, where Murasame and four neighboring castles have been possessed by a demonic force. It falls to a young swordsman named Takamaru to defeat Murasame.
- Bullet Hell: With enemies everywhere throwing projectiles left, right, up, and down, the game will sure feel like one.
- Colourful Theme Naming: The four castles besides Murasame, Aosame, Akasame, Ryokusame and Momosame, are named after Japanese colors.
- Continuing Is Painful: Most powerups are lost upon death.
- Flip Screen Scrolling: Throughout the game.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Takamaru uses his sword by unsheathing and re-sheathing it. His pose when not moving even shows him grasping his sword ready to strike.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: Getting enough shuriken upgrades results in shuriken with explosive lightning.
- Nintendo Hard: As with all games of the era.
- One-Man Army: Takamaru fights hundreds of enemies throughout the game. It helps that enemies respawn endlessly.
- Timed Mission: Every level has a time limit, although the timer resets every time Takamaru loses a life.
- The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: The titular Murasame Castle, where the floor is black and the walls are Nothing but Skulls.