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.
Despite having only one game in the series (and one that until recently was not released outside of Japan), this game had had a rather interesting legacy. Takamaru featured in the Wii version of Samurai Warriors III
, which also included a full remake of his game. Takamaru also appeared in Captain Rainbow
as one of the inhabitants of the island, and Nintendo Land
has an attraction based off of The Mysterious Murasame Castle
. Finally, Takamaru appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
as a Sticker, and he appeared in the fourth game as an Assist Trophy.
- Bullet Hell: With enemies everywhere throwing projectiles left, right, up, and down, the game will sure feel like one.
- Chest Monster: Some princesses in the castles aren't actually princesses at all, but are resilient evil spirits that will slowly give chase until you defeat them.
- Colourful Theme Naming: The four castles besides Murasame, Aosame, Akasame, Ryokusame and Momosame, are named after Japanese colors.
- Counter Attack: You can deflect shuriken with you sword by attacking when said projectiles are within sword range. You can't deflect bombs, fireballs or gusts of wind, though.
- Continuing Is Painful: Most powerups are lost upon death.
- Death or Glory Attack: You can fell most enemies faster with your sword than you can with just projectiles. Getting in range is another matter.
- 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.
- Smart Bomb: The Inazuma Lightning, which clears all enemies on the screen and even reveals hidden Tanuki.
- Tanuki: They serve as suppliers of your armament.
- Tengu: Who will impede your progress with a combination of Teleport Spam and gusts of wind
- 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.
- X Meets Y: The Legend of Zelda with the design philosophy of an arcade game.