If you’re a fan of artistically accomplished games inspired by Japanese mythology (such as Okami) then Vanillaware’s Muramasa: The Demon Blade is well worth playing on the Wii. This action RPG was released in 2009 and was widely praised for its beautiful 2D visuals and unique art style.
The good news for PS Vita owners is that Marvelous AQL is porting the game to Sony’s handheld and Aksys Games recently announced that it will be publishing it in North America under the title “Muramasa Rebirth”.
Here are some more details on the port courtesy of the publisher’s press release:
About Muramasa Rebirth
- Enter the visually powerful and colorful world of Muramasa! Face deadly enemies as they follow your every step. Become Momohime or Kisuke as they journey through ancient Japan fighting samurai, ninja, monsters, and evil spirits!
Muramasa Rebirth Features
Redesigned for the PlayStation Vita system, Muramasa includes hi-res graphics, enhanced controls, a complete relocalization in English, and more!
Two Stories ‒ Follow Momohime, a princess possessed by an evil spirit, and journey west battling demons and much more! Or follow Kisuke, a ninja who has lost his memory, and travel east in search of the demon blades.
Hi-Res Graphics ‒ Using hand-drawn graphics and Japanese artistic styling, Muramasa Rebirth creates a colorfully painted world on your PS Vita screen!
108 Blades ‒ Search and forge new deadly weapons and build an inventory of up to 108 blades. Each blade has a unique special ability. Equip yourself with these deadly blades and become more powerful as your foes close in on you!
Purchase Additional DLC Characters ‒ Play in four additional scenarios as different characters!
Here’s the debut, Japanese trailer for Muramasa Rebirth:
The game will be released on March 28th in Japan and hasn’t been dated for the US as yet. A PSN-only release is looking likely at this point.