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Ignition Picks Up  Muramasa  Rights For North America
Ignition Picks Up Muramasa Rights For North America
April 21, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander

April 21, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander
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Almost immediately following reports that XSeed was no longer distributing Vanillaware's anticipated Wii exclusive Muramasa: The Demon Blade in North America, Ignition Entertainment has stepped forward to reveal that it's got it in hand.

Ignition says it secured the exclusive North American publishing rights to the title, which will now launch in September 2009. It had previously been slated to be published under XSeed's co-publishing agreement with Marvelous, but XSeed recently announced it was "no longer involved."

"Ignition Entertainment is immensely proud for the opportunity to bring Muramasa: The Demon Blade to the legions of North American gamers yearning for top-quality, original action games on Wii," says Ignition new business development director Shane Bettenhausen.

The title released in Japan as Oboro Muramasa on April 9th, and was widely reported to have received a decent 34/40 rating from magazine Famitsu. It features a casual Wii Remote-controlled scheme as well as a more detailed traditional option for more experienced players. Incorporating themes of traditional Japan, it employs the same art style that popularized Odin Sphere on PlayStation 2.

"We developed Muramasa: The Demon Blade in the same way as we did Odin Sphere, so there are bound to be a lot of similarities," says game director and Vanillaware president George Kamitani. "I want it to be a very fun game for everyone who picks it up."

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Tom Newman
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It's good news this game is coming out! After Odin Sphere, I look forward to seeing anything from Vanillaware, and it's a good reason to "dust off the 'ol Wii".

Ed Alexander
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Today I actually ordered Odin Sphere. I knew it existed, I knew roughly what it was, I knew it was critically acclaimed by many reviewers and especially among friends, I just never actually knew what it was.

And then I saw Muramasa gameplay, linked the video to a friend who said "So it's Odin Sphere 2.0?" so I Youtubed actual gameplay and my ignorance became enlightened.

I really have to commend Vanillaware. They are 2D crusaders in a 3D world, and that is a movement I can get behind!