Marvelous Creating A Game With 2D Artwork That Takes “Full Advantage” Of The 3DS

By Ishaan . March 15, 2011 . 12:15pm

Last year, Group Manager of Marvelous Entertainment, Tomio Kanazawa, told Siliconera that the company was considering releasing a version of Vanillaware’s Muramasa: The Demon Blade on the Nintendo 3DS.


“That is one of the many things we think our fans want, and we want to provide to them,” Kanazawa had told us at the time, when we brought the subject up, pointing out that Muramasa’s multi-layered 2D art could benefit from the 3DS’ 3D effect.


During a recent interview, we checked back with Marvelous Entertainment’s Yoshifumi Hashimoto if there had been any progress on this front. Hashimoto is credited as producer on several of the company’s most popular games, including Muramasa: The Demon Blade and the Rune Factory series.


Speaking with Siliconera, Hashimoto revealed that, while it isn’t Muramasa: The Demon Blade, he is working on a different game with 2D artwork for the Nintendo 3DS.


“It’s not Muramasa, but I’m working on a 3DS title that has really incredible 2D visuals while taking full advantage of the 3DS’ capabilities,” Hashimoto told us.


Previously, Marvelous revealed that half their games for the year are being developed for the Nintendo 3DS, which means at least four 3DS titles. So far, we’re aware of Harvest Moon, Animal Resort: Let’s Build a Zoo! and Reel Fishing Paradise 3D.

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  • I thought there were rumors of an HD version of Muramasa as well, the only reason I hadnt played it. That being said, I am loooking forward to playing it…as well as new title on the 3DS. I can not wait to see and hear how it plays. I guess by full capabilities it also means support for the other features of the 3DS.

    • i held back from playing murumasa incase of an HD version, but started the wii version with new VGA cable at christmas. the music and visuals are some of the best i ever have witnessed

    • lostinblue

      There weren’t really rumors, just pressure from interviewers. They never hinted they wanted to invest time on it, quite the opposite.

  • DanteJones

    Rune Muramasa: The Demon Factory!

    Ahh, I wish, though my brain might implode at how awesome that would be.

  • Saraneth

    Nice. It looks like there’s going to be quite a few good 3ds games out by next year. I’m still waiting for announcements for Metroid and The World Ends with You, though

    • How would The World Ends With You work? Isnt 3D going to hinder the experience? I could see major eye strain happening quickly.

      • Saraneth

        Well, it doesn’t have to be in 3D. Improved graphics would be enough, in my opinion. Besides, they could easily change the battle system in the sequel. Though the original’s battle system was fun, it was irritating to have to switch between screens. You could never really feel in control of the characters since you have to use two at once.

    • I’m waiting for a side-scrolling Metroid not that I hate the Prime series but it’s been too long since a classic side-scrolling Metroid game let’s hope Metroid Dread comes along. Oh well let’s pass time playing Shadow Complex and waiting for Fallen Frontier.

      • Exkaiser

        It hasn’t been that long, Zero Mission came out-

        …Seven years ago? Damn, time flies.

        • Like Zelda too much Metroid isn’t a bad thing.

        • Code

          I know that feeling omo; god I love Zero Mission, it just feels like yesterday I was staying up extra late playing it.

      • Saraneth

        I’d prefer a 3D metroid game. I’ve tried some of the older, 2D ones, but they’ve never appealed to me. The point is exploration, and 3D makes for a more realistic, more beautiful world that you want to explore. A heavier emphasis on story (but in a better way than Other M handled it) would also be nice. I liked the log format from the Prime series, but a more involved story in addition to that would be good.

      • Metroid Fusion 2 would be nice !!^^

        • From what I’ve read Metroid Dream was the continuation of Fusioni so it can be called Fusion 2.

    • The World Ends with You was just a “one shot” I think. Plus it didn’t sell pretty well…

      • Saraneth

        I don’t think it was a “one shot.” The secret ending (after you clear all the post-game stuff) makes it clear that there’s more to the story that hasn’t been tied up yet.

        • Joanna

          Nomura also said he would like to do a sequel to TWEWY, so I’m pretty confident we will see it eventually.

  • mikanko

    Disappointed rumors of HD Muramasa and Odinsphere haven’t come to fruition. Mainly wanted to see if Muramasa could actually get localized this time.*

    *Ignition’s translation was so bad that I don’t think it counts :p

    • XSEED! Oh you fixed it. Anyway, Ive been waiting for that Odin Sphere as well. I missed out on it and it seems like it was cool. Maybe they can port it to the 3DS.

    • HarryHodd

      Me too. I’m waiting for TGS I guess.

  • Guest

    2D… 3D

    • I’m trying to figure out how that would work. The closest I can think of is Paper Mario. I’m real curious now.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      Stare at these cross-eyed. Be warned, kinda NSFW (suggestive more like):

      • Arrrgh! I can’t make it work. xD I can’t stare cross eyed for too long, but I really want to see it.

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          If you can’t do it don’t hurt yourself! O_O (Some people get stuck cross-eyed… that’s scary.)

      • How are you doing this? It’s killing my eyes just to try!

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          After you go cross-eyed set your sights on the middle space between the 2 pics and try to focus your vision. At first it should be blurry and you might have to “merge” 2 blurry ones in the middle between the 2 on the outside, but your eyes will adjust and you should see it. Only the 3D image should be clear, everything around it should be a mess. If you look away from the 3D image your eyes have formed you will lose focus.

          Don’t be too close either. Keep your normal distance from the screen. In fact, it might be easier if you’re farther away, especially for the bigger one.

          • >x<

            …I…can't do it. My eyes can't stay focused long enough I guess. It starts to hurt after a few seconds of trying to keep them crossed. Oh well…don't have too long to wait, hahahaha.

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            Aacck…. Oh well. Good thing the 3DS doesn’t require you to do this. XD

      • gatotsu911

        That’s just cruel, Matsuda.

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          That you can’t see it? Give it another go man! Can’t promise you won’t look stupid though… XP

  • Yes, Yes, and Yes! We have had magic, and Ninjas! How about some Gunplay or Mecha style game! Hell make a game of Sucker Punch the movie!

    • Just to be clear, this is a Marvelous game. Hashimoto-san didn’t say anything about Vanillaware being involved at all. We only mentioned Muramasa because they hinted at that title before, and because Hashimoto was the producer at the MMV end on that game, too.

    • Zero_Destiny

      There is that Front Mission game on the SNES that’s a sidescroller/Action-RPG hybrid and then there’s RANGER X on the Genesis that’s a side-scroller Mecha. I like both games. Fun distractions.

    • Aoshi00

      I was excited about a 2D Vanillaware game in 3D too, I can’t wait for their next sidescroller, I liked Muramasa much better than Odin Sphere…

      My Prof Layton game just came, now just waiting for my 3DS.. Not sure about a game based on a movie, but I’m going to watch Sucker Punch too, for Emily Browning if anything :)

  • Tarlol

    Oh man, I love Vanillaware, and I’d love to have one of their beautiful 2D games on the 3DS. Or an HD console. Or, well, just another one of their games would work..

  • I haven’t played Muramasa yet, but I loved the 5 hours I spent with Odin Sphere. Definitely would be interested in a Muramasa/Odin Sphere ports.

    This is perfectly fine too.

  • That’s a shame, I played a few minutes of Muramasa and I loved the visuals. I would love to play it on the 3DS.
    I hope they’ve not totally ruled out the possibility of it still happening.

  • Aiddon

    hmmm, I can see the backdrops being really cool with a 3D effect. Vanillware is a company I want to see more from, if only for their GORGEOUS 2D art

  • karasuKumo

    Such a good idea, it would look really impressive.

  • Moar rune fatory *drolls*

  • kylehyde

    One part of me really wanted a port of Muramasa on 3DS, but considering that there are many ports already in the 3DS catalogue an original game sounds great to me.

  • The 4th 3DS game is Reel Fishing Paradise 3D/Fish Eyes 3D.

    • Aha, I forgot Reel Fishing. Thanks, I’ve updated the post. :)

  • Whatever it ends up being, I hope they assign jump to an actual button as opposed to Vanillaware’s choice of using up on the D-pad/Analog stick. Minor issue I know, but it made already difficult games (Odin Sphere and Muramasa) all the more frustrating with inaccurate jumping.

    I’ve yet to finish either of them mainly for that reason, which is a shame because I love the art direction, stories and gameplay concepts.

  • puchinri

    Yay~. I look forward to the MMV titles. I want another HM on Wii, or maybe even one for PS3/Xbox, but a portable one comparable to or better than HoLV would be great.

  • Vino (Tim N)

    A Vanillaware game on a portable would be awesome. But I would also love to have a new Rune Factory game on the portable as well.

  • alundra311

    I hope we’ll be seeing more 2D games with 3D effects for the 3DS and make it the system for 2D games. Castlevania or Metroid 3DS anyone? I can’t wait.

  • gatotsu911

    In concept, that sounds fantastic. I hope it pans out.

  • PrinceHeir

    2D will never die :P

  • MisterFoxInc

    As much as I love the game, we don’t need another remake for the 3DS. Instead, they should put their whole heart into those other games they talked about.

  • a translated enhanced version of Princess Crown would be awesome :D

    • lostinblue

      I believe they lost the source code though.

  • Joanna

    So is this a brand new game or a port that isn’t Muramasa? Because the article is rather vague. I hope it’s a new game. We’ve already got enough ports. :P

    • Yup, not Muramasa. It’s an entirely new game. :)

      • Joanna

        Thanks for replying :D
        I’m happy to hear it’s a new game and I hope Marvelous finds success on the 3DS.

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