How Muramasa Rebirth’s Four Vita-Only DLC Characters Play

By Spencer . March 27, 2013 . 1:52am


Muramasa Rebirth is an enhanced version of the Wii game, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, for PlayStation Vita. You have Kisuke and Momohime’s stories to play through with a brand new localization plus four downloadable characters that each have their own storyline. Siliconera met with producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto from Marvelous AQL who explained what these new characters are like.


The Nekomata will be the first downloadable character for Muramasa Rebirth. She’s a half-cat, half-human creature with two tails. Unlike Kisuke and Momohime she doesn’t use swords, the Nekomata attacks enemies with her claws. The country bumpkin character was inspired by another game Hashimoto worked on, Harvest Moon. He attacks enemies with a hoe.


image The third character Arashimaru is a ninja, but doesn’t use a sword like Kisuke. He attacks enemies with with ninjutsu attacks and can throw shuriken. The fourth character is an Oni-musume or a "she devil" she has special that Hashimoto compared to Lum-chan from the anime series Urusei Yatsura (pictured). I asked Hashimoto to explain a little more and he said one power is she can throw objects much larger than herself.


All four downloadable characters are quite different from Kisuke and Momohime’s stories in Muramasa: Rebirth. You don’t have to worry about the Nekomata chipping a nail or the farmer’s hoe falling apart like the 108 cursed blades. The downloadable scenarios all have other weapons instead of swords.


Marvelous AQL made new bosses and new storylines for the downloadable scenarios. Hashimoto wouldn’t say which youkai the bosses were based on, but said we will see some beautifully drawn characters.


How long is each DLC scenario? About two stages in Muramasa Rebirth, so all together you have eight extra stages if you purchase the DLC content. Hashimoto said the Nekomata character is his favorite right now because he’s working on that scenario now.


Muramasa Rebirth is slated for release in North America this summer. The DLC scenarios will also come to the West after the game launches.

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  • Z3

    Still no gameplay video :(

  • Go2hell66

    Damn really wanted to see some gameplay footage :(
    i’m guessing the gameplay is going to change quite a bit if were not using the swords, hope they increase the movepool a bit for the new characters, kisuke and momohime really felt kind of limited in the number of moves they could do unless they changed swords, and i don’t really remember the original game having stages so i can only guess how long the DLC is going to be.

  • Zarx

    Did not even notice that the little girl was an oni till I zoomed in, guess I know who I’ll be playing the most then.

  • What is the chances for the DLCs to be included in the game when it is released for the west?

    • Kevadu


    • z_merquise

      We should put our trust to Aksys.

      And hey, I thought one of the Aksys reps checked the Siliconera comments from time to time. I hope he/she is aware of this.

    • The copy from amazon says preorder bonus so we’ll see. Could be the soundtrack though

    • The DLC characters will be released as downloadable content in the West. The price is TBD, but the extra characters won’t be available until after Muramasa Rebirth comes out.

  • Still no announcement for an European release :(

    • AdachiTohru

      Though, its the biggest market :/

      • Go2hell66

        said who?

        • Armane
          • Go2hell66

            I dont believe for even a second that this game sold more copies in eu than the us.

          • Armane

            Where did anyone say that? I’m pretty sure you’re right, it didn’t sell all that well in the EU. VGChartz suggests it sold about as well as in Japan for what it’s worth (about a third of total US sales).

            I don’t think anyone is saying that the biggest market for this game is the EU. Curiously though the Vita seems to be doing quite well in the EU, outnumbering the US slightly (at least according to VGChartz). So by virtue of most unit sales, it might have the largest market potential; if it ever makes it over here that is.

          • Go2hell66

            tell that to aerys not me

          • Solomon_Kano

            Never trust VGChartz. Without citing sources their numbers are about as trustworthy as if you or I were to just take a guess.

          • Armane

            I’m not trusting them, hence my use of vague terms.

          • AdachiTohru

            Curiously and sadly because Europe doesnt get any love from publishers… But we’re begging them, thats why we’re buying more Vita ” hey there ! please,we want games here! Games pliiiz! We still exist ! Hey please! No! Dont leave ! Please! I’ll buy anything you want!! Noooo :( “

        • AdachiTohru


    • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

      Well good thing the Vita isn’t region locked.

      • But I can’t have the DLC’s :/

        • Buy another memory card

          • Elvick

            Still a hassle we shouldn’t have to go through. (and I live in NA)

          • Yeah I agree , I hope they don’t take the same route with the PS4

  • z_merquise

    So seems like the DLCs are still under production then. Still, nice to know what we can expect from the new characters. Also, I never thought the fourth DLC character is a girl.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Looks like the DLC parts will be quite meaty in content and I’m assuming they’re using the leftover parts that were cut from the original as well as new content.

    Sounds good… for a good price… =P

    • Göran Isacson

      Actually most of what we’ve heard indicates that the leftover parts have been completely dumped and will not feature in this game. Granted, Silicon Era were gonna ask them about that, so I guess we’ll see what the official word is when that interview shows up.

  • TheDarkEmpress

    This + Soul Sacrifice = my Vita will be turning on for the first time after many months. Yay!

    • Though I’m backlogged with P4G, it’s still so true how exciting it is that the Vita is getting new games!

  • Rafael Monteiro

    I never buy DLC, companies have to understand there’s people who are against this model

    • aaaaaaaaaaaaaand then there are people who don’t mind this model. I think developer would go with people that can give them additional money like myself.

      Oh should I say welcome to modern gaming?

    • Brimfyre

      Yeah if it’s done right it is a great thing. I haven’t bought a 3DS game since Fire Emblem and it’s the only game I’ve been playing and am more than happy to shell out for new DLC each week to keep the longevity of the game going.

      How is paying $60 for a game you will play for one month any different than spending a few bucks here and there to keep enjoying the game you poured money into.

      Buy the DLC that makes sense, like this and Fire Emblem and don’t buy DLC that is sinister like Street Fighter X Tekken.

    • Mightfo

      Game development costs have been increasing MASSIVELY in the last 15 years, but gamers raise a fit if the game’s price is increased. So as costs go up, inflation has steadily been making the money developers get for selling a game dwindle. The natural response to this problem is DLC. It is how they survive.

      • AdachiTohru

        I dont think porting a game includes a massive cost…

    • Suicunesol

      Companies know there are people against the model. But the model is working, so… why change?

  • Really looking forward to this, always wanted to play since seeing it on the Wii

  • Huh, I thought they would have finished working the DLC by now since the last time this got mentioned. I didn’t get to play the game the first go around so the enhanced version is welcomed….especially whenever I get a Vita.

    • AdachiTohru

      I seriously wonder what they were doing all this time, the game is already made, they just had to port it, though they didnt find the time to make the DLC and include it in the game -_- …

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I love Urusei Yatsura. It’s a great comedy manga and anime.

  • Prinny Dood

    They at the top localization dlc and the bottom ;)

  • Rick R

    The DLC should come with the game, it’s the only new content. Paying full price for this seems silly. I suppose I could just wait until it’s on PS+ for free and then pay for the DLC, that would make it come out about right.

  • Calamity

    Why not include the DLC and add $10 to the price tag? This roundabout way of getting an extra few dollars just seems silly.

    • Suicunesol

      That would be pretty unacceptable. The game would probably sell a lot worse if it was ten more dollars.

      • Elvick

        Sadly. ):

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    Paid DLC, that’s a blow to the nuts, I was expecting them to be included. Guess its another title I wait for the bargain bin. Annoying.

    • AdachiTohru

      Secondhand my friend

      • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

        Bargain bin can mean secondhand, the point was that I won’t snag it at launch now.

  • cj_iwakura

    Honestly the re-localization(or rather, an actual localization) is worth the price of admission alone

    • Kevin Tan

      As someone who has beaten the English game all the way through and gotten all the endings, I can attest to this being the single most important change in the English Vita version… if it’s done well. Japanese game players are essentially paying for a copy again to get the opportunity to play the DLC. :

    • Triplicity

      What was wrong with the old one? I actually own a sealed copy of the original Wii release, but I also don’t own a Vita.

      • cj_iwakura

        In a word, it was soulless. Cliff’s notes translation. That was it. Entire sentences of dialogue condensed into five words.

  • ShadowDivz

    i thought the girl with the axe was suppose to be kintoki.

  • Nathan Liang Lin

    Im surprised that they had an obvious translation error: The cat is not a Nekomata, but a Bakeneko. Why do I know? The Kanji for Nekomata is 貓又 but the picture clearly says 化貓 (Bakeneko). Anyway, I’m looking forward to the rest of the characters.

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