The Mysterious Murasame Castle Reaches North America For The First Time On August 7th

By Ishaan . July 28, 2014 . 8:30am

During Nintendo of America’s live-stream at Comic-Con, the publisher announced that Mysterious Murasame Castle will be released for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console on August 7th. (Thanks, GoNintendo)


The Mysterious Murasame Castle is an NES game that plays somewhat like the first Zelda. It was originally released only in Japan, but this past May, Nintendo made the game available in Europe as well.


A bonus mode based on this game was also available in Samurai Warriors 3 on Wii.

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  • Yan Zhao

    A fake Zelda clone that we never got to play? Color me interested.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      it came the same year. Link, Samus, Pit and Takamaru 1986 babies.

      • Space_Ghost

        It was a very good year. I also came out of the vag during that glorious year.

        • JAY

          “Came out of the vag” lol
          great sentiments for your mom…… i like it :D!

    • I wouldn’t call it a clone and I’m not sure why you used the word fake. It’s about as similar to Zelda as Tomb Raider is to Ocarina of Time.

      • Yan Zhao

        Because the article said it played like the first Zelda game. Since I know jacksquat about this game I’ll just take its word for it :3

        • Krisi92

          It plays almost nothing like the first Zelda, actually.

        • Oh, no fault of yours was intended. Just sayin’. It’s top-down and you cut enemies and pick up items. I think the similarities end there.

  • Era Angelus

    Another game, Arino played that I can finally try!

  • idrawrobots

    I am so getting this. I have actually been really interested in this game ever since Samurai Warriors 3.

  • Ziko577

    Don’t know what there’s to be excited about. I’ve played the game and cleared it at least once. It gets tough and monotonous fast so the fun kinda gets sucked outta it. The music is kickass though. There’s remixes of it floating around out there as well.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Actually it was never an NES game. The NES is term for the console in North America but in Japan it’s completely different to the Famicom with the Disc System attached, which is what Murasame Castle ran on.

    • mockturtle

      Yay, semantics!

      • Justin Graham

        It’s not really semantic, as the FDS was a different piece of hardware than the Famicom itself, and thus not analogous to the NES. It would be like calling the Sega CD the Sega Genesis.

        • Chersea

          The Sega CD was an add-on to the Mega Drive, so I would say that it’s part of it. Similarly, the FDS was an add-on to the Famciom, so it’s still part of it.

          That’s like saying that games that require Kinect/PS Move to play weren’t released for the Xbox 360 or PS3 because you need to use a peripheral to play them.

          The Sega CD and FDS were not stand alone units, but add-ons for a console.

          • Justin Graham

            Add-ons that are distinct and play games put on a separate media. You can’t play FDS disks on a Famicom just like you can’t play CDs on a Genesis. Saying that the Famicom and FDS are one in the same is a fallacy.

          • Chersea

            I’m not saying they’re the same. My point is that the peripherals are not systems or consoles by themselves and the console is required to play those games, hence,, the games were released for a CONSOLE, not a PERIPHERAL.

          • Justin Graham

            No, they were released for a peripheral that just happens to require a console in order to function. Again, Sega CD games were not marketed as Gensis games. Neither were 32X games for that matter. Both devices were designed and marketed as add-ons for the Genesis, but are distinct products with their own media formats.

          • Chersea

            I’d say that the peripherals do little more than read media, while the console processes the data and produces the output (graphics, sound, etc), but we’re not going to change out views, so let’s agree to disagree.

    • Krisi92

      You mean in North America AND Europe.

  • Rumors are circulating that the Treehouse stream will announce a localization for Mother 3 on the upcoming 25th anniversary of the franchise.

    I don’t believe that, of course. I-I don’t believe that at all…

  • Elizabeth ‘Ely’ Moreno

    So there is hope for a Mother 1 and 3 localization?
    (Hope that line on E3 was actual foreshadow)

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