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


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.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.