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This Old Famicom Game By Nintendo Is Coming To The West For The First Time


If you played Nintendo Land, you probably saw an attraction called “Takamaru’s Ninja Castle” in the game. This attraction was based on an early Famicom Disk System game released by Nintendo only in Japan, titled Nazo no Murasame Jō.


This week, the game is being released outside Japan for the first time ever. Titled The Mysterious Murasame Castle, the game will be released for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in Europe on May 29th, a whole year after we first caught wind of its overseas release. It will cost €4.99/£4.49.


The Mysterious Murasame Castle plays similarly to the first Zelda game, with the difference being that it’s more fast-paced and has a time limit. The game’s stages take place in Murasame and its four neighbouring castles, with weapons like a katana and shuriken available for use.


You may recall that Samurai Warriors 3 contained a mode inspired by this game, too, and it included Takamaru as a playable character.

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.